Museum Passes

A variety of passes to local children’s museums and other area attractions are available to cardholders through the Young Minds Department at the Ives Main Library. Some are also available at our branches. Each individual museum determines how many people its pass will allow, what the discount amount is and what days and times it can be used. Click here for a printable flyer of all our passes.

Passes may be checked out for two days and are subject to $1 per day late fee. Passes that are currently checked in can be reserved via the phone (203.946.8129 for the Children’s Department) and will be held for one hour only. Passes must be returned directly to the branch they were checked out from and cannot be renewed. Only one pass may be checked out per card at one time.

*CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE*Long Wharf Theater – now available at all 5 NHFPL locations!!
222 Sargent Drive, New Haven
Admit two for free
Beardsley Zoo -now availalable at all five NHFPL locations
1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport
Admit up to six people at $5 each.
Peabody Museum -Available at Ives Main
170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven
Up to four free admissions
Mystic Aquarium -Available at all five locations
Exit 90 off I-95, Mystic
$5 off per person, up to four people
New Haven Museum -Available at all five locations
114 Whitney Ave., New Haven
Up to four free admissions
Shore Line Trolley Museum -Available at Ives Main
17 River Street, East Haven
Admits party of six at 50% discount
Connecticut State Parks and Forests Pass  -Available at Ives Main
Vehicle entrance fees waived for one vehicle carrying up to twelve people. Also covers the admission fee for two adults and four children at Dinosaur, Fort Trumbull and Gillette Castle State Parks.
Connecticut Science Center - Available at all five locations
250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford
20% of general admission for up to four people
Wadsworth Atheneum  –Available at Ives Main and at the Mitchell branch.
600 Main St., Hartford
Free general museum admission for two adults and two children/Buy one, get one free film admission
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk - -Available at Ives Main, Mitchell, Fair Haven and Stetson branches.
10 North Water St., Norwalk
$2 off a combined Aquarium/IMAX ticket
Custom House Maritime Museum -Available at Ives Main
150 Bank St., New London
Two free passes
Connecticut’s Old State House - -Available at Ives Main and at the Mitchell branch.
800 Main St., Hartford
Free admission for up to two adults and two children
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum -Available at Ives Main and at the Mitchell branch.
258 Main St., Ridgefield
Admit pass-holder and accompanying family members
Shubert Theater -Also available at the branches *Not currently available*
247 College St., New Haven
Admit four for free
*Only available for select shows


Admission is free at these locations with no pass required.

Yale University Art Gallery
New Haven, CT
Yale Center for British Art
New Haven, CT
Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium
New Haven, CT
Knights of Columbus Museum
New Haven, CT
Nautilus and Submarine Force Museum
Groton, CT
Connecticut College Arboretum
New London, CT
Flanders Nature Center
Woodbury, CT
Davison Art Center
Middletown, CT
White Memorial Conservation Center
Litchfield, CT
Weir Farm & Burlingham House Visitor Center
Wilton, CT
National Helicopter Museum
Stratford, CT
New England Civil War Museum
Vernon, CT
Connecticut State Museum of Natural History & Archeology Center
Storrs, CT
Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
Storrs, CT
Museum of Connecticut History
Hartford, CT
William Benton Museum of Art
Storrs, CT
Connecticut State Capitol Tours
Hartford, CT