Cultural Resources

Beyond its public events, diverse culinary and retail options, and impressive arts scene, Framingham boasts a number of cultural assets that set it apart. Whether you're interested in the area's rich history or beautiful natural foliage, there is always something to find in the city.

Framingham Public Library

The Framingham Public Library provides free information and services that promote lifelong learning and personal enrichment, encouraging and contributing to the civic, intellectual and cultural pursuits of the community.

All are welcome to visit the 57,000 square foot Main Library in Downtown Framingham, containing a vast array of resources. Or stop by the busy McAuliffe Branch Library, north of Rt. 9, where personalized service makes it a favorite for people of all ages.

The Library is also a member of the Minuteman Library System, a cooperative network and delivery program, that provides access to the collections of 354 additional public and academic libraries.
view of the interior lobby of library with cafe tables and artwork on the walls
If you're interested in learning more, you can visit the Library's website or either of the branches at the addresses below.

Framingham Public Library Main Branch (Downtown)
49 Lexington Street
Framingham, MA 01702

Main Library Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 9am - 9pm
Friday and Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm (September-June)

Christa McAuliffe Branch Library (North Framingham)
746 Water Street
Framingham, MA 01701

McAuliffe Branch Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 9:30am - 9pm
Friday and Saturday 9:30am - 5pm
Sunday 12 - 4pm (September-June)

Those interested in supporting the Library are also encouraged to visit Friends of the Framingham Library or attend the Library's Monthly Book Sale, hosted at the Main Branch every third Saturday from 9:30 to 3:00, except in July and August.

Framingham History Center

The Framingham History Center is a gathering place for those who care about Framingham's past, present, and future. They provide connections with local history that enrich our lives and our community. In collecting and sharing the City's stories, historic buildings, and artifacts (of which there are over 12,000), they seek to better understand our place in that history.

Those interested in learning more are welcome to visit the museum in the historic Edgell Memorial Library across from the Centre Common (3 Oak St.) or their website. Follow them on Twitter to hear about local events and rotating exhibits!
view of a statue of a soldier with an historic building made of large stones with a red roof behind

Garden in the Woods

Only 21 miles from Boston, Garden in the Woods is a magical spot unlike any other botanic garden. With sharp, glacier-made ridges spilling into narrow valleys, its two miles of meandering paths lead through a towering canopy of trees to a pond, a wooded bog, numerous springs, and an ever-flowing brook.

Set among 45 acres, this living museum displays a wide variety of common and rare native plants displayed in naturalistic settings. For families looking to teach their children about the natural world, for adults who can’t decide between a stroll in the garden and a walk in the woods, and for anyone curious about the diversity of New England's wild flowers and woody plants, Garden in the Woods offers a unique experience in a tranquil and beautiful place.

To learn more, visit their website or visit the Garden for yourself, located at 180 Hemenway Road.

Admission (in season) $12 Adults (18-64)
$9 Seniors (65+)
$6 Youths (3-17)
Children under 3 admitted free
Active servicemen and women and their spouses admitted free with valid military ID
Veterans receive 50 percent discount with proof of service
Members at the Individual with Garden Access level and higher levels admitted free
view of flowers blooming with trees behind at Garden in the Woods.