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Free Admission for Federal Government Employees

With the continued partial government shutdown, The Trustees is joining many other cultural and nonprofit organizations around the nation by offering free admission to sites that normally charge parking and admission fees to federal government employees and their families. Getting out and spending time in nature, culture, and the great outdoors can be healing and rejuvenating and Trustees hopes to provide some joy and relief to these workers and their families that were affected by the shutdown.

We are pleased to welcome impacted government employees, and up to four family members, free entry (parking or admission) at the following properties.

Parking Kiosk Sites

Leave valid government ID on driver-side dashboard, and no parking fee will be charged.

Historic Houses/Museums

Show valid government ID at Admissions desk.

Gated Sites

Show valid government ID at gatehouse.

  • World’s End, Hingham
  • Crane Beach on the Crane Estate, Ipswich
    • NOTE: If visiting Crane Beach, also consider a walk around the grounds of Castle Hill on the Crane Estate—the house is closed but grounds are free and open to all at this time of year.


The invitation is good for government employees and up to four family members with a valid ID through the end of February, or until the partial government shutdown ends, if earlier. (Note: Should the shutdown extend beyond the end of February, please check back for details on an extension of this offer.)

Further Information

While the majority of our recreational sites are free and open year-round, some of our more popular sites do charge admission and/or parking fees. Most of our cultural sites charge admission but are closed for the season, with the exception of the few listed above that remain open and operate on a limited schedule for the winter.