Free and Inexpensive Museums in the Boston Area
We have found that expensive admission prices have been on prominent display at many museums recently, so thank goodness there are several in the Boston area that charge very little, if anything at all to enjoy some fine culture:
The Art Complex Museum at 189 Alden St. in Duxbury, Mass. (Tel. 781-934-6634), is a regional art museum with around 8,000 pieces. Admission is free. Museum hours are from 1-4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.
The Boston University Art Museum at 855 Commonwealth Ave. in Boston, Mass. (Tel. 617-353-3329), features extensive international, national, and regional art exhibitions, mostly from the 20th century. It’s open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. 5p.m. and Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Admission is free.
The Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College at 106 Central St. in Wellesley, Mass. (Tel. 781-283-2051), has on display paintings, sculptures, photos and decorative objects from around the world. Admission is free. Call for seasonal hours.
The Museum of Bad Art at the Dedham Community Theater, 580 High St. in Dedham, Mass. (781-444-6757), is so bad that it’s good. The collection is taken from unknown amateurs, dusty attics, thrift stores, yard sales and trash cans. The admission is free, thank goodness. Definitely call for hours.
The Fuller Craft Museum at 455 Oak St. in Brockton, Mass., (Tel. 508-588-6000) offers free admission every Wednesday from 5-9 p.m. It’s a terrific museum in a beautiful woods and pond setting with a fabulous collection of contemporary crafts-based art. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am.-5 p.m. and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
In addition to the info above, we thank one of our readers, Nina Berger, Media Relations Director for the Arts at Wellesley at Wellesley College, for sharing these affordable admission museums in the Boston area:
The Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Waltham is always free – www.brandeis.edu/rose
The Boston Cyberarts Gallery, located at Green Street Station in Boston, is always free. Boston Cyberarts also programs “Art on the Marquee,” on the 80-foot LED marquee at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Every Sunday night they play a full-hour of art specially made for the “largest art gallery in Boston.” More info is available at www.bostoncyberarts.org and artonthemarquee.com.
Always call these museums in advance to ensure hours mentioned here have remained intact!
If you know of any Boston-area museum that charge no admission fee or a low price or any other travel related free things to do in Boston, please contact us at the Thrifty New England Traveler!
Free, guided tours available at the Longfellow House, Cambridge, Mass.