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With your library card you can borrow a pass to visit museums and attractions just as you would a book or DVD!

We have an on-line museum pass reservation system. Use it to reserve a pass with an HPL adult or teen card up to 14 days in advance. Most of our passes are printable, meaning you can make a reservation and then print a confirmation page from home or the library to bring with you to the museum. No need to return anything to us! 

Please note that some museums are closed at this time due to the pandemic. Check with each museum directly to see if they are open and if they are accepting passes. 

Connecticut Summer at the Museum -
Free Admission for Kids


It’s time to explore!

From July 1 to September 6, Connecticut children age 18 and under plus one accompanying adult can visit participating museums free of charge through the Connecticut Summer at the Museum program. The program is part of Governor Lamont’s larger plan to use recovery funds to provide students and families with engaging summer enrichment and learning experiences in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

From art and children's museums and historical sites to zoos, aquariums, and science centers, here’s a list of properties participating in #CTSummerMuseums. Please make sure you check each museum for online advance ticketing and reservations, as they may be required.

Connecticut Summer at the Museum is made possible through an investment from the federal COVID-19 recovery funding Connecticut is receiving from the American Rescue Plan Act. The program is administered by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of the Arts in partnership with Connecticut Humanities.


List of Participating Museums





Printable Passes

American Clock and Watch Museum

This pass admits 2 adults and 3 children free of charge.

Basketball Hall of Fame

This pass allows up to six admissions to the Hall of Fame at the reduced admission rates stated on the pass. Additionally, the pass is valid for 10% off any photo purchase at the "HOOPSHOTS" Photo Center.

Bushnell Park Carousel

Currently closedThis pass allows four visitors to unlimited rides on the Bushnell Park Carousel. Children one year-old and under are free.

Children's Museum/Roaring Brook Nature Center

Pass provides one free admission with every paid admission to the Children's Museum or Roaring Brook Nature Center. Maximum of four free admissions per day. Fee required for daily planetarium shows at the Children's Museum.

Connecticut Historical Society

The pass admits up to two adults and four children free of charge.

Connecticut River Museum

The pass admits two adults and any children under the age of 18 free of charge.


Connecticut’s Old State House 

Currently closed. The pass is valid for general admission for up to two adults and two children, during regular operating hours. It cannot be used for admission to special or after-hours events.

Connecticut State Museums

This pass covers admission for two adults and two children to the Henry Whitfield MuseumOld New-Gate Prison and Copper Mine, the Eric Sloane Museum, and the Prudence Crandall Museum (currently closed for renovation. 

Connecticut Trolley Museum

This pass allows two adults and four children free admission to the Connecticut Trolley Museum including unlimited trolley rides and the Connecticut Fire Truck Museum. This pass does not provide entrance to seminars, tours, lectures, movies, picnics, or demonstrations. During special events such as Winterfest and Pumpkin Patch, HALF-PRICE admission prevails. This pass CANNOT be used for Rails to the Darkside.

Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Pass admits two adults and four children free of charge.

Florence Griswold Museum

Pass admits two adults and two children under 12 years old for free. May not be combined with other coupons or passes. Fees may apply for special exhibits. The museum charges an event surcharge of $5 per person over 12 (even with the pass) during their special fall event Wee Faerie Village (dates vary yearly). This charge is applied whether visitors intend to see the faerie houses or not. Children under 12 are admitted free thanks to an anonymous grant. 

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

Currently closed.

This pass is only available to Hartford residents. Admits two people for a free Harriet Beecher Stowe House tour. 

Hill-Stead Museum

Pass provides 50% off general admissions tickets for up to two adults and 2 children (under age 18).

Lutz Children's Museum

Pass provides half-off the cost of admission for up to six people. Children under one are always free

Mark Twain House & Museum

Buy one adult admission, get one adult admission free OR buy one adult admission, get two child admissions for free. One discount per visit. 

New Britain Museum of American Art

Pass admits four people free with no age restrictions, however, one adult must accompany children under age of 16. Valid for general admission only. Additional fees may apply to special exhibitions, events, and programs. Library pass cannot be used for Docent-led tours.

New Britain Youth Museum/Hungerford Nature Center

This pass provides four free admissions to the New Britain Youth Museum and/or the Hungerford Nature Center. Children under two enter free at the Museum and children under three for the Nature Center.

New England Air Museum

This pass will allow the pass holder and up to five visitors 50% off regular admission rates. Children 3 and under are always admitted for free. This pass is not valid for pre-arranged group tours, our home school program.

New England Carousel Museum

Pass admits four individuals for free.

Noah Webster House

Admits up to two people for guided tours during regular museum hours (children under age 6 are admitted for free and all children must be accompanied by an adult). FYI, some days a guide may not be available, so a self-guided tour with a tablet is offered. Self-guided tour in Spanish is also available. This pass does not cover admission to special programs and events.

White Memorial Conservation Center and Nature Museum

Currently closed. Family pass allows two adults and up to four children (under 6 years are free) to tour the grounds and museum for free.



Peabody Museum

Closed for remodeling until 2023.


                                                   Wadsworth Atheneum

ATTN HARTFORD RESIDENTS: Through a partnership with the City of Hartford and the museum’s longtime corporate partner Aetna, the Wadsworth Atheneum developed Wadsworth Welcome, a new program to offer free admission to all Hartford residents. To find out how the program works visit the museum’s website Library staff will be glad to help you find the information as well.

The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center

Admits up to five visitors for free and offers a 10% discount in the gift shop. 

Passes that must be Picked Up and Returned to the Library--Not currently available

Mystic Aquarium

                                                                   Not available

Connecticut State Parks and Forests Day Pass

                            Not available

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk 

                        Not available

Connecticut Science Center

Children under 18 plus one accompanying adult get free admission July 1-September 30.