The Friends of the Lane Memorial Library have graciously funded passes to these New England area museums as well as our new online pass reservation system. Reduced admission or free passes are available to any Hampton resident with a library card. Please reserve a pass by calling us at (603) 926-3368 or following this link.
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
2 Institute Drive
Concord, NH 03301 Phone: (603) 271-7827
Website : https://www.starhop.com
Hours: OPEN Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 10:30 AM - 4 PM / Expanded Summer hours (see website)
Two Passes (1 per family or group) admit 4 people free of charge to exhibits. Planetarium show tickets are an extra fee.
Directions: From North or South, take I-93 to exit 15 E (I-393) in Concord, NH. Take exit 1 and follow the signs to the Discovery Center parking lot. From East takeRt 4 W to I-393 W. Take exit 1 and follow the signs to the Discovery Center parking lot. Look for the 92' tall Mercury-Redstone Rocket at the entry!
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
25 Evans Way
Boston, MA 02115 (617) 566-1401
Hours: Closed Tuesdays. Monday and Wednesday, Firday - Sunday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Thursday 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Pass admits 4 people at $5 per person. Children under the age of 18 are not included in the admission count and are admitted free of charge.
Directions: Driving directions and parking information are available on the museum web page at: http://www.gardnermuseum.org/visit/directions.
Strawbery Banke Museum
14 Hancock Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801. (603) 433-1100
Hours: Variable -- see website.
Pass admits two adults and up to four children free of charge. Pass includes free admission to special events including Candelight Stroll, Ghosts on the Banke and July 4th: An American Celebration, New Hampshire Fall Festival and Baby Animals and half-price admission to the Labrie Family skating rink.
Directions: From either I-95N or I-95S, take exit 7 (downtown Portsmouth) At the end of the ramp, head south towards the center of Portsmouth: left if coming from the north, right if coming from the south. Proceed approximately one mile, through one traffic light, to a yellow blinking light. At this blinking light veer to the right onto Russell Street. At the stop sign at the end of Russell Street, take a right. At the next intersection, make a left turn onto Maplewood Ave. Stay in the left lane and go through 2 sets of lights. At the third set of lights take a left onto State Street. Get into the right-hand lane on State Street. Go through 2 sets of lights and continue to the stop sign where State Street intersects with Marcy Street. Take a right onto Marcy Street. (Prescott Park will be on the left hand side). Proceed on Marcy Street, past Mombo Restaurant and take the next right, which is Hancock Street. The Strawbery Banke Museum parking lot is on your immediate right. Museum ticketing is in the Tyco Visitors Center, conveniently located adjacent to the parking lot.
New Hampshire Historical Society library and museums
30 Park Street, Concord, NH 03301. (603)-228-6688
Hours: Tues-Sat 9:30-5.
Pass admits 1 family free of charge to the library. Admission to the Society's building and exhibitions is free.
Take Interstate 93 to Exit 14. Northbound - turn left at the light at the end of the exit ramp; Southbound - turn right at the light at the end of the exit ramp. Move into the left lane in order to take a left onto North Main Street. Take the next right onto Park Street (a one-way street that goes up the right side of the State House). At the stop sign, continue straight; the New Hampshire Historical Society is the granite building on the right. Metered parking is available on surrounding streets and in downtown Concord's public parking garages. Street parking is free on the weekends.
Seacoast Science Center at Odiorne Point State Park
570 Ocean Blvd, Rye, NH 03870 (603) 436-8043
http://www.seacoastsciencecenter.orgHours: See website
Family passes admit 2 adults and up to 4 children or grandchildren under the age of 18 for half price (adults $5.00, children $2.50) with seasonal parking fees additional. Please reserve ONLY ONE of our two available passes.
Directions: Located in Odiorne Point State Park along Route 1A (the coast road) in Rye. Take Route One to Portsmouth. At the set of lights just before Yoken’s Restaurant take a right on Elwyn Road then go about 1.3 miles to the stop sign at Foyes Corner. Go straight onto Route 1A South. Continue for 1.8 miles, over the wood bridge, past Odiorne boat launching ramp (on left), to the main entrance of Odiorne Point State Park (on left).
Currier Museum of Art
150 Ash Street, Manchester, NH 03104 (603) 669-6144
http://www.currier.orgHours: See website
Pass admits 2 adults and children 18 and younger free of charge.
Directions: Follow 101 West towards Manchester. Take the exit onto I-93 N towards Concord. Take exit 8 toward Bridge Street, Rt. 28A. Merge onto Wellington Rd. Continue on Bridge St., and then turn right at Ash St. and continue on to arrive at the museum.
Children’s Museum of NH
6 Washington Street, Dover, NH 03820 (603) 436-3853
http://www.childrens-museum.orgHours: Tue. - Sat. 10 am - 5 pm, Sun. 12 noon - 5 pm, closed Mondays during school year except for school vacation weeks and selected holidays. Open 7 days a week during the summer. See website for most up-to-date information on their hours.
