Museum Passes

The Museum Pass Program offers free or discounted admission to over 20 premiere educational and cultural institutions in Connecticut and New York. Passes are available for use by patrons holding valid Ridgefield Library cards and are located at the Circulation Desk. They may be borrowed for 2 nights and are available on a first come, first served basis only (no reservations); fines are $10.00 per day.

Contact: Circulation 203-438-2282 x12003 circulationdesk@ridgefieldlibrary.org

Free Admission

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum | American Museum of Natural History | Connecticut's Old State House | Danbury Railway Museum | Discovery Museum & Planetarium | Earthplace |Guggenheim Museum | Katonah Museum of Art | Neuberger Museum of Art | Stamford Museum & Nature Center | State Parks & Forests | Wadsworth Atheneum

Discounted Admission

Beardsley Zoo | Connecticut Science Center | EverWonder Children's Museum | Keeler Tavern Museum | Maritime Aquarium | Mystic Aquarium | Mystic Seaport Stepping Stones Museum | Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History


Aldrich Museum of ArtAldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Ridgefield, CT | 203-438-4519 | www.aldrichart.org
Changing exhibits of contemporary art, with emphasis on emerging trends and artists early in their careers.

PASS PRIVILEGES:
Free general admission for passholder and accompanying family members during regular hours (not valid for special events); children under 12 free at all times; 10% discount in Museum Store. Closed on Mondays.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library..


American Museum of Natural HistoryAmerican Museum of Natural History
New York, NY | 212-769-5100 | www.amnh.org
Dinosaurs, dioramas & more - just like in the movie!

 

PASS PRIVILEGES:
Free admission for two people (includes one special exhibition).
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Beardsley ZooBeardsley Zoo
Bridgeport, CT | 203-394-6565 | www.beardsleyzoo.org
Connecticut’s only zoo, with over 300 animals representing 125 species.

PASS PRIVILEGES:
$5.00 discounted admission per person for up to 6 guests.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Old State House logoConnecticut's Old State House
Hartford, CT | 860-522-6766 | www.ctoldstatehouse.org
Experience Connecticut's early government through interactive exhibits and guided tours of one of the oldest remaining state houses in the nation.

PASS PRIVILEGES:
Free family admission (two adults and two children). Not valid for special events, group admission or after-hour event. Open Monday through Friday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM most of the year; summer hours may vary so call for an update.


Danbury Railway MuseumDanbury Railway Museum
Danbury, CT | 203-778-8337 | www.danbury.org/drm
Train rides, exhibits and special events at a restored historic trainyard and turntable.

PASS PRIVILEGES:
Free family admission (two adults and up to four children). Not valid for special events.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Discovery Museum and PlanetariumDiscovery Museum and Planetarium
Bridgeport, CT | 203-372-3521 | www.discoverymuseum.org
“Connecticut’s adventure in art and science,” featuring planetarium, Challenger Learning Center, and loads of hands-on exhibits.

PASS PRIVILEGES:
Free admission for up to four children with one paid adult admission. Closed Mondays except in the summer.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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Earthplace: The Nature Discovery CenterEarthplace: The Nature Discovery Center
Westport, CT | 203-227-7253 | www.earthplace.org
62-acre wildlife sanctuary with trails; interactive natural history museum; live wildlife for public viewing; and many public nature programs and events.

PASS PRIVILEGES:
Free admission for family of four. Closed Sundays in January and February.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.



EverWonder Children's Museum
Newtown, CT | 203-364-4009 | www.everwondermuseum.org
 Hands-on S.T.E.M. based exhibits & programming in a newly expanded 6,500 square foot museum.

PASS PRIVILEGES:
50% off regular priced admission for up to two adults and up to four children. Children under age 1 are admitted free.
CSponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Guggenheim MuseumGuggenheim Museum
New York, NY | 212-423-3500 | www.guggenheim.org
The landmark museum of art from the late 19th century to the contemporary cutting edge.

PASS PRIVILEGES:
Free admission for two adults and their children under 18; 10% discount for purchases. Also provides free admission to The Brooklyn Museum of Art. Closed on Thursdays.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Katonah Museum of ArtKatonah Museum of Art
Katonah, NY | 914-232-9555 | www.katonahmuseum.org
Changing exhibits in three galleries, Learning Center with many children's activities, and sculpture garden.

 

PASS PRIVILEGES:
Free admission for up to two adults and six children.
Courtesy of the Katonah Museum.


