The Library offers a number of museum passes for free or discounted admission!
There is a $25.00 replacement fee for all lost passes except for the Connecticut State Parks and Forests Recreation Areas Pass 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. Passes must be returned to the Oliver Wolcott Library.
Please check each museum's website for hours, list of events, special closings and weather related closings.
Connecticut's Old State House - The library's pass 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.
Connecticut State Parks and Forest Recreation Areas - A pass is no longer needed to cover parking fees at state parks and forests for CT residents, as all in CT registered vehicles will be allowed in without a fee.
Hill-Stead Museum - The library's pass admits one adult and two children (under 18) into the museum for free. Hill-Stead is the first architectural project of Theodate Pope Riddle and is considered one of the finest Colonial Revival house and museum in the United States. Established in 1946 as a cultural resource for the public in perpetuity, the museum is one of the nation’s few remaining representations of early-20th-century Country Place Estates. It houses some of the most important Impressionist paintings in the world, including works by Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, and James McNeill Whistler and a print collection spanning 400 years and including pieces by Albrecht Dürer and Japanese woodblock artists Hokusai. Each year Hill-Stead Museum utilizes its historic home, landmark art exhibit, and 152-acre estate to offer over 4,000 tours and an array of programs in art, architecture, gardens, and natural science. In keeping with the Pope family’s tradition of bringing literary, musical, and educational opportunities to the community, the museum presents concerts, lectures, workshops, family festivals, and the nationally acclaimed Sunken Garden Poetry Festival.
KidsPlay Children's Museum - The library's pass is valid for half-price admission to the museum for up to 6 family members. Children under 1 year old are free. KidsPlay Children's Museum is designed for children ages 2-8, however, younger and older children find challenges and just plain fun once they enter! The children explore on their own with no need for directions as to how to work and play; their imaginations and creativity are their guides. The rich and playful color palette of the museum greets children and their caregivers as they enter the world of "Our Town" with an abundance of hands-on, multi-sensory, unique and appealing exhibits geared toward learning through play.
New Britain Museum of American Art - The library's pass 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.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art - Until further notice, the Wadsworth is providing free admission for up to two adults per group and free admission for visitors 17 years of age and younger. Visit their website at www.thewadsworth.org to reserve your free tickets to visit the museum. NO library pass required at this time.
White Memorial Museum - The library's pass 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.
Museums & Centers offering free admission - no passes required
- Connecticut College Arboretum - New London, CT, Hiking Trails
- Davison Art Center - Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
- Flanders Nature Center - Woodbury, CT
- Knights of Columbus Museum - New Haven, CT
- Litchfield Historical Society - Litchfield, CT
- Museum of Connecticut History - Hartford, CT
- Nautilus and Submarine Force Museum - Groton, CT
- New Britain Youth Museum - New Britain, CT
- New Britain Youth Museum at Hungerford Park - Adults 4.00, Child 2.00
- New England Civil War Museum - Vernon, CT
- USS Constitution Museum - Charlestown, MA Donation Suggested
- Weir Farm & Burlington House Visitor Center - Wilton, CT
- Yale Center for British Art - New Haven, CT