Boston Public Library Brings Back Museum Passes Program

As Museums Continue to Open in Phase 3 of the Commonwealth’s Reopening Plan, BPL Offers Free and Discounted Passes to BPL Patrons

Boston – August 17, 2020 – The Boston Public Library today announced it is reinstating a version of the Museum Passes program, granting BPL patrons access to free and discounted passes to Massachusetts museums and cultural institutions. As museums continue to open in Phase 3 of the Commonwealth’s reopening plan, the library will add more institutions to the program. For more information on COVID-19 safety requirements when visiting these organizations, patrons can call or visit their websites directly. 

WHO:Library card holders can utilize the Museum Passes program.  

WHEN: This program is effective immediately, and will expand as more organizations continue to open. 

WHERE:Passes can be picked up at all BPL branch locations, and are available at the organizations listed below: 

  • Boston Children's Museum 
  • Boston Harbor Island Cruise 
  • Massachusetts DCR ParksPass hang tag 
  • New England Aquarium 
  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (ICA) 
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 
  • Larz Anderson Auto Museum 
  • Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuaries 
  • Trustees of Reservations Go Pass 
  • More to come!

HOW: Patrons can reserve museum passes online in TixkeeperThe library also allows patrons to reserve passes over the phone (with a library card number). There are three types of passes: physical passes that need to be returned, paper coupons that do not need to be returned, and digital passes that require an e-mail address and no physical pick-up.  During this time of social distancing, each institution may have their own procedures for obtaining tickets even with a library pass. Patrons should call the institution or visit their website to find out next steps after securing a pass from the library.  

Reservation information and instructions for reserving passes can be found at