Museum of Science Welcomes Witch City Residents for Ninth Annual September Salem Days

August 29, 2018

Salem Residents to Receive Free Exhibit Halls, Planetarium, and Omni Theater Passes Thanks to the Norman H. Read Trust

BOSTON —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 ninth 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 September 8th and will be led by Mayor Kimberley Driscoll. The second train ride, led by Salem Superintendent of Schools Margarita Ruiz, will be held on Saturday, September 22nd. Parking in the city-owned lot at the Salem MBTA Station will be free to residents on those two Saturdays.


“The Read Trust has long supported incredible science initiatives in our school system and for Salem children. Thanks to the Trust’s generosity, September Salem Days offers a unique opportunity and an amazing gift to all of Salem’s residents,” said Salem Mayor, Kimberley Driscoll. “I look forward to greeting residents at the Salem MBTA station on September 8th for the free train ride into Boston!”


Superintendent Margarita Ruiz stated, “I would like to thank Dr. Nile Albright, trustee of the Norman H. Read Trust, for funding this opportunity for students and their families to be able to ride the train and gain free admission to the Museum of Science.  This program is a perfect way to get children excited about science at the beginning of the school year.  I’m excited to meet and greet students and their families on the September 22nd train ride.”


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.


“We’re excited to welcome passengers aboard these round-trip trains for September Salem Days,” said David Scorey, CEO and General Manager of Keolis Commuter Services. “With the Museum of Science located just steps from Boston’s North Station, this partnership is a great opportunity for Salem residents to experience the convenience of commuter rail and spend more time enjoying their journeys rather than sitting in traffic and looking for parking.”


“The Museum of Science is a place of discovery for all,” said Ioannis Miaoulis, president and director of the Museum of Science. “From the aspiring biologist to the future technology wizard, every science-loving child and adult will have something to look forward to this September at the Museum of Science. We are thrilled to be honoring the partnership of Norman Read and Bradford Washburn through the special event and look forward to welcoming Salem residents to the Museum.”


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 at the Museum Box Office 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 4 for routine maintenance.


Throughout the month of September, the Charles Hayden Planetarium will show Undiscovered Worlds: The Search Beyond Our Sun, Explore: The Universe, Wonders of the Night Sky, From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA and Magic Tree House: Space Mission. The Mugar Omni Theater will show Dream Big: Engineering Our World, Great Barrier Reef and, premiering on September 7, Pandas. Highlights of the Exhibit Halls include Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center presentations, design challenges, and much more. For more information the public can call 617-723-2500.



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 more than 1.4 million visitors a year to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) through the world-class hands-on exhibits, programs and pre-K-12 curricula of its William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center. An extraordinary variety of learning experiences span the 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 Science Behind Pixar, created with Pixar Animation Studios, is touring internationally. The Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® has transformed STEM education nationally and internationally through advocacy, standards and assessment reforms, teacher professional development, and curriculum development. The Museum’s pre-K-12 curricula, including its award-winning Engineering is Elementary®, have reached an estimated 18 million students and 185,000 educators. Visit:


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Mayor Kimberley Driscoll with Salem Residents

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Salem Residents at MBTA Commuter Rail Station

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Salem's Mayor Kimberley Driscoll

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