One of my favorite things about having a library card (besides unlimited access to awesome books) is the museum pass program.
A lot of you have heard about this incredible offering but I know there are some that have no idea this exists, so I’m going to break it all down for you!
Most libraries in Connecticut offer museum and state park passes that you can check out. Depending on the pass, you and your family can get free or discounted admission to museums, start parks, and much more around the state (and even a few offer passes in Western Massachusetts).
Below is a sampling of most towns in Central Connecticut. Just click on the town name, and it will bring you their museum pass program. I will be adding to this list throughout the year, but you can always visit your town’s library for more information. If you want me to add a town, just let me know!
Each library has their own set of museum passes, along with rules and usage. Some allow you to check out the pass the day before while some may require same day check-out and return. Many libraries have multiple passes; while some passes are rarer. You may be able to reserve passes in advance at some libraries; while others only offer the passes on a same day first come, first serve basis. You’ll also find some libraries have print on demand passes (which I’ve indicated in my list) – which saves you a trip to the library! If you do get a physical museum pass, make sure you don’t lose it! Otherwise, you may get hit with a hefty fee!
One thing that many people don’t realize, many libraries are connected through your library card. That means that even if you live in Enfield, you can check out a museum pass in Simsbury. This is an awesome thing – and it makes it totally worth doing your research before heading out to a museum. (We actually visited Kidsplay in Torrington once using the free museum pass from the Simsbury Public Library with our Enfield library card.) I’ve noted which libraries do require town residency below.
Happy exploring everyone!
Berlin (Print on Demand)
Bloomfield (Town Residents ONLY)
Bristol (Print on Demand)
Cheshire (Town Residents Only)
Cromwell (Print on Demand)
East Hartford (Town Residents ONLY)
East Windsor – Warehouse Point
Ellington (Print on Demand)
Glastonbury (Print on Demand)
Hamden (Town Residents Only/Print on Demand)
Hartford (Print on Demand)
Meriden (Print on Demand)
Middletown (Town Residents Only/Print on Demand)
New Britain (Print on Demand)
Newington (Print on Demand)
Plainville (Town Residents Only)
Rockville (Rockville Public Library cardholders ONLY/Print on Demand)
Rocky Hill (Print on Demand)
Simsbury (Print on Demand)
South Windsor (Print on Demand)
Southington (Southington Library Member/Print on Demand)
Suffield (Town Residents ONLY)
Tolland (Town Residents ONLY)
Torrington (Town Residents ONLY)
West Hartford (Town Residents ONLY/Print on Demand)
Willington (Town Residents ONLY)
Windsor (Print on Demand)
Windsor Locks (Town Residents ONLY)
Woodbury (Print on Demand)