Museum admission fees

BU Arts Initiative: Explore the Arts in Boston.

Provides information on student, faculty, and staff arts memberships and discounts and how and where to get them.  Students check here:  “The BU Arts Initiative provides all graduate and undergrad BU students free membership to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts,  the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Harvard Art Museums, just show your BU ID at the ticket desk.”

Boston Museum of Science 

Free admission with pass for a full-time faculty or staff employee via Boston University’s corporate membership.  (Note:  July 17, 2015: HR has run out of passes and is awaiting a shipment.  Please contact HR Service Center at or phone 617-353-2380 to find out if the passes are available.)

Danforth Art Museum

Students   $8.

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

Students $10.
(Non-group visitors receive free admission on the first Wednesday of the month.)

Harvard Museum of Natural History and Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology

Non-Harvard Students with I.D.: $10.00 (both museums).
(Free to Massachusetts residents every Sunday morning (year-round) from 9:00 am to noon and on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm (September through May) excluding commercial groups. Please be prepared to present proof of residency.)

ICA Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Students $10.00.
(Free for all visitors every Thursday from 5 – 9 pm during ICA Free Thursday Nights)

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Free admission for students with valid university ID

Museum of African American History

General admission $5.00.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

“University Membership Program allows [BU] students to enter the Museum free of charge when they present their valid student ID”

Old South Meeting House

Students with I.D.: $5.00

PEM Peabody Essex Museum

Students (with ID) $10

RISD Museum (Rhode Island School of Design)

College students with valid ID: $5
(Admission is free every Sunday (10 am–5 pm) and on the third Thursday evening of each month (5–9 pm).)

Worcester Art Museum

$12 College Students with ID
(Free the first Saturday of each month: 10am-noon)


See also:

Boston Public Library Museum Passes

Listing of available passes.
Most Metropolitan Boston public libraries issue free and discounted museum passes. You usually can reserve online.  Some libraries require city/town residency and a library card.  Google the library in your town and add “museum passes.”  For example, Brookline Public Library Museum Passes.

Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Friday/Museums

During the summer through August 29, every Friday features seven museums open to the public for free.  Check the calendar.

Museums of Boston

Check each museum’s website for admission fees.



For a museum not listed here, Google the museum for admission information.

Boston University Libraries do not have museum passes.