Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Framingham Library Association and other supporters, we are fortunate to be able to offer a wide range of passes for free or reduced admission to local museums, historic attractions, botanic gardens, and zoos. With the help of the library pass program, you and your family can explore new attractions and revisit favorites.

You may book a pass by calling the Reference Desk at 508-532-5570 ext 4361, or you can view their availability and reserve passes yourself. Patrons must have a valid Minuteman Library Card number to reserve passes. Passes may be reserved up to 60 days in advance. When reserving passes online, use the calendar in the upper right corner to see all available dates.

Passes must be picked up by 11am on the day of the reservation. The library reserves the right to cancel the reservation unless other arrangements are made.

EBT Cards

If you have an EBT card, you can get discounted tickets without having to reserve a museum pass. Please click here to see the list of museums you can visit for $2-3 a person (or for free) by showing your EBT card.

Museum Pass Policies

Reserving Passes

  • To ensure the availability of a pass on a particular day, advance reservations are strongly encouraged.
  • Passes may be reserved by calling or visiting the Main Library Reference Department, 508-532-5570, ext. 4361. Or you can reserve passes online.
  • A library card is required to reserve a pass.
  • If you must cancel your reservation, please provide us with twenty-four hour's notice.

Picking Up Passes

  • Passes are available for pickup at the Main Library Reference Desk.
  • Passes may be picked up the day before your reservation or the day of your reservation by 11AM. The library reserves the right to cancel the reservation unless other arrangements are made. 
  • Passes will be checked out to your library account. 
  • Patrons must present the valid Minuteman library card used to reserve the museum pass when picking up a pass. 
  • The library card account must be in good standing to reserve or checkout a pass. 
  • Patrons who have blocks on their library card due to fines or billed items will not be allowed to check out museum passes. 
  • Please check the library's hours for that week in case of holiday closings.

Returning Passes

  • Weekday passes must be returned to the Main Library Reference Desk the day following use.
  • Weekend passes must be returned by Monday. 
  • Passes may be returned in the book-drop after hours. 
  • There will be a charge of $5.00 per day for late returns. 

Museum Information

  • Children's Museum, Boston

    The Children's Museum
    Boston, Massachusetts
    617-426-6500
    617-426-8855 "What's Up Line"

    This museum offers "opportunities for new insights, involvement with the world and understanding of human differences with world-class exhibits and programs." Most exhibits are hands-on, with a wide range focusing on science, culture, environmental awareness, health and fitness, and the arts. 

    Hours 10:00-5:00 every day; open to 9:00 on Fridays
    Number admitted with pass 4 persons, any age.
    Fees with pass $8 per person.
    Fees without pass Adults: $16.
    Children under 1:  free.
    Ages 1-15:  $16
    Senior citizens: $16.
    Additional information Pass does not need to be returned

    You can reserve the pass online or by calling the Reference Department at 508-532-5570, ext. 4361. A valid Minuteman Library Network card is required. 

    Funding provided by the Friends of the Framingham Library Association.

  • The Discovery Museums, Acton

    Discovery Museums
    Acton, Massachusetts
    978-264-4200

    Hours School-year hours
    Children's Discovery Museum

    Tuesday-Sunday: 9:00-4:30
    Closed Mondays except July, August and some holidays Science Discovery Museum
    Tuesday-Friday: 1:00-4:30
    Saturday, Sunday: 10:00-4:30
    Closed Mondays except July, August and some holidays Summer hours -- Both Museums
    Children's Discovery Museum: 9:00-4:30
    Science Discovery Museum: 10:00-4:30
    Number admitted 3 persons per day, both museums.
    Fees with pass Half-price per person, covers both museums.
    Fees without pass Adults and Children: $12.50 per person both museums
    Teachers and children under 1:  free
    Seniors:  $11.50 for both museums
    Active duty military personnel or spouses, and up to 3 additional family members: free
    Additional information Pass must be returned following use

    The Discovery Museums in Acton are two separate but complementary museums filled with exciting, interactive exhibits for children of all ages. The museums exhibits use focused spaces and hands-on activities inviting exploration and discovery. The Children's Discovery Museum contains hands-on exhibits for toddlers and pre-school children and their families, and the Science Discovery Museum is filled with exhibits for interactive experimenting with the basic sciences and math for school-aged children. 

    You can reserve the pass online or by calling the Reference Department at 508-532-5570, ext. 4361. A valid Minuteman Library Network card is required. 

    Funding provided by the Friends of the Framingham Library Association.

