Thousands of BPS college students and households are turning out to reap the benefits of the brand new program permitting free entry into museums and cultural establishments on the primary two Sundays of every month, metropolis officers stated Sunday.
“This is the second official Sunday where six institutions across the city are free for our Boston public school students and their families,” Mayor Michelle Wu stated on the Museum of Science on Sunday. “We’ve already seen even to this point today, not even the whole day, compared to last week, some of the numbers are already up. And so clearly, our young people are out with their families taking advantage.”
The metropolis launched the “BPS Sundays” pilot program final weekend, making admission to 6 cultural establishments round Boston free for BPS college students and as much as three members of the family of the primary two Sundays of every month by way of August.
The program consists of the Boston Children’s Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium and Franklin Park Zoo.
In the primary BPS Sunday final week, town tallied close to 2,500 households throughout all of the collaborating establishments, stated Kenny Mascary, Chief of Staff on the Office of Arts and Culture.
“It’s been a lot, a lot of turnout, and it’s only getting bigger,” stated Mascary. “I think we have more people this week than we did last week.”
Wu stated this system is aiming to succeed in BPS households by way of “every possible touchpoint,” together with common robocalls and emails. The web site is being up to date with new info and new programming because it comes up, like the continued Black History Month occasions, Mascary stated.
“This does make a difference for us,” stated BPS mother Rayne Williams, out on the science museum with two children Sunday afternoon. “We haven’t been to so many of the city’s museums, and this makes it easier to get out of the house on Sundays and have these experiences. And they have fun.”
The Children’s Museum notably measured what number of households had been coming to the establishment for the primary time final Sunday, Wu stated, discovering round 45% of households had by no means been earlier than.
“So that’s the kind of information we also want to know, to not only quantify how many people are coming, but what does it mean for their lives,” Wu stated. “And is it opening up completely new avenues and new experiences for them.”
“This is what cultural institutions should measure themselves by, which is not are we great museums, but are we making a great difference in the world,” stated Museum of Science President Tim Ritchie. “And that’s happening because of this program.”