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2014 / 2015 Boston CityPASS is a ticket booklet that saves 47% on admission to the 5 best attractions in Boston.

Plan Your Visit to Boston

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Important travel notice
New Boston CityPASS Available March 1, 2015

New Boston CityPASS Available March 1, 2015Starting March 1, the 2015/2016 Boston CityPASS will have a new attraction line-up, and the price will decrease to $49 for adults and $36 for children ages 3-11.

CityPASS Attraction Details
Important travel notice
- New Boston CityPASS Available March 1, 2015

New Boston CityPASS Available March 1, 2015Starting March 1, the 2015/2016 Boston CityPASS will have a new attraction line-up, and the price will decrease to $49 for adults and $36 for children ages 3-11.

Address & Hours

New England Aquarium

1 Central Wharf
Boston, MA 02110

Off Atlantic Avenue, near Faneuil Hall Marketplace

(617) 973-5200

neaq.org

Mon–Fri, 9am–5pm

Sat, Sun and holidays until 6pm

Extended summer hours, see details

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Museum of Science

1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114

On the Charles River

(617) 723-2500
(617) 589-0417 TTY

mos.org

Open daily, 9am-5pm

Jul 5 - Labor Day until 7pm

Fri, 9am–9pm

Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Skywalk Observatory

Prudential Center
800 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02199

(617) 859-0648

skywalkboston.com

Summer: Open daily, 10am–10pm

Winter: Open daily, 10am–8pm

Last admission 30 min. prior to close.

Closed Christmas Day

Skywalk frequently closes for private functions. Please call (617) 859-0648 before visiting to ensure access. Upcoming closures include: February 12, closed; February 18, closing at 3pm; February 26, closing at 2pm. Last admission is half-hour before closing.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Avenue of the Arts
465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115

617-267-9300
617-369-3188 TTY

mfa.org

Sat-Tue, 10am-4:45pm

Wed-Fri, 10am-9:45pm

Closed New Year's Day, Patriot's Day (3rd Monday in April), Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Harvard Museum of Natural History

26 Oxford St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

10-minute walk from Harvard Square

(617) 495-3045

hmnh.harvard.edu

Open daily, 9am-5pm

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day

Old State House

206 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02109

Location On the Freedom Trail at the corner of Washington and State streets. (Near Faneuil Hall and New England Aquarium)

(617) 720-1713

revolutionaryboston.org

Open daily, 9am–5pm

Memorial Day to Labor Day: Open daily, 9am–6pm

Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Feb 2-6, 2015

CityPASS Admission

New England Aquarium

General admission to New England’s premier aquarium offering more than 800 species of marine animals.

Museum of Science

General exhibit halls admission to explore hands-on, minds-on science.

Skywalk Observatory

General admission to the only observatory in New England. Includes 360-degree views, the Acoustiguide audio tour, multimedia Skywalk Theater and Dreams of Freedom Immigration Museum.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

General admission to all permanent and special exhibits featuring masterpieces of art from around the world and across the ages.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

General admission to all permanent and special exhibits, as well as special programs at this highly acclaimed natural history museum. Also included is admission to the adjacent Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

Old State House

General Admission to Old State House - Boston's Revolutionary Museum℠ at the true heart of the Freedom Trail including all museum exhibits and tours packed with Boston's revolutionary history.

Highlights

New England Aquarium
  • On the Front Plaza, a slice of New England rocky coast is home to resident harbor seals.
  • Myrtle, a 550-pound green sea turtle, who has been living at the Aquarium for more than 40 years.
  • The largest touch tank on the East Coast, featuring more than 100 amazing animals, including cownose rays, Atlantic Rays and sharks.
  • The 200,000-gallon Giant Ocean Tank features turtles, sharks, eels, stingrays, tarpon and many more colorful tropical fishes.
Museum of Science
  • The 10,000 square foot Hall of Human Life, new in November 2013, highlights breakthroughs in biology and biotechnology. With more than 70 interactive components, the exhibition revolutionizes how you engage with your biology and manage your health.
  • The Museum has remained on the cutting edge of science education by developing over 700 innovative and interactive exhibits and programs that both entertain and educate. In addition to the exhibits, there is the Mugar Omni Theater, the Charles Hayden Planetarium, the 3-D Theater, the Butterfly Garden, and the Theater of Electricity.
  • Live Presentations are scheduled daily. From Design Challenges to Live Animal shows, live demonstrations are held through the day, and most are free with Exhibit Halls admission, included with CityPASS.

