Get a free pass to area’s museums

The Theater of Electricity at the Museum of Science. The Theater of Electricity at the Museum of Science. (Yoshiki Hase)
By Kari Bodnarchuk
Globe Correspondent / September 19, 2010

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More than 35 Boston-area museums will offer free admission on Sept. 25, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day. Participating venues include the Boston Children’s Museum, Harvard Art Museums, Mary Baker Eddy Library, Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, Old South Meeting House, and Salem Witch Museum. In Worcester, you can visit the Higgins Armory Museum, Worcester Art Museum, and Worcester Historical Museum. Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston will offer special docent tours and interactive trivia contests. Go to Smithsonian’s website for a full list of museums and to print out a free admission card (search for “Museum Day’’ to access the ticket). A ticket gets you and a companion into one museum for free; one ticket per household. 202-633-1000,

Your Jamaica conservatory

If you’re a musician or music lover, consider traveling to Jamaica to teach a child how to play an instrument. As a volunteer with Projects Abroad, a Britain-based program, you will teach children ages 6 to 18 how to play keyboard, guitar, violin, flute, or drums. Or you can offer instruction on melody improvisation, and how to read, notate, compose, and arrange music. The Music Project focuses on traditional Jamaican music but incorporates cultural influences from around the world. Projects Abroad provides all instruments and resources. 888-839-3535,

Let iPhone apps guide you

Whether you are headed to Rome or Boston’s North End, download an iPhone app from GPSmyCity and let it show you where you are going. Self-guided walking tours can steer you around more than 180 cities around the world. Each application comes with detailed maps and GPS-based navigation features that provide accurate turn-by-turn directions. Download walking tours such as Casanova’s Venice, Belgian Beer Tour in Brussels, Ultimate Girls’ Night Out in Buenos Aires, Romantic Fountains of Rome, and Beijing Markets. Boston’s eight tours include Historical Cambridge, Kids Entertainment, Boston Museum, Famous Historical Sites, and Art and Culture. The apps cost between $2.99 and $4.99 per city. 510-931-6182,