Community Access

The vision of the Museum of Science is one where everyone can participate equally in the excitement of science and technology learning. Barriers to access, whether caused by finances, culture, language, education, or ability, can inhibit exploration. The Museum is intent on breaking down these barriers while creating relationships with new audiences and offers free admission for qualifying organizations and individuals.

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Free Admission for Nonprofit Community Organizations

We can offer your group a reserved time to visit together or passes to be used individually or for smaller groups at your convenience. Review the information below for details and to see if your group qualifies. If you have any questions, contact us at or 617-723-2500.

To qualify, your organization should meet the following criteria:

  • 25% or more of the population served is classified as economically disadvantaged (eligible for Earned Income Tax Credit- EITC)
  • Official 501(c)(3) status
  • A separate summer reservation program is also available for eligible organizations, contingent on funding availability. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, starting April 1.
  • Group must have at least one chaperone for every 10 participants under the age of 18.

To make a reservation, for a group of 15 or more individuals in the group:

  • Call Science Central – Open daily, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm: 617-723-2500. Tell the representative you are making a Community Access reservation request.
  • Please make reservation at least two weeks prior to requested date of visit.
  • After submitting your reservation request, you will receive a confirmation email. A second email will be sent to you within two weeks with approval of funding and any balance due if applicable.
  • Please notify Science Central immediately if your numbers change or if you need to cancel a reservation: 617-723-2500 or

To receive passes for a group of 14 or less individuals, that cannot make a reservation for a specific date in advance and meets the guidelines above, send request to

Free or Reduced Admission for Qualified Individuals

WIC & EBT Cardholders

As a member of the Card to Culture and Museums For All programs, we are proud to offer EBT or WIC cardholders from all 50 states up to 4 free Exhibit Hall admissions, with valid state photo ID all year long. Sponsored by the Mass Cultural Council and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Library Passes

Many libraries offer individuals passes for free or discounted Exhibit Halls admission. You need to reserve a pass for the date you want to visit and then pick it up at your local library or download it digitally from the library website. Currently, we request that you reserve a timed ticket before your visit to ensure we are not at capacity when you arrive. Contact your local library for more details!

Ways to Save

Whether you're coming on your own, if you're an out-of-town visitor, or want to bring a group, we have a variety of programs and special offers to suit your needs.

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