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Museum Passes

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 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. 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.

Children's Museum and Roaring Brook Nature Center – The library's pass to 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.

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 - New in 2018, 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.

Florence Griswold Museum - The library's pass admits up to two adults and two children (under 12) for free. Founded around the ca. 1817 Florence Griswold House that housed a summer artists’ colony at the turn of the 20th century, the collections of the Florence Griswold Museum span the history of American art from the 18th century to the present day with a focus on the art and culture of Connecticut. The house today is furnished with a selection of fine and decorative arts from the collections. In 2002, the Museum’s collections were transformed by a monumental gift of 190 paintings and sculptures from The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company. This landmark donation included colonial paintings by Ralph Earl and Ammi Phillips, landscapes by Hudson River School masters Thomas Cole and Frederic E. Church, and beloved Impressionist views by Childe Hassam, Matilda Browne, Willard Metcalf, and John Henry Twachtman.

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.

Institute for American Indian Studies Museum & Research Center  (Washington, CT) The library's pass is valid for the following discounted admission:  $5 for Adults, $4 for Seniors, $3 for Children under 12, and Children under 3 are free. The Institute for American Indian Studies Museum & Research Center preserves and educates through discovery and creativity of the diverse tradition, vitality and knowledge of Native American cultures.

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.

Mattatuck Museum - The library's pass admits up to two adults and their children into the museum for free. This unique museum focuses on the work of painters and sculptors who were born or based in Connecticut. Its collection spans the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The artists represented in the museum's collection include Paolo Abbate, Abe Ajay, Alexander Calder, Frederic Church, Erastus Salisbury Field, Arshile Gorky, John Frederick Kensett, Peter Poskas, Kay Sage, Yves Tanguy and John Trumbull. The Mattatuck also highlights the commercial and cultural achievements related to the city of Waterbury. This includes a collection of 15,000 buttons, donated by the now closed Button Museum operated by the Waterbury Button Company. The museum also features a regional history exhibit that uses interactive displays, oral histories and historic movie clips to trace the past and present of Waterbury and the surrounding areas in New Haven County, Connecticut.

Mystic Marine Life Aquarium - The library's pass offers $4.00 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! NOTE: Library pass currently suspended until further notice, per order of the Mystic Marine Life Aquarium.

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 but tickets do need to be reserved. Visit their website at 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