The Oliver Wolcott Library has museum and park passes available for Litchfield residents and tax payers. All passes circulate for three days. We take reservations up to two days in advance. Stop by or call the library at 860-567-8030 to reserve your pass!
There is a $25.00 replacement fee for all lost passes except for Mystic Marine Life Aquarium which has a $75.00 fee and the Connecticut State Parks and Forests which has a $40.00 replacement fee.
There is a $5.00 a day charge for an overdue pass. Passes may be returned in the book drop.
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum - The library's pass to the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum admits the pass holder and accompanying family members in for free. Founded by Larry Aldrich in 1964, The Aldrich is dedicated to fostering innovative artists and is one of the few independent, non-collecting contemporary art museums in the United States, and the only museum in Connecticut devoted to contemporary art. It is one of only twenty museums in Connecticut and only 318 art museums in the country to be accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Please check Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum website for hours, list of events, special closings and weather related closings.
Children's Museum and Roaring Brook Nature Center - The library's pass to The New Children's Museum and Roaring Brook Nature Center admits up to four patrons for free with one free touring admission with each paid admission. Science Dome show tickets are an additional fee for those receiving free touring admission. The New Children's Museum and Roaring Brook are in two separate locations. The New Children's Museum in West Hartford, Connecticut offers hands-on fun with science and nature for younger children and families. Children engage in interactive labs, workshops, multi-sensory exhibits and demonstrations, a live wildlife sanctuary, state-of-the art digital science dome planetarium shows and movies, vacation camps, sleepovers, birthday parties, scout activities, and special events. Roaring Brook Nature Center in Canton offers environmental exhibits, nature programs, concerts and acres of outdoor hiking, bird watching, and winter cross-country skiing. Please check The New Children's Museum or Roaring Brook website for hours, list of events, special closings and weather related closings.
Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library - The library's pass to the Connecticut Historical Society museum and library admits two adults and up to four children into the galleries for free. The Connecticut Historical Society is a museum, library, research and educational center. Founded in 1825, the Connecticut Historical Society houses an extensive and comprehensive Connecticut-related collection of manuscripts, printed material, artifacts and images that document social, cultural, and family history with a mission to inspire and foster a life-long interest in history through exhibitions, programs, and Connecticut-related collections. Please check Connecticut Historical Society website for hours, list of events, special closings and weather related closings.
Connecticut's Old State House - The library's pass to the Connecticut Old State House admits up to two adults and two children free. As Connecticut's original state capitol from 1797 to 1873, the Old State House is regarded as one of the oldest remaining state houses in the nation. At Connecticut's Old State House, you'll find many unique exhibits, historic rooms and over 22,000 square feet for people of all ages to explore. You can choose between guided and self-guided tours including hands-on activity areas for kids of all ages. Please check Connecticut Old State House website for hours, list of events, special closings and weather related closings.
Connecticut State Parks and Forest Recreation Areas - The library's pass to Connecticut State Park & Forest Recreation areas admits one private passenger vehicle carrying fewer than 12 passengers free into any Connecticut State Park. Also valid for two adults and four children at Dinosaur, Fort Trumbull and Gillette Castle State Parks. Enjoy a hot summer day at one of Connecticut's beaches, or spend a day with your family enjoying the natural and historical wonders of Connecticut. With sixty state parks to choose from regardless of your interests, Connecticut's parks and forests offer something for everyone. Activities include: hiking, swimming, camping, boating, letterboxing, mountain biking, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, also cultural and historical experiences at Dinosaur State Park, Gilette's Castle and more. Please check the state park's website you would like to visit for hours, list of events, special closings and weather related closings.
Earthplace - Nature Discovery Center- The library's pass to Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center admits the pass holder and three guests free entry into the Natureplace, the live animal hall and the native plant courtyard. Founded in 1958 and accredited by The American Association of Museums, Earthplace maintains a 62 acre wildlife sanctuary with trails, exhibits an interactive natural history museum with wildlife dioramas, houses live wildlife for public viewing and hosts many public nature programs and events. Other activities include a state-licensed preschool and summer camp, and the Harbor Watch water quality testing program. Please check the Earthplace website for hours, list of events, special closings and weather related closings.
Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art - The library's pass to the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art admits two adults and four children in for free. To inspire a love of art and reading through picture books, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is the only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States. The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy. Please check the Eric Carle Museum website for hours, list of events, special closings and weather related closings.
Litchfield Historical Society- The library's pass to the Litchfield Historical Society admits four people free. The museum gallery is open April – November, the library and program events are available year-round. Since 1856 the Litchfield Historical Society has been dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of Litchfield County, Connecticut, through its museum, research library, and historic house. Please check Litchfield Historical Society website for hours, list of events, special closings and weather related closings.
Mark Twain House and Museum - The library's pass to The Mark Twain House & Museum admits one adult free or two children free with the purchase of one adult ticket. The Mark Twain House & Museum has restored the author's Hartford, Connecticut home, where the author and his family lived from 1874 to 1891. Twain wrote his most important works during the years he lived there, including Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. In addition to providing tours of Twain's restored home, a National Historic Landmark, the institution offers activities and educational programs that illuminate Twain's literary legacy and provide information about his life and times. Please check The Mark Twain House & Museum website for hours, list of events, special closings and weather related closings.
