*Spring 2021 Re-opening*: Please visit our BU Museum Memberships page for specific access instructions for BU Students and Faculty/Staff.
The BU Arts Initiative provides all graduate and undergraduate BU students free membership with valid BU Student ID to:
- the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA). *now open*
- the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum *now open*
- The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) *now open*
BU Faculty & Staff, please see below.
BSO College Cards: BU students can register for a Boston Symphony Orchestra College Card at no cost, granting free access to the Encore BSO Recitals Series, the Pathways to the BSO webinars, and additional BSO performances as they become available. Visit our Memberships page for the unique link to register for a card.
Additionally, the BU Arts Initiative’s Arts Insiders program grants a group of students access to exclusive events in and around the city. Find out more!
We are adding more student discounts all the time, be sure to check out our BU Student Discounts page.
Faculty and Staff
BU Faculty & Staff receive free access to the the Institute of Contemporary Art and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and discounted access the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Please visit our BU Museum Memberships page for information on how to reserve tickets.
When reopened, Faculty & Staff can receive free passes to access the Harvard Art Museums (closed).
Though not offered during the 2020/2021 academic year, faculty and staff can typically receive a 50% off discount on Boston Symphony Orchestra tickets with the BSO College Card.
A full list of these memberships and more are available on our Faculty & Staff discounts page.
Boston’s thriving art scene offers something to explore every day of the week. Peruse area arts calendars and reviews to find what piques your interest:
The Arts Insiders program, run by the BU Arts Initiative, offers a handful of events for current BU students. All events are free of charge for the students. Here is how it works – Student Arts Council leaders select a few exciting arts events in or around Boston each semester and BU students can sign up to attend free of charge, preference is given to first year and international students. Arts Insiders is a great way to meet new people and explore the Boston area.