Are you wondering how to save money at the Boston Children’s Musuem? Me too! The Boston Children’s Museum is a spot that my kids love to visit, but going there can add up really fast! I did a little research of my own and thought that you’d also find these tips super useful too!

How To Save Money At The Boston Children’s Museum

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How to Save Money At The Boston Children’s Museum: Tickets

Invest in a membership. The easiest way to save money at the Boston Children’s Museum is by investing in a membership. Membership levels start at $160.00 for a family of four or $185.00 for a family of 5. When you buy a Boston Children’s Musuem Membership, you also gain access to tons of other children’s museums, science museums and zoos at a free or discounted rate. Here’s more information. If you plan to visit the Boston’ Children’s Musuem more than twice in a calendar year, this is your best bet. 

Use your library card. Many libraries have Boston Children’s Museum passes that you can reserve for a specific date. These passes will half price admission for up to 4 people. Here’s a list of libraries that participate. Don’t see your local Massachusetts library on this list? Don’t fret! ANY Massachusetts resident can can get a Boston Public Library card. Here’s more info. 

Visit on Friday night! On Friday night from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, you can get into the Boston Children’s Musuem for $1.00.

Plan a late in the day visit. During the last hour the museum is open, you can get in for half off. This offer doesn’t apply to Friday nights.

Teacher & Military discount. New England teachers (K – 8) who are active (not retired) can get into the museum for free by showing their work ID, pay stub or union card AND a valid photo ID. United States Active Duty Military Personnel are also offered free admission to the museum by showing their Active Military ID. If the Active Duty Member isn’t there, one dependent can receive admission in their place by showing their Dependent ID.

WGBH Members discount. Members of WGBH can receive $1.00 off of admission (up to 4 people) if they present their current WGBH membership card and Photo ID.

Red Sox Kid Nation discount. Members of Red Sox Kid Nation can receive $2.00 off admission with their Red Sox Kid Nation card.

How to Save Money At The Boston Children’s Museum: Parking and Food

Nearby Parking Garages with parking validated by the museum. There are several parking garages near The Boston Children’s Musuem.  To get your parking stub validated, visit the museum’s information desk.

  • Stillings Street Garage: 
    • GPS Address: 11 Stillings St, Boston MA 
    • Weekdays – $23.00 with validated stub.
    • Weekends – $14.00 flat rate, no parking validation required.
  • Atlantic Wharf Parking Garage
    • GPS Address: 280 Congress St, Boston MA
    • Weekdays: $20.00 with validated stub, but you MUST enter the garage AFTER 10:00 am and exit the garage BEFORE 6:00 PM.
    • Weeknights: $9.00 with  Atlantic Wharf Garage discount parking stub (get it at the information desk), MUST enter after 5:00 PM
    • Weekends: $9.00 with Atlantic Wharf Garage” discount parking stub (get it at the information desk).
  • Farnsworth Street Garage
    • GPS Address: 17 Farnsworth St, Boston MA
    • Weekdays: $24.00 with validated stub.
    • Weekends: $14.00 with validated stub.

Nearby parking meters. There is a great deal of metered parking opportunities around the Boston Children’s Museum, especially along Boston Warf Road. These spots have a two hour maximum time, but you could very easily go to the museum for a few hours, have lunch and feed the meter and then come back in to enjoy the museum some more.

Dining at The Boston Children’s Musuem. The Boston Children’s Musuem has three different options for onsite dining.

  • Eat your own food in their cafeteria.
  • Purchase food from Au Bon Pain located inside the museum.
  • Purchase food from the Hood Milk Bottle located right outside the museum entrance.

Neighborhood Dining at The Boston Children’s Museum. The Boston Children’s Musuem is located in a vibrant neighborhood full of interesting dining options. If you’d rather not eat at the museum, check out one of these spots.

  • Flour Bakery & Cafe  is across the street from the Farnsworth Garage and has sandwiches and treats.
  • Shake Shake located at 77 Seaport Blvd (about a 5 minute walk) and has burgers, fries and shakes.
  • Food Trucks can typically be found in Dewey Square ( between Congress Street and Summer Street and Atlantic Avenue, walk across the bridge and head north a few blocks). Here’s a food truck schedule. 
photo credit: © Karin Hansen

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