The Museum of Science is committed to engaging participation by all audiences, particularly those from underrepresented cultural and ethnic communities and individuals with disabilities.
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Partnerships and Collaborations
The Museum is able to reach a wider audience through partnerships and collaborations with community-based organizations that work during out-of-school hours with youth ages 10 – 19 and underrepresented adults.
These opportunities allow our partners to utilize a number of resources available at the Museum such as the Computer Clubhouse, scholarships for Museum overnights, youth volunteer opportunities that may lead to paid internships, and more.
In return, the Museum gains valuable opportunities for consultation, evaluation, staff development, promotion, and recruitment.
Community Access Program (CAP)
Each year, approximately 19,000 – 24,000 underrepresented visitors benefit from the Community Access Program (CAP). CAP provides free or discounted admission to the Exhibit Halls, IMAX® films, and Planetarium shows to eligible out-of-school programs and other nonprofit organizations.
Groups are eligible for funding if their organization meets the following criteria:
- Consists of at least 15 people
- Has nonprofit status with a tax-exempt number
- Meets during out-of-school time and works with underrepresented youth or adults (examples might include after-school, ESL, or faith-based programs or shelters)
- Finds the admission cost a barrier to visiting the Museum of Science
Please note that your group must have at least one chaperone for every ten people under the age of 18.
Agencies with fewer than 15 people in their group that are unable to schedule a trip in advance and meet the above criteria may contact youth and community programs to request passes, 617-589-0418 or 617-589-0417 (TTY), firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exhibit Halls and Ticketed Offering Add-Ons
Eligible groups receive up to 80 free Exhibit Halls admissions per school year, subject to availability of funding.
Free Exhibit Halls admission does not include ticketed offerings such as 3-D shows, Butterfly Garden, IMAX films, or Planetarium shows. If you are interested in these add-ons, let us know at the time of reservation as funding is sometimes available. If there is no funding available, a rate of $6.00 – $8.00 per person will be charged for the first extra, and $3.50 – $4.50 per person for each additional show.
Book a Reservation
Reservations must be made at least three weeks in advance. School year trips may be reserved starting on August 15 and summer trips may be reserved starting on April 15, but please be aware that they are subject to availability of funding. Please note that there are a limited number of reservations available for vacation weeks and holidays.
If your program is eligible, you may book your visit by calling 617-723-2500 or 617-589-0417 (TTY) 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Please have the following ready when you call:
- Contact information
- Tax ID Number
- Date and time of your visit
After you book a reservation, you will be mailed a pending confirmation notice. Please review it and call us only if any information is incorrect. Approximately two weeks later, you will be mailed an approval notice with specific funding and balance due, if any.
EBT and WIC Cardholders
EBT and WIC cardholders can receive up to four free Exhibit Hall admissions. When arriving at the Museum, cardholder must present valid Massachusetts EBT/WIC card and additional picture ID. Available to Massachusetts residents only. This admission is available on any day the Museum is open.
*Please note: EBT/WIC entry does not apply to ticketed offerings such as 3-D shows, Butterfly Garden, IMAX films, Planetarium shows, or separately ticketed exhibits.
Library Pass Program
In an effort to serve their communities, many public libraries participate in the Museum of Science Library Pass Program. If you're a library patron, this means you can visit the Museum at a significantly reduced rate!
A Museum of Science library pass from your local public library allows up to four people per day to visit the Museum's Exhibit Halls. Contact your local library to find out if they participate and learn how to reserve your pass.
Please note: Discounted entry does not apply to ticketed offerings such as 3-D shows, Butterfly Garden, IMAX films, Planetarium shows, or separately ticketed exhibits.
Special thanks to the Lowell Foundation for their generous support of the Library Pass Program.
Are you interested?
The Museum's Library Pass Program is a great way to provide your patrons the opportunity to experience New England's premier science and technology learning center at a significant discount.
As a participant in the Library Pass Program, you will receive a book of 362 date-specific passes, each allowing admission for up to four people to the Museum's Exhibit Halls for just $7 each. This price represents a substantial savings over our standard ticket prices.
The cost for one year of membership in our Library Pass Program is $600. We can accept payment from your library directly, or from generous individuals or organizations that wish to make this exciting benefit available to library patrons.
If you have any questions regarding the Library Pass Program, email email@example.com or call the membership department at 617-589-0180.
To make the Museum more accessible and navigable, the outreach team offers foreign language guides for speakers of other languages as well as the availability of assistive technologies, multi-sensory exhibits, and other amenities.
Community Relations funding is sponsored in part by the following generous donors:
- The Lowell Institute
- The James and Evelyn Jenks Fund for Community Access
- The Helene and Norman Cahners Fund
- The Ned Pearce Memorial Fund
- The Carl Tilden Keller Fund
- The Theodore G. Patterson Fund
- Dr. Alice F Casey
- Additional corporate funders