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Wallingford Public Library offers passes to a wide variety of local museums. These passes allow free or discounted admission depending on the museum. They may be borrowed for 3 days and must be picked up and returned to the Information Desk. Museum hours vary during the year. Please call before you go to be sure the museum is open.
- Wallingford residents over the age of 18 may reserve up to 4 museum passes in a 60 day period, with 1 reservation allowed per museum, and 1 reservation allowed per day. Reservations may be made up to 30 days in advance.
- Reservations are made for the date of visit to the museum. Patrons pick up the pass after 11:00 a.m. on the library business day prior to the visit and return it by close of the library business day following the visit (Check library schedule).
- Nonresidents may reserve a pass on the day of visit. The pass must be returned by close of the following library business day. Online reservations are not available to nonresidents.
- There is a $5.00 per day overdue fine when a pass is not returned by the due date.
- There is a $75.00 charge for a lost museum pass [or replacement cost if less].
The Library now offers three great deals:
- The American Clock & Watch Museum pass and the New England Carousel Museum pass can be taken out together. Enjoy a day in Bristol at these great, small museums. Be sure to drive through the historic Federal hill area.
- Harriet Beecher Stowe House pass and the Mark Twain House pass can be taken out together! Next door to each other, these two homes provide a glimpse into the private lives of two of our nation’s most important and influential authors.
- The Wadsworth Antheneum pass and the Old State House pass may be borrowed together for a day of culture in Hartford.
Please call the Information Desk at (203)265-6754 to reserve the pairs listed above. Our online museum pass reservation system does not allow you to book these yourself.
Also, be sure to take a look at the list of Free Connecticut Museums at the end of this page.
Wallingford Public Library Museum Passes
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877
Admits: Free admission for 1 adult and family members
The Aldrich is one of the few independent, non-collecting contemporary art museums in the United States, and the only museum in Connecticut devoted to contemporary art.
American Clock & Watch Museum
100 Maple Street, Bristol, CT 06010
Admits: Free admission for 2 adults and 3 children
The finest collection of American manufactured clocks and watches on public display. History and research of timepieces along with a sundial garden with flowers and herbs. Open April 1st to Nov. 30th. Special “twofer” offer - the American Clock & Watch Museum pass and the New England Carousel Museum pass can be taken out together!
Basketball Hall of Fame
1000 West Columbus Avenue, Springfield, MA 01105-2518
Admits: Up to 3 adults at $12 and up to 3 children at $8
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is home to nearly three hundred inductees and more than 40,000 square feet of basketball history. Located on the picturesque banks of the Connecticut River, the new museum is a fitting shrine to the game Dr. Naismith invented more than a century ago. Hundreds of interactive exhibits share the spotlight with skills challenges, live clinics, and shooting contests. And of course there is enough basketball history to impress the world’s most avid sports fans!
1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06610
Admits: Free admission for up to 2 adults and 4 children
The Beardsley Zoo is a 33-acre facility dedicated to wildlife education, conservation, research and recreation. The majority of its exhibits are devoted to the rare and wonderful animals of North and South America. It has a rainforest exhibit, as well as a farmyard especially for the young children.
Children’s Museum & Roaring Brook Nature Center
950 Trout Brook Drive West Hartford, CT 06119
70 Gracey Road, Canton, CT 06019
Admits: One free admission with every paid admission (up to 4).
A hands-on science, technology and nature museum that features a 30-foot walk–in kaleidoscope, a marine life touch tank, a miniature zoo, animal demonstrations, laser light and planetarium shows, a hands-on discovery room, the Kids Factory for preschoolers to explore, a computer center and more. Changing exhibits and events are presented throughout the year. Roaring Brook Nature Center offers displays on flora and fauna, a replica of an Eastern Woodland Indian longhouse and a small collection of live animals.
Discovery Museum & Planetarium
4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604
Admits: Free admission for 2 adults and up to 4 children under 17.
The Discovery Museum & Planetarium is a unique center of science and technology for families. It includes world–class traveling exhibits, hands-on-activities for all ages and the CineMuse Theatre where audiences feel like they’re watching action through an open window!
10 Woodside Lane, Westport, CT 06880
Admits: Free admission for 4 people
Earthplace educates the community about nature and the environment, maintains a 62-acre wildlife sanctuary with trails, and offers a variety of nature programs and events.