CityPASS Entry

Please read each attraction's instructions on how and where to present your CityPASS booklet. Some attractions may exchange your CityPASS ticket for one of their own.

New England Aquarium

Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at the box office Advanced Ticketing window (look for the CityPASS sign) and skip the main ticket line.

Museum of Science

Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at the main box office to redeem for a general admission ticket and to purchase optional upgrade tickets.

Skywalk Observatory

Present CityPASS booklet at the 50th floor by proceeding down escalators to the express elevators. If you encounter a line there, you may hand your booklet to the Skywalk employee handing out the audio tours to skip the line. Exchange voucher for a CityPASS booklet at the kiosk desk located on the main level in the mall or at the 50th floor.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at ticket desk of any entrance to exchange for an admission ticket.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at the main visitor services admission desk. If a line develops, additional staff will be brought in to assist you.

Old State House

Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at the main entrance admissions desk.

Special Exhibits Included with CityPASS

Museum of Science

The Photography of Modernist Cuisine
This exhibit reveals the colorful and surprising world of food as you have never seen it before. Accomplished scientist, author, and photographer Nathan Myhrvold uses hyper-magnified shots and cutaway views of food and cooking implements to offer a fresh perspective on familiar food sources. His work is evidence that the intersection of science and art can be as beautiful as it is enlightening.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Selections from the Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection
Open through May 10, 2015
Jean and Fred Sharf have contributed a wide range of works to numerous collections at the museum over the years, but one theme does run through their collection: transportation. Fred, whose energy is legendary and who is always on the move, has forever been fascinated by the great speeding up of life that occurred in the middle decades of the 20th century. Planes, trains, and, most of all, automobiles, appear over and over again in the collection, as Fred has sought to capture the excitement that accompanied the simple act of getting from one place to another at mid-century. Now, for the first time, we’ve gathered the planes, trains, and automobiles of Fred’s—and the world’s—dreams in one place. There are "spin-dizzies," concept cars, see-through model planes, and a train that lights up; many by major designers such as Raymond Loewy and Viktor Schreckengost. Come and take a trip!

Karsh Goes Hollywood
Open through March 8, 2015
This exhibition in Sharf Visitor Center presents twenty iconic figures from Hollywood’s Golden Age photographed by Karsh over his life-long career. Karsh captures the star quality in his celebrity sitters photographed in their prime, a selection that includes images of Humphrey Bogart, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn, Clark Gable, Gregory Peck, and many more..

Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen
Open through March 8, 2015
Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen presents designer gowns and exquisite jewelry from the 1930s and ‘40s—the most glamorous years of Hollywood film. The exhibition focuses on the iconic style of sultry starlets of the period, including Gloria Swanson, Anna May Wong, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, and Joan Crawford. Along with eye-catching gowns once worn by famous figures and the sparkling jewels that contributed to their allure from the MFA and private collections, photography by Edward Steichen along with period photographs, film stills, and film clips capture the style of the silver screen era.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Climate Change: Our Global Experiment
It's an insider's look at the science of climate developed in collaboration with the Harvard University Center for the Environment. Climate Change highlights the latest scientific studies about the Earth's climate.

Final Flight: The Extinction of the Passenger Pigeon
Open through February 28, 2015
This exhibit marks the 100th anniversary of the death of the last passenger pigeon, a species that once filled North America’s skies by the billions. In this small exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History, see one of the world’s last mounted specimens of this now vanquished bird and learn how its extinction inspired the protection of other species.

Sea Creatures in Glass
Sea Creatures in Glass: Blaschka Models of Marine Invertebrates features recently restored hand-crafted glass models created by famed glass artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka. From delicate jellyfish and anemones to tentacled squid and bizarre sea slugs, these spectacular models were purchased by Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology during the latter half of the nineteenth century, and many have not been on display for decades.

Upgrades for CityPASS Holders

New England Aquarium

Simons IMAX® Theatre: The 45-minute IMAX® films are available to CityPASS holders at the discounted price of $5. IMAX® Special Presentations are available for $12.95 adults, $10.95 children.

