Using Museum Passes

Museums are reopening, and many are allowing the use of library passes once again!  Each museum has a different process in place to limit crowds, with many requiring timed entry tickets to be purchased before visiting.  This list details the reservation process for each museum pass currently available.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at 978-887-1528 (Press 1).

**Please keep in mind that not all museums have reopened, and some that have reopened are not able to accept library discounts at this time.**

Reserve passes here

Boston Children’s Museum 

  • Reserve pass through our online reservation site and pick up from the library. Our pickup window is open Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm.
  • Timed museum entry via online reservation is required.  Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org/ticketing
  • Click on “Discount Programs,” then the “Discounted Program Tickets” drop down arrow. Click on “Half Price Library Timed Ticket ” to book.  Please note that online reservation is required to visit the new PlaySpace Exhibit.  Scroll down to add a Playspace reservation to your ticket.
  • Remember to bring your library pass to the museum when you visit.
  • Patrons with questions about the online ordering system should contact Orders@BostonChildrensMuseum.org

Cape Ann Museum

  • Reserve pass through our online reservation site and pick up from the library.  Our pickup window is open Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm.
  • Timed museum entry via online reservation is required.  Visit capeannmuseum.org/visit
  • Click “Reserve online,” then “Select a date.”  Once you have chosen your date and time, you will be presented with a list of tickets.  Scroll down and click “Library Pass” to get discounted admission.
  • Remember to bring your library pass to the museum when you visit.  This pass must be returned to the library after use.  Please return to the blue return bin outside the library, Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm.

Decordova Museum

  • Reserve pass through our online reservation site and write down or copy promo code on final confirmation page
  • Timed museum entry via online reservation is required.  Visit thetrustees.org/place/decordova and click “Admission & Hours” on the navigation menu.  Click the link for either a grounds-only pass or a grounds and indoor galleries pass.
  • Choose a date and time for your visit and click “place order.”
  • Below “Payment information” is a Discount Code field.  Enter the promo code and click “apply.”  The page will refresh and the request for credit card information will be removed.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

  • Reserve pass through our online reservation site and pick up from the library’s Pickup Window, open Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm.
  • Timed museum entry via online reservation is required.  Visit gardnermuseum.org/visit
  • Click “Admissions & Discounts,” then “Buy Tickets.”  
  • You will see a box labeled “Promo Code” in the upper right corner.  Enter the library promo code listed on your pass and click “Submit” to apply the library discount.
  • Select a date and time for your visit.
  • Create an account and continue checkout.
  • You will be asked to present your library pass upon entry to the Museum.

Massachusetts State Parks

  • Reserve pass through our online reservation site and pick up from the library.  Our pickup window is open Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm.
  • No timed entry required.
  • Pass must be returned by 10am the day after use.

Museum of Fine Arts

  • Reserve pass through our online reservation site and write down or copy promo code on final confirmation page
  • Timed museum entry via online reservation is required. Visit mfa.org/tickets
  • Select a day and click “Tickets.” The next page will have a box labeled “Promo Code” in the upper-right corner. Enter the promo code into the box and click “Submit” to apply the discount.  The page will refresh.
  • Select an entry time and the number of tickets you would like, then click “Add to cart.”
  • You will be asked to create an account before checking out.

Museum of Science

  • Reserve pass through our online reservation site.  Your pass will be sent to you via email.  It can only be used on the date printed.
  • You must also call the Museum of Science to reserve a timed ticket.  Call 617-723-2500 (daily, 9am – 5pm).  Please call at least 1-2 days ahead to reserve your timeslot, otherwise the Museum might be fully booked.
  • After you make your timed reservation with the Museum, they will send you an email confirmation with your reservation time.
  • Please bring both your library pass confirmation (printed or displayed on a phone) and your email confirmation from the Museum when you visit. Show both confirmations at the gate to enter. You do not need to stop at the Box Office.
  • If you are not able to show your Library confirmation on a phone, we can print one for you at no cost.  Just call the library at 978-887-1528 (Press 1) to request a paper copy.

Peabody Essex Museum

  • Reserve pass through our online reservation site and write down or copy promo code on final confirmation page
  • Timed museum entry via online reservation is required. Visit my.pem.org/events
  • Enter the promo code in the upper-right box labeled “Promo code” and click “Submit.”  The page will refresh.
  • Select a date and time for your visit.  You will see an option for “Library discount $12” which will allow you to purchase discounted tickets.
  • Sign in or register for an account to complete your transaction

Trustees of Reservations

  • Not all Trustees properties charge admission.  See here for a list of locations that do. 
  • Reserve a pass on our online reservation site and pick up from the library.  Our pickup window is open Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm.
  • Not all Trustees properties require timed entry, but some do.  A promo code will be listed in your confirmation email, if needed.  See the “Places to Go” page on the Trustees website to check if timed ticketing is required.
  • If timed ticketing is not require, simply present your pass at gate of Trustees property. 
  • **PLEASE NOTE: Trustees passes may NOT be used at Crane Beach**

USS Constitution Museum

  • Reserve pass through our online reservation site and pick up from the library.  Our pickup window is open Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm.
  • Timed museum entry via online reservation is NOT required. Entry is first-come, first served.  Simply bring your pass to the admission desk to receive free admission for up to 9 people.

Wenham Museum

  • Reserve pass through our online reservation site and pick up from the library. Our pickup window is open Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm.
  • Timed museum entry via online reservation is required.  Go to wenhammuseum.org/visit and “Reserve Tickets.”  Select a date and time for your reservation.  Scroll down the list of prices to find “Library Pass,” which will be available at a discounted rate.
  • When you arrive at the museum, you will be asked to present your library pass.   This  pass is dated and does not have to be returned to the library.

Zoo New England

  • Reserve pass through our online reservation site and pick up from the library. Our pickup window is open Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm.
  • Timed entry via online reservation is required. Visit zoonewengland.org and use the “Visit” tab to choose tickets for either the Franklin Park Zoo or the Stone Zoo.
  • Read the guidelines for Non-Member tickets.  Once you have read and accepted the guidelines, click “Purchase timed tickets.”
  • On Desktop, select the “Promo Code” tab.  On mobile devices, select the “menu” button to find the Promo Code box.
  • Enter Promo code “LIBRARYPASS.”  You will then see a screen with a calendar.  Choose your day and time of entry.  You may purchase up to six (6) tickets at a discounted rate.
  • When you have added your tickets, click “Next.”  You will then need to enter the gift code on your Library pass.  Once entered, click “Finish” to be taken to the billing screen.
  • Once tickets have been purchased, you will be sent an e-mail with confirmation.  You may print your tickets or display them on your mobile device when you get to the Zoo.