Boston CityPASS » Plan Your Visit
Address & Hours
1 Central Wharf
Off Atlantic Avenue, near Faneuil Hall Marketplace
Sat, Sun and holidays until 6pm
Extended summer hours, see details
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
1 Science Park
On the Charles River
Open daily, 9am-5pm
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Summer: Open daily, 10am–10pm
Winter: Open daily, 10am–8pm
Last admission 30 min. prior to close.
Call (617) 859-0648 for private function closure dates; see details.
Closed Christmas Day
Avenue of the Arts
Closed New Year's Day, Patriot's Day (3rd Monday in April), Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
26 Oxford St.
10-minute walk from Harvard Square
Open daily, 9am-5pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
206 Washington St.
Location On the Freedom Trail at the corner of Washington and State streets. (Near Faneuil Hall and New England Aquarium)
Open daily, 9am–5pm
Summer (Jul-Aug): Open daily, 9am–6pm
Jan: Open daily, 9am–4pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year's Day and Feb 3-7, 2014
General admission to New England’s premier aquarium offering more than 800 species of marine animals.
General exhibit halls admission to explore hands-on, minds-on science.
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.
General admission to all permanent and special exhibits featuring masterpieces of art from around the world and across the ages.
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.
General Admission to RevolutionaryBoston℠ at the true heart of the Freedom Trail including all museum exhibits and tours packed with Boston's revolutionary history.
- 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 150,000-gallon Tropical Ocean exhibit features turtles, sharks, eels, stingrays, tarpon and many more colorful tropical fishes
Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at the box office Express window (look for the CityPASS sign) and skip the main ticket line.
Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at the main box office to redeem for a general admission ticket and to purchase optional upgrade tickets.
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.
Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at ticket desk of any entrance to exchange for an admission ticket.
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.
Present CityPASS booklet or voucher at the main entrance admissions desk.
Special Exhibits Included with CityPASS
Art of the White Mountains
Through July 7, 2013
Beginning in the first decades of the nineteenth century, artists and writers were drawn to the pristine beauty of north New Hampshire's natural wonders. Drawn from the MFA’s rich collection, "Art of the White Mountains" examines the allure of the area for artists for over a century and a half. Works ranging from exquisite, intimate sketches of the region’s flora and geological formations to panoramic vistas of the expansive landscape will be featured in a selection of oil paintings, drawings, prints, watercolors, sketchbooks, photographs, and rare books.
Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane, Master Drawings from the Casa Buonarroti
Through June 30, 2013
This exhibition features a rich and varied selection of 26 works from the master’s collection, preserved in the artist's family home, the Casa Buonarroti, in Florence. The exhibition includes many of Michelangelo’s (1475–1564) great renowned drawings, which illustrate how he alternated between interpretations of the divine and the worldly, or profane, throughout his career.
Samurai! Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection
Through August 4, 2013
Travel back in time and discover remarkable objects that illuminate the life, culture, and pageantry of these revered and feared Japanese warriors—from one of the best and largest collections in the world. Samurai! Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection features the extraordinary artistry of the armor used by samurai—the military elite led by the shoguns, or warlords, of Japan from the 12th through 19th centuries. The exhibition illustrates the evolution of the distinctive appearance and equipment of the samurai warrior through the centuries and examines their 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.
Mollusks: Shelled Masters of the Marine Realm
Through February 28, 2014
Mollusks explores the amazing diversity and history of mollusks—snails, clams, squid and other invertebrates that comprise almost a quarter of all known marine species. Featuring the research of Professor Gonzalo Giribet, colleagues and students at Harvard University, and the Dept. of Malacology at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, this exhibition will engage the general public in mollusk evolution, ecology, and the many ways in which their lives intersect with ours.
The Language of Color
Through October 31, 2013
Whether it’s the brilliant blue wings of a butterfly, the scarlet feathers of a tanager, or the stripes of a zebra, animals display color in vastly different ways and for different reasons. Combining dramatic specimens with video presentations, computer interactives, hands-on activities, and a stunning display of live dart frogs, The Language of Color will help visitors understand the nature of color and pattern, how different animals "see" it, and how animal color and its perception have co-evolved to produce the complex and diverse palette of colors we see in the world today.