Keeler Tavern Museum
Ridgefield, CT | 203-438-5485 | www.keelertavernmuseum.org
A living history museum that interprets the life of the community, New England, and the nation from the Colonial period to the early 20th century through tours with costumed interpreters, educational and cultural programs, and exhibits.

PASS PRIVILEGES:
Free admission for two children with a paid adult admission.
Courtesy of the Keeler Tavern Museum.


Neuberger Museum of ArtNeuberger Museum of Art
Purchase, NY | 914-251-6100 | www.neuberger.org
Permanent collection of over 6000 works of uncompromised quality and variety, featuring prestigious examples of modern, contemporary and African art.

PASS PRIVILEGES:
Free admission for family or two adults. Closed Mondays.
Courtesy of the Neuberger Museum of Art.

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Stamford Museum & Nature CenterStamford Museum & Nature Center
Stamford, CT | 203-322-1646 | www.stamfordmuseum.org
Changing exhibits, nature trails, working farm and playground.

PASS PRIVILEGES:
Free admission for two adults and two children under 18. Additional charge for planetarium.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


State Parks & ForestsState Parks & Forests
Connecticut State Parks & Forest Recreation Areas
860-424-3000 www.ct.gov/dep
Enjoy Connecticut's many natural wonders. Check their website for a listing of the area’s parks and forests.

PASS PRIVILEGES:
Day pass waives vehicle entrance fees for driver’s vehicle only. Valid for private passenger vehicles carrying fewer than 12 passengers. Also includes free admission for two adults and four children at Dinosaur State Park, Fort Trumbull and Gillette Castle State Park.
Courtesy of the CT State Park and Forest System.


Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of ArtWadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Hartford, CT | 860-278-2670 | www.wadsworthatheneum.org
America’s oldest continuously operating art museum, with nearly 50,000 works of fine and decorative art spanning 5,000 years.

PASS PRIVILEGES:
Free general admission for two adults and two children (ages 6-17). Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Courtesy of the Wadsworth Atheneum


Connecticut Science CenterConnecticut Science Center
Hartford, CT | 860-724-3623 | www.ctsciencecenter.org
With 150 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events, every part of science will be at a visitor's fingertips, from Physics to Forensics, Geology to Astronomy.

PASS PRIVILEGES:
20% discount off general admission, for up to four people.
Courtesy of the Connecticut Science Center.



Maritime AquariumMaritime Aquarium
Norwalk, CT | 203-852-0700 | www.maritimeaquarium.org
An interactive introduction to the splendors of Long Island Sound, plus exciting IMAX Theater presentations.

PASS PRIVILEGES:
$2.00 discount off each combination ticket to the Aquarium and IMAX Theater, for up to six people.
Courtesy of the Maritime Aquarium.

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Mystic Aquarium & Institute for ExplorationMystic Aquarium
Mystic, CT | 860-572-5955 | www.mysticaquarium.org
Exhibits, demonstrations, and interactive displays devoted to marine life.

PASS PRIVILEGES:
Discounted admission: $5 off each ticket for up to four people.
Courtesy of the Mystic Aquarium.


 

Mystic SeaportMystic Seaport
Mystic, CT | 860-572-0711 | www.mysticseaport.org
The Museum of America and the Sea, featuring tall ships, a re-created 19th century village and lots of interactive exhibits and activities.


PASS PRIVILEGES
:
50% off admission for two adults and two children; discounts at museum stores and restaurants. Closed during some winter periods; check website for dates.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Stepping Stones Museum for ChildrenStepping Stones Museum for Children
Norwalk, CT | 203-899-0606 | www.steppingstonesmuseum.org
Interactive exhibits to encourage hands-on exploration of science, the arts, culture and heritage.


PASS PRIVILEGES:
Buy one admission, get one free (up to three free admissions per party).
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
New Haven, CT | 203-432-5050 | www.peabody.yale.edu
From dinosaurs to planets - and everything in between!

 

PASS PRIVILEGES:
$6.00 off admission (up to 4 admissions per party). Closed Mondays.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


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Museum Passes

A Ridgefield family enjoys a visit to the Mystic Aquarium thanks to our Museum Pass program.

Tips for Using Museum Passes

  • Some restrictions may apply, so please read materials accompanying passes carefully when planning your outing.
  • Always confirm opening hours before setting out, as these are subject to change. Be aware also that many museums are closed on major holidays or may have different hours during the summer.
  • User is responsible for any fees or charges beyond those included with pass (such as parking, surcharges for special exhibit admission, etc.).
  • Check museum websites for information about current exhibits and special programs.

Thanks to our Museum Pass Sponsors

Friends of the Library