For many of us, Bank of America is part of our lives. I'm guilty of it. Yes, I pay the $15 per month to hold a checking account. (But I also have easy access to atm's on almost every corner.) Bank of America isn't cutting us short though you guys. Every first weekend of every month in 2012 they are giving all Bank of America (and Merrill Lynch) card holders free museum admission. So get your learn on people or just take a stroll through the participating museums FO' FREE!! Milk it for what it's worth if you ask me and make the first weekend of October a museum weekend. And going to the museum would make you smarter! DUHHHHHHH
Make a date on one of the following weekends:
• October 6th - 7th, 2012
• November 3rd - 4th, 2012
• December 1st - 2nd, 2012
• Amherst: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
• Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
• Cambridge: Harvard Museum of Natural History
• Dennis: Cape Cod Museum of Art
• Lowell: American Textile History Museum
• North Adams: Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA)
• Worcester: Worcester Art Museum
The Peabody Museum is the region's great world cultures museum, with vast collections from North America, ancient Mesoamerica, Africa, and Oceania. Changing exhibits explore human societies and culture from prehistory to the present. Experience the Plains Indian wars from the Lakota perspective, marvel at the spectacular wall paintings of the Maya, Moche, and American southwest, and explore the many island cultures of the Pacific.
Not a museum person? Well head over to their next event, Wampanoag Dance, Song, and Stories, on Saturday, September 15th from noon-4pm. (And its FREE with your Peabody museum admission!)
Annawon Weeden is a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe (Massachusetts), and brings traditional dance, song, and storytelling to the Museum. Join in Eastern social dance songs from the New England area celebrating Eastern Woodland culture. Don’t miss an opportunity to make corn husk “action figures.“
If there is one family that is synonymous with Boston it is the Kennedys. In a landmark contemporary building on the water, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Dorchester has memorabilia of the late president, his wife and family. As well as Jackie’s gowns, there are video clips ranging from civil rights to the Cuban Missile Crisis. There is even a reconstruction of the White House Oval Office as it was during his presidency. Through their permanent exhibits, you can learn about the career of John F. Kennedy, the challenges he faced, the decisions he made, and his commitment to public life as he speaks for himself on film, video, and sound recordings from the Library's audio-visual collections. Exhibits on the Kennedy presidency focus on such hallmarks as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Peace Corps and the Space Program. They also have some special temporary exhibits so check out their website to see what's going on!
Can't think of anything to do today? Well today is your lucky day! It is Free Fun Friday at the Sport Museum! Don't know what the sports museum is? Well you must not be from Boston then - so here is a little summary... The concept of a sports museum has pretty much been thought of by every sports fan who ever lived in New England. Nowhere else in the country is the passion for sports so intense, the tradition as deep, or the shared experience as broad. In fact if you ask many of your local Boston taxi drivers they will tell you "A sports museum in Boston is like an art museum in Paris." So don't take yourself out to the ball game today folks, cause today is the day to jump into history, and not into your wallets.
Can't make it today? Well view their schedule and plan a trip to get your much needed Bostonian sports fix!
So if you are anything like me, you are as inartistic as humanly possible. As if stick figures aren't already hard enough to draw, it doesn't make it any better when your best friend graduated college with a degree in art. So now that we're on the same page (don't worry, I won't tell you can't color in the lines either), head over to the Museum of Bad Art. They have three locations and no matter which one you go to, you are bound to leave saying only one thing, "well that made me feel better, whoever drew that should probably reconsider ever picking up a paint brush again." True story folks... check it out.
And when you leave, give yourself a pat on the back- nooooooo, not for being better than them, but for not letting them find your recent sketches.
(Click here for the museum locations)
In today's world, it is pretty common to hear the phrase "nothing is for free." Well I have news for you Boston! There are many FREE museums, so grab the kids and play fieldtrip cause' the kids are tired of their xbox! I've put a list of free places together for you so don't be shy- and milk it for what its worth. And okay, to be honest, it's not really free consdiering you pay for it through your taxes. So get your money's worth and get lost! ... in a museum.
Art Complex Museum Homepage
Free - always.
Boston Children's Museum Homepage
$1 - every Friday 5-9pm.
Boston University Art Gallery Homepage
Free - always.
Davis Museum and Cultural Center Homepage
Free - always.
Fuller Craft Museum Homepage
Free - every Thursday 5-9pm.
Institute of Contemporary Art Homepage
Free - every Thursday 5-9pm, last Saturday of every month for families.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Free - always 18 and under or if your first name is Isabella, check calendar.
Harvard Art Museums Homepage
Free - always 18 and under, every Saturday 10am-12 (MA residents only).
MIT Museum Homepage
Free - every Sunday 10am-12, second Friday of every month 5-8pm.
Museum of Bad Art Homepage
Free - always.
Museum of Fine Arts Homepage
Free - check calendar.
Pay What You Wish - every Wednesday 4-9:45pm.
Discover your inner geek.
Activate your weekend and stop by the MIT Museum for its monthly event - Second Fridays Free Night. Check out the Polaroid cameras in the display case, the beautiful holograms on the second floor, or just take in all the cool research that's being done at MIT in the Innovation Gallery. The Museum Store is always open whether you are looking for funny t-shirts, serious science books, unique jewelry or home goods that appeal to your inner geek!
Come visit and see what we're about!
Where: MIT Museum | 265 Massachusetts Ave | Cambridge
When:Friday Evening starting at 5pm Ending at 8pm
The Boston Public Library is featuring a great exhibit on the Civil War.
The American Civil War is one of the defining events in United States history. Throughout 2011, the Boston Public Library commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with an array of system-wide programming, including exhibitions, lectures, films, tours, and live performances.
Where: The Boston Public Library | 700 Boylston St
When: Now to December
It's that time again...if you haven't we suggest you should. The MFA (465 Huntington Ave) will be opening it's doors today, to the public for a free open house from 10am-4:45pm.
Highlights of the day include free admission to the special exhibitions, including "Chihuly: Through the Looking Glass", curators' talks, films and workshops. There will be musical and dance performances throughout the day, as well as family tours and tours in English, Spanish and American Sigh Language. Visit the MFA's website for more information.
Do you have a "thing" for bad weather? Do you like the IMAX? The Museum of Science is featuring Tornado Alley!
Join Storm Chasers star Sean Casey and the researchers of VORTEX 2, the most ambitious effort ever made to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes, on this heart-pounding science adventure. Feel the adrenaline and experience the science as Tornado Alley reveals the beauty and untamed power of breathtaking weather events.
Where: Museum of Science | 1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114
When: Now to June 4th (see here for times).
Price: Adult: $10 | Senior: $9 | Child: $8