Eli Whitney Museum
915 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06517
Allows 10% off the cost of projects
The Eli Whitney Museum and Workshop is an experimental learning workshop for students, teachers, and families.
Eric Carle Picture Book Museum
125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA 01002
Admits: Free admission for 2 adults and 4 children
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is the first full-scale museum in this country devoted to national and international picture book art, conceived and built with the aim of celebrating the art that we are first exposed to as children.
Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT 06371
Admits: Free admission for 2 adults and 2 children under 12
Visit the houses, barn, and gallery of Florence Griswold and the painters of the Lyme Art Colony. It is called the Home of American Impressionism.
4 Connecticut Museums
Free admission for 2 adults and 2 youth to:
Henry Whitfield State Museum
248 Old Whitfield Street, Guilford, CT 06437
Connecticut’s oldest house
Old New-Gate Prison (closed for restoration through May 2014)
115 Newgate Road, East Granby, CT
Connecticut’s first prison
Prudence Crandall Museum
1 South Canterbury Road, Canterbury, CT 06331
Academy for African American girls 1833-1834
31 Kent-Cornwall Road, Route 7, Kent, CT 06757
Early American tools
Harriet Beecher Stowe House
77 Forest Street, Hartford, CT 06105
Admits: Free admission for 4 people
The Stowe Center is the home of the author of the anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. It includes three historic buildings surrounded by gorgeous gardens: the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, the Carraige House, and the Katharine Seymour Day House. Special “twofer” offer - the Harriet Beecher Stowe House pass and the Mark Twain House pass can be taken out together!
35 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT 06032
Admits: 1 adult and 2 children (under 18)
Hill-Stead is noted for its 1901 33,000-square-foot house filled with art and antiques. Pioneering female architect Theodate Pope Riddle designed the Colonial Revival-style house, set on 152 hilltop acres, to showcase the Impressionist masterpieces amassed by her father, Cleveland iron industrialist Alfred A. Pope. Collections in 19 intact rooms include original furnishings, paintings by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, James M. Whistler and Mary Cassatt, as well as numerous works on paper and Japanese woodblock prints. Stately trees, seasonal gardens, over three miles of stone walls and woodland trails accent the grounds. A centerpiece of the property is the c. 1920 sunken garden designed by landscape architect Beatrix Jones Farrand, today the site of the acclaimed summerlong Sunken Garden Poetry and Music Festival.
1 Pleasant Street Bristol, CT 06010
Admits: Free admission for 4 people
Imagine Nation is a hands-on interactive museum best suited for children ages 2-10.
Lutz Children's Museum
247 South Main Street, Manchester, CT 06040
Admits: Free admission for an unlimited number of people
The Lutz Children’s Museum is dedicated to providing diverse educational and cultural experiences for young learners. Interactive exhibits and live animals!
Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854
Admits: Up to 6 people at $2.00 off a combination ticket to the Aquarium and Imax Theater
The aquarium explores the marine life and maritime culture of Long Island Sound featuring sharks, sea turtles, jellies and more than 1,000 other marine animals. The Imax Theater offers a variety of films throughout the year.
Mark Twain House
351 Farmington Avenue Hartford, CT 06105
Admits: One adult or two children with the purchase of one adult pass.
Guided tours are available of this 19-room, Tiffany decorated mansion, where Mark Twain raised his family and worked from 1874-1891, writing many of his famous stories. Special “twofer” offer - the Harriet Beecher Stowe House pass and the Mark Twain House pass can be taken out together!
Mashantucket Pequot Museum
110 Pequot Trail, Mashantucket CT 06339
Admits 2 adults and 2 children at half off admission price.
A state-of-the-art, tribally owned-and-operated complex, this museum brings to life the story of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and serves as a major resource on the history of the Tribe, the histories and cultures of other tribes and the region’s natural history.
55 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, CT 06355
Admits: $6.00 off adult admission and $4.00 off child admission. Good for 2 adults and 2 children ages 3-17.
The Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration is a wonderful place to experience living marine creatures and the latest discoveries of the underwater world. It has special exhibits, inside and out.
75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT 06355
Admits: 50% off admission for 2 adults and 2 children, 18 and under, on the day that is printed on the card. You must have the correct pass for the day you wish to use it at the museum.
Mystic Seaport is the largest maritime museum in North America. Visitors can sail or row replicas of traditional wooden boats, cruise in an antique steamboat, star gaze in the planetarium or just climb aboard ships.
