3 Worcester Museums Offering Free Admission on Select Fridays this Summer

by | Jun 16, 2019 | Entertainment, Arts, Events, Headlines, News

WORCESTER –   What’s better than planning a trip to a popular museum or local cultural attractions?

Having plans to go there for free!

Visiting popular museums, zoos, and attractions can be expensive, especially for families, but Free Fun Fridays makes this possible for everyone.

Free Fun Fridays are a wonderful program for all people and families to have a great day to learn about something new while maintaining a budget. Starting Friday, June 28, select museums and attractions will offer free admission to visitors all over Massachusetts.

The Highland Street Foundation funds and plans Free Fun Fridays and this year, they are celebrating their 10th year of hosting Free Fun Friday events.

The Highland Street Foundation has proudly donated more than $200 million to hundreds of non-profit organizations. Its their mission to provide for the needs of families and children and to supply them with educational, housing, and healthcare opportunities. Free Fun Fridays are inclusive events that supports the enrichment of the community, promotes hands-on learning opportunities, and provides entertaining events for all people.

Worcester has participated in Free Fun Fridays for years and they will continue that tradition this year, too. Three museums are participating in Free Fun Fridays and they are providing entertainment for the whole family.  

Start your Free Fun Fridays experience admiring art

Worcester begins its participation with Free Fun Fridays on June 28 with free admission to the Worcester Art Museum. The art museum is incorporating many interactive activities and immersive exhibits, including a summer stencil art station, a mural making area, an opportunity to take a family tour, an arms and armor demonstration, a knight gallery. After an exciting day, the museum is also bringing in food trucks so visitors can enjoy a tasty snack.

Smile your way through Worcester!

The smiley face exhibit at the Worcester Historical Museum is on August 9 and learn that the smiley face was invented in Worcester! The Worcester Historical Museum is a museum that celebrates the rich culture and history of the city. The museum is opening two new exhibits just in time for its Free Fun Friday event that highlights the diverse history of the Worcester community. The exhibits include an exhibit titled LGBTQ+ Worcester – for the Record and D-Day Plus Seventy-Five Years. These exhibits will include oral histories, historical artifacts, and other displays of Worcester’s past.


Celebrate the end of summer with a day at the Ecotarium

On August 30, the Ecotarium is holding it’s Free Fun Friday event. With both outdoor and indoor attractions, visitors will be able to enjoy the last days of summer vacation. The Ecotarium is asking visitors to get in touch with their wild side when viewing a new outdoor exhibit called the Wild Cat Station. Two mountain lions and numerous native bird species roam about an exhibit that simulates their natural environment. Inside the museum, guests can learn about the world around the Worcester area. With an interactive exhibit about the weather and geology of Mount Washington and the science that takes place everyday in the city, visitors will appreciate their local experiences and ecosystems.

Take a local day trip and take advantage of the Free Fun Fridays this summer. These Worcester museums as well as 97 other attractions around Massachusetts are opening their doors, so visitors can open their minds to new learning opportunities.

See the Full Calendar of Free Fun Fridays Here

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Heather Cameron is a graduate of Worcester State University with a Bachelor's degree in English and Education and a Master's degree in English. She is an adaptable writer and has worked with multiple genres including literary analyses, book critiques, ethnographies, how-to-guides, and an extensive Master's thesis that focused on the field of journalism. She is excited to contribute to a news source that concentrates on a city that holds many wonderful memories for her.