Carolyn Kruse

Carolyn Kruse

Got the day off on Monday, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day? Kids are out of school, and you need something to do? Take a look at these 5 FREE things to do in Boston on MLK Day. Thanks to for sharing some great things to do in Boston this weekend, free and fee.

  • 1. See the New MLK sculpture ‘The Embrace’ on Boston Common

    This has been in the works for some time, and it has finally been unveiled. See the  22-foot statue honoring Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King on  Boston Common, where they first met, near the site of a 1965 rally led by the Civil Rights leader.  It’s called “The Embrace”  and is one of the country’s largest new memorials dedicated to racial equity.

  • 2. Enjoy free admission to the Museum of Fine Arts

    The MFA, Museum of Fine Arts, will be open on MLK Day and offering free admission to all Massachusetts residents . Together with their partner, with Citizens Bank, the MFA will host an open house to honor the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    From “Tickets are available in person on a first-come, first-served basis. Exhibit highlights will include “Frank Bowling’s Americas,” “Making Past Present: Cy Twombly,” and the final day of “LIFE Magazine and the Power of Photography.” The day will also include interactive painting and music from DJ WhySham in the Shapiro Family Courtyard, a short talk and performance in the “Touching Roots” exhibit at 1:00 and 2:30 p.m., and a noon discussion on the making of “The Embrace,” a new public monument celebrating the work and lives of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King.”

  • 3. Visit the Franklin Park and Stone Zoos for FREE

    Lions and tigers and bears…oh my. Take the family to see the animals up close and for FREE on Monday, MLK Day. Both the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston, and The Stone Zoo in Stoneham will offer free admission on Monday.  See the list of animals usually seen during winter visits at Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo.

  • 4. Make Monday ICA Day

    On MLK Day you can explore The Institue of Contemporary Art. They will offer FREE admission from 10am -5:00pm. See the exhibits:

    Rose B. Simpson: Legacies,” “Jordan Nassar: Fantasy and Truth,” and “To Begin Again: Artists and Childhood.”  According to, timed tickets are required. They will be available 24 hours before the event starts on Monday.

  • 5. Visit New England’s National Parks for FREE

    Make 2023 the year you explore more. Get out in the great outdoors! The National Park Service (NPS) is once again waiving entrance fees for all National Parks on five days in 2023, including MLK Day.

     Here are 3 New England area parks that usually charge a fee to walk and hike their grounds, but will be free for MLK Day:

    *  Adams National Historical Park in Quincy (They usually charge $15/person)

    * Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine ($15/person, $30/vehicle)

    * Saint-Gaudens National Historical Park in Cornish, N.H.

    There are more than 400 National Parks country-wide, 110 parks charge entrance fees ranging from $5 to $35. 


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