New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington Street, New Britain, CT 06052
Admits: Free admission for 4 people (no restrictions except that 1 adult must accompany children under 16)
A collection of more than 5,000 works of art dating from the early 18th century to the present day.
New Britain Youth Museums
30 High Street, New Britain, CT 06051
191 Farmington Avenue, Kensington, CT 06037
Admits: Free admission for 4 adults or any combination of persons equal to 4 adults
The New Britain Youth Museum in downtown New Britain offers a number of activities including a puppet theater, construction toys, and the Dinosaur Room. Hungerford Park in Kensington has a puppet theater, Bear's Den slide, old-fashioned ice cream parlor, and a barnyard full of animal friends.
New England Air Museum
Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, CT 06096
Admits: 2 adults at $5.00 each and 2 children (ages 6-11) free; ages 5 and under are always free. There are three passes: one for Saturday only, one for Sunday only and one that is only for a weekday. Be sure to ask for the specific pass you need.
The New England Air Museum has two huge display hangars housing more than 70 aircraft from all periods of history as well as an outdoor exhibit area.
New England Carousel Museum
95 Riverside Avenue Route 72, Bristol, CT 06010
Admits: Free admission for 4 people
The Carousel Museum displays one of the largest collections of antique wooden carousel art on the East Coast. In addition, within the building, are the museum of Fire History and a fine arts gallery. Special “twofer” offer - the American Clock & Watch Museum pass and the New England Carousel Museum pass can be taken out together!
New Haven Museum
114 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06510
Admits: Free admission for 4 people
From the colony’s founding as a puritan village through its growth into a major industrial center and now a thriving metropolitan area, New Haven’s history is brought to life for visitors, inspiring a rich appreciation of the City’s past, present, and future.
Old State House
800 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
Admits: Free admission for 2 adults and 2 children
More than a museum, this centerpiece of Connecticut’s and America’s history symbolizes where we’ve been and where we’re going as citizens and stewards of our great democratic experiment. The Old State House pass may be borrowed with the Wadsworth Antheneum pass.
Peabody Museum of Natural History
Yale University, 170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06511
Admits: Any 4 people for $5 off each admission (no age restriction). One adult must accompany children under 16. Admission applies to Museum galleries only. Special exhibitions, events, and programs may require a fee. The Peabody Pass is not available in February.
The Peabody Museum has more than 11 million specimens and artifacts in biology, paleontology, botany, geology, anthropology and scientific instruments. The Great Hall of Dinosaurs displays a dramatic collection of fossil skeletons. The cultures, beliefs and daily lives of peoples from around the world are exhibited in the Hall of Native American Cultures.
Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI 02907
Admits: Up to 4 people at $3.00 discount per person
Over 150 rare and fascinating animals in authentic natural settings.
Shoreline Trolley Museum
17 River Street, East Haven, CT 06512
Admits: 50% off admission for up to 6 people
The Shoreline Trolley Museum is the oldest operating trolley museum in the United States. It has a collection of nearly 100 vintage vehicles as well as artifacts and documents from the trolley era. A 3 mile round trip aboard a fully restored trolley car runs over the original tracks of a scenic country trolley line.
State Parks & Forests Pass
Admits: Free vehicle entrance to Connecticut state parks and forests.
Stepping Stones Museum
303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06850
Admits: 1 free admission with 1 paid admission. Limited to 1 family per day.
With five main galleries and over 100 hands-on activities, the exhibits and educational programs engage, inspire and delight every child.
600 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
Admits: Free admission for 2 adults and 2 children (ages 6-17). The pass is not valid during the annual Festival of Trees & Traditions and Fine Art & Flower fundraising events. The pass may not be used to reserve advance special exhibition tickets.
The Wadsworth Atheneum is America’s oldest public art museum. Its collections and exhibits are wide ranging and world-renowned and include Hudson River School landscapes, Old Master paintings, modernist masterpieces, early American furniture and more. The Wadsworth pass may be borrowed with the Old State House pass.
Admission is free at these locations. No library passes required.
Ballard Institute and Museum
Connecticut College Arboretum
New London, CT
Davison Art Center
Flanders Nature Center
Knights of Columbus Museum
New Haven, CT
Museum of Connecticut History
National Helicopter Museum
Nautilus and Submarine Force Museum
New England Civil War Museum
Weir Farm & Burlingham House Visitor Center
White Memorial Conservation Center
William Benton Museum of Art
Yale Center for British Art
New Haven, CT