The Highland Foundation’s 11th annual Free Fun Fridays program returns this summer, offering visitors no-cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts. The program runs from June 28 to August 30, 2019.

Created in 2009, Free Fun Fridays is designed to increase access and enrichment opportunities for children and families throughout Massachusetts during the summer months. Every Friday, from the end of June through the end of August, multiple sites are open for free.

The program offers a great way for visitors and residents alike to appreciate all that Massachusetts has to offer in the summer.

The program attracted 153,000 visitors in 2018 and has welcomed a total of 1.3 million people since 2009, according to a Highland Street Foundation press release.

 June 28

  • Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Boston
  • Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester
  • Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
  • MIT Museum, Cambridge
  • Nichols House Museum, Boston
  • Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge
  • Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth
  • The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home, Lenox
  • Wenham Museum, Wenham
  • Worcester Art Museum, Worcester

July 5

  • Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Hyannis
  • Amelia Park Children’s Museum, Westfield
  • Falmouth Museums on the Green, Falmouth
  • Pilgrim Hall Museum, Plymouth
  • Children’s Museum, Easton
  • Edward Gorey House, Yarmouth Port
  • Jacob’s Pillow, Becket
  • Museum of Printing, Haverhill
  • The Old Manse, Trustees, Concord
  • The Telephone Museum, Waltham

July 12

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • The Hall at Patriot Place, Foxborough
  • Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River, Fall River
  • Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester
  • New England Quilt Museum, Lowell
  • Smith College of Art, Northampton
  • Springfield Museums, Springfield
  • Charles River Watershed Association, Weston
  • Chesterwood, Stockbridge
  • Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Great Barrington

July 19

  • Boston Children’s Museum, Boston
  • Arnold Arboretum, Boston
  • Battleship Cove, Fall River
  • Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Mashpee
  • Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
  • Sandwich Glass Museum, Sandwich
  • Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst
  • New England Historical Genealogical Society, Boston
  • Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association, Nantucket
  • Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, Weston

July 26

  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston
  • Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, Boston
  • Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis
  • Commonwealth Museum, Boston
  • Larz Anderson Auto Museum, Brookline
  • The Gardens at Elm Bank, Wellesley
  • Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, Lenox
  • Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Boston
  • Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg
  • Historic Deerfield, Deerfield

August 2

  • Franklin Park Zoo, Boston
  • Old State House, Boston
  • Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood, Lenox
  • Chatham Shark Center, Chatham
  • Children’s Museum of Holyoke, Holyoke
  • Concord Museum, Concord
  • International Volleyball Hall of Fame, Holyoke
  • Lynn Museum, Lynn
  • Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton
  • Naumkeag, The Trustees, Stockbridge

August 9

  • Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, Boston
  • Davis Museum at Wellesley College, Wellesley
  • Gore Place, Waltham
  • Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield
  • JFK Hyannis Museum, Hyannis
  • New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford
  • Old Colony History Museum, Taunton
  • Worcester Historical Museum, Worcester
  • Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Boston
  • The Greenway Carousel, Boston

August 16

  • John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston
  • USS Constitution Museum, Boston
  • Berkshire Theatre Group, Stockbridge
  • Cahoon Museum of American Art, Cotuit
  • Discovery Museums, Acton
  • Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton
  • Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, Cambridge
  • Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown
  • Paragon Carousel, Hull
  • Fruitlands Museum, The Trustees, Harvard

August 23

  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
  • Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield
  • Boston Athenaeum, Boston
  • Buttonwood Park Zoo, New Bedford
  • Emily Dickenson Museum, Amherst
  • The Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium, Boston
  • Fort Devens Museum, Devens
  • Freedom Trail Foundation, Boston
  • Heritage Museums & Gardens, Sandwich
  • Museum of African American History, Boston and Nantucket

August 30

  • Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge
  • EcoTarium, Worcester
  • Capron Park Zoo, Attleboro
  • MASS MoCA, North Adams
  • Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield
  • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster
  • Museum of the First Corps of Cadets, Boston
  • Hull Lifesaving Museum, Hull
  • Osterville Historical Museum, Osterville

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