Mystic Marine Life Aquarium - The library's pass to Mystic Aquarium offers $5.00 off general admission into the aquarium for up to four people. This pass discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Pass cannot be used for special events and programs. At Mystic Aquarium close encounters of the incredible kind happen every day! Whether you're touching a ray, feeling the splash of a beluga whale, going beak-to-nose with a penguin or exploring the deep sea with the world's only exhibit on Dr. Robert Ballard's fascinating expeditions, you'll be closer to ocean life than you ever thought possible! Please check the Mystic Aquarium website for hours, a list of events, special closings and weather related closings.
New Britain Museum of American Art - The library's pass to the New Britain Museum of American Art admits four people. Valid for free general admission into museum. Additional fees may apply to special exhibitions, events, and programs. Library pass cannot be used for Docent-led tours. The New Britain Museum of American Art's founding in 1903 entitles the institution to be designated the first museum of strictly American art in the country. The museum features colonial portraiture, the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, the Ash Can School, and the important mural series The Arts of Life in America by Thomas Hart Benton. The museum has an extensive permanent collection for exhibitions and programming, yet also displays a significant number of borrowed shows and work by emerging artists. Please check the New Britain Museum of American Art website for hours, list of events, special closings and weather related closings.
Norman Rockwell Museum - The library's pass to The Norman Rockwell Museum admits two people into the museum for free. The Norman Rockwell Museum is dedicated to education and art appreciation inspired by the legacy of Norman Rockwell. The museum preserves studies and communicates with a worldwide audience the life, art and spirit of Norman Rockwell in the field of illustration. The museum is a gathering place for reflection, involvement, and discovery through the enjoyment of the artist's work. Norman Rockwell's unique contributions to art and society, popular culture and social commentary influence the museum's programs and interpretations. Please check the Norman Rockwell Museum website for hours, a list of events, special closings and weather related closings.
Stamford Museum & Nature Center- The library's pass to The Stanford Museum & Nature Center admits two adults, of the same household, and their children under age 18 for free into the museum and it's grounds, Bendel Mansion & Galleries, Heckscher Farms, Nature's Playground, and access to Animal Embassy's live exotic animal exhibit and to the Observatory and Astronomy Nights programs. During Family Festival Weekends pass is only good for 50% DISCOUNT on admission. Seasonal fun awaits you at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Bring friends and enjoy a picnic on the Meadow, walk over 80 acres of nature trails, drop in to the Heckscher Farm and say hello to the animals, and don't miss the latest exhibition in the Bendel Mansion Museum Galleries. Please check the Stamford Museum & Nature Center website for hours, a list of events, special closings and weather related closings.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art- The library's pass to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (L119) admits two adults and two children into the museum for free. Only for general admission. This is not valid for group tours or with other discounts. Additional fees apply during Fine Art & Flowers and Festival of Trees & Traditions, and some special exhibitions. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the oldest public art museum in the United States, was founded in 1842 by Daniel Wadsworth, one of the first important American patrons of the arts. Its collections of nearly 50,000 works of art span 5,000 years and feature the Morgan collection of Greek and Roman antiquities and European decorative arts, world-renowned baroque and surrealist paintings, an unsurpassed collection of Hudson River School landscapes, European and American Impressionist paintings, modernist masterpieces, the Serge Lifar collection of Ballets Russes drawings and costumes, the George A. Gay collection of prints, the Wallace Nutting collection of American colonial furniture and decorative arts, the Samuel Colt firearms collection; costumes and textiles, African American art and artifacts, and contemporary art. Daniel Wadsworth planned to establish "a Gallery of Fine Arts," but he was persuaded to establish an "atheneum," a term used in the nineteenth-century for a cultural institution with a library, works of art and artifacts, devoted to history, literature, art and science. Please check the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art website for hours, a list of events, special closings and weather related closings.
White Memorial Museum- The library's pass to White Memorial admits two adults and four children into the museum for free. The White Memorial Environmental Education Center and Nature Museum is located in the heart of the 4000-acre White Memorial Foundation in the hills of northwestern Connecticut. In 1964 the Center was established in the former home of Alain White and his sister, May. Their vision and generosity led to the formation of the White Memorial Foundation in 1913. The Conservation Center operates a Nature Museum with exhibits focusing on the interpretation of local natural history, conservation, and ecology, as well as a Museum Nature Store. The outdoor arena includes the wildlife sanctuary maintained by the White Memorial Foundation. The Foundation today comprises 4000 acres of fields, water, and woodlands, trails, campgrounds, boating facilities and special areas for large outdoor gatherings. Also at White Memorial: hiking trails, camping, nature studies, workshops and volunteer opportunities. Please check White Memorial's website for hours, list of events, special closings and weather related closings.
Museums & Centers offering free admission - no passes required
Barker Cartoon Museum - Cheshire, CT
Connecticut College Arboretum - New London, CT, Hiking Trails
Davison Art Center - Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park - Adults 4.00, Child 2.00
New England Civil War Museum - Vernon, CT
Whitney Museum of American Art at Champion - Stamford, CT
Yale Center for British Art - New Haven, CT