**IMPORTANT ~ PLEASE READ** Many museums are closed due to covid-19, or are operating on a limited basis with online pre-registration required, or do not presently accept discount passes. Those that do accept passes may have special procedures for them. It is your responsibility to check with the museum you are visiting before borrowing a library pass to make sure that they are open, accepting library passes, and that you are following their procedures. Regardless of individual museums’ procedures, library policy regarding borrowing passes has not changed.
Museum passes may be picked up at the library only on the day they are to be used, and must be returned that evening (in the book drop) or by 9:00 the following morning (Monday morning if applicable). Passes may not be reserved; first come, first served only. Passes will be quarantined like any other library item for several days after being returned in the book drop, and fines will not be assessed if the pass has been returned on time even if it still shows on your account while it is being quarantined. The pass you are looking for may still be in quarantine on the day you want to go, so please call the library before coming down to borrow a pass to make sure it is available. For everyone’s safety, we will not break quarantine to loan out museum passes prematurely.
See which museums are open, which are accepting passes, and how you go about using the passes by clicking here to open up a view-only google spreadsheet. Be sure to check the museum’s website before you plan your visit, as the pandemic may have impacted regular operating hours and brought on new restrictions.
Beardsley Zoo-Bridgeport, CT; Pass will admit six patrons for $5 each. One family per day.
Children’s Museum of Southeastern CT-Niantic, CT; Pass grants $3.50 off regular admission price and is for a family of four.
Connecticut’s Old State House-Hartford, CT; Good for free admission for up to two adults and two children.
Connecticut Science Center-Hartford, CT; Grants 20% off up to 4 admissions.
Eric Sloane Museum & Kent Iron Furnace – Kent, CT; Free admission for two adults and two youths (6-17 years); part of the Four Connecticut Museums pass.
Florence Griswold Museum – Old Lyme, CT; Pass admits two adults and two children into the Museum.
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center – Hartford, CT; Free admission for two people.
Henry Whitfield State Museum – Guilford, CT; Free admission for two adults and two youths (6-17 years); part of the Four Connecticut Museums pass.
Hungerford Park Nature Center – New Britain, CT; Free admission for up to 4 people. Combined pass with New Britain Youth Museum.
The Maritime Aquarium-Norwalk, CT; $2 off a combination aquarium and IMAX admission for up to six people.
Mystic Seaport – Mystic, CT – Save 50% off regular admission up to two adults and three children; discounts at various restaurants and seaport stores.
Mystic Marine Life Aquarium-Mystic, CT- Save $4.00 off admission for up to four people.
New Britain Museum of American Art – New Britain, CT; Pass admits up to four people free.
New Britain Youth Museum – New Britain, CT; Free admission for up to 4 people. Combined pass with Hungerford Park Nature Center.
New England Air Museum – Windsor Locks, CT; 50% off regular admission for up to 6 people. Ages 3 and under free.
New Haven Museum – New Haven, CT – Admits up to four people free.
Old New-Gate Prison & Copper Mine – East Granby, CT; Free admission for two adults and two youths (6-17 years); part of the Four Connecticut Museums pass.
Peabody Museum-New Haven, CT; Pass gives $6 off on up to four admissions. Please note that the museum is open for free on Thursdays from 2-5pm. Passes not valid in February.
Prudence Crandall Museum – Canterbury, CT; Free admission for two adults and two youths (6-17 years); part of the Four Connecticut Museums pass.
Shore Line Trolley Museum – East Haven, CT; Admits up to 6 individuals at half price. Regular admission is Adults $10.00, Seniors $8.00 and Children $6.00.
State Parks and Forests Day Pass – Free admission for 2 adults and 4 children at Dinosaur, Fort Trumbull, and Gillette Castle State Park Museums. Parking for CT registered vehicles is now free for 2018 at all CT state parks.
Wadsworth Atheneum-Hartford, CT; Admits two adults and two children(through age 17) free.
The library now offers passes to the following adult out-of-state museums: The Frick Collection, Guggenheim, Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum, Museum of the City of New York, New York Historical Society Museum & Library. Loan rules vary from children’s passes. See the staff at the upstairs reference desk in the adult department or visit the information page here for more information.