Museum Passes

Get free or discounted admission to selected museums and cultural sites, with your Connecticut Public Library card! Passes are available on a first come first served basis at children’s circulation desks of all of our five locations. Passes circulate for 3 days. We recommend to contact your branch first for availability. A fine of $5 per day is charged if passes are returned late. Please note: the 3 day loan period does not apply to Westport Country Playhouse passes (they do not require returns).


Beardsley ZOO: Use this pass for free admission for 2 adults and 6 children. Limited to one family per day.

Connecticut’s Old State House: This pass allows free admission up to four visitors.

CT State Parks Centers and Historic Buildings: This pass covers entrance fees to the centers and historic buildings at Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, Gillette State Park in East Haddam and Fort Trumbull State Park and Visitor Center in New London from 10/4/21 to 12/31/22. This pass waives entrance fees for the center or historic building for 2 adults and 4 children. Please note that there are no longer parking fees for CT-registered vehicles thanks to the Passport to the Parks Program.

Earthplace: This pass entitles the bearer and up to five guests entry into the outdoor Connecticut Birds of Prey exhibit, Animal Hall and Natureplace. Explore 62-acre wildlife sanctuary, with a variety of habitats including fields, forests, ponds, and a stream. The sanctuary is crisscrossed by roughly two miles of trails, including the Discover trail which is wheelchair-accessible.

SHU Discovery Science Center and Planetarium: This pass allows free admission up to 4 children (under 18) with one paid adult admission.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children: This pass entitles holder to one free admission with each purchase of one admission at regular price. Maximum 3 free admissions per pass, per day.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art: Use this pass for free general museum admission for two adults, age 18 and up. Youth ages 17 and under are free.

Westport Country Playhouse: This pass allows you to purchase up to 4 tickets at the discounted rate of $5 each. Patrons may only check out one pass per show. Passes are available only during the theater’s season.

For more info call the Children’s Dept. at 203-576-7400 ext. 408.


Admission is free at these locations. No pass required.

Ballard Institute and Museum – Storrs, CT

Barnum Museum – Bridgeport, CT

Museum of Connecticut History – Hartford, CT

National Helicopter Museum – Stratford, CT

Yale Center for British Arts – New Haven, CT

Yale University Art Gallery – New Haven, CT