Planning a day trip? Clark Memorial Library offers passes for free or reduced admission to a variety of museums and other attractions in Connecticut. Museum passes are available on a first come, first served basis, and only one pass may be checked out to a household at any given time. Most locations only allow one use of a pass per day, and do not allow passes to be used in conjunction with other discounts or coupons.
Passes can be borrowed for up to 3 days, and must be returned to the Library by the end of that period – they cannot be renewed. Call the Library at (203) 393-2103 or stop in and check at the main desk upstairs for pass availability. Click on the links in each entry below to go to the webpage of the museum or attraction for more information.
From July 1 to September 4, Connecticut children age 18 and under plus one accompanying resident adult can visit participating museums free of charge through the Connecticut Summer at the Museum program!
Beardsley Zoo Pass –
Reduces admission fees to $10.00 for up to 6 visitors (any age) within a single family. The pass does not cover evening events, and must be presented at the Zoo’s ticket window when paying admission; it cannot be used when buying tickets online. The pass can still be used even if general admission tickets are sold out.
CT State Park Centers & Historic Buildings Pass –
Waives admission fees for buildings and/or museums for up to 2 adults and 4 children (ages 6-12) at Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam, and Fort Trumbull State Park in New London. Children under 6 receive free admission with or without a pass. The pass does not cover camping or special event costs, and pass holders must make any reservations as usual.
Mattatuck Museum Passes –
There are 2 passes. Each waives admission fees for up to 2 adults and their children (ages 5-18); they may be borrowed separately or together. Children under 5 receive free admission with or without a pass. The passes do not cover special exhibitions, events, programs, or membership perks.
New Britain Museum of American Art Pass –
Waives admission fees for up to 4 visitors (ages 18+). Children under 18 receive free admission with or without a pass. The pass does not cover special exhibitions, events, and programs, and cannot be used to pay for Docent-led tours.
Wadsworth Atheneum Pass –
Waives admission fees for up to 4 visitors (ages 18+) and may be used to register for daily public tours. Children under 18 receive free admission with or without a pass. The pass does not cover special exhibitions and events, films, or additional fees present during annual fundraiser events.
Old State House Pass –
Waives admission fees for up to 2 adults and 2 children (ages 6+). Children under 6 receive free admission with or without a pass, and children under 18 will receive free admission through September 5, 2023. The pass does not cover group admission, special events, or after-hours events.
Shoreline Trolley Museum Pass –
50% discount on admission fees for up to 4 visitors (any age). Children under 2 receive free admission with or without a pass. The pass covers admission fees for select special events, but does not cover any nominal fees present during those events.
Be aware that in 2023, regular trolley rides will only be available July 1st through September 1st, Wednesday through Sunday, 11 AM to 3 PM.