Pass admits 4 people at half price ($4.50) per person. Children under 1 year old are free.
Directions: Take I-95 North to Exit 4 - Spaulding Turnpike oute 16 North . Take Exit 7 and turn right onto Route 108 North. Drive one mile to lights at Washington Street, just past City Hall. Take a sharp right onto Henry Law Avenue. Museum is on left next to Rotary Arts Amphitheatre in Henry Law Park.
Boston Children’s Museum
308 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210 (617)-426-6500
http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/Hours: Every day 10 am - 5 pm , Fridays 10 am - 9 pm
Pass admits up to 4 people at $8.00 each (half price), children under the age of one year are admitted free.
Directions: Take Rt. 95 S. to Rt. 1 S. to Rt I 93 S. Take exit 20B for Albany Street, turn left onto Seaport Blvd., turn right onto Sleeper Street. Museum is on the right
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 21115 (617) 267-9300
Hours: Open Mondays and on most Monday holidays. Monday and Tuesday 10AM-4:45PM; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 AM-9:45 PM (Th. and Fr. West Wing only after 5 PM), Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM-4:45 PM. The Museum is closed New Year’s Day, Patriot’s Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Pass admits 2 people at $10.00 per person.
Directions: Museum is locted one mile west of Copley Square. Driving Eastbound on the Mass Pike, take exit 22 in tunnel, following signs to the Prudential Center, and exit onto Huntington Avenue. The Museum is less than one mile further on the right.
Museum of Science
Science Park, Boston, MA 02114-1099 (617) 723-2500
Admission price is $10.00 when using library passes. STAND IN RED LINEHours: Daily 9:00-5:00, open until 9:00 pm on Fridays. Closed only on Thanksgiving and Christmas, open 9:00-2:00 on Christmas Eve and the day before Thanksgiving.
Pass admits 4 people at $10.00 per person.
Directions: Follow Route 95 south to Route One into Boston over the Tobin Bridge. Follow signs to Storrow Dr/North Station and then N. Station/Leverett Circle t 28N. At the end of the ramp, take a left after the traffic light towards Cambridge. At the next light, turn right onto the O'Brien Highway (Rt. 28N). The Museum will be on your left. The parking garage is at the far end of the building.
New England Aquarium
Central Wharf, Boston, MA 02110 (617) 973-5200
Note: Library passes not available in July and August. Admission price is $10.00 per person when using library passes, which are good for 4 people.Hours: Mon-Friday 9AM-5PM, Weekends & Holidays 9AM-6PM.
Note: Library passes are not available in July and August. Pass admits 4 people at $10.00 per person.
Directions: Go to Boston and get on I-93 Southbound. Take Exit 24A Government Center (not Airport 24B). Take the right fork, then the left fork (there is a sign indicating Aquarium) to Atlantic Avenue. Follow Atlantic Ave. to its intersection with Milk Street (3 blocks/3 traffic lights). The Aquarium is on your left.
Peabody Essex Museum
East India Square, Salem, MA 01970 (978) 745-9500
http://www.pem.orgHours: Open daily 10 A.M.-5 P.M. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day
Pass admits 2 people at $6.00 per person Tuesday - Friday only. $12 per person Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
Directions: Take Route 95 to Route 128 North then exit at exit 25A. Follow route 114 East into Salem. Be careful as the roads takes a few unexpected turns. In Salem follow signs for the museum and downtown parking.
Zoo New England
www.zoonewengland.org Hours: April 1 - September 30; 10 AM - 5 PM weekdays, 10 AM - 6 PM weekends. October 1 - March 31; Daily, 10 AM - 4 PM. Zoo New England passes are exempt from library borrowing limits.
Pass admits 6 people. Adult $9 each, child $6 each.
Franklin Park Zoo
1 Franklin park Rd., Boston, MA 02121
Take Rt 95 S to Rt 1 S to Storrow Dr. Then look for the Fenway exit to Rt 203 E. Follow signs for the Franklin Park Zoo.
149 Pond St., Stoneham, MA 02180
Take Rt 95 S to Rt 495 S to exit 35. Turn left at bottom of ramp and right at the first stop sign. Go straight. Zoo is 1/2 mile on the right.
Library Museum Pass Borrowing Policies:
- Patrons may reserve passes up to one week before the date of use, no earlier.
- Patrons may only reserve passes to one museum per day, but may pick up an additional pass on the day of attendance if available. Call the library to check availability.
- During SCHOOL VACATION WEEKS (Sept - June) patrons may only reserve passes to ONE MUSEUM PER WEEK due to high demand.
- Zoo New England passes are exempt from the one per day and one per week restrictions detailed above.