Upgrades for CityPASS Holders
Simons IMAX® Theatre: Ask about discounts on IMAX combo tickets.
Whale Watch Cruise: April-October only; Additional cost required for CityPASS holders.
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).
3-D Digital Cinema: Cost for CityPASS holders: $5 adult, $4 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)
Dead Sea Scrolls: Life in Ancient Times: Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see fragments of the priceless Dead Sea Scrolls and a collection of antiquities from Israel. This is a timed-ticket entry exhibit; CityPASS holders may obtain their timed ticket in advance by presenting booklet at the Museum of Science box office. May 19-October 20, 2013. Cost for CityPASS holders: $22 adult, $20 child (3-11).
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.
- Pick up a daily schedule when you arrive for feeding times, presentations, IMAX movie times and must-see exhibit infomration.
- The Aquarium is easily accessible right on the MBTA Blue Line, see details
- Arrive before 10:30am or after 3pm for the best experience.
- Get 10% off a purchase of $25 or more at the New England Aquarium Gift Shop. See booklet for details.
- 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.
- 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.
- Weekday afternoons are the least-crowded.
- Daily Programming: free guided tours, gallery talks, films, lectures, and family programs, see details
- 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.
- Don't miss the gallery tours, offered on the hour throughout the day and free with CityPASS admission.
- Get 20% off any one item at the Old State House or at any of the three Museum Stores at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. See booklet for details.
Parking: Boston Harbor Garage; distance: 1 min., 1/10 mi. walk, see details
Dining: Harbor View Café, an open-air restaurant on the Aquarium Plaza (summer only)
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.
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
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
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), email@example.com; 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
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
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: The Old State House has National Landmark status and is unfortunately not currently wheelchair accessible. The museum holds an ADA compliance waiver; however, is working on this matter. Please be aware that there are a lot of stairs within in the building.
Gift Shop: RevolutionaryBoston℠ Museum Shop at Old State House
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.
MBTA: Take the Blue Line to Aquarium stop
Old Town Trolley Tour: Stop 1
MBTA: Take the Green Lechmere line to the Science Park stop
Old Town Trolley Tour: Stop 4 (nearest)
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
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)
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)
MBTA: Take the Orange or Blue Line to State Station
Old Town Trolley Tour: Stop 5
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.
Groups of 10 or more: Call (617) 495-2341.
MBTA — Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
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
Old Town Trolley Tours
Old Town Trolley Tour stops at or near all Boston CityPASS attractions. We've made using Old Town Trolley to see Boston CityPASS attractions simple by noting the nearest stop on the back of each ticket in your booklet. Available for purchase at five convenient locations around the city, or online.
Details: (888) 910-8687 or trolleytours.com/boston
More Great Spots to Dine
Coppa Enoteca (Tapas)
The unpretentious, out-of-the-way corner spot that is Jamie Bissonnette and Ken Oringer’s beloved COPPA has foodies lining up for tasty Italian small plates and Bissonnette’s amazing and fearless house-cured salumi. Ingredients are sourced locally and fresh flavors shine in antipasti, house-made pasta and chewy, wood-fired pizza—a recent special was topped with mozzarella, crumbly pork sausage, artichoke, fava bean pesto, and hazelnut. Learn more
The Reserve (American)
Light fare is on the menu at The Langham, Boston’s absolutely stunning lobby cafe and champagne lounge. Bento box lunches (think gourmet grilled cheese, fresh fish tacos complete with starter, side and dessert) are great options midday. Champagne and wine served by the glass. Daily Tiffin Afternoon Tea service (2-7 pm) features the Langham’s signature tea blends. Learn more
Neon lights and bold, black-and-white signage are the first indications that Shojo isn’t quite like its vastly old-world Chinatown compatriots. Find modern Asian cuisine made with locally sourced ingredients (think suckling pig Bao and skirt steak with kimchi butter) on the weekly changing menu, and at the bar, tiki drinks, specialty sakes, and Earl Grey-infused gin made in-house. Learn more
