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Get to Columbia Point for free on weekends

The three museums on Columbia Point are offering a free trolley bus ride from the Back Bay to Columbia Point on Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 1.

Copley Square times: 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
Columbia Point times: 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

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I can get there for free already, since I have a T pass.

The big problem is the admission fee. $16 to visit the Ted Kennedy museum is offensive. So is screwing out-of-towners by giving a discount to MA residents. They're making sure that poor people won't be able to learn whatever it is they're trying to teach about democracy and civil discourse.

The Commonwealth Museum is free. But it's only open weekdays. So this new weekend trolley doesn't help (plus can't ever go there because I have a weekday job).

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The Commonwealth Museum is NOW open on the weekends from 9-3 pm. The trolley stops right in front of the building

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Wow, they updated their website to show the May-October weekend hours after I wrote my previous post.

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They must have just now changed their page to add the weekend hours. I'd swear that when I looked at it a few hours ago, it had no mention of these.

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We have a Commonwealth museum?

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I don't see how that's screwing poor people, since most poor people going there will be local. It's a way to give back to the community as a kind of payment in lieu of taxes. There are other museums that give free or discounted admissions to residents of the towns where they are located for the same reason.

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$14 still screws poor MA residents.

And discrimination is wrong, even if it's just a token amount.

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are available to residents for local museums at a modest cost ($3+ or so) at your local branch library. You can sign up online and reserve them. Usually the local friends of the library group buys these passes.

The free bus from Back Bay is obviously geared to Boston visitors. That's a good thing for Columbia Point institutions. I hope it results in more visitors.

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I'd prefer that they increase the frequency of the shuttle from the JFK/UMass T station, rather than spending more money on a bus all the way to Back Bay which runs infrequently and faces a lot of potential traffic.

I once thought about using a museum pass. But even if I wanted to deal with all the bureaucracy, none were available for the entire period of several months when you could reserve them.

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Easy to reserve online ahead of time. I've never had difficulty getting what I wanted, with the exception of the Aquarium, which goes fast in the summer.

I think eventually there will be museum passes, go cards, etc for visitors and locals to get discounts to this museum.

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