Museum Passes

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, many public spaces such as museums and libraries have visitor restrictions. Check the list below for information for each museum.

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.

Connecticut River Museum – Essex, CT
Connecticut River Museum is open, please see their website for guidelines upon visiting.
Pass allows up to 2 adults and their children or grandchildren under the age of 18 FREE admission to the museum.
Check our catalog to see if this pass is available.

Connecticut’s Old State House – Hartford, CT
Connecticut’s Old State House is open, please see their website for guidelines upon visiting. For any immediate concerns, please feel free to reach out to the main office for The Connecticut Democracy Center at 860-246-1553.
Free admission for up to 2 adults and 2 children.
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Custom House Maritime Museum Pass – New London, CT
The Custom House Maritime Museum is open. Please see their website for guidelines upon visiting.
Free admission for 2 people.
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Florence Griswold Museum – Old Lyme, CT
The Florence Griswold Museum is open. Please see their website for guidelines upon visiting.
Free admission for 2 adults and 2 children under 12.
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The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk – Norwalk, CT
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is open. Please see their website for guidelines upon visiting.
$2 off admission for up to 6 people.
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New Britain Museum of American Art – New Britain, CT
Visitors are encouraged to make online reservations but walk-ins are always welcome. More information on ticket purchasing available on their website.
Free admission for 4 people.
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New Haven Museum – New Haven, CT
The Museum galleries are open by reservation only. Masks are required at all times. We ask that you secure your timed entry by completing your reservation online. More information on ticket purchasing available on their website.
Free admission for up to 4 people.
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Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art – Hartford, CT
Advance reservations encouraged but not required. Walk-up visitors will be accommodated. Visit their website for more details.
Free general admission for 2 adults ages 18 and up, free for ages 17 and younger. Please note that this pass is not valid for “Art After Hours” events, usually held after 5 p.m. every other month. 
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Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History – New Haven, CT
The Yale Peabody Museum is closed for renovation. 
$6 off admission for up to 4 people. Please note: the Yale Peabody Museum will be closed until 2023.
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