Looking for things do in Boston for free? Visit several of the best Boston Museums!

Boston boasts over 30 fabulous museums, and visiting one or more is among the most popular things to do in Boston. Although most of them charge admission fees, you can visit several of the best Boston museums free or almost free at certain times.

Check out Boston’s museums offering free admission:

MIT Museum

Super technology and science exhibits – Free admission on Sundays 10am – noon, and second Friday of each month, 5pm – 8pm.
Details: 265 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA; 617-253-5927 ; www.mit.edu/museum

ICA Boston

Boston’s contemporary art museum – Free admission for all from 5pm – 9pm every Thursday, free for families (up to 2 adults accompanied by children 12 and under) on the last Saturday of each month except for December), and free for kids 17 and under at all times.

Stargazing at Gilliland Observatory,
Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science – Free every Friday night from 8:30 – 10pm, weather permitting.
Call 617-589-0267 to confirm the schedule (if weather conditions seem iffy) and to find out what’s on view. Details: Roof of the parking garage; Museum of Science, www.mos.org –

Boston Public Library

Not a museum, but filled with magnificent paintings, sculpture, and architectural details. BPL also hosts frequent concerts, interesting lectures, and kids activities. Free at all times, plus it’s right in Copley Square, across from Trinity Church and the John Hancock Tower.