Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our museum pass program has been put on hold.  We hope to bring this very popular service back as soon as it is safe to do so!  In the meantime, check out our fun activities page for some great virtual tours!  The Connecticut State Parks website and the New Haven Parks, Recreation, and Trees page can also give you some ideas of activities to do in the area.

A variety of passes to local children’s museums and other area attractions are available in the Children’s Room at the Ives Main Library. Some are also available at our branches. Passes may be checked out by New Haven residents, with their adult Library Cards. Library cards must be in good standing in order to borrow a pass. You may only check out passes for two days. Passes must be returned directly to the branch they were checked out from and cannot be renewed. Passes may NOT be returned in book drops. Only one pass may be checked out per card at one time.

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.

Long Wharf Theatre
Available at all 5 NHFPL locations
222 Sargent Drive, New Haven
Admit two for free, subject to availability at the box office, passes do not guarantee seats
Yale Repertory Theatre 
Available at all 5 NHFPL locations
1120 Chapel Street, New Haven
Admit 2 for free, subject to availability at the box office, passes do not guarantee seats
Beardsley Zoo
Available at all 5 NHFPL locations
1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport
Admit up to six people at $6 each.
Peabody Museum
Available at all 5 NHFPL locations
170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven
Free admission (limit 4)
Mystic Aquarium
Available at all 5 NHFPL locations
Exit 90 off I-95, Mystic
$4 off per person, up to four people and $15 off membership
New Haven Symphony Orchestra
Available at all 5 NHFPL locations
41 Hamilton Street, New Haven
Admit two for free, subject to availability at the box office, passes do not guarantee seats
New Haven Museum
Available at all 5 locations
114 Whitney Ave., New Haven
Up to four free admissions
Connecticut’s Old State House
Available at Ives Main and the Mitchell
800 Main St., Hartford
Free admission for up to two adults and two children
Discovery Museum and Planetarium 
Available at Ives Main
4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport
Up to 4 free child admissions with 1 paid adult admission, ASTC Travel Passport benefits at over 300 museums and science centers.
Connecticut State Parks and Forests Pass
Available at Ives Main
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 5 locations
250 Columbus Blvd., Hartford
20% of general admission for up to four people
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

FREE CONNECTICUT MUSEUMS

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
William Benton Museum of Art
Storrs, CT
Connecticut State Capitol Tours
Hartford, CT