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

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 |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 |
Changing exhibits of contemporary art, with emphasis on emerging trends and artists early in their careers.

Free general admission for passholder and up to 4 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 |
Dinosaurs, dioramas & more - just like in the movie!


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

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

$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 |
Experience Connecticut's early government through interactive exhibits and guided tours of one of the oldest remaining state houses in the nation.

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 |
Train rides, exhibits and special events at a restored historic trainyard and turntable.

Free general admission for up to 6 people. Not valid for special events.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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

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 |
62-acre wildlife sanctuary with trails; interactive natural history museum; live wildlife for public viewing; and many public nature programs and events.

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 |
 Hands-on S.T.E.M. based exhibits & programming in a newly expanded 6,500 square foot museum.

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 |
The landmark museum of art from the late 19th century to the contemporary cutting edge.

Free admission for up to 4 adults or student and 1/2 price for additional guests; children under 12 are free; 10% discount for purchases. Closed on Thursdays.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

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


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

Keeler Tavern Museum
Ridgefield, CT | 203-438-5485 |
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.

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

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

Free admission for two adults and their children under 18. Additional charge for Family Festival Days.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

State Parks & ForestsState Parks & Forests
Connecticut State Parks & Forest Recreation Areas
Enjoy Connecticut's many natural wonders. Check their website for a listing of the area’s parks and forests.

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 |
America’s oldest continuously operating art museum, with nearly 50,000 works of fine and decorative art spanning 5,000 years.

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 |
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.

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

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

$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 |
Exhibits, demonstrations, and interactive displays devoted to marine life.

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


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

50% off admission for two adults and three 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 |
Interactive exhibits to encourage hands-on exploration of science, the arts, culture and heritage.

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 |
From dinosaurs to planets - and everything in between!


$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