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Museum Pass Program Information

Museum Pass Program

 

Museum Pass Program

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 two nights and are available on a first come, first served basis only (no reservations); fines are $10 per day. Click on an icon to visit that institution's homepage. 

Call the Circulation Department at 203-438-2282 x202 or email the Circulation Desk.

 

 

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Aldrich Museum

Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum

Ridgefield, CT | 203-438-4519 | www.aldrichart.org
Changing exhibits of contemporary art, with emphasis on emerging trends and artists early in their careers.

Pass Privileges:

Free general admission for pass-holder and up to four 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 Ridgefield Library.

 

 

American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

New York, NY | 212-769-5100 | www.amnh.org
Dinosaurs, dioramas & more—just like in the movie!
 

 

Pass Privileges:

Free admission for two people (includes one special exhibition).
 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

 

 

Beardsley Zoo

Connecticut's Beardsley's Zoo

Bridgeport, CT | 203-394-6565 | www.beardsleyzoo.org
Connecticut’s only zoo, with over 300 animals representing 125 species.
 

Pass Privileges:

Discounted admission of $9 per person for up to six guests.

 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

 

 

CT Old State House

Connecticut's Old State House

Hartford, CT | 860-522-6766 | www.ctoldstatehouse.org
Experience Connecticut’s early government through interactive exhibits and guided tours of one of the oldest remaining state houses in the nation.

Pass Privileges:


Discount of 20% off general admission for up to four people. Not valid for special events, group admission, or after-hours events. Open Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. most of the year; summer hours may vary, so call to confirm.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

 

 

CT Science Center

Connecticut Science Center

Hartford, CT | 860-724-3623 |  www.ctsciencecenter.org
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.

Pass Privileges:

Discount of 20% off general admission for up to four people.
 

Courtesy of the Connecticut Science Center.

 

 

Connecticut State Parks & Forests

CT State Parks & Forest Recreation

860-424-3000 | www.ct.gov/dep
Enjoy Connecticut’s many natural wonders. Check their website for a listing of the area’s parks and forests.

Pass Privileges:

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 Parks and Forests System.

 

 

Sacred Heart Discovery Science Center & Planetarium

Sacred Heart Discovery Center

Bridgeport, CT | 203-322-1646 | www.shudiscovery.org
Explore the universe with interactive exhibits!
 

 

 

Pass Privileges:

Up tp four free child admissions with one paid adult admission.
 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

 

 

Danbury Railway Museum

Danbury Railway Museum

Danbury, CT | 203-778-8337 | www.danburyrail.org
Train rides, exhibits, and special events at a restored historic train yard and turntable.

Pass Privileges:

Free general admission for up to six people. Not valid for special events.

 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

 

 

Earthplace: The nature discovery center

Earthplace

Westport, CT | 203-227-7253 | www.earthplace.org
Sixty-two acre wildlife sanctuary with trails; interactive natural history museum; live wildlife for public viewing; and many public nature programs and events.

Pass Privileges:

Free admission for family of four. Closed Sundays in January and February.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

 

 

everwonder children's museum

Everwonder Children's Museum

Newtown, CT | 203-364-4009 | www.everwondermuseum.org
Hands-on STEM-based exhibits and programming
in a newly expanded 6,500 square foot museum.
 

Pass Privileges:

Discount of 50% off regular admission for up to two adults and up to four children.
Children under age 1 are admitted free.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

 

 

Guggenheim

Guggenheim Museum

New York, NY | 212-423-3500 | www.guggenheim.org
The landmark museum of art from the late 19th century to the contemporary cutting edge.
 

Pass Privileges:


Free admission for up to four adults or students and 50% discount for additional guests; children under 12 are free; 10% discount for purchases. Closed on Thursdays.

 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

 

 

Institute for American Indian Studies

Institute for American Indian Studies

Washington, CT | 860-868-0518 |  https://www.iaismuseum.org/
IAIS preserves and educates through discovery and creativity the diverse traditions, vitality and knowledge of Native American Cultures.

Pass Privileges:

1/2 price museum admission: $5 adults, $4 seniors, $3 children under 12. Children under 3 are free.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

check availability

 

 

Katonah Museum of Art

Katonah Museum of Art

Katonah, NY | 914-232-9555 | www.katonahmuseum.org
Changing exhibits in three galleries, Learning Center with many children’s activities, and sculpture garden.

Pass Privileges:

Free admission for up to two adults and six children.



 

Courtesy of the Katonah Museum.

 

 

Keeler Tavern Museum

Keeler Tavern Museum

Ridgefield, CT | 203-438-5485 | www.keelertavernmuseum.org
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.

Pass Privileges:

Free admission for two children with a paid adult admission.
 

Courtesy of the Keeler Tavern Museum.

 

 

Maritime aquarium at Norwalk

The Maritime Aquarium

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

Pass Privileges:

Discount of $2 off each ticket to the Aquarium
for up to six people.
 


Courtesy of the Maritime Aquarium.

 

 

mystic aquarium

Mystic Aquarium

Mystic, CT | 860-572-5955 | www.mysticaquarium.org
Exhibits, demonstrations, and interactive displays devoted to marine life.

 

Pass Privileges:

Discount of $5 off each ticket for up to four people.
 

Courtesy of the Mystic Aquarium.

 

 

Mystic seaport

Mystic Seaport Museum

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

Pass Privileges:

Discount of 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 Ridgefield Library.

 

 

Stamford museum and nature center

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Stamford, CT | 203-322-1646 | www.stamfordmuseum.org
Changing exhibits, nature trails, working farm, and playground.

 

Pass Privileges:


Free admission for two adults from the same household and their children under 18. Additional charge for planetarium. 50% Admission on Festival Days.
 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

 

 

Stepping Stones Museum for Children

Stepping Stones Museum for Children

Norwalk, CT | 203-899-0606 | www.steppingstonesmuseum.org
Interactive exhibits to encourage hands-on exploration of science, the arts, culture, and heritage.
 

Pass Privileges:

Buy one admission, get one free (up to three free admissions per party).

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

 

 

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Hartford, CT | 860-278-2670 | www.wadsworthatheneum.org
America’s oldest continuously operating art museum, with nearly 50,000 works of fine and decorative art spanning 5,000 years.

Pass Privileges:

Free general admission for two adults and two children. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.


 

Courtesy of the Wadsworth Atheneum.

 

 

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

New Haven, CT | 203-432-5050 | www.peabody.yale.edu
From dinosaurs to planets—and everything in between!



 

Pass Privileges:

Discount of $6 off admission (up to four admissions per party). Closed Mondays.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ridgefield Library.

 

 

 

About Museum Passes

  • Some restrictions may apply, so please read the materials accompanying the 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.

 

Free Admission

 

Aldrich Contemporary Museum
AMNH Logo
Danbury Railway Museum
earthplace
Guggenheim Museum
KMA
stamford museum nature center
wadsworth atheneum

 

Discounted Admission

 

 

beardsley zoo
CT Science Center
CT Old State House
Everwonder Children's Museum
institute for american indian studies museun
keeler tavern
maritime aquarium at norwalk
mystic seaport
stepping stones museum
Sacred Heart Discovery Museum and Planetarium
mystic aquarium
Yale peabody museum