by Katherine Decker, Head of Circulation
Looking for a fun activity during school vacation? Check out our museum pass program for some ideas.
Through the generosity of the Friends of the Lynnfield Library, we are able to offer a number of passes that waive or reduce admission to local museums and attractions. Each pass is unique in its admission savings, so please check out our museum information on our website or pick up a museum pass brochure during your next visit to the Library.
Making a trip into Boston? You can explore the art of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Harvard Art Museum or Museum of Fine Arts. Kids may be excited to check out the Children’s Museum, the Museum of Science, New England Aquarium or the USS Constitution Museum.
Perhaps you want to take a trip up to Salem and visit the Peabody Essex Museum.
Have an interest in animals? Consider checking out our Zoo New England pass and visiting the flamingos, foxes, jaguars otters, sloths and many others at the Stone Zoo (Stoneham) or Franklin Park Zoo (Boston).
Enjoy spending time outside? Our Parks Pass offers free parking at over 50 Massachusetts state parks and forests. Get outdoors and try some hiking, biking, rock climbing, swimming, fishing, and more! Check out the Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation for a list of the parks. New in the past year, we’ve also added the Trustees of the Reservation GoPass which gives you free or reduced admission to Trustees properties across the state.
Any patron with a valid NOBLE library card may reserve a museum pass through the Lynnfield Library. Reservations can be made in person, by phone (781.334.5411), or online 24/7 from the Library website using your library card. Passes are available on a first-come basis and are available up to 60 days in advance, so plan ahead, especially for weekends and around holidays and school vacations.
We have three types of passes. The most common type is printable or completely digital passes. They require no pick up at the Library and can be printed from home or accessed through email, so there’s no need for an additional trip in the cold weather. Over the past year, the Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, JFK Library, and most recently, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum have made the switch to digital passes, joining the Boston Children’s Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Peabody Essex Museum, and the USS Constitution Museum.
Other passes, including the Harvard Museum of Natural History, Zoo New England, Trustees Go Pass, and new museum, North Shore Children’s Museum, are coupons that can be picked up at the Library once a reservation is made. The Harvard Art Museum and Parks Pass are passes that need to be returned following use.
Many museums have policies or recommendations regarding advanced ticketing or timed entry. We strongly encourage all patrons to visit museum websites ahead of time to help plan your visit.
We hope you will take advantage of our Museum Pass Program this new year. Be sure to check out our website for more information or call us with any questions.