  • Garden in the Woods, Framingham

    Garden in the Woods
    Framingham, Massachusetts
    508-877-7630

    Hours Open April-October. Hours are seasonal, please confirm hours with Garden in the Woods.
    Number admitted with pass 4 persons, any age
    Fees with pass Adults $6.00; Seniors $4.50; Children $1
    Fees without pass Adults:  $12
    Children under 3:  free
    Children aged 3-17:  $6
    Seniors:  $9
    Additional information Pass must be returned following use

    A local treasure right here in Framingham, Garden in the Woods is the headquarters and botanic garden of the New England Wild Flower Society. Open from April through October, "this ever-changing living museum - New England's premier wildflower garden - has more than 1600 kinds of plants, with many rare and endangered native specimens throughout the gardens, as well as the unique 'New England Garden of Rare and Endangered Plants.'" 

    You can reserve the pass online or by calling the Reference Department at 508-532-5570, ext. 4361. A valid Minuteman Library Network card is required. 

    A gift of the Simpson Park Garden Club and the Pinefield Garden Club.

  • The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

    Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
    Boston, Massachusetts
    617-566-1401

    Hours Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday:  11:00-5:00
    Thursday: 11:00-9:00
    Closed Tuesdays
    Open the following holidays: New Year's Eve, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day. Closed Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
    Number admitted with pass Each pass admits 4 people
    Fees with pass $5 per person 
    Fees without pass Adults: $15.
    Children under 18:  free.
    Senior citizens: $12
    Students with current ID: $5
    Additional information Pass does not need to be returned.

    You can reserve the pass online or by calling the Reference Department at 508-532-5570, ext. 4361. A valid Minuteman Library Network card is required. 

    Funding provided by the Friends of the Framingham Library Association.

  • Massachusetts State Parks, Various locations

    Massachusetts State Parks
    Various Locations

    Hours Check the Massachusetts State Parks Web Page for information about parks throughout the state.
    Number admitted with pass Free daytime parking for one carload to all Massachusetts State Parks, except for Nahant and Nantasket, that charge a parking fee.
    Fees with pass Free
    Fees without pass $35 for a seasonal parking pass.
    Additional information Pass is permitted to be used for 3 days and MUST be returned on the third day.

    You can reserve the pass online or by calling the Reference Department at 508-532-5570, ext. 4361. A valid Minuteman Library Network card is required. 

    Funding provided by the Friends of the Framingham Library Association.

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Museum of Fine Arts
    Boston, Massachusetts 
    617-267-9300

    Hours Monday-Tuesday: 10:00-4:45
    Wednesday-Friday:  10:00-9:45 
    Saturday, Sunday:  10:00-4:45
    Number admitted with pass 2 people
    Fees with pass $10.00/person
    Fees without pass Adults: $25 
    Youths 7-17: $10 on school days until 3pm; free all other times
    Students and senior citizens: $23.
    Under 6: Free
    Additional information Pass does not need to be returned.

    One of the most comprehensive museums in the world, the MFA in Boston encompasses nearly 450,000 works of art. The treasures here are from every era and all parts of the world. In addition to the permanent collection, special exhibitions change regularly. Check the museum's website for complete information.

    You can reserve the pass online or by calling the Reference Department at 508-532-5570, ext. 4361. A valid Minuteman Library Network card is required. 

    Funding provided by the Friends of the Framingham Library Association.

  • Museum of Science, Boston

    Museum of Science
    Boston, Massachusetts
    617-723-2500

    Hours Saturday through Thursday:  9:00-5:00
    Friday:  9:00-9:00
    Extended hours July 5, 2013-September 7, 2013: 9:00-7:00
    Number admitted with pass 4 persons, any age
    Fees with pass $10 per person
    Fees without pass Adults:  $25
    Children 3-11:  $21
    Senior citizens 65+:  $20
    Notes Pass does not need to be returned.

    The mission of the Museum of Science is "is to stimulate interest in and further understanding of science and technology and their importance for individuals and for society." Exhibits include live presentations, an IMAX theater, and a planetarium.

    You can reserve the pass online or by calling the Reference Department at 508-532-5570, ext. 4361. A valid Minuteman Library Network card is required. 

    Funding provided by the Friends of the Framingham Library Association.

