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Museum & Zoo Passes

Passes are available to Bethel Public Library cardholders and to Friends of the Bethel Public Library.

How To Reserve A Pass

A pass may be reserved up to two months in advance by signing up at the library’s Circulation Desk or by calling the Circulation Department at 203-794-8756 x 3.

A pass is loaned for a maximum of three consecutive days. A late fee of $1.00 per day is charged if the pass is not returned to the library’s Circulation Desk by closing time of the third day. The patron will be assessed an additional fee if the pass or envelope is lost.
NOTE: Museum hours and other information are subject to change.


Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Sponsored by the Friends of the Bethel Public Library
258 Main Street, Ridgefield, CT 06877; 203-438-4519.
Open Tuesday through Sunday 12 to 5 p.m.
Closed on Mondays, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Thanksgiving.
Open for special holidays: Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day.
One of the few independent, non-collecting contemporary art museums provides an opportunity to explore diverse and innovative artwork of modern artists through exhibitions and educational programs for adults, teens and children.
Each pass admits the pass-holder and up to four accompanying family members, for a total of five guests per pass.

Barnum Museum
Sponsored by the Friends of the Bethel Public Library
820 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT; 203-331-1104

Our Envisioning the Future! exhibit, featuring artifacts that belonged to P.T. Barnum, Tom Thumb and others, is open for viewing and exploration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m on Thursdays and Fridays. This exhibit is located in the People’s United Bank Gallery adjacent to the historic building.
Pass is for free admission for two adults and four children.
Please note the historic Museum building is closed due to storm damage from the F1 tornado that struck Bridgeport on June 24th, 2010. Please contact the Museum for additional information.

The Children’s Museum
Sponsored by the Friends of the Bethel Public Library
950 Trout Brook Drive, West Hartford, CT; 860-231-2824
Tuesday-Saturday 10-5; Sunday 12-5. Mondays during school holidays and vacations.
Bring your curiosity and explore hands-on exhibits, astronomy presentations and exciting traveling exhibits. Then take a stroll through Roaring Brook Nature Center, a wildlife sanctuary in Canton.
Pass is for one free admission with each paid admission to The Children’s Museum and/or the Roaring Brook Nature Center. (Limit four free admissions per day.) Planetarium & Science Dome Shows not included with free admission.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo
Sponsored by the Friends of the Bethel Public Library
1875 Noble Avenue, Bridgeport, CT; 203-394-6565
Open Daily 9-4. Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
See more than 300 animals representing some 125 primarily North and South American species. Plus a New World Tropics rainforest, New England farmyard, pop-up prairie dog exhibit, and carousel.
Pass is for $5 admission per person, up to six guests. Limit one family per day.

Connecticut Science Center
250 Columbus Blvd.
Hartford, CT 06103
20% off general admission for up to four people

NEW for 2016! Danbury Railway Museum
Sponsored by David Rist
120 White Street
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 778-8337
Located in the historic station and rail yard in downtown Danbury, the Museum offers railroad history, tours, train rides, a collection of original and restored rolling stock, and some hands-on exhibits.
Pass is for free general admission for up to 6 people, except during Special Events.
If pass is presented during Special Event, bearer will receive $1 off Event Admission for each member in party (up to 6 people).

Discovery Museum and Planetarium
Sponsored by the Friends of the Bethel Public Library
4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT; 203-372-3521
Open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5; Sunday 12-5 pm
Enticing hands-on science activities highlight this kid-friendly museum. Learn about stars and space exploration at the Challenger Learning Center and the Planetarium.
Pass is for four free child admissions with one paid adult admission.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Bethel Public Library
10 Woodside Lane
P.O.Box 165
Westport, CT 06881
Free admission for four people.

EverWonder Children’s Museum
31 Pecks Lane, Newtown, CT 06470; 203-364-4009
Open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5; Sunday 11-5
Think, inquire, and wonder about the world around you at this kid-friendly museum, featuring hands-on exhibits and programming about science, technology, engineering, and math.
50% off regular priced admission for two adults and up to four children. Children under age 1 are admitted for free.

