Museum of Science

Thank you to the Museum of Science for welcoming DCF foster children & their families!

Our dedicated partners at the Museum of Science create access and opportunity for DCF foster children and families by providing *free Museum admission to preregistered DCF foster families.

*This offer is available by registration only. This offer does not require the use of the Wonderfund Access Card. Please read the instructions located on this page to access this offer. 

One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum attracts approximately 1.5 million visitors a year through its vibrant programs and 700 interactive exhibits. To date, more than 2300 DCF foster families have enjoyed thousands of visits to the Museum!

Are you a member of a DCF Foster Family? Be sure to opt-in to the Museum of Science benefits Package.

The benefits package includes:

  • Eligible family members *(see below) will receive free admission to the Museum of Science in Boston with the presentation of photo ID at the Museum box office by a registered primary and/or secondary care provider.
  • When visiting the Museum, free admission includes access to the Museum’s exhibit halls and live presentations but does not include venues requiring separate tickets such as Butterfly Garden, 4-D Theater, Omni Theater, Planetarium, or ticketed special exhibitions.

Registration Timeline: 

Register By: November 16, 2020, for the benefits start date of December 18, 2020.
Register By: March 19, 2021, for the benefits start date of April 16, 2021. 

Important COVID-19 Information for Registered DCF Foster Families:

  • Due to COVID-19, there will be no walk-ups allowed to enter the Museum.
  • All visitors, including registered DCF foster families, both adults, and children of all ages, must book timed tickets in advance. 
  • Registered DCF foster families can no longer go to the Museum Box Office for tickets. 
  • Registered DCF foster families must book timed tickets in advance by calling 617-723-2500 during business hours. 
  • Tickets will be sent to the registered DCF foster family via digital confirmation. 
  • The digital confirmation and a photo ID are required upon entry at the Museums Exhibit Hall entry.
  • Tickets are available for Exhibit Halls and The Science Behind Pixar, which is free with admission and requires a separate timed ticket.
  • Advance timed tickets will be available now.  
  • All visitors are required to wear a face-covering and should stay home if unwell. 
  • Please review the Museum code of conduct here
  • Please review the Museum FAQ here

*Important Benefits Information:

  • Family members eligible for free admission include adults designated as primary and secondary care providers and their biological, adoptive, and foster children who reside in licensed Massachusetts foster homes.
  • This program does not include guests who do not reside in the foster family household or adults other than the primary and secondary care providers, even if they live with the foster family.
  • Free admission is for DCF foster homes with Open status and will continue for the Wonderfund/Museum of Science partnership duration. Foster homes with Closed status will be removed from eligibility for free admission.
  • The Museum will use the information you provided in your Opt-In survey for contact and admission purposes.

If you have questions, contact the Wonderfund at 

Enjoy your adventure at the Museum!

Frequently Asked Questions

How many tickets can we get and how often can we visit the Museum of Science?

You can get as many tickets as you need to cover the eligible members of your household: Primary and secondary care providers who consented to allow their information to be shared with the Museum and their biological, adoptive, and foster children.

Visit as many times as you like!

Can my children get in for free if they visit the Museum with another adult – a grandparent or babysitter, for example, or on a school field trip?  

No. A primary and/or secondary care provider who has consented to allow their information to be shared with the Museum must be present and must have valid photo ID in order to gain free admission for themselves and the children who reside in their household and this offer cannot be combined with school field trips or other group visits or offers.

What about other adults who live in our home? And, can our children bring friends?

You are welcome to bring additional guests both adults and children but will need to purchase tickets for any adults who are not listed as primary or secondary caregivers, any primary or secondary caregivers who have not provided consent for their information to be shared with the Museum, and any children who do not reside in the household of a licensed Massachusetts foster home.

I lost or forgot my ID. Can we come anyway?

Please be sure to bring a photo ID. The Museum cannot confirm your eligibility for free admission without it and you will be required to purchase tickets.

How will the Museum of Science use my name and contact information?

The Museum of Science will use information provided by DCF and Wonderfund strictly to administer free admission provided under this partnership. The Museum will communicate separately only to those who had pre-existing relationships to the Museum, opt in to communication, or separately establish relationships with the Museum apart from the purview of this partnership.

If I do not register in time for the opening of the Museum of Science partnership will I still be able to gain access?

If you do not register by the deadline for the opening of the partnership, your registration will be rolled over to the next quarter of the year when we open up free membership to the additional registrants.

Can you still have free access to the Museum of Science even if you did not receive the email about this opportunity?

In order to be eligible for this opportunity you must have received an email from the Department of Children and Families explicitly explaining this opportunity. These emails went out all DCF Foster Families who have email addresses. If you did not receive an email but believe that you are eligible, please contact your social worker or local DCF office.