Boston-area Museum Information

Daniela Rivera installation at the MFA Boston

Installations by Professor Daniela Rivera and artist Tara Donovan (ceiling) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Photo by Samara Pearlstein.

Please check the websites of the museums before visiting to see when and if they are open. Museum admission policies and procedures may be changing on a frequent basis. Make sure to abide by all Wellesley College travel policies when visiting museums.


Museum Memberships

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

This membership allows free admission to ALL Wellesley College students, faculty, and staff; contact Samara Pearlstein ( for the code to reserve your free ticket.

Other benefits of membership include:

*Discounts on staff-led gallery tours for classes ($35 per 15-person group, instead of $150.  Advance registration is required, at least four weeks in advance, by filling out their on-line form).
*Free self-guided group tours for classes (advance registration is required, at least four weeks in advance, by filling out their on-line form). NOTE: the Gardner may not be offering group tours during the pandemic. Please check before planning a class visit.
*Free tickets to public programs, including Third Thursdays and lectures (advance registration is required).
*$10 off Individual and Friend levels of membership
*$15 off concert tickets for Wellesley students

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Wellesley students, faculty, and staff are able to get into the museum for free with their Wellesley ID. Tickets for university members are available same-day only and on-site when you show your Wellesley ID at the ticket desk.

Students (with proper identification) are also offered $5 tickets to regularly priced films showing at the MFA when purchased in person on the day of the screening, and can receive a 10% discount on purchases made in the Museum Shops. There may be a $7 charge for special exhibits even with a University membership.

Please note that as of September 2021, the MFA is not allowing scheduled group trips. Please check on current policies before planning a class trip.


Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge

The Harvard Art Museums are free to students with a valid Wellesley College ID.

Faculty and staff ticketing will be updated as soon as we have this information (latest update: Sept. 2021).


Other Massachusetts Art Museums
(may offer student discounts, but the college does not have memberships at these institutions)
Clark Art Institute (Williamstown)
Danforth Museum (Framingham)
Mass MoCA (North Adams)