Museum Passes

The library has reduced admission and/or free passes to several area museums. Passes may be checked out for 2 days and returned to the Bill Memorial Library. Museum passes cannot be placed on hold like other library items, but if a pass is available you may call ahead by up to one hour to reserve it.

Free Passes

Children's Museum logoChildren's Museum of Southeastern CT
409 Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357
Free admission to 4 members of a family

The Children's Museum of SECT is an interactive and hands-on museum space for children ages 9 months to 9 years. With 5,000 square feet, 2 outdoor exhibits, and many different scientific, artistic, and cultural exhibits, the Museum is an ideal space to let little imaginations grow!

CT Old State House logoConnecticut's Old Statehouse
800 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
Free admission for up to 2 adults and 2 children

Connecticut's Old State House offers an authentic, educational, and inspiring visit! Examine historical artifacts and ideas about democracy and citizenship to learn more about the state's past, present, and future.

Custom House logoCustom House Maritime Museum
150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320
Free admission for 2 visitors

The Maritime Museum, located in downtown New London, is open year-round and tells the historic tales of New London's waterfront, lighthouse, and traditions.

DPNC logoDenison Pequotsepos Nature Center
109 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic, CT 06355
Free admission for 1 family of up to 5 people, including admission to museum and walking trails

The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center offers access to 10 miles of hiking trails, a fully functioning wildlife sanctuary that houses several species of birds, and a museum that is fun for the whole family.

Florence Griswold logoFlorence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06371
Free admission into the museum for 2 adults and 2 children under 12
Please note that the museum is CLOSED on Mondays and that the pass is not valid during special fundraising events.

The Florence Griswold Museum, the home of American Impressionism, started as a boardinghouse, became one of the most famous summer art colonies in America, and is now a museum dedicated to the art and history of Connecticut's role in fostering American art.

Lyman Allyn logoLyman Allyn Art Museum
625 Williams Street, New London, CT 06320
Free general admission for 2 adults and 2 children ages 13-17 (children 12 and under are always free)
Please note that the museum is closed on Mondays.

The Lyman Allyn Art Museum houses over 15,000 objects from ancient times to today depicting artwork from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Europe. The Museum places special emphasis on art education and cultural enrichment, particularly to young people.

CT State Parks logoNo Child Left Inside State Parks Pass
For a complete list of available state parks and their locations, check out
this interactive map.
Free vehicle entrance to any of the CT State Parks
Free admission for 2 adults and 4 children at the following Parks

CT State Parks are located throughout the state and offer a number of different hiking, boating, and camping options for your recreational use. Be sure to check the individual DEEP pages for the state parks to learn more about parking and hours of operation.

Slater logoSlater Memorial Museum
305 Broadway, Norwich, CT 06360
Free admission to museum for 2 visitors

The Slater Museum is located on the campus of Norwich Free Academy and boasts a collection of the best examples of fine and decorative art from the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Africa.

USS Constitution logoUSS Constitution Museum
Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22,
Charlestown, MA 02129
Free admission for a group of up to 9 visitors of any age

Located near other Boston landmarks, the USS Constitution Museum allows visitors to take part in interactive galleries detailing America's sailing history.

Wadsworth Atheneum logoWadsworth Atheneum Museum
600 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
Free general admission for 2 adults and 2 children ages 13-17 (children 12 and under are always free)
Buy one get one free admission to films (separate)

Please note that this pass is not valid during special fundraising events. There may be an added fee for special exhibits. The pass may be used only once per day.

The oldest continuously-operating public art museum in the country, the Wadsworth Atheneum holds 50,000 works of art that span 5,000 years. Renovations are expected to be complete in 2015, so check the museum webpage for updated information on galleries.

Discounted Passes

Maritime Aquarium logoThe Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854
$2.00 off admission for up to 2 people

The only aquarium dedicated to Long Island Sound, the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk exhibits a wide variety of critters from land and sea including touch experience, IMAX movie showings, and boat cruises.

Mystic Aquarium logoMystic Aquarium
55 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, CT 06355
$5.00 off admission for up to 2 adults and 2 children ages 3-17 (children under 3 are always free)
Please note that this pass may be used only once per day.

At Mystic Aquarium, you can expect close encounters year-round with many different aquatic species including beluga whales, penguins, and rays. Admission includes access to exhibits and to the sea lion show. Admission for 4D films and rotating exhibits are available for an added fee.

Roger Williams Park Zoo logoRoger William Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907
$3.00 off admission for up to 4 people
Please note that this pass is valid from March-December and is not valid on special fund-raising exhibits or during Polar Days.

One of the oldest zoos in the nation, the Roger Williams Park Zoo houses over 100 species of rare animals from around the globe, a number of play spaces, and educational exhibits for the whole family to enjoy.

Area Museums with Free Admission

Admission is always free at these museums - no library pass required!

Ballard Institute and Museum
Storrs, CT

Connecticut College Arboretum
New London, CT

Connecticut State Museum of Natural History & Archeology Center
Storrs, CT

Davison Art Center
Middletown, CT

Knights of Columbus Museum
New Haven, CT

Museum of Connecticut History
Hartford, CT

Nautilus and Submarine Force Museum
Groton, CT

William Benton Museum of Art
Storrs, CT

Yale Center for British Art
New Haven, CT