  • Mystic Aquarium, Mystic, Connecticut

    Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration
    Mystic, Connecticut 
    860-572-5955

    Hours December-February:10AM-4PM
    March: 9AM-4PM
    April-Labor day: 9AM-5PM
    After Labor Day-November: 9AM-4PM
    Closed Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
    Hours are seasonal, please confirm hours with the Mystic Aquarium.
    Number admitted with pass $5.00 off general admission up to four (4) people
    Fees with pass $29.99 per adult; $16.95 per child; Senior 60+: $24.99
    Fees without pass Adults: $34.99
    Seniors: $29.99
    Youth 13-17: $28.99
    Children (3-12): $24.99
    Children 2 and under: Free  
    Additional information Pass must be returned following use.

    You can reserve the pass online or by calling the Reference Department at 508-532-5570, ext. 4361. A valid Minuteman Library Network card is required. 

    Funding provided by the Friends of the Framingham Library Association.

  • New England Aquarium, Boston (Passes not available in July and August).

    New England Aquarium
    Boston, Massachusetts
    617-973-5200

    Hours Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00
    Saturday and Sunday 9:00-6:00
    Number admitted with pass 4 persons, any age
    Fees with pass $10 per person
    Fees without pass Adults and children 12+: $26.95
    Children 3-11: $18.95
    Children under 3: free
    Seniors (60+): $24.95
    Notes Passes not available in July and August.

    You can reserve the pass online or by calling the Reference Department at 508-532-5570, ext. 4361. A valid Minuteman Library Network card is required. 

    Funding provided by the Friends of the Framingham Library Association.

  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston

    Tower Hill Botanic Garden
    Boylston, Massachusetts
    508-869-6111

    Hours Tuesday-Sunday and Monday holidays: 9am-5pm,
    Wednesdays evenings until 9 pm
    Open year round.
    Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
    Number admitted with pass Two (2) Guests at Half Price.
    Fees with pass Adults: $6
    Youth (6-18): $3.50
    Children: Free
    Seniors: $4.50
    Fees without pass Adults: $12
    Youth (6-18): $7
    Children: Free
    Seniors: $9
    Additional information Pass must be returned following use.

    The Worcester County Horticultural Society operates Tower Hill Botanic Garden as its headquarters on 132 acres in Boylston, Massachusetts. Here you can stroll through formal gardens and woodlands, and explore the arboretum. 

    You can reserve the pass online or by calling the Reference Department at 508-532-5570, ext. 4361. A valid Minuteman Library Network card is required. 

    Funding provided by the Friends of the Framingham Library Association.

  • Worcester Art Museum, Worcester

    Worcester Art Museum
    Worcester, Massachusetts
    508-799-4406

    Hours Wednesday through Friday: 11-5.
    Saturday: 10-5
    Sunday: 11-5
    3rd Thursday of every month: 11am-8pm
    Closed Monday and Tuesday
    Closed New Year's, Easter, Independence, Thanksgiving, Christmas
    Number admitted with pass 2 people 
    Fees with pass Free
    Fees without pass Adults: $14
    Seniors 65 and over: $12
    College Students with ID: $12 / Free on the third Thursday of each month
    Ages 4-17: $6
    Children under 3: Free
    EBT cardholder: $2 Cash
    Additional Information 2 passes available.
    Pass must be returned following use.

    This world-class art museum consists of constantly changing exhibits, a large collection of Paul Revere silver and other American art, a library and some unique permanent exhibits. Experience magnificent artwork from five millennia of world cultures. View paintings by Cassatt, Gauguin, Goya, Monet, Sargent, and Whistler; admire floor mosaics from the ancient city of Antioch; see cutting-edge contemporary art; and discover the museum's many other treasures.

    You can reserve the pass online or by calling the Reference Department at 508-532-5570, ext. 4361. A valid Minuteman Library Network card is required. 

    Funding provided by the Friends of the Framingham Library Association.

  • Zoo New England

    Zoo New England:

    Franklin Park Zoo
    1 Franklin Park Rd.
    Boston, MA 02121
    617-541-5466

    Stone Zoo
    149 Pond Street
    Stoneham, MA 02180
    617-541-5466
     

    Each pass admits up to 6 people:
    $9.00 per adult
    $6.00 per child

    Regular admission without pass:
    Adults: $19.95 Franklin, $16.95 Stone
    Seniors (62+): $16.95 Franklin, $14.95 Stone
    Child 2-12: $13.95 Franklin, $11.95 Stone
    Children under 2 are free

    Summer Hours (April 1 - September 30):
    Weekdays 10-5
    Weekends and major holidays: 10-6
    Winter Hours (October 1 - March 31):
    10AM - 4PM daily
    Last entry one half hour before closing

     

    http://www.zoonewengland.org/