Museum of Science Welcomes Salem Residents for Eighth Annual September Salem Days

August 31, 2016

This September, Salem residents will have the opportunity to transport themselves through the solar system, experience the Charles River as never before, engage in hands-on engineering activities, and much more, all free of charge, when the Museum of Science hosts September Salem Days. This program, generously funded by the Norman H. Read Trust, will allow Salem residents to explore more than 700 exhibits, four Planetarium shows, and three giant-screen films in the Mugar Omni Theater. This is the eighth year that the Norman H. Read Trust is providing this exclusive opportunity for Salem residents.


The Norman H. Read Trust will also subsidize two free MBTA train rides to and from North Station. The first train ride will take place on Saturday, September 10 and will be led by Salem Superintendent of Schools Margarita Ruiz. The second train ride, led by Mayor Kimberley Driscoll, will be held on Saturday, September 24. Parking in the city-owned lot at the Salem MBTA Station will be free to residents on those two Saturdays.


"As a Trustee of the Norman H. Read Trust, I am thrilled to be part of this, the eighth year of the remarkably successful and unique program, September Salem Days. Designed for all residents of Salem of all ages, this program in partnership with the Museum of Science, allows for those students and families of Salem to enjoy free admissions to the Museum as many times as desired for the entire month of September,” said Trustee Dr. Nile Albright. “The Read Trust is an innovative supporter of science education city wide also with Science Discovery Centers in all the city schools and Salem High School. The donor, Norman H. Read, who loved science, would be pleased to know the entire community of Salem is benefiting from this program. This program offers unparalleled opportunity for our community."


Norman H. Read was a close friend and colleague of Museum founder Bradford Washburn. It was Dr. Albright who joined Read and Washburn for an expedition to the summit of Mount McKinley in 1955 to research who made the first successful assent of the 20,300-foot mountain in 1907.


September Salem Days Program Information

The program includes free Exhibit Halls, Planetarium, and Omni Theater passes for all Salem families, individuals, and children. Passes have been mailed to each Salem household. Passes will admit up to four individuals. To obtain additional passes, residents can visit one of three distribution centers, which include Salem City Hall, Salem Public Library, and the Salem Parks and Recreation Department. Flyers will also be distributed in classrooms at the Salem public schools as a reminder of this special program. Exhibit Hall passes can be presented at the Museum entrance with a valid Massachusetts driver's license or identification card indicating Salem residence. Charles Hayden Planetarium and Mugar Omni Theater passes must be exchanged for a timed ticket with valid identification. Salem residents must obtain passes in the mail or from a distribution center prior to arriving at the Museum. The Museum of Science will be closed on Tuesday, September 6.


Throughout the month of September, the Charles Hayden Planetarium will show Magic Tree House: Space Mission, Wonders of the Night Sky, Explore the Universe: Live!, and Moons: Worlds of Mystery. The Mugar Omni Theater will show Dolpins, Wild Africa, and National Parks Adventure. Exhibit Halls highlights include the brand new Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center presentations, design challenges, and much more. For more information the public can call 617-723-2500 or visit   

About the Museum of Science, Boston

One of the world's largest science centers and New England's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces about 1.4 million visitors a year to STEM via programs and interactive exhibits. An extraordinary variety of learning experiences span the Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River, Hall of Human Life, Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 4-D Theater, and Butterfly Garden. The Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® curricula have reached an estimated 10.5 million students and 122,400 educators. The Museum sparks teens worldwide to use digital technology via The Clubhouse Network and has led a $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. Visit:

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