Museum Passes

We are able to offer a limited number of museum passes at this time. Please note availability and instructions below. As museums continue to open, we will update this page with pass availability.

Availability of the following passes varies and can be checked in our museum pass reservation system. (Link opens in a new window.)

Note: Check below for the most up-to-date admissions information for each pass.

Available at All Locations

Available at Select Locations

Not Available at This Time

Frequently Asked Questions

  • We are able to offer a limited number of museum passes at this time. Please note availability and instructions for each on our Museum Passes page.
  • Reserve most museum passes online in Tixkeeper, opens a new window. We allow patrons to reserve passes over the phone (with a library card number) and in person. You are also welcome to use our computers to make a reservation.

  • Returnable passes have to be picked up the day they are reserved for (or on Friday for a weekend pass). Disposable passes should be picked up before that date needed, as most museums are now requiring you to also schedule a visiting time on the museum's website after you have picked up your pass. You will need to bring your library card to pick up both types of passes.

  • There are two types of passes: returnable (laminated) or disposable. Each pass indicates which type it is.

    If you borrowed a disposable pass, you don’t need to return it.

    Laminated “returnable” passes must be returned to avoid fines. Bring back your returnable pass to the same location where you picked it up before 12 p.m. on the next day that the location is open.

    Please don’t leave museum passes in the overnight return box. Check the hours of the branch you’re returning to before returning your pass.

  • There are two types of passes: returnable (laminated) or disposable. Each pass indicates which type it is.

    If you don’t return a laminated, returnable pass on time, your account will be blocked from further borrowing until it is returned.

    If you lose a returnable pass, let us know at 617.536.5400ask@bpl.org, or by calling or visiting the borrowing location. We’ll assess a replacement cost for you.

    Disposable passes do not need to be returned and don’t generate fines.

  • You may reserve one pass per museum per thirty-day period.

  • Cancellations are not permitted on the day of your scheduled pick up. You may cancel your reservation online or by contacting us in advance of your museum pass pickup date.

    If a pass has already been picked up, it must be returned to the owning library prior to cancelling the reservation.

    By phone or in person, ONE or more days in advance: Call or visit the library location you planned to pick the pass up from and ask us to cancel it for you. Have your library card number available so we can look up your reservation.

    Online, TWO or more days in advance: Visit our Tixkeeper site, opens a new window. Select MY PASSES on the museum selection page and log in to view your reservations. Locate the pass that needs to be cancelled from the list and select Cancel Reservation.

  • No. To reserve museum passes, upgrade your eCard at any BPL location by bringing a photo ID and proof of your Massachusetts residency. A state-issued ID or driver's license meets both requirements.

  • Zoo New England has provided promotional codes to several of our locations that you can use to purchase discounted tickets to Stone Zoo or Franklin Park Zoo. ($9 entry for adults, $6 entry for children. Maximum six tickets total.)

    These codes are not reserved using Tixkeeper. Please use the instructions below instead.

    1. Call a participating Boston Public Library location to receive a promo code.
    2. Visit zoonewengland.org, opens a new window to learn more about Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo, and to buy your tickets.
    3. From the Visit tab, select either Franklin Park Zoo Tickets or Stone Zoo Tickets.You must accept Zoo New England's updated COVID guidelines before purchasing tickets. These are subject to change.
    4. Select Purchase Timed Tickets to open the online store.
    5. If you are using a computer or other device with a large screen, select the Promo Code tab. Enter LIBRARYPASS in the pop-up box.
      If you are using a mobile device, select the Menu button and enter LIBRARYPASS in the first box.
    6. After you've done this, a calendar will appear. Select your desired visit date on the calendar and the time you would like to visit under either the Franklin Park Zoo or Stone Zoo heading.
    7. Once you have selected a time for the appropriate zoo, select the number of discounted library tickets you would like to purchase. You may select a maximum of six tickets total. Click Next.
    8. Enter the code that was supplied by your library and click Finish.
    9. Enter your billing information. Please note that ticket fees will be added to your purchase total.
    10. A confirmation email will be sent to you with a link to retrieve your tickets. You may print your tickets or display them on your mobile phone when you visit the Zoo.

    Thank you for supporting Zoo New England!

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