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
10 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT; 203-852-0700
Daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas. 10-5; July and August 10-5.
Explore the marine life and maritime culture of Long Island Sound. Watch sharks, jellies, and more than 1,000 other marine animals. Enjoy a film in Connecticut’s only IMAX movie theater.
Pass provides $2 off a Combination Aquarium & IMAX Theater ticket for up to six people.

Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration
55 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, CT; 860-572-5955
Daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Hours vary seasonally but generally are 9-6.
Get up close and personal with amazing marine organisms as you discover Earth’s watery environments, the creatures that inhabit them, and how humans explore oceans and seas.
Pass provides a discount of $5 per admission for up to four people.

NEW for 2016! Mystic Seaport
75 Greenmanville Avenue, Mystic, CT; 860-572-0711
Open daily, except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hours vary seasonally but generally are 9-5.
Mystic Seaport is the nation’s leading maritime museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America’s seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to “inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.” Enjoy exploring a recreated 19th-century coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and more!
Pass provides a discount of 50% off regular admission pricing on the day printed on the card, for up to two adults and three youths ages 6-17.

Neuberger Museum of Art
735 Anderson Hill Rd.
Purchase, NY 10577
Free admission.

New Britain Museum of American Art
Sponsored by the Friends of the Bethel Public Library
56 Lexington St. New Britain, CT; 860-229-0257
Tuesday-Friday 12-5, Wednesday to 7, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 12-5. Closed Mondays and national holidays.
Three centuries of outstanding American art, from colonial and federal portraits to Hudson River School landscapes, 19th-century still life paintings, Impressionism, and 20th-century abstraction.
Pass is for free admission for four people.

Old State House Museum
800 Main St.
Hartford, CT 06103
Free admission for two adults and two children.

Peabody Museum
Sponsored by the Friends of the Bethel Public Library
170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT; 203-432-5050
Step back into the Age of Dinosaurs with giant fossils and dioramas. Other exhibits present Egyptian mummies and the cultures of the Great Plains, Northwest Coast, and Andes.
Pass is for discount of $6 off up to four admissions.

State Parks & Forests
No Child Left Inside®
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Pass can be used to waive entrance fees at state parks and forests where there is an established parking fee.The pass is not for commercial use and is valid for one private vehicle carrying fewer than 12 passengers.
Fees are charged at all four state park beaches on Long Island Sound, as well as at numerous inland parks. The pass also covers the admission fee for 2 ADULTS and 4 CHILDREN at state historical sites and the exhibit centers at Dinosaur (Rocky Hill), Fort Trumbull (New London) and Gillette Castle (East Haddam) State Parks.

Stepping Stones Museum for Children
Sponsored by the Friends of the Bethel Public Library
303 West Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06850
One free admission with each paid admission. (Limit one family per day.)
USS Constitution Museum
Charleston Navy Yard
Building 22
Charleston, MA 02129
(617) 426-1812 ext. 118
Free admission for up to 9 people.
The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of USS Constitution, by collecting, preserving, and interpreting the stories of “Old Ironsides” and the people associated with her. The Museum offers a variety of engaging activities, exhibits, and programs, including our newest interactive family exhibit, All Hands on Deck: A Sailor’s Life in 1812, where visitors can furl a sail, sleep in a hammock, and scrub the deck as they join Constitution’s crew in 1812.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street, Hartford, CT; 860-278-2670
Tuesday-Friday 11-5; Saturday & Sunday 10-5. Closed on major holidays.
World-renowned collections of Hudson River School landscapes, Old Master paintings, costumes, and decorative arts, plus the Amistad Foundation African-American Collection
Pass is for free general admission for two adults and two children.
White Memorial Conservation Center and Nature Museum
Sponsored by the Friends of the Bethel Public Library
80 Whitehall Road, Litchfield, CT 06759; (860) 567-0857
Monday-Saturday 9-5; Sunday 12-5.
Explore thirty-five miles of hiking trails throughout this unique wildlife sanctuary, enjoy quality environmental education programs, and walk through 12,000 years of history in the recently renovated and updated Museum.
Free admission for two adults and two children.