Looking for something fun to do this summer? The Bedford Free Public Library has got you covered with its exciting offering of free or discounted museum passes for library cardholders. Now you can explore popular museums and attractions such as the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Science at a steeply discounted price.
To access these passes, simply visit the library’s website (www.bedfordlibrary.net) and you’ll find a quick link right on the homepage. Clicking on the link will lead to a page where you can browse through all the available passes. The passes are conveniently sorted into different categories, allowing you to easily find the ones that fit your interest.
Remember to book your passes in advance to ensure availability – there are a limited number of passes per day, so you will need a reservation. Most of the passes are now digital, so you won’t have to worry about carrying physical tickets.
Assistant Director Noreen O’Gara shared her enthusiasm for this program, saying, “I do think the Trustees of the Reservations Pass offers something for everyone … an art museum, multiple historic homes, and collections of American folk art, usually set among some of the most beautiful landscapes to be found in Massachusetts. You can visit a museum, plan a picnic, and do a little hike all at one site.” To use the library museum passes, “All you need is your library card!”
The museum passes have been a hit among library patrons with 1,099 checkouts this year. Although this number is still below the pre-pandemic level of 1,500 or more per year, there has been a positive trend as restrictions on hours and visitor capacity at museums have eased. Most museums have eliminated timed ticket systems and restrictions, making the experience of visiting these places much more enjoyable. And there are still five-plus months left to go this year!
When it comes to popular passes, O’Gara says, “The Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Science, and the New England Aquarium are the top three most requested passes. Nature lovers have enjoyed visits to the Massachusetts Audubon sites, the properties managed by the Trustees of the Reservation, and state parks and beaches through the passes provided by the Department of Conservation and Recreation.” Some of the other museums in the program include the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Discovery Museum, Boston Children’s Museum, New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill, and the Peabody Essex Museum.
The Friends of the Library play a crucial role in supporting the Museum Pass program. By participating in their book sales and contributing to their cause, you can help ensure the continuity of this valuable service.
Grab your library card, explore the Bedford Library’s website, and embark on an adventure to discover the wonders of art, science, and nature through the fantastic museum passes they offer.