Museum Passes

The Friends of the Essex Library purchases passes to a number of museums in the area. The discounts off the original entry fees vary according to the individual museum’s policy. Passes may be borrowed for three days and there is a $1 overdue fine for each day that the pass is late up to 10 days for a total of $10. Due to the popularity of these passes, they may not be reserved. They may be borrowed on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to one per family.

Clicking on the museum title will take you to their website for more information.

Children’s Museum of Southeastern CT – Niantic, CT
Half-price admission for 4 people.
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Connecticut Historical Society – Hartford, CT
Free Admission for two adults and up to four children.
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Connecticut River Museum – Essex, CT
Pass allows up to 2 adults and their children or grandchildren under the age of 18 FREE admission to the museum.
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Connecticut Science Center – Hartford, CT
20% off general admission coupon for up to 4 people through December 31, 2016.

CT State Parks and Forests
Waives vehicle entrance fees for private passenger vehicles carrying fewer than 12 passengers. Valid for two adults and four children at Dinosaur, Fort Trumbull and Gillette Castle State Parks. Please check with individual parks to confirm current hours of operation.
Valid year-round.
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Also, Connecticut offers “The Charter Oak Pass” to state residents aged 65 or older. Information about the Charter Oak Pass stipulates “the pass is accepted at all day use areas where a parking fee applies.  Presenting it allows free access for the entering vehicle and passengers.  The pass holder does not have to be the vehicle driver. Free admittance is also provided for the Charter Oak pass holder when visiting Gillette Castle, Dinosaur or Fort Trumbull State Parks.  All other visitors, however, will be required to pay the appropriate fee.” For more information, including instructions on how to obtain the pass, please click here.

The Custom House Maritime Museum – New London, CT
Free admission for 2 people.
Valid year-round.
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Florence Griswold Museum – Old Lyme, CT
Free admission for 2 adults and 2 children under 12.
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Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk – Norwalk, CT
$2 off Aquarium and Classic IMAX; good for up to 6 people.
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Mystic Aquarium – Mystic, CT
Pass saves $5 per person for up to 4 people.
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New Britain Museum of American Art – New Britain, CT
Free admission for 4 people.
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Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art – Hartford, CT
Free general admission for 2 adults and 2 children (through age 17).
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Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History – New Haven, CT
$6 off admission for up to 4 people.
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