Wilton Library’s Museum Pass Program gives you and your family the opportunity to explore wonderful resources ranging from art to dinosaurs to live animals either right here in your own backyard or within a day trip in Connecticut or New York. Discover today what the Wilton Library has to offer you outside its boundaries!
The Museum Pass program, generously supported by the Van Raalte family in loving memory of Peter Van Raalte, is open to all Wilton Library patrons and provides passes for reduced rates or free admission to the following museums and attractions.
Museum passes are available on a first-come, first-served walk in basis. We will hold a pass for 1 hour if it is available and requested over the phone (no phone messages please). Please call the Circulation Desk at (203) 762-6334 to inquire about a pass.
Passes will be loaned out for 3 consecutive days. A late fee of $5 per day will be charged if the pass is not returned to the Library’s Circulation Desk by closing time on the 3rdday (passes may not be returned to the book drop bin).
Museum passes are free to Library patrons. Patrons are responsible for actual admission fees (if applicable) or any fees or charges beyond those included with the pass (for example, parking, special exhibit admissions, etc.) at any of the participating museums. Patrons will be assessed an additional fee if the pass is lost.
As mentioned above, the Museum Pass Program is generously supported by the Van Raalte Family in loving memory of Peter Van Raalte.
The Aldrich Museum features works by emerging and mid-career artists. It is one of the few non-collecting museums in the United States.
Pass: Free admission for pass holder and up to four accompanying family members. Please note: Pass cannot be used during special events, which includes all exhibition openings and programs in which the price exceeds general admission.
For 80 years, Beardsley Zoo has served as Connecticut’s only zoo. The zoo is open year round and exhibits almost 300 animals including endangered tigers and bears.
Pass: Valid for $9 admission for up to 6 family members. Limited to use by one family per day.
At the Old State House, you’ll find historically-restored rooms, guided tours, an exhibit blending United States History, Connecticut state government, civics and citizenship, and an interactive floor dedicated to the history of Hartford.
Part of the “No Child Left Inside” initiative by the CT Department of Environmental Protection, this pass waives building entrance fees for Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam, and Fort Trumbull State Park and Visitor Center in New London.
Pass: Free admission for up to two adults and four children (under age 12). The pass cannot be used for camping or special events.
The Discovery Science Center & Planetarium features the Challenger Learning Center, Planetarium, and hands-on science activities.
Pass: Up to 4 child admissions with one paid adult admission.
Founded in 1958, Earthplace maintains a 62-acre wildlife sanctuary with trails, contains an interactive natural history museum, houses live wildlife for public viewing and hosts many public nature programs and events.
Pass: Free admission for one family of four
EverWonder Children's Museum offers hands-on S.T.E.M.based (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) exhibits and programming for children from birth to about 12 years of age that help cultivate a child's love of learning and imagination.
Pass: 50% off admission for up to 2 adults and up to 4 children. Regular admission is $8 for all guests over the age of 1; children under 1 year are admitted free of charge.
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Intrepid Museum features a range of interactive exhibits providing a snapshot of heroism, education, and excitement, aboard the USS Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark.
Pass: Free admission for 2 adults and 2 children. Extra tickets may be purchased at the discounted rate of $18 for adults and $13 for children. Please Note: All guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult for entry into the museum – no exceptions. Guests under the age of 16 unaccompanied by an adult will not be permitted to enter the museum.
Sharks, Stingrays, and colorful fish are the highlight of the 4,000 specimen Mystic Aquarium with 24 exhibits including Sharks! Touch Habitat.
Pass: 15% off purchase of Mystic Aquarium Memberships at all levels.
Explore more than 80 acres of nature trails, drop in to the Heckscher Farm and say hello to the animals, enjoy early childhood and family programs, see the latest exhibition in the Bendel Mansion Museum Galleries, and travel to the stars at the Observatory.
Pass: Free Admission to the Museum & Grounds for 2 adults of the same household, and their children under age 18. 50% Discount on admission to all Family Festival Weekends.
Stepping Stones Museum for Children invites children to explore, imagine, create, and discover new experiences every time they visit. The Museum features an interactive learning environment
Pass: Buy one ticket at regular price and get one free; maximum of 3 free admissions per party, per day ( regular admission price $16 per person, $12 Seniors 62+, children under 1 admitted free )
The Wadsworth Atheneum is one of America’s oldest public art museums. It exhibits more than 15 different shows each year.
Pass: Free general admission for 2 adults and 2 children under 18 (special exhibitions may require additional fees and pass is not valid for annual fundraisers including the Festival of Trees and Traditions of Fine Art & Flower events)
Pass may also be used for film admission: buy one get one free.