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 websites for visiting information and Covid-19 updates.
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 for 2 visitors.
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.
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.
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 both museum and walking trails.
Walking trail access is free.
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.
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.
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.
Must present pass upon entry.
For a list of available parks view 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 changed in 2018–all Connecticut residents may now park for free in a CT State Park. This pass will now be used to waive the admission fees for 2 adults and 4 children to the following parks:
Thames River Landing, Fort Street, Groton, CT 06340 | (no phone number listed)
The Water Taxi runs seasonally 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.
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.
Open Thurs. – Sun. 10 am – 5 pm
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.
Reduced Fee Admission with Pass
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).
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
Connecticut College Arboretum
New London, CT
Davison Art Center
Blessed Michael McGivney Pilgrimage Center (former 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