If you’ve got a Bank of America checking account, ATM or credit card then you have a free pass (general admission only) to a selection of museums around the country on the first weekend of every month through the Museums on Us program. Please take a photo ID with you, some museums may request it before letting you enter.
Museums on Us will take place on Sep 4, 2010 and Sep 5, 2010. These are the participating museums in Massachusetts:
What you can expect to see:
Ongoing exhibits include:

Harvard Museum of Natural History(Cambridge)

Harvard Museum of Natural History/Source: HMNH

Special Exhibits:

  • The Language of Color is an exhibit about color and its evolution in the natural world.
  • Climate Change: Our Global Experiment
  • Headgear: The Natural History of Horns and Antlers

Permanent Exhibits:

  • The Great Mammal Hall
  • Evolution
  • Arthropods: Creatures that Rule
  • The Glass Flowers
  • The Zoological Galleries
  • The Mineralogical and Geological Gallery
Nature Storytime:
Readings stories and poems for children 6 and under that are designed to engage the next generation of explorers with themes related to the museum’s galleries. Storytime takes place every Sunday from 11am – 12pm and from 2pm – 3pm, and is included with your museum admission.

The Museum and Cafe are closed from Aug 30 – Sep 17 in preparation for the next exhibitions. However the Sculpture Park and the DeCordova shop are open. The weather forecast for the weekend is for sunshine and temps in the 70’s, a perfect weekend to wander through the DeCordova grounds contemplating sculpture.

Danforth Museum of Art(Framingham)

In addition to the exhibits, there is a public tour of the museum on Saturday and Sunday at 1pm. The tours are free with admission and meet in the Museum lobby. This is the last opportunity this summer to visit the Danforth Museum as it closes on Monday August 9 for the remainder of the summer. The museum will not reopen until September 11, 2011.

In addition to the walking trails available for exploration, the animals that live there, and the permanent exhibits, you can see these special exhibits:
Polar Bear at the Ecotarium
Cool Moves: The Artistry of Motion
: Create your own cool moves! Interact with pendulums, a touchable tornado, three-wheeled racers, a dancing wall, wind and more! Enjoy the science of motion!
Cyberchase – The Chase is On!: This exhibit is based on the PBS KIDS GO! math and mystery cartoon and presents math in a kid-friendly environment.

Permanent Exhibits:

  • Secrets of the Forest
  • The Green Carnivores: A community exhibit
  • Water Planet
  • Fresh Water Ecosystems
  • Look, Touch, Explore
  • MicroDiner
  • African Communities
  • Thinking Globally, Abiding Locally
  • Minerals
  • Curator’s Workshop
For more info: Museums on Us
  1. State Street Corporation Fenway Entrance/Source: Museum of Fine Arts
  2. Harvard Museum of Natural History/Source: Carolyn Kraut
  3. Polar Bear at the Ecotarium/Source: Flickr