Museum Passes

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, many public spaces such as museums and libraries are closed to the public. Check the list below for closing 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
We have temporarily closed the Museum and expect to remain closed until Sunday, April 12 if not beyond. Please be sure to check back often for updates. Staff is reachable by phone and email.
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 will be closed Thursday, March 12 through Sunday, April 12th as part of the State Capitol Complex’s preventative measures. For any immediate concerns, please feel free to reach out to us at the main office for The Connecticut Democracy Center at 860-246-1553.
Free admission for up to 2 adults and 2 children.
Check our catalog to see if this pass is available.

Custom House Maritime Museum Pass – New London, CT
As the evolving situation of the Coronavirus/COVID-19 unfolds the health of our visitors, volunteers, and staff is a concern to us. The Custom House Maritime Museum was scheduled to be closed the first two weeks in April for renovations so a decision was made in following the recommendation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as well as state and local governments to protect our community and limit the spread of the virus we will close beginning today and reopen when it is safe to do so.
Free admission for 2 people.
Check our catalog to see if this pass is available.

Florence Griswold Museum – Old Lyme, CT
As part of the effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, we have made the difficult decision to close the Museum to the public beginning Saturday, March 14 and through at least April 30th and to cancel all programs during this time. Should you need a staff member, call or email them as usual.
Free admission for 2 adults and 2 children under 12.
Check our catalog to see if this pass is available.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk – Norwalk, CT
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is closed through April 30th in a preventative action to help limit the spread of COVID-19.
$2 off admission for up to 6 people.
Check our catalog to see if this pass is available.

New Britain Museum of American Art – New Britain, CT
In support of the ongoing efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the New Britain Museum of American Art is suspending all operations, effective Sunday, March 15, and will remain closed to the public until further notice. All museum events are cancelled through at least April 30th. If you have previously purchased tickets to a museum program, no action is required; all pre-purchased tickets will be honored once a reschedule date is established.
Free admission for 4 people.
Check our catalog to see if this pass is available.

New Haven Museum – New Haven, CT
Closed to the public starting Friday March 13th. All events are postponed or canceled.
Free admission for up to 4 people.
Check our catalog to see if this pass is available.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art – Hartford, CT
To support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art will temporarily close effective March 14 and will remain closed likely through April 30. All programs, tours, and films are canceled during this time. We hope to reschedule programs and events when possible. If you have purchased tickets to a program you will be refunded.
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. 
Check our catalog to see if this pass is available.

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History – New Haven, CT
The Yale Peabody Museum will be closed until April 15th at the earliest. We will make efforts to bring you content via email and social media and hope to welcome you back soon. If you are planning to visit after the 15th, please check our website beforehand, as the situation remains a fluid one.
$6 off admission for up to 4 people. Please note: the Yale Peabody Museum will close from June 30, 2020 until 2023.
Check our catalog to see if this pass is available.


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