Free Places to Visit in Your Free Time

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Now that finals have almost reached their end and winter break is coming, BC gets pretty quiet. However, not everyone goes home for winter break. Whatever keeps you here, whether it be work or other commitments, there’s sure to be a little less excitement without most of the student body. Here are some great places to go to if you are looking for something budget-friendly to do this holiday season. Most, if not all, of these places are free!

  • The Museum of Bad Art - Davis Square – This is exactly what it sounds like, a museum of really bad art.
  • The Waterworks Museum- Chestnut Hill – Built on Boston’s historic Chestnut Hill Reservoir, the Waterworks Museum tells the story of the municipal water supply 
  • Museum- Union Square- This itty-bitty exhibition space is dedicated to micro-sized works by local artists. 
  • Boston Athenaeum – Beacon Hill- This library houses rare paintings, maps, photographs, and books. 
  • The USS Constitution Museum- Charlestown- A collection of history and stories from the oldest commissioned warship still afloat. 
  • The Museum of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts- Faneuil Hall- Get your fill of military memorabilia at this often-overlooked spot in Faneuil Hall. 
  • McMullen Museum of Art- Brighton (Boston College)- This museum is close to home and hosts some excellent exhibits. It’s entirely free and a 5 minute walk from campus!
  • The Plumbing Museum- Watertown- In case you’ve ever wanted to attend a museum entirely about toilets, this is the place for you. It’s free, so you won’t be flushing your money away! (Get it?)
  • ICA Boston- Boston’s Contemporary Arts Museum- Free Admission for all from 5pm-9pm every Thursday. 
  • Boston Public Library- Copley Square- Although this is not a museum, it is filled with magnificent paintings, sculptures, and architectural details. It hosts frequent concerts, lectures, and kids activities. 
  • Star-gaze at the Coit Observatory at Boston University: The observatory is open and free to the public every Wednesday night at 8:30pm in the spring and summer and 7:30pm in the fall and winter. This event is weather permitting since the telescopes are outside, so call ahead to ensure the event is happening.
  • Salsa- Check that your hips still function with a salsa lesson- Salsa isn’t just for chips anymore, as the MetaMovements Latin Dance Company helps you shake it like a Polaroid picture during its weekly Salsa in the Park neighborhood party (Mondays at Blackstone Community Center, 6-9:30pm).

And if you want to give back a little, here are some places you can go volunteer:

70 South Bay Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617.427.5200

23 Dartmouth Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 236-8132

889 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA 02118
617-442-9322


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