The Highland Street Foundation invites Massachusetts residents and tourists to visit designated cultural attractions every Friday this summer with free admission. 10 weeks between June 2+ and August 31 during which admission will be waived at 100 different museums and attractions across the state. You don't need to register or obtain a ticket. Just show up and enjoy!
Explore topics in design and engineering with artistic circuits, 3D programs, and a variety of other hands-on making and tinkering topics! Drop in each week and try out one of our many activities. Free with Museum admission for kids ages 12 and up.
Wear comfortable shoes for a walking tour of Gloucester's inner harbor* based on Joe Garland’s street-by-alley guidebook to America's most famous fishing port, complete with unforgettable historical vignettes, unforgetable yarns, and a treasure trove of old photos. Back at CAM; roll up your sleeves for a a mapmaking project.
Ipswich Museum hosts a morning of fun and historic games at the Whipple House each Wednesday in July and August! There’s no need to make a reservation or stay the whole time - just drop in. We’ll have a variety of historic games to play, including rolling hoops, graces, fox & geese, and more! This is a free, all-ages program, but donations are appreciated.
Salem Heritage Days offer a wonderful way for Salem residents and visitors to connect with Salem’s history, art, and cultural scene. House of Seven Gables invites families to learn about sailing the high seas with a variety of family-friendly and hands-on activities. The Family Navigation Game is offered daily from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The Living History Labs hands-on history experience will take place daily from 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Ready, set, paint! Drop by the activity center for art supplies and enjoy painting inside or outside the Museum. Offered on Wednesdays in July and August starting July 11. No registration required. Free for members or with Museum admission.
The Abbadia Mare Festival is a fund raiser for the Hammond Castle Museum. At this Rennaisance Faire there will be live performances, musicians, great food, demonstrations, comedy, Knights, storytelling, and artisans/vendors from around New England! Castle Tours will also be available. Perhaps you can be a part of our Human chess Match, or cheer on our knights as they do live steel combat!
The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) debuts Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, the first major international exhibition to explore the role of empresses in China’s last dynasty––the Qing dynasty, from 1644 to 1912. Nearly 200 spectacular works, including imperial portraits, jewelry, garments, Buddhist sculptures, and decorative art objects from the Palace Museum, Beijing (known as the Forbidden City), tell the little-known stories of how these empresses engaged with and influenced court politics, art and religion.
Come to the Sargent House Museum and learn how Americans like Judith Sargent Murray took tea in the 1770s, from brewing bohea to brewing revolution. Sample some of the teas thrown into Boston Harbor at the Boston Tea Party, and brew your own liberty tea.
Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience, the Museumof Science newest temporary exhibition, takes you as close to space as you can get without leaving Earth! This hands-on, climb-aboard cosmic adventure of science fun and learning invites explorers of all ages to understand the rewards and challenges of working in such a harsh environment—from operating a robotic arm to managing a limited power supply to discovering why working in a space glove is so difficult.
Wednesday, August 15
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