Arts & Culture

Artwork by Alexis Clay

Artwork by Alexis Clay

The Boston Area is a very student friendly place with many arts venues offering students with a student ID either free admission or discounted student rush tickets to live performances and shows. The resources and info below are by no means extensive, so make sure to check with the venue for student discounts even if not listed below. For more information on arts events available to BU students, check out the BU Arts Initiative Page:

Check out the Free Section of ArtsBoston’s Calendar. Free events around Boston are posted regularly.

+ Museums with free admission for BU students

The BU Arts Initiative provides both graduate and undergraduate students free admission to:

Just show your BU ID at the ticket desk!

+ First Fridays in Boston

On the first Friday of every month, museums open their doors to the public at night to enjoy an evening of art, music, lectures, and dining. The participating museums include:

+ Boston Symphony Orchestra College Card

BUSM students can receive a Boston Symphony Orchestra (BSO) College Card at no cost ($25 value), granting free admission to more than 20 concerts and open rehearsals at the BSO on Mass Ave.

Where to get your card: For more info on how to receive a BSO College Card, visit Lance Martin at the front desk of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs (2nd floor of the A building). You may alternatively show your student ID card to the Activities Information Desk on the undergraduate campus (2nd floor of the George Sherman Union).

How to get your tickets: Starting each Monday morning at 10AM, you can pick up, in person at the BSO box office, one ticket per person for that week's available performances. (Tip: get to the box office at exactly 10am or a little before for popular performances. Don't roll up late because we are not the only institution with BSO cards and they tend to sell out.)

Location of Box Office/Music Hall:

Symphony Hall at
301 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA

Directly across the street from the Huntington Ave. stop on the BU Shuttle and the MBTA 1 bus, as well as the Symphony Station stop on the Green Line. You've got options!

+ Arts Boston

ArtsBoston's Calendar is a one stop shop for all things arts in and around the Boston Area. The calendar makes it very easy for you to search by date, time, and category of whatever arts event you are looking for. Everything from events at museums and dance performances to local festivals and stand up comedy is posted on the calendar. Access it here:

Trying to buy tickets for these events on a med student budget? Check out ArtsBoston's BoxTix. This is a great source for half-price ticket listings (

+ Boston Lyric Opera (BLO)

Students can get a 50% discount on tickets. They are available at the Citi Center Box Office located at the Wang Theatre. 2 tickets per student. Students can also subscribe to the BLO season for 50% off by calling BLO Audience Services at (617)542-6772.

+ Boston Ballet

Students can get $25 rush tickets at the Boston Ballet 2 hours prior to performances at the Boston Opera House box office.

  • 1 ticket per student with ID
  • Cash only
  • Subject to availability


  • Huntington Theatre Company
    • BU students can purchase $15 dollar tickets
    • 4 options for obtaining tickets:
      • Advance through their website;
      • Call the box office (617-266-0800)
      • In person at either the BU theatre on Huntington Ave OR Calderwood Pavilion on Tremont St.
      • In person two hours before curtain call
  • Arts Emerson
    • Student rush discounted tickets are available 2 hours before curtain.
    • Tickets are available in person at the Box Office.
    • Limit 2 tickets per valid ID
  • The Lyric Stage
    • $10 tickets w/ student ID
    • Tickets available 30 minutes before the show
  • Actors' Shakespeare Project
    • $15 tickets with student ID
    • Tickets on sale one hour before performance
  • Boston Playwrights' Theatre
    • $10 tickets at the door or online
  • American Repertory Theater
    • $25 tickets w/ student ID in advance
    • $15 student rush tickets before the performance
  • Broadway in Boston
    • $25 tickets w/ student ID
    • Tickets on sale one hour before curtain call
  • Central Square Theater
    • $16 student tickets for ALL their productions with promotional code: BUID

+ Take the road less traveled and check out these lesser known but still awesome museums... did i mention they are always free?

The Warren Anatomical Museum
An anatomy and pathology museum associated with Harvard Medical School. The Museum's collection contains about 15,000 artifacts and collections including: anatomical and pathologic preparations, photographs, prints, models and casts, medical instruments and machines, as well as the well-known skull of Phineas Gage.

The Museum of Bad Art
Davis Square
This museum displays exactly what it says: bad art. Free with admission to any film or theatre event at the Somerville Theatre.

Union Square
This small exhibition space is dedicated to micro-sized works by local artists.

The Vilna Shul
Beacon Hill
Donations are appreciated, but not required. A historic synagogue and Jewish cultural center in Beacon Hill.

Boston Athenaeum
Beacon Hill
The first floor and exhibition galleries are free to the public. The exhibition gallery inside this museum features gorgeous paintings, maps, photographs, and rare books.

The Waterworks Museum
Chestnut Hill
Built on Boston's historic Chestnut Hill Reservoir, this museum tells the story of the municipal water supply.

The USS Constitution Museum
Donations are suggested, but not required. 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
A museum filled with military memorabilia.

The Plumbing Museum
Hours: Monday-Thursday, by appointment only. It is a museum dedicated to the heritage of the plumbing industry.