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
Free Admission with Pass
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.
Free admission to 2 visitors
409 Main Street, Niantic, CT 06357 | 860-691-1111
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!
Free admission to 4 members of a family
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
-Fort Trumbull State Park, New London
-Gillette Castle State Park, East Haddam
Slater Memorial Museum
305 Broadway, Norwich, CT 06360 | 860-887-2505
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.
Free admission to museum for 2 visitors.
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:
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, Friday through Sunday, 10am-9pm. Please note that the pass does not cover river tours.
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.
Free admission for a group of up to 9 visitors of any age
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 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.
10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854 | 203-852-0700
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.
$2.00 off admission for up to 2 people
Discounted Admission with Pass
55 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, CT 06355 | 860-572-5955
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
$5.00 off admission for 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.
1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907 | 401-941-4998
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.
$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.
Area Museums with Free Admission
Admission is always free at these museums - no library pass required!
Ballard Institute and Museum
Connecticut College Arboretum
New London, CT
Davison Art Center
Knights of Columbus Museum
New Haven, CT
Museum of Connecticut History
Nautilus and Submarine Force Museum
William Benton Museum of Art
Yale Center for British Art
New Haven, CT