Inexpensive fun? Visit your local library and snag a museum pass
Local libraries have discounted or free admission passes to several popular New Hampshire and Boston museums and educational centers
Luke, 2, and Lilly, 4, of Hooksett enjoy a hands-on exhibit in the PlaySpace at the Boston Children's Museum.
Photo courtesy of Morgen Connor
You probably already knew that your local library is the go-to place for borrowing books, movies and other resources, but did you know that your local library is also the go-to place for finding free and discounted museum and attraction passes? That's right, your town or city's library also has a fantastic service that gives library card holders access to local popular museums and education centers at a fraction (or none) of the cost.
Visit your local library's resource desk, find a helpful librarian and ask them how your family can scoop up discounts like the ones below:
- Half off admission to the Boston Children's Museum in Boston, MA.
- Free admission to Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury, NH.
- Half off admission to the Children's Museum of New Hampshire in Dover, NH.
- Free admission to the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH.
- Discounted admission to the Museum of Science in Boston, MA.
- Free admission to the Millyard Museum in Manchester, NH.
- Discounted admission to the New England Aquarium in Boston, MA.
- Free admission to the American Independence Museum in Exeter, NH.
- Discounted admission to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA.
- Half off admission to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, NH.
- Discounted trail admission to Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness, NH.
- Discounted admission to Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA.
- Free admission to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, NH.
- Discounted admission to Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH.
Please note: Each library has its own set of rules and restrictions for passes, but museum passes are generally granted on a first-come, first-serve basis and qualities are limited. Plan a few days or weeks ahead to make sure you snag the pass that works best for your family's schedule. Some libraries allow you to reserve passes online and others require you to reserve museum passes in person. Museum passes also vary from library to library and the list above serves as sampling of the variety that's available.
Lilly and Luke play with one of the many water tables in the Peep's World exhibit at the Boston Children's Museum.
Photo courtesy of Morgen Connor
Now that you've seen the list of fun places that you can go, here's the link to your local library's museum pass page:
- Abbott Library (Sunapee)
- Amherst Town Library
- Baker Free Library (Bow)
- Barrington Public Library
- Bedford Public Library
- Belmont Public Library
- Blaisdell Memorial Library (Nottingham)
- Brookline Public Library
- Chester Public Library
- Concord Public Library
- Conway Public Library
- Converse Free Library (Lyme)
- Cook Memorial Library (Tamworth)
- Derry Public Library
- Dover Public Library
- Dunbar Free Library (Grantham)
- Durham Public Library
- Effingham Public Library
- Exeter Public Library
- George H. & Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library (Hudson)
- Goffstown Public Library
- Goodwin Library (Farmington)
- Griffin Free Public Library (Auburn)
- Hampstead Public Library
- Harvey-Mitchell Memorial Library (Epping)
- Hollis Social Library
- Hooksett Library
- Hopkinton Town Library
- Howe Public Library (Hanover)
- Jaffrey Public Library
- Keene Public Library
- Kelley Library (Salem)
- Kensington Public Library
- Laconia Public Library
- Lane Memorial Library (Hampton)
- Leach Library (Londonderry)
- Lebanon Public Libraries
- Lee Library
- Lincoln Library
- Madbury Public Library
- Manchester City Library
- Mary E. Bartlett Library (Brentwood)
- Meredith Public Library
- Merrimack Public Library
- Minot-Sleeper Library (Bristol)
- Moultonborough Public Library
- Nashua Public Library
- Nesmith Library (Windham)
- Newmarket Public Library
- Newwbury Public Library
- North Hampton Public Library and Cultural Center
- Pease Public Library (Plymouth)
- Pelham Public Library
- Peterborough Town Library
- Pillsbury Free Library (Warner)
- Plaistow Public Library
- Portsmouth Public Library
- Richards Free Library (Newport)
- Rochester Public Library
- Rye Public Library
- Salisbury Public Library
- Sandown Public Library
- Seabrook Library
- Smyth Public Library (Candia)
- Somersworth Public Library
- Tracy Memorial Library (New London)
- Tuftonboro Free Library
- Wadleigh Memorial Library (Milford)
- Walpole Town Library
- Weare Public Library
- Weeks Public Library (Greenland)
- Whipple Free Library (New Boston)