The Salty Pig (Gastropub)
You may have guessed from its name that this place is emphatic about pork. On the menu find everything from house-made spicy coppa to a special pork tasting plate. Pizza, of which there is an ever-changing half-dozen varieties, is grilled to crispy in the wood-fired oven (along with a few other items like the pecan sticky buns). Eclectic craft drafts and canned beers; 20 wines by the glass. Learn more
The Gallows (Gastropub)
Across Washington Street from the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, on a site where Colonial-era criminals were once executed, sits The Gallows, but the only thing criminal at this boisterous boîte is how good chef Seth Morrison’s cooking is. Try the homemade pâtés and pickles, grilled whole chicken and poutine—a Québécois specialty of French fries smothered in gravy and cheese curd (as well as souped-up interpretations from the kitchen). Learn more
More Great Shopping
In a small but charming space on Charles Street in Beacon Hill, NOA stocks handcrafted, original works by 200 New England artists. Prices are surprisingly affordable, and the interesting and varied selection of jewelry, pottery and art runs the gamut from Amee McNamara’s vegan soutache necklaces to Noah Rockland Miller’s delicate flame-worked glass hummingbird perfume bottles. Learn more
Since 1932. Exotic and flavorful aromas emanate from this quaint North End shop that sells more than 30 different types of coffee and 150 types of spices and herbs from across the globe. Also find loose tea, dried legumes, Italian sweets and specialties. During summer months, an icy citrus slush drink is served straight out of a bucket in front. Learn more
Polka Dog Bakery
If Fido wasn’t already your BFF, he will be after you bring him home some delectable treats from this South End canine bakery. Go on, grab a bag of freshly made, locally-sourced, all-natural biscuits, or better yet, crunchy Cod Skins handmade from Massachusetts’ favorite locally-caught fish. Learn more
Nick Penna’s veteran hair salon stands out from the dozens of others on Newbury Street because it is unpretentious, has won a variety of awards over 40 years, is one of only 12 salons in the U.S. to have the interactive L’Oreal Professional Hair Color Center on location, and because Penna, who consistently styles for high profile events like New York’s Fashion Week, still takes appointments. Learn more
Jewelers Exchange Building
No pun intended, this historic, 91-year-old landmark is a true hidden gem for those who like to dazzle. Enjoy art-deco architecture across seven floors, while browsing at more than 125 independent, family-owned, specialized retailers offering services from pearl stringing to engraving by hand, not to mention rock-bottom prices on stones, jewelry, gold and silver. Learn more
More Nightlife & Entertainment
Awesomely funny, this North End-based sketch comedy troupe strives to provide the best comedic theater adventure in Boston on the fly. It frequently tours the country and has been featured on HBO. Multiple main stage shows and alternative programming (rated PG-17) featured Tu-Su evenings. Reservations recommended. Tickets: $5-35. Learn more
Jackson Cannon directs this rendezvous that is living room chic, comfortable and a great place to lounge with a craft cocktail or small bites like fingerling potato skins and toasted curry popcorn. Bartenders create custom drinks based on patron desires, as well as age-old standards and original inventions. Open daily 5 pm-2 am. Learn more
With a history in the rum trade, Boston is the perfect location for Rumba, a unique bar that stocks a collection of 100 distilled rums and premier champagnes. The atmosphere is sleek and features Latin and Caribbean influences, plus views of Boston Harbor. Bar menu has tasty sliders and other dishes for sharing. Open daily 11-2 am. Learn more
Scullers Jazz Club
Its hotel location doesn’t deter legions of jazz fans (and jazz greats) from making tracks to this schmaltzy club. Seating is intimate cabaret style, can include dinner, and disciplines run the gamut of jazz, blues, R&B, Latin, world and cabaret. Reservations recommended. Learn more
This rich and cozy supper club is equal parts restaurant and lounge. Sophisticated comfort food is on chef Kevin Long’s menu, and at the bar, martinis are a big hit. The experience is enhanced with chandeliers, a carved stone bar and a plush private room; DJs often take over later in the evenings. Open Tu and Th-F 4 pm-2 am, W 4 pm-midnight, Sa 5 pm-midnight. Learn more
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My husband and I were in Boston for just four days and CityPass was a great way to see the sites. We enjoyed skipping the lines to purchase tickets. The Harvard Museum glass botanicals were a highlight!
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