Museum Passes

Please confirm hours and procedures with museums before visiting.

The Museum Pass Program provides passes to library patrons with a valid library card to area museums and attractions. Many of our Museum Passes participate in our Print-on-Demand program. Print-on-Demand means that you are able to print out the museum pass from home or a local printer. These passes must be used on the date on the reservation and do not need to be returned. These passes MUST be presented in PRINTED format – electronic versions (on smartphones or tablets) will *NOT* be accepted by participating program partners.

  • All museum passes have been donated as gifts to the community by PALS: Friends of the Durham Public Library
  • Passes may be borrowed by an adult with a valid library card.
  • Some passes permit free admission, while others offer discounted admission.
  • Physical museum passes must be picked up and returned at the Durham Public Library circulation desk. Passes may be picked up one day ahead of your planned museum visit and must be returned no later than closing time the day following your visit.
  • Print-on-Demand passes can be printed from home and must be used on the date on the reservation. They do not need to be picked up or returned to the library!

Click Here to Reserve a Museum Pass

Prices and hours are set by museums and are subject to change. Some museums close in the winter or for special events. Consulting the museum website or calling museum to confirm hours is recommended.


Basketball Hall of Fame

Springfield, MA
This pass allows up to six admissions to the Hall of Fame at the reduced admission rates stated on the pass of $17 per adult, $15 per senior and $12 per child. Additionally, the pass is valid for 10% off any photo purchase at the “HOOPSHOTS” Photo Center.

Beardsley Zoo

Bridgeport, CT
Valid for $9 admission rate per person, Adult or Child, limit up to 6 people in your own family each day. No other discounts or coupons permitted when using pass while at Beardsley Zoo. This is a physical pass and must be picked up and returned at the Library. Digital print out of the library passes or photocopies or downloads on telephones, tablets or other devices will not be honored. 

The Children’s Museum & Roaring Brook Nature Center

West Hartford, CT
One free admission with each paid admission. Maximum 4 free admissions per day.
Planetarium shows have an additional fee.

Connecticut Museum of Culture and History

Hartford, CT
Complimentary Family admission to the galleries. Admits 2 adults and up to 4 children. Edgar F. Waterman Research Center not included.

Connecticut River Museum

Essex, CT
Free admission for 2 adults and their children or grandchildren under 18

Connecticut Science Center

Hartford, CT
20% discount off general admission for up to 4 people. This is a physical coupon and must be picked up the Library. It does not need to be returned.

Connecticut State Parks

Free admission for up to 2 adults and 4 children 12 and under to Dinosaur, Fort Trumbull & Gillette Castle State Parks. Admission to all other State Parks is free for Connecticut residents. This is a physical pass and must be picked up and returned at the Library. Please confirm open hours at the park you intend to visit.

Florence Griswold Museum

Old Lyme, CT
Free admission for 2 adults and 2 children under 12. Additional fees may apply for special programs.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Hartford, CT
Free admission for 2 people. Reservations are recommended.

Historic New England

Historic New England represents 38 historic sites throughout New England. The museum pass is valid at each of the member sites. Please check that the site you wish to visit is open before reserving your library pass. Many of the sites are seasonal or only open on weekends. Once you have reserved the library pass, visit to to find and select the historic site you wish to visit and follow the instructions to select a date and time for your tour. 
This printed pass admits 2 adults for free. Children under age 18 are admitted for free. Use the promo code at the top of your pass to get the discounted price when booking your tour.

Mark Twain House and Museum

Hartford, CT
One free adult admission OR two free child admissions with the purchase of one adult admission. This pass can be used once per visit and grants the visitor one discount per visit.

Mystic Seaport

Mystic, CT
50% off regular admission for 2 adults and 3 children ages 17 years and under. Children 2 and under are free.

New Britain Museum of American Art

New Britain, CT
Free admission for any 4 people, one adult must accompany children under 16 years.

New England Air Museum

Windsor Locks, CT
Valid for 50% off the regular admission price for up to 5 people. Children 3 and under are free.

New Haven Museum

New Haven, CT
Free for up to 4 people.

Old State House

Hartford, CT
Free admission for up to 4 people.

Wadsworth Atheneum

Hartford, CT
Free admission for 2 adults and 2 children 17 years and under.