Highland Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays 2017 List

The Highland Street Foundation is in its ninth annual Free Fun Fridays initiative! Free Fun Fridays 2017 is a summer program that offers visitors no-cost admission to many cultural venues in Massachusetts. This year, eighty-five (85) institutions, from art museums to zoos, will join the program. It lasts for 10 consecutive Fridays — beginning June 23 and continuing through August 25. All free-of-charge!

There are new venues this year too! Check out the Mary Baker Eddy Library in Boston, and the Berkshire Theatre Group. There is also the Maritime Gloucester on the North Shore, and the Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton.

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Photo Credit: Highland Street Foundation

A complete list of all participating venues and dates is below.

Highland Street Free Fun Friday Dates in Massachusetts 2017

June 23

The Discovery Museum (Acton)

Lyric Stage Company of Boston (Back Bay)

Mary Baker Eddy Library (Fenway/Kenmore)

The Sports Museum (West End)

The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home (Lenox)

Peabody Essex Museum (Salem)

Clark Art Institute (Williamstown)

Worcester Art Museum (Worcester)


June 30

Boston Children’s Museum (Fort Point)

MIT Museum (Cambridge)

Maritime Gloucester (Gloucester)

New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford)

Springfield Museums (Springfield)

Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge)

The Garden at Elms Bank (Mass Hort) (Wellesley)

EcoTarium (Worcester)


July 7

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Fenway/Kenmore)

New England Historic Genealogical Society (Back Bay)

Children’s Museum in Easton (Easton)

Falmouth Museums on the Green (Falmouth)

The Hall at Patriot Place (Foxborough)

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (Great Barrington)

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum (Lenox)

Pilgrim Hall Museum (Plymouth)

Amelia Park Children’s Museum (Westfield)


July 14

Edward M. Kennedy Institute (Dorchester)

Larz Anderson Auto Museum (Brookline)

Harvard Museums of Science and Culture (Cambridge)

The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum (Newton)

Museum of Russian Icons (Clinton)

Cape Ann Museum (Gloucester)

Provincetown Art Association and Museum (Provincetown)

Edward Gorey House (Yarmouth Port)


July 21

Boston Athenӕum (Beacon Hill)

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Fenway/Kenmore)

The Museum of the NCAAA (Roxbury)

Fruitlands Museum, The Trustees (Harvard)

Tanglewood (Lenox)

Lynn Museum (Lynn)

Hancock Shaker Village (Pittsfield)

Sandwich Glass Museum (Sandwich)

Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History (Weston)


July 28

The Eric Carle Museum (Amherst)

Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Boylston)

JFK Presidential Library and Museum (Dorchester)

Commonwealth Museum (Dorchester)

Arnold Arboretum (Jamaica Plain)

Historic Deerfield (Deerfield)

Cape Cod Museum of Art (Dennis)

Berkshire Theatre Group (Stockbridge)

Wenham Museum (Wenham)


August 4

The Greenway Carousel (Downtown Boston)

Old State House (Downtown Boston)

Commonwealth Shakespeare (North End)

The Old Manse, The Trustees (Concord)

Fort Devens Museum (Devens)

Children’s Museum at Holyoke (Holyoke)

International Volleyball Hall of Fame (Holyoke)

JFK Hyannis Museum (Hyannis)


August 11

Jacob’s Pillow Dance (Becket)

Franklin Park Zoo  (Dorchester)

Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton)

Fitchburg Art Museum (Fitchburg)

Cape Cod Maritime Museum (Hyannis)

Smith College Museum of Art (Northampton)

Naumkeag, The Trustees (Stockbridge)

Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester)

Worcester Historical Museum (Worcester)


August 18

Emily Dickinson Museum (Amherst)

Freedom Trail ® Foundation (Beacon Hill)

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (Seaport)

Concord Museum (Concord)

Cape Cod Children’s Museum (Mashpee)

Buttonwood Park Zoo (New Bedford)

Berkshire Museum (Pittsfield)

Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge)


August 25th

Museum of African American History (Beacon Hill)

USS Constitution Museum (Charlestown)

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (Brewster)

The Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River (Fall River)

Nantucket Whaling Museum (Nantucket)

Museum of African American History (Nantucket)

Mass MoCA (North Adams)

Heritage Museums and Gardens (Sandwich)

Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park (Fort Andrews)

Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth)


About Highland Street Foundation:

Since 1989, the Highland Street Foundation has worked to enrich the lives of children and families in Massachusetts by donating more than $185 million to worthy nonprofit organizations. This year marks the ninth anniversary ofFree Fun Fridays and a record- breaking 85 venues will participate, with multiple venues in Massachusetts open free-of-charge every Friday for 10 weeks this summer. Over the past eight summers more than 1,000,000 visitors have enjoyed the program. Learn more at http://www.highlandstreet.org. 

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