Whale Watch Cruise: April-October only. Additional cost required for CityPASS holders; check prices.

Museum of Science

Mugar Omni Theater (IMAX®): Cost for CityPASS holders: One show, $10 adult, $8 child (3-11). Double feature (IMAX/Planetarium), $15 adult, $12 child (3-11). Free Film Fridays are back this March! Enjoy free Omni films anytime on March 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.

Charles Hayden Planetarium: Cost for CityPASS holders: One show, $10 adult, $8 child (3-11). Double feature (IMAX/Planetarium), $15 adult, $12 child (3-11).

4D Theater: Cost for CityPASS holders: $6 adult, $5 child (3-11)

Butterfly Garden: Cost for CityPASS holders: $5 adult, $4 child (3-11)

Simulator Experience: Cost for CityPASS holders: $5 adult, $4 child (3-11)

Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed: Uncover the rise and eventual decline of this complex civilization, including its social, natural, and spiritual realms. Cost for CityPASS holders: Adult and Youth, $12.

Advice for Visitors

During high travel seasons such as holidays and summer, entry lines can be longer than usual. Please keep this in mind when planning your visits to the attractions.

New England Aquarium
  • Pick up a daily schedule when you arrive for feeding times, presentations, IMAX movie times and must-see exhibit information.
  • The Aquarium is easily accessible right on the MBTA Blue Line, see details
  • Visitors are encouraged to arrive at opening time to avoid crowds.
  • Get 10% off a purchase of $25 or more at the New England Aquarium Gift Shop. See booklet for details.
Museum of Science
  • Don't miss live daily demonstrations, most are free with CityPASS admission, Details including schedule
  • Upon arrival, stop by the box office to purchase upgrades to Special Exhibits, IMAX, Planetarium, 3D Cinema, Butterfly Garden, and Simulators. Some are offered at a reduced rate for CityPASS holders.
  • Weekday afternoons are the least crowded.
  • Get 10% off purchase of $25 or more. See booklet for details.
Skywalk Observatory
  • Due to weather, business demands and private functions, the 360-degree view may not always be available; call (617) 859-0648 to check. Refunds are not given for poor visibility.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Weekday afternoons are the least-crowded.
  • Daily Programming: free guided tours, gallery talks, films, lectures, and family programs; see details.
Harvard Museum of Natural History
  • Don't miss a close encounter with the toothed jaw of the Sperm Whale on the balcony of the Great Mammal Hall.
  • Harvard Square offers an array of opportunities for dining, shopping, films, or performing arts for all interests and budgets. Make a day of it. see details
  • Admission to the Harvard Museum of Natural History also admits visitors to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.
  • Save 20% at the Museum Gift Shop on purchases of $50 or more (not including sale merchandise). See booklet for details.
Old State House
  • Don't miss the gallery tours, offered on the hour throughout the day and free with CityPASS admission.
  • Get 50% off any one item at the Old State House - Boston's Revolutionary Museum or at any of the three Museum Stores at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. See booklet for details.

On-site Services

New England Aquarium

Parking: Boston Harbor Garage; distance: 1 min., 1/10 mi. walk, see details

Dining: An open-air restaurant (summer only), Harbor View Café,

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible. Accessible elevators, restrooms, and ramps; wheelchair IMAX seating; hearing and visually impaired services, see details

Handicap parking available in Harbor Garage. Drop-off space at Aquarium Plaza.

Gift Shop: In West Wing lobby

Photography: Personal use photography permitted; No tripods or stands

Lockers: Lockers and over-size item storage at Information Desk.

Strollers: Permitted in most areas. Check strollers at Information Desk; rentals not available.

Museum of Science

Parking: Museum Garage, see details

Dining: Museum Café

Accessibility: All attractions accessible by elevator or escalator. Limited number of wheelchairs and electric scooters available at Information Booth on first-come, first-served basis. Services provided for visual and hearing impaired; see details.

Self-Guide: Museum guides available in 8 languages at Information Booth or Download (PDF) now.

Gift Shop: Museum Store

Skywalk Observatory

Parking: Prudential Center Garage

Dining: Top of the Hub restaurant on the 52nd floor of the Prudential Center.

Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible; audio tour device compatible with many hearing assistance devices.

Self-Guide: Acoustiguide Opus touch multi-media player

Gift Shop: Skywalk Gift Shop

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Parking: Limited paid parking next to the museum; spaces available for visitors with disabilities.

Dining: Bravo Restaurant, New American Café, Garden Cafeteria, Taste Restaurant

Accessibility: Contact MFA regarding access, ASL tours, tours for the blind, and other accommodations: (617) 369‑3189 (voice), (617) 369‑3188 (TTY), access@mfa.org; see details.

Self-Guide: Audio tour available at all MFA ticket desks. Adult $6, children (17 and under) $4. Includes: select exhibition tours, collection highlights in English, Spanish, Japanese, French, and Russian, 20-stops for families, and in-depth explorations of the Classical and Ancient Near Eastern galleries.

Gift Shop: Museum Bookstore & Shops

Coat Check: At each entrance, free

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Parking: University garage adjacent to the museum available by advance reservation online; see details. Harvard Square parking is limited; MBTA public transportation recommended.

Dining: Restaurants in nearby Harvard Square

Accessibility: Elevators access the 3rd floor galleries via the (north) side entrance of the building at 26 Oxford Street.

Gift Shop: Museum Shop

Photography: Personal photography permitted; no tripods, commercial photography, or video cameras.

Strollers: Permitted; small, folding strollers advised. Stroller parking area at Oxford Street entrance, see details

Old State House

Parking: 75 State Street Parking Garage: 75 State St., (617) 742-7275. Pi Alley Parking Garage: 275 Washington St., (617) 720-2006

Dining: Restaurants in nearby Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market

Accessibility: Old State House - Boston's Revolutionary Museum has National Landmark status and is unfortunately not currently wheelchair accessible. The museum holds an ADA compliance waiver, however, and is working on this matter. Please be aware that there are a lot of stairs within in the building.

Gift Shop: Old State House Museum Store

Photography: Permitted, without use of a flash.

Coat Check: All large bags, large umbrellas, back baby carriers, hiking packs and luggage must be checked at the front desk baggage claim area.

Strollers: Permitted in the welcome area only. Stroller check available at the front desk baggage claim area.

Getting There

New England Aquarium

MBTA: Take the Blue Line to Aquarium stop.

Old Town Trolley Tour: Stop 1

Museum of Science

MBTA: Take the Green Lechmere line to the Science Park stop

Old Town Trolley Tour: Stop 4 (nearest)

Skywalk Observatory

MBTA: Take the E train on the Green Line to Prudential or the Orange Line to Back Bay Station.

Old Town Trolley Tour: Stop 10

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

MBTA: Take the E train on the Green Line to the Museum of Fine Arts stop or the Orange Line to the Ruggles stop.

Old Town Trolley Tour: Stop 11 (nearest)

Harvard Museum of Natural History

MBTA: Red Line T to Harvard Square. Walk through historic Harvard Yard turning left at John Harvard statue, past Science Center, down Oxford Street 200 yards to museum on right.

Old Town Trolley Tour: Stop 12 (nearest)

Old State House

MBTA: Take the Orange or Blue Line to State Station.

Old Town Trolley Tour: Stop 5

Group Requirements

Unscheduled group visits may create a delay in entry. For your convenience, here is list of attractions with specific group requirements. We strongly recommend that you contact them prior to your visit based on the group sizes indicated below. Please feel welcome to also contact attractions not listed here to ensure a smooth entry.

Harvard Museum of Natural History

Groups of 10 or more: Call (617) 495-2341.

Old State House

Groups of 10 or more:

For groups of 10 or more, a reservation is required. Please visit the 'Plan a Visit' page on bostonhistory.org to complete a reservation form.

City Information

Transportation

MBTA — Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

Boston visitor pass

The Boston One or Seven Day Unlimited Travel Pass provides transportation on all MBTA local buses, subways, inner harbor ferry service and commuter rail zone 1A. Available for purchase with cash, credit or debit cards at fare vending machines in all subway stations and bus terminals, as well as at retail sales vendors.

Details: (617) 222-3200 or mbta.com

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