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Museum Passes

 

IMPORTANT: Especially given the current pandemic, it is recommended that you check the individual museum's website calendar or call ahead prior to reserving passes or visiting to be certain that the museum or the area of the museum you plan to visit will be open. Many museums are limiting hours or closed at this time. And many require online reservations using their websites.

 

Museum Passes

The library has a versatile collection of museum passes that, depending on the museum, will provide visitors with either discounted or free admission for up to a specified number of people. So what's new about museum passes? To help you plan your visit, you may now reserve the library's museum passes up to 30 days in advance. In addition, most museum passes are printed on demand as part of the reservation process - from the comfort of your home or while at the library. Several passes must still be borrowed from and returned to the library, but these may also be reserved ahead of time.

Museum Pass Reservation Button

To check the availability of museum passes and make a reservation, click here.

Museum Passes-Museum VisitGuidelines:

  • Available to anyone with a valid Connecticut library card
  • Passes may be reserved up to 30 days in advance
  • Limit of one (1) pass per day per family and four (4) passes in a 30-day period

Returnable passes

  • 2-day checkout period using your library card
  • Return to library's lending desk, not in book drop or at another library
  • $10/day overdue fine, up to $100 maximum
  • $100.00 for lost pass

 

Basketball Hall of Fame

1000 W Columbus Ave, Springfield, MA, phone 413-781-6500 or 877-4-HOOPLA
Admits six (6) visitors daily at discounted prices (adults at $15 each and children at $9 each). 10% discount on any photo purchase at Hoopshots Photo Center.

Beardsley Zoo ~ pass unavailable at this time

1870 Noble Ave, Bridgeport, phone 203-394-6565
Admits up to six (6) guests at $9 admission each. Limited to 1 family per day: The zoo requests that pass holders not extend privileges to visitors other than their own family.

The Children’s Museum and Roaring Brook Nature Center

Children’s Museum

50 Trout Brook Dr, West Hartford, phone 860-231-2824
Admits one (1) touring visitor with each paid admission, up to four (4) free admissions. Science Dome Planetarium show tickets are an additional fee for library museum pass holders.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As of July 8, 2020, after reserving The Children's Museum library pass, visitors must also contact the museum to arrange for a timed ticket by first calling the museum at 860-231-2824 or emailing info@thechildrensmuseum.org for a discount code. Then, visit the museum's website at www.thechildrensmuseumct.org/visit/timed-tickets to purchase a ticket, using the discount code obtained. Upon arrival at the museum's front desk, present the printed library pass, photo ID and timed ticket.

Roaring Brook

70 Gracey Rd, Canton, phone 860-693-0263
Admits one (1) touring visitor with each paid admission, up to four (4) free admissions.

Connecticut Historical Society Museum & Library

One Elizabeth St, Hartford, phone 860-236-5621
Admits two (2) adults and up to four (4) children to the museum galleries.

Connecticut River Museum

67 Main St, Essex, phone 860-767-8269
Admits two (2) adults and their children or grandchildren under age 18.

Connecticut State Parks Centers and Historic Buildings Day Pass ~
pass unavailable at this time

Waives entrance fees for building or museum for two (2) adults and four (4) children ages 6-12 at Dinosaur, Fort Trumbull and Gillette Castle State Parks. Cannot be used for camping or special events. Pass courtesy of the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection.

Connecticut Trolley Museum

58 North Rd, East Windsor, phone 860-627-6540
Admits two (2) adults and two (2) children to CT Trolley, Antique Fire Apparatus and Antique Bus Museums. Free trolley rides during operating season which begins in April. Additional charge for some special events. Pass cannot be used for "Rails to the Darkside." Discounts on gift shop merchandise. Schedule varies – please check museum calendar prior to visiting.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In addition to the library's pass reservation, the trolley museum requires that tickets be purchased online in advance. To obtain discounted pricing, select the event and member pricing. Please visit their website for more information.

Connecticut's Old State House ~ closed until further notice

800 Main St, Hartford, phone 860-522-6766
Admits two (2) adults and two (2) children for free during regular museum hours. Admission for after-hour events not covered. Garage parking tickets can be stamped for $5/day parking. Pass courtesy of Connecticut’s Old State House.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Connecticut's Old State House is closed until further notice. Please visit their website for more information.

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

125 West Bay Rd, Amherst, MA, phone 413-658-1100
Admits two (2) adults and four (4) children.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In addition to the library's pass reservation, advance reservations at the museum are strongly recommended. Click here for more information and to make a reservation at the museum.

Florence Griswold Museum

96 Lyme St, Old Lyme, phone 860-434-5542
Admits two (2) adults and two (2) children under 12 years. Surcharge of $5 per person over age 12 during museum's special fall event (whether visiting Wee Faerie Village or not); children age 12 and under admitted to the event free, thanks to an anonymous grant.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In addition to the library's pass reservation, prepaid, timed tickets are required. Click here for more information and to make a reservation at the museum.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center ~ center temporarily closed

77 Forest St, Hartford, phone 860-522-9258
Admits two (2) visitors for a free tour of the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to COVID-19, the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center has temporarily suspended tours. Please visit their website for more information.

