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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.

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 Historical Buildings - This day pass waives admission fees for two adults and up to four children ages 12 and under at the following locations: Dinosaur State Park and Visitor Center in Rocky Hill, Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam and Fort Trumbull State Park and Visitor Center in New London. This pass cannot be used for camping or special events. Connecticut residents in a Connecticut registered vehicle are no longer required to pay a parking fee at state parks and forests.

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.

USS Constitution Museum - The library’s pass admits one party per day. Parties are limited to 9 or fewer guests. The USS Constitution Museum, located in the Charlestown Navy Yard (in Charlestown, Massachusetts, a neighborhood of Boston), serves as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of “Old Ironsides” and the people associated with her. The museum offers a variety of engaging activities, exhibits, and programs, including the interactive exhibit All Hands on Deck: A Sailor’s Life in 1812, where visitors can furl a sail, sleep in a hammock, and scrub the deck as they join Constitution’s crew in 1812!

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art - The library’s pass admits two adults. Youth ages 17 and under are free. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is home to a collection of nearly 50,000 works of art, spanning 5,000 years and encompassing European art from antiquity to contemporary as well as American art from the 1600’s through today. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest continuously-operating public art museum in the United States, opening its doors to the public in 1844.

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 4,000-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 4,000 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