Archive 2008 - 2019

The Last Free Fun Friday Offerings for 2019

by Yvette Cain

Week #10:  August 30

Old Sturbridge Village

“Begin your 19th-century adventure at Old Sturbridge Village, New England’s largest outdoor living history museum. Put your hands on history, and be inspired by our costumed historians at work on the farm, in trade shops, and in charming homes.

Mark your calendars for August 30, 2019, when admission will be free, thanks to the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridaysprogram! Watch hearth cooking demonstrations, experience early 19th-century farms, and be amazed by crafters in the Tin, Blacksmith, Print, Shoe and Pottery Shops. Learn about our three water-powered mills, play games, visit our gardens, and walk the woodland, river, and pasture walks.

A more detailed schedule will be available closer to the time.”

Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

"As a small museum of natural history, we will preserve, exhibit, and interpret our own collections of natural history artifacts and display relevant traveling and loan exhibits. We may also collaborate with local and regional organizations on co-sponsored exhibits.

As a nature education center, we will engage children and adults in high-quality programs, classes, lectures, panel discussions, workshops, films, walks, field trips, traditions and interactive exhibits that reveal the many facets of the natural world and the reciprocal impacts that humans and nature exert on each other. As befits a nature education center, we will explore our potential as a center for citizen scientists and amateur naturalists, and as a forum for informed discussion of important issues related to the natural world, especially on Cape Cod.”

Capron Park Zoo

“Found in the heart of Attleboro, Capron Park Zoo is one of the city’s premiere recreation destinations. Visitors can immerse themselves in the warmth and wonder of a tropical rainforest, be awed by the roar of our lion pride, or simply enjoy the wonders of animals from all over the globe. With something to amaze and inspire the whole family, Capron Park Zoo is a fun-filled place for the young and young-at-heart.”


“The EcoTarium museum of science and nature in Worcester, Massachusetts offers an indoor-outdoor experience to visitors of all ages. Guests are encouraged to explore three floors of indoor interactive exhibits, live animal habitats, exciting shows in the digital planetarium, daily Science Discovery programs, hikes through forest and meadow nature trails, outdoor imaginative play, and a train ride around the 45+ acre campus (seasonal).”

Griffin Museum of Photography

At the Griffin Museum, you will find exhibitions from well-known photographers to those emerging on the scene that explore important themes and thought-provoking ideas. All of our exhibitions and programs are designed to encourage the passionate exploration of the art of photography. We are considered an epicenter for photography and have a reputation as a “taste maker” for an international photographic community.”

Hull Lifesaving Museum

“Located in the historic Point Allerton U.S. Lifesaving Station, the Hull Lifesaving Museum tells the story of Captain Joshua James and his intrepid crew of lifesavers, who saved more than 500 lives from shipwreck in Boston Harbor.

Our youth and adult open-water-rowing programs in Hull and Boston, the outer and inner harbor, carry forward the tradition of rowing to rescue in traditional wooden boats. 

Hull Lifesaving Museum is so much more than a museum. It's an essential part of the community, providing not only crucial lessons from our heritage, but life changing, and life saving, experiences.”

Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

“Ipswich River offers 12 miles of trails that invite you to explore the forests, meadows, wetlands, drumlin, and esker. You can also travel down the namesake river, which meanders through the sanctuary, by canoe. Whether exploring by foot or paddle, you will marvel at the diversity of wildlife, especially bird species; the sanctuary is part of the Eastern Essex County Interior Forest Important Bird Area. 

Location: 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield, MA 01983


Mass MoCA

“MASS MoCA is one of the world’s liveliest centers for making and enjoying today’s most evocative art. With vast galleries and a stunning collection of indoor and outdoor performing arts venues, MASS MoCA is able to embrace all forms of art: music, sculpture, dance, film, painting, photography, theater, and new, boundary-crossing works of art that defy easy classification. Much of the work we show in our light-filled spaces, on our technically sophisticated stages, and within our lovely network of late 19th-century courtyards is made here during extended fabrication and rehearsal residencies that bring hundreds of the world’s most brilliant and innovative artists to North Adams all year round.”

Museum of the First Corps of Cadets

“On August 30th 2019 the Museum of the First Corps of Cadets will open their doors to the public. Tours will run hourly from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Groups must sign up for a tour in order to gain entry into the museum. If your group is larger then 10 people please call the museum in advance. Please have photo I.D. ready as well. Due to the age of the building, any accessibility requirements and/or questions must be made in advance by contacting the museum. There is no parking at the Museum but public transportation and local lots are available in the nearby areas as well as limited street parking.

We look forward to seeing you!”

Osterville Historical Museum

                “Welcome to the Osterville Historical Museum-home of the Crosby Boats!

We are dedicated to preserving the history of the village of Osterville. Located near the charming seaside, the Museum complex sits on lovely grounds that are highlighted by an 18th century herbal garden and a 19th century ornamental garden. The Museum’s permanent collection includes period decorative arts, furniture, ceramics, and a dozen full-sized wooden boats. The two-acre campus sits on a quiet street–a perfect spot to enjoy a picnic lunch or a cup of coffee with free WiFi on a sunny day.”


Be sure to check the website or call each destination for special events planned for Free Fun Fridays.  Some have special concerts, programs, and exhibits for the day.

Also remember that Free Fun Fridays! Includes only admission to the institution.  Parking and/or transportation is not included.

Have a great day!