Hill-Stead Museum

35 Mountain Rd, Farmington, phone 860-677-4787
Admits two (2) adults and two (2) children (under 18) at 50% off general admission. Not valid for special programs and events.

Imagine Nation Museum ~ museum studios temporarily closed

One Pleasant St, Bristol, phone 860-540-3199
Admits up to six (6) visitors at half-price during regular museum hours. Not valid for special events or registered programs.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Imagine Nation Museum studios are temporarily closed. Please visit their website for more information.

Lutz Children’s Museum

247 S Main St, Manchester, phone 860-643-0949
Admits up to six (6) visitors at half-price. Group using same pass must arrive together.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In addition to the library's pass reservation, the museum requires advance reservations through their website. Click here to reserve your timed ticket. Present the library pass to receive discounted pricing at the museum.

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk ~ pass unavailable at this time

10 N Water St, Norwalk, phone 203-852-0700
Admits six (6) visitors at $2 off each combination ticket (aquarium and daytime IMAX®) purchase.

Mark Twain House ~ temporarily closed

351 Farmington Ave, Hartford, phone 860-247-0998
Buy one (1) adult admission; get one (1) adult or two (2) children for no charge. One use, one discount per visit.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Mark Twain House & Museum will be closed to the public effective Monday, November 16, 2020 and will remain closed at least through November 30, 2020.

Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center ~ museum temporarily closed

110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket, phone 800-411-9671
Admits up to two (2) adults and two (2) youths (ages 6-17) or one (1) adult and three (3) youths at 50% off regular admission. Children ages 5 and under admitted free.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Mashantucket Pequot Museum has decided not to reopen its doors to visitors until the spring of 2021.

Mystic Aquarium ~ Institute for Exploration (pass unavailable at this time)

55 Coogan Blvd, Mystic, phone 860-572-5955
In light of regulations set forth by Governor Ned Lamont’s Reopen Connecticut Plan, Mystic Aquarium has made several changes to their daily operations, including temporary suspension of their library pass program. Tickets can be purchased directly from the aquarium website at MysticAquarium.org/timed-tickets.

Mystic Seaport ~ The Museum of America and the Sea TM

75 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic, phone 888-9SEAPORT (888-973-2767)
Admits two (2) adults and three (3) children (ages 3-17) at 50% off regular admission pricing. Children ages 2 and under admitted free.

New Britain Museum of American Art

56 Lexington St, New Britain, phone 860-229-0257
Admits four (4) general admission visitors. Additional fees may apply to special exhibitions, events and programs. Pass may not be used for docent-led tours. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

IMPORTANT NOTE: As of July 18, 2020, the New Britain Museum of American Art is reopening to the public at reduced capacity. All visitors are required to make reservations online in advance at nbmaa.org/visit. If using the library's museum pass, register as a member, using "Welles-Turner Memorial Library" as the member name. Upon arrival at the museum's front desk, present the printed pass.

New England Air Museum at Bradley International Airport

Windsor Locks, phone 860-623-3305
Admits up to five (5) visitors at 50% off of regular admission rates. Children ages 3 and under admitted free. Not valid for pre-arranged group tours, homeschool programs, special events or open cockpit days.

New Haven Museum

114 Whitney Ave, New Haven, phone 203-562-4183
Admits four (4) visitors. Free on first Sunday each month (1-4pm). Pass courtesy of New Haven Museum.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In addition to the library's pass reservation, advance reservations at the museum are required. Click here for more information and to make a reservation at the museum. Use the "Member" option for tickets.

Norman Rockwell Museum ~ pass unavailable at this time

Rte 183, Stockbridge, MA, phone 413-298-4100
Admits two (2) adults at discounted rate of $10 each. Children ages 18 and under admitted free. 10% discount in store and café (seasonal) on day of visit.

Old Sturbridge Village

1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge MA, phone 508-347-3362
Admits one party of up to four (4) visitors for 50% off regular daytime admission. Does not include nighttime admission, special events, programs or performances that require a separate ticket. Please visit www.osv.org for current admission prices and hours of operation.

IMPORTANT NOTE: In addition to the library pass reservation, visitors must also contact the museum in advance to make a reservation by calling 508-347-0213 or emailing visitorcenter@osv.org. Upon arrival at the Visitor Center, present the printed library pass for discounted admission.

Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University ~ closed for renovations

170 Whitney Ave, New Haven, phone 203-432-5050

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

600 Main St, Hartford, phone 860-278-2670
Free general museum admission for two (2) adults age 18 and up. Ages 17 and younger admitted free. Not valid for ticketed programs, group tours or with other discounts. Additional fees apply during Fine Art & Flowers and Festival of Trees & Traditions. Film admission: buy one, get one free. Note: Admission free for families on second Saturday each month if arrive before 1pm. Pass courtesy of Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

IMPORTANT NOTE: While walk-up visitors may be accommodated based on space availability in the museum, it is recommended that advance reservations be made on the museum's website – in addition to reserving and printing the library pass. Click here to make a reservation. Select the "Member" option for discounted pricing.

 

Most library passes are courtesy of The Friends of the Welles-Turner Memorial Library.

 

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