Please see HPL Closure Information Statement.
What Museums are offering during Closure:
- Boston Children's Museum: "Resources for play, fun and learning from home."
Butterfly Museum: "Don’t forget you can still shop online while we're closed! Visit https://
butterflyplace-ma.com/ shopping/ for more info. In addition local PICKUP is now available!" See their Facebook page for more information and updates.
- Concord Museum: "In these challenging times, we continue to bring you our good wishes and the highlights of Concord’s history – you can do at home!"
- Davis Farmland: "During this time of social distancing, our farmers and animals will be offering virtual ways to entertain, engage and educate through new and fun efforts on our website and social platforms."
- Discovery Museum: "Family Play and Learning at Home ...we want to share with you some of our favorite at-home fun-and-learning activities from our staff, and also share some of the terrific interactive opportunities offered by museums, individuals, organizations, and other creators around the world."
- Ecotarium: "Explore exhibits from wherever you are with our new Virtual Tour!"
- Garden In The Woods: "Until we can help you in person at our Garden Shops, we have a few ways to help you select and get plants while respecting guidelines for physical distancing. For details, visit our Buy Native Plants page. You can still access our great education programs, as we’ve moved most of them online. Go to our Classes & Field Studies page for more information and to register."
- Harvard Art Museums: "The museums are temporarily closed, but our channels are open." Includes Online Collections Search, Harvard Art Museums from Home and Staff Picks.
- Harvard Museum of Natural History: "Please visit the HMSC museum websites and social media (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) for information, resources, and activities, and to share your own thoughts and ideas. We have provided below some specific links to virtual tours, online exhibitions, and lecture videos to get you started."
- Institute of Contemporary Art: "In the meanwhile, please stay in touch on our social media channels, where we’ll continue to share updates as well as digital resources and content about art, artists, and the creative process to engage with from home."
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: "Enjoy the Gardner's art, music, gardens, and more from your home."
- JFK Library Museum: "The Library will update any changes on its website along with its social media channels."
- MassParks: "Massachusetts State Parks COVID-19 Update"
- Museum of Fine Arts: "Curatorial, education, and communications teams are enhancing online access to the Museum’s collections and programs, and creating new virtual learning materials for students."
- Museum of Russian Icons: Stay connected by following the various links on their website.
- Museum of Science: "Our building may be closed. But science never stops. And neither does the Museum of Science! Here’s a collection of STEM resources designed to bring the Museum — to you!"
- New England Aquarium: "Join us for a virtual visit on Facebook or YouTube every day at 11 a.m. during our temporary closure. See our Virtual Visit page for educational videos and activities."
- Peabody Essex Museum: "We've pulled together all sorts of interesting digital content for you to explore while the museum is closed."
- Tower Hill Botanic Garden: "Tower Hill is Closed, But Still Here for You"
- Trustees of Reservations: "Stuck at home? We've put together activities everyone can enjoy. Virtual fun."
- USS Constitution Museum: "The virtual USS Constitution Museum is open. We are bringing the Museum to you! Play our newest dynamic online game, A Sailor’s Life for Me!"
- Worcester Art Museum: "You may not be able to walk through the galleries right now, but you can still experience the transformative power of art by staying connected and engaged with the Museum's collection..."
When HPL re-opens, patrons are able to sign up for passes from home! Click the button below to view available passes, pass details, and reserve your pass. NOTE: the requested pin # is the same as your library card pin #.
All Museum Passes are provided by the Friends of the Harvard Public Library. The Garden in the Woods pass and the Tower Hill Botanical Gardens pass are co-sponsored by the Garden Club of Harvard.
Museum Pass Policy
- Harvard Public Library makes available a variety of museum passes to any individual holding a library card that is in good standing.
- Harvard residents may reserve passes up to two weeks in advance, nonresidents may borrow passes on a walk-in basis. Reservations for passes are limited to two reservations per family per week (only one per day and no more than one per weekend). During school vacation weeks one reservation per family will be accepted.
- Passes may be borrowed for one day and must be returned BEFORE the library opens on the following business day. For your convenience passes may be returned in the bookdrop.
- Patrons who return a pass late will be charged a $1.00 late fee. In addition, if another patron is denied using a pass because it has not been returned on time, the late charge will equal the cost of one admission to the museum plus $1.00.
- Patrons who reserve a pass and fail to pick it up or to cancel within an hour of the library opening will be charged according the fine schedule for passes returned late (see above).
- The charge for a lost pass is $10.00.