The Louvre

Yes, you read correctly!

Maybe not the Louvre, but Massachusetts has a lot to offer for those yearning a cultural experience in the Pioneer Valley.

Who is responsible for such an amazing charismatic gesture? Well…. your local library of course.

Forbes Library in Northampton offers free museum passes that would cover the cost of 2 adults and 2 children. If interested go to Museum Passes to learn more about this wonderful offer. If you are not a Forbes library member, check with your local library, many offer similar offers.

Here is a list of the passes offered at the Forbes Library:

Children’s Museum, Holyoke

Eric Carle’s Museum, Amherst

MASS MoCa Museum, North Adams

Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield

Historic Deefield Museum, Deerfield

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge

Springfield Museums

Clark Museum, Williamstown

Massachusetts State Parks

The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has donated an annual “ParksPass” to the Forbes Library. The pass entitles the bearer to free parking for one vehicle at over 50 day-use facilities in the State Parks system that charge a parking fee.

Sites in Western Massachusetts include: Connecticut Valley District : Chicopee State Park — Hampton Ponds State Park — Lake Lorraine State Park — Robinson State Park — Mt. Holyoke Range State Park — Mt. Sugarloaf State Park — Mt. Tom State Park. — Quabbin District: Dunn State Park — Erving State Forest — Lake Dennison R.A. — Lake Wyola State Park — Leominster State Forest — Otter River State Forest — Wachusett Mtn. S.R. — Wendell State Forest — Western Massachusetts : Beartown State Forest — Clarksburg State Park — D.A.R. State Forest — Gardner State Park — Mohawk Trail State Forest — Mt. Greylock S.R. –Natural Bridge State Park — Pittsfield State Forest — Sandisfield State Forest — Tolland State Forest — Windsor State Forest.