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. 


THE FINE FOR OVERDUE PASSES IS $5.00 PER DAY - ONLY 1 PASS PER FAMILY

PLEASE SEE INDIVIDUAL MUSEUM INFORMATION FOR COVID-19 UPDATES.

Updated 9/15/2021.

Free Admission with Pass

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The Avery-Copp House Museum

154 Thames Street, Groton, CT 06340   |   860-445-1637

The Avery-Copp House Museum is a wonderful time capsule of local history.  The objects and artifacts within the museum tell the story of life in this lovely Groton neighborhood from just after the Revolutionary War all the way until the Second World War.

Pass: Free admission to 2 visitors

(Pass not required for 2021 season. Free admission for all visitors.)


Reopening May 29th, 2021 through Columbus Day

Sat. & Sun. 10 - 3

PLEASE CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

Visit their website for a Virtual Tour!

Connecticut's Old Statehouse 
800 Main Street, Hartford, CT   |   06103 860-522-6766 

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.

Free admission for up to 2 adults and 2 children

Open Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 5 p.m.; Thursday 12 - 8 p.m.

PLEASE CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES.

Custom House Maritime Museum 
150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320   |   860-447-8086 

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.

 

Free admission for 2 visitors

Open Wednesday - Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 - 5 p.m.

PLEASE CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES.

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center ​
109 Pequotsepos Road, Mystic, CT 06355   |   860-536-1216 

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.

 

Free admission for 1 family of up to 5 people, including admission to museum and walking trails

Natural History Museum and Nature Center open all week
Mon. - Sat. 9AM - 4PM; Sun. 10AM - 4PM.

Avery Welcome Center at Coogan Farm CLOSED until further notice.

TRAILS OPEN AND FREE AS ALWAYS.

PLEASE CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

Florence Griswold Museum ​
96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06371    |   860-434-5542 

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.

 

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.

April - December: Tues. - Sun. 10AM - 5PM

January - March: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm and Sunday, 1– 5pm

Last admission at 4PM.

MUST PRESENT PASS UPON ENTRY.

PLEASE CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON TICKETS.

Lyman Allyn Art Museum ​
625 Williams Street, New London, CT 06320   |   860-443-2545

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.

 

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.

Tues. - Sat. 10AM - 5PM

Sun. 1 - 5PM

Last admission at 4PM

PLEASE CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

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Mystic Seaport Museum
75 Greenmanville Ave., Mystic, CT 06355  |   860-572-0711

The Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation’s leading maritime museum. It includes a recreated New England coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. The Museum is home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan, America’s oldest commercial ship still in existence.

 

Day-specific passes for 50% off admission for 2 adults and 3 children ages 3-17
(children under 3 are free).

May 1—October 31: Daily 10 AM—5 PM
November 1—December 31: Thurs.—Sun. 10 AM—4 PM.
Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Last admission is 30 minutes before close; grounds open one hour after closing.

PLEASE CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

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Niantic Children's Museum

(formerly Children's Museum of Southeastern CT) 

409 Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357   |   860-691-1111 

The Niantic Children's Museum 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!

Free admission to 4 members of a family

Tues. - Sat. 9:30AM - 2:30PM

MUST PRESENT PASS UPON ENTRY. 

Masks required for age 2+.

PLEASE CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

No Child Left Inside State Parks Pass 
For a list of available parks this interactive map.    |   860-424-3000 

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.

** Note that this library pass has changed in 2018--all Connecticut residents will be able to park at the CT State Parks without a fee. This pass will now be used to waive the admission fees for 2 adults and 4 children to the following parks:

-Dinosaur State Park, Trumbull - no pass is required to access trails.

-Fort Trumbull State Park, New London - no pass is required to access trails.

-Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam - no pass is required to access trails.

PLEASE CHECK THEIR WEBSITES FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, or follow @CTStateParks on Twitter.

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Thames River Heritage Park Water Taxi
Thames River Landing, Fort Street, Groton, CT 06340

The Water Taxi runs on the River Thames on a hop-on, hop-off hourly look between the following three stops (board from any of these three landings):

  • Fort Trumbull in New London (on the hour)

  • City Pier in New London (20 minutes after the hour)

  • Thames River Landing in Groton (40 minutes after the hour)

Free admission for 1 rider.  Families may check out more than one pass at a time.  Taxi runs Memorial weekend through Mid-September, Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, 11:40 am - 6:20 pm.  Please note that the pass does not cover river tours.

PLEASE CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES.

USS Constitution Museum 
Charlestown Navy Yard, Building 22,Charlestown, MA 02129    |   617-426-1812 

 

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

 

Museum: Free admission for a group of up to 9 visitors of any age.

Open Thurs. - Sun. 10 am - 5 pm

Ship: Friday-Monday 10 am - 6 pm.

Ship Website

PLEASE CHECK THEIR WEBSITES FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES.

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Wadsworth Atheneum Museum
600 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103    |   860-278-2670

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.

 

Free general admission ongoing.

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.

Fridays noon - 8 PM.  Sat. & Sun. noon - 5PM.

Untitled Bistro and Auerbach Library closed to the public.

PLEASE CHECK THEIR WEBSITE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND RESOURCES.

Online Virtual Tours

Online Events and Programs

Area Museums with Free Admission

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

PLEASE CHECK THEIR WEBSITES FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.

Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
Storrs, CT​​

Please check their website for additional information.

Connecticut College Arboretum
New London, CT

Please check their website for additional information.

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

Check website for virtual programs and times and locations of exhibits

Davison Art Center
Middletown, CT

CLOSED UNTIL JANUARY 2, 2023

Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center

(former Knights of Columbus Museum)
New Haven, CT

Wed. & Sat. 10AM - 4PM

Please check their website for additional information.

Museum of Connecticut History
Hartford, CT

Mon. - Fri. 10AM - 4PM

Please check their website for additional information.

Nautilus and Submarine Force Museum
Groton, CT

May 1 - October 31: Wed. - Mon. 9AM - 5PM.

Please check their website for additional information.

William Benton Museum of Art
Storrs, CT

Tues. - Fri. 10AM - 4PM; Sat. 1 - 4PM.

Please check their website for additional information and resources.

Yale Center for British Art
New Haven, CT

Fri. noon - 7PM; Sat. & Sun. noon - 4PM

Free timed-entry tickets are strongly encouraged.

Please check their website for additional information.