Explore Cambridge and Boston

5 Important Things to Know for Exploring Boston

1. Use your MIT ID to get into some museums for FREE

  • Museum of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum    

Check the Council for the Arts at MIT website to find out which free/discount tickets you can obtain to visit other museums and arts events.

2. Look for reduced-fee tickets at MITAC (MIT Activities Committee)

For movies, museums, shows, sporting events, and more! You can purchase multiple tickets with your MIT ID.

3. Libraries offer free movies, books, and museum passes.

Use the MIT library and your local public library system to check out free movies, books, and museum passes.

4. Discover New England! Buy $10 MBTA Commuter Rail weekend passes

Includes unlimited travel outside Boston on Saturdays & Sundays

5. Explore the city! Check  thebostoncalendar.com for more ideas of cheap and fun things to do in the Boston and Cambridge area.

They usually have a list each week for “99 free things to do this week” or “88 things to do this weekend,” etc.

Summer is the best time to explore Boston and its surrounding areas…

Free Summer Concerts

Free concerts by Berklee College of Music students are happening all over Boston each summer!

  • Kendall Square & Kendall Center (in front of Marriott Hotel)
  • Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)
  • Boston Public Library (BPL)
  • …and many more locations!

Free Weekly Summer Events

Mondays:Salsa in the Park  
Tuesdays: Kendall Square Concerts
Wednesdays:Hatch Shell Concerts
BPL Concerts
MFA admission 4-9pm
Thursdays:ICA admission 5-9pm & LIVE MUSIC
3rd Thursdays at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Kendall Center Concerts
Fridays:Free Museum Fridays
Free Family Movies at the Hatch Shell
Free Boston Harbor Hotel Movies         

*For more info, check the most recent “Discover Boston” slides