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Free and Inexpensive Museum Admission in the Boston Area

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Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Mass. Photo credit: Lightchaser Photography.

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 USS Constitution at 1 Constitution Rd., in Charlestown, Mass. (a section of Boston), is the oldest commissioned ship in the world still afloat dating back to 1797. Active duty U.S. Navy sailors conduct guided tours given every 30 minutes. This is a must-see as part of your Boston travel plans as the enormity of the ship — and all its history, architectural complexities and nooks and crannies — make for a fascinating, educational and entertaining experience. Admission is free. For specific seasonal hours, log onto the USS Constitution web page.

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 Fuller Craft Museum at 455 Oak St. in Brockton, Mass., (Tel.  508-588-6000) offers free admission every Thursday 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.

For children ages seven to 17-years-old, admission is free at the world class Museum of Fine Arts during weekdays after 3 p.m., weekends and Boston public school holidays. Log onto the MFA web site for more info.

Admission is also free for youths 17 and under at The Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston, (Tel. 617-478-3100).

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 video of the entire art collection 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!

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