Free/Discounted Admission to Connecticut Attractions
Provided by Friends of Beacon Falls Library
Present your library card at our circulation desk to borrow any pass. The following passes to Connecticut attractions circulate free of charge for three-day loan periods. Passes may also be reserved by calling the library at (203) 729-1441. Advance reservations for the Beardsley Zoo pass are limited to Beacon Falls library card holders only.
OFFERING FREE ADMISSION:
CONNECTICUT’S OLD STATE HOUSE (Hartford) – Admits up to 4: (2 adults / 2 children)
Connecticut’s Old State House – the very spot where Connecticut’s democracy was born – is where you can learn about how it was born and who made it happen. You’ll meet people who went from ordinary to history-making by standing up for what they believed: and maybe think about where you fit in to “government by the people” yourself. And when you’re ready for a break, they have a two-headed calf, Mark Twain’s bicycle, and dozens of other pieces of Connecticut’s amazing and eccentric history for you to enjoy.
MATTATUCK MUSEUM (Waterbury) – (2 available) Each pass gives free admission ($10 value) to the museum. The Mattatuck Museum is a center of art and history, a gathering place that nurtures creativity and learning through transformative experiences to encourage a deeper understanding of ourselves and our heritage. Established in 1877 as the Mattatuck Historical Society, today we collect and exhibit American art and cultural history with a focus on the history of the Naugatuck Valley and the artists of Connecticut.
NEW BRITAIN MUSEUM of AMERICAN ART (New Britain) – Admits 4 people
The New Britain Museum of American Art, founded in 1903, is designated as the first museum of strictly American art in the country. The New Britain Museum of American Art is dedicated to serving all people by pursuing excellence in art through collections, exhibitions, and education.
NEW HAVEN MUSEUM (New Haven) – Admits 4 people
Three hundred and seventy-five years of history come to life at the New Haven Museum. 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 our visitors, inspiring a rich appreciation of the City’s past, present, and future.
STATE PARKS & FORESTS DAY PASS – Promotes DEEP’s No Child Left Inside program. Free admission (2 adults/4 children) to Gillette Castle, Dinosaur State Park & Fort Trumbull.
WADSWORTH ATHENEUM – General admission for up to 2 Adults: (Free for children ages 17 and younger). Some restrictions apply.
Best known for its large, fine collection of Hudson River School paintings, it was the first to acquire Surrealist masterpieces (by Dalí and de Chirico, among others), and Renaissance art by Caravaggio. In the 1930s, the museum expanded its support of the arts by sponsoring George Balanchine’s immigration to the United States, and staging the premiere of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s opera, Four Saints in Three Acts.
OFFERING DISCOUNTED ADMISSION
CONNECTICUT’S BEARDSLEY ZOO – Valid for $5 admission per person for up to 6: (2 adults / 4 children).
Located in Bridgeport the only zoo in Connecticut. See more than 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Take a ride on the carousel or try out a ride on the camel.
CONNECTICUT SCIENCE CENTER (Hartford) – A non-returnable coupon provides 20% off regular admission for up to 4 people.
With more than 150 hands-on and minds-on exhibits on four floors plus, exciting 3D movies, the Science Center offers fun, interactive learning experiences for all ages. New permanent exhibits like the Humanoid Robot Exhibit and Freeze Frame 360 plus, great traveling exhibits mean that you’re sure to discover something new with each visit that will satisfy every member of the family.
DISCOVERY MUSEUM AND PLANETARIUM (Bridgeport) – Admits up to 4 free children with 1 paid adult admission
From a full-dome planetarium and telescopes to our Challenger Learning Center offering unique team-building experiences for corporations and grade-appropriate STEM education, enjoy over 100 exhibit areas and galleries featuring interactive, hands-on explorations of science, technology and ideas. Join us and rediscover the world around you.
EVERWONDER CHILDREN’S MUSEUM (Newtown) – Allows half-priced admission for up to 2 adults and 4 children. Everwonder Children’s Museum cultivates a life long love of learning. They offer hands on exhibits and programming in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Open Tuesday – Sunday. Regular admission price is $7, under age one is free.
IMAGINE NATION CHILDREN’S MUSEUM (Bristol) – Allows half priced admission for up to 6 guests.
The Imagine Nation Museum is a hands-on, interactive children’s museum best suited for ages 2 to 10. Check their website for hours and regular admission prices.
KidsPlay Children’s Museum (Torrington) – Allows half priced admission for up to 6 family members. General admission is $8, under age one is free. Museum has hands-on exhibits for developmental play. It is open Wednesday – Sunday. See their website for hours.
MARITIME AQUARIUM AT NORWALK – Offers $2 discount on combination Aquarium & IMAX Theater ticket(s) for up to 6 people. (4 passes).
Offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to have a good time while learning about the vital natural resource just off our shore: Long Island Sound.
MYSTIC AQUARIUM, INSTITUTE FOR EXPLORATION Offers admission discount of $5 for adults for up to 4 people (7 passes)
At Mystic Aquarium, close encounters of the incredible kind happen every day! Whether you’re touching a ray, feeling the splash of a beluga whale, going beak-to-nose with a penguin or exploring the deep sea with the world’s only exhibits on Dr. Robert Ballard’s fascinating expeditions, you’ll be closer to ocean life than you ever thought possible!
PEABODY MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY (New Haven) – $6 discount off regular admission prices for up to 4. Not valid in February. Museum is closed to the public on Mondays.
The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History opens a window of discovery into our world’s natural heritage–its flora, fauna, geology and people. The Discovery Room is one of the most popular destinations at the Yale Peabody Museum, full of touchable specimens and hands-on activities.
SHORELINE TROLLEY MUSEUM (East Haven) – Allows half-priced admission for up to 6 visitors. Regular admission is $10/adult, $7 seniors & children age 2-5, under 2 ride free. Open Tuesday – Sunday from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
A National Historic District – The oldest continuously running suburban trolley line in the USA. Come and enjoy a living, breathing experience riding historic, restored trolleys through scenic surroundings!