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July 4, 2014

Highland Street Foundation Announces 6th Annual “Free Fun Fridays”

Statewide Program Offers Unparalleled Access to 66 Museums and Cultural Institutions Throughout the Summer

(Boston, MA) – The Highland Street Foundation has announced its sixth annual “Free Fun Fridays” initiative, a summer program that opens doors at no cost to visitors to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts. This year, 66 museums and cultural institutions will participate in the program, an increase from the 60 venues that participated in 2013. Beginning June 27th through August 29th, between five and seven venues will be open free-of-charge every Friday for 10 weeks this summer.

“Boston has a rich cultural and historical heritage, and programs like Highland Street Foundation’s ‘Free Fun Fridays’ provide every member of our community with access to the state’s top-tier art, history, music and culture,” said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, a strong advocate for youth summer programming. “With summer around the corner, I encourage the community to get out and experience the best our City has to offer, and ‘Free Fun Fridays’ is the perfect opportunity to do just that.”

Established in 2009, “Free Fun Fridays” has drawn more than half a million visitors to its participating venues. Last year alone, the program saw 165,000 people and the Foundation hopes to reach more than 200,000 this year.

“This year’s Free Fun Fridays program is our most far reaching yet, and we’re honored to provide families with access to the very best cultural institutions across Massachusetts,” said Highland Street Foundation Executive Director, Blake Jordan. “We are deeply committed to engaging families on a cultural and intellectual level, and providing ongoing enrichment opportunities for young people, particularly during out-of-school time.“

The Highland Street Foundation provides grants to participating venues to cover the cost of opening their doors for free. It has invested more than $650,000 to support the 2014 “Free Fun Fridays” program. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Highland Street Foundation has proudly donated more than $150 million to 950 groups since its inception in 1989.

“We are thrilled to be part of Free Fun Fridays for the fifth consecutive summer,” said Joseph Cox, president of the EcoTarium, a Worcester-based museum focused on the natural sciences and hands-on exploration and discovery. “It is always a highlight of the summer because we see such a diverse group of visitors, many of whom are here for the first-time.”

This year, the program welcomes back favorite sites like the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Peabody Essex Museum, along with new venues, including the MIT Museum and the Sandwich Glass Museum. A complete list of all participating venues and dates is below.

To learn more about the Free Fun Fridays, and the Highland Street Foundation, visit or join us at and on Twitter @HighlandStreet.

The following institutions are participating in Free Fun Fridays 2014:

Friday, June 27, 2014
Franklin Park Zoo (Dorchester)
Cape Cod Maritime Museum (Hyannis Port)
Worcester Art Museum (Worcester)
Tanglewood (Lenox)
The Sports Museum (Boston)
Mass MoCA (North Adams)
MIT Museum (Cambridge)

Friday, July 04, 2014
Heritage Museums & Gardens (Sandwich)
Edward Gorey House (Yarmouth Port)
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival (Becket)
Amelia Park Children’s Museum (Westfield)
Falmouth Museums on the Green (Falmouth)

Friday, July 11, 2014
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum (Boston)
Peabody Essex Museum (Salem)
Worcester Historical Museum (Worcester)
Fruitlands Museum (Harvard)
Cape Cod Children’s Museum (Mashpee)
New England Historic Genealogical Society (Boston)
Pilgrim Hall Museum (Plymouth)

Friday, July 18, 2014
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Boston)
Ocean Explorium (New Bedford)
The Eric Carle Museum (Amherst)
Larz Anderson Auto Museum (Brookline)
Springfield Museums (Springfield)
Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center (Boston)
Sandwich Glass Museum (Sandwich)

Friday, July 25, 2014
The Freedom Trail Foundation (Boston)
Battleship Cove (Fall River)
Children’s Museum in Easton (Easton)
Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Boylston)
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University (Boston)
Cape Cod Museum of Art (Dennis)
Danforth Art (Framingham)

Friday, August 1, 2014
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston)
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (Boston)
American Textile History Museum (Lowell)
The Discovery Museums (Acton)
Hancock Shaker Village (Pittsfield)
Concord Museum (Concord)
Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center (Great Barrington)

Friday, August 8, 2014
Boston Harbor Islands National Park (Boston)
Clark Art Institute (Williamstown)
Wenham Museum (Wenham)
USS Constitution Museum (Charlestown)
Children’s Museum at Holyoke (Holyoke)
Volleyball Hall of Fame (Holyoke)
Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton)

Friday, August 15, 2014
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (Boston)
Plimoth Plantation (Plymouth)
Garden in the Woods (Framingham)
Museum of Russian Icons (Clinton)
Fitchburg Art Museum (Fitchburg)
Historic Deerfield (Deerfield)
Reagle Museum Theatre (Waltham)

Friday, August 22, 2014
Boston Children’s Museum (Boston)
Museum of African American History (Boston)
New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford)
Old Manse, Trustees of Reservations (Concord)
Berkshire Museum (Pittsfield)
Emily Dickinson Museum (Amherst)

Friday, August 29, 2014
Buttonwood Park Zoo (New Bedford)
EcoTarium (Worcester)
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History (Brewster)
Norman Rockwell Museum (Stockbridge)
The Mount: Edith Warton’s Home (Lenox)
Griffin Photography Museum (Winchester)

About Highland Street Foundation:

Since 1989, the Highland Street Foundation has worked to enrich the lives of children and families in Massachusetts by donating more than $150 million to worthy non-profit organizations. From its support of the TADpole playground in Boston Common, to providing tickets to local sporting events to local non-profits, to building capacity and providing technical assistance to hundreds of nonprofit organizations, the foundation is dedicated to expanding opportunities for families in Massachusetts and beyond. This year marks the sixth anniversary of Free Fun Fridays and a record- breaking 66 venues will participate, with five to seven cultural venues in Massachusetts open free-of-charge every Friday for 10 weeks this summer. Over the past five summers more than 500,000 visitors have enjoyed the Free Fun Fridays program.



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