Museum Passes

Darien Library is excited to offer free passes or discounted rates to museums, zoos, and cultural destinations in the CT area and New York City.

How It Works

  • Museum passes cannot be reserved. Our passes are offered on a first-come; first-served basis. Please call the Welcome Desk at 203-669-5239 to see which passes are available that day. We will hold the pass for 1 hour at the Welcome Desk.
  • Please return to the Welcome Desk by 12 noon on day 3 (1 p.m. on Sundays)
  • One pass per family. Library card holder must be over the age of 18 years.
  • Only one pass may be checked out at a time. Limited to two per month per household.
  • Late fees are $5 per day. If a pass is lost, you will need to pay the full replacement cost which varies per pass.

Please check the museum and organization guidelines for opening times and capacity limits.

What's Upcoming

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American Museum Of Natural History building

American Museum of Natural History

One of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions, it is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections that cover the planet and world cultures.

  • Each pass consists of 2 vouchers.
  • Each voucher admits 1 guest and is valid for 1 ticket to a Special Exhibition.
  • Children under 3 are free.
  • If lost, the replacement fee is $65.

Patrons must make an online reservation to enter the Museum lobby. At the Museum, visit the Membership Desk in the lobby to exchange the vouchers for a timed entry ticket into the museum and the special exhibit of their choice.

Open daily.

Address: 200 Central Park West, New York, NY, 10024
Phone: 212-769-5100

Photo by Ingfbruno via CC BY-SA 3.0

Latest Exhibits Musuem Website
White house with double porches.

Bush-Holley House Museum

The Bush-Holley House in Greenwich is a National Historic Landmark and historic house museum, constructed circa 1730. In the late 19th century, it was a boarding house and the center of Connecticut’s first art colony.

  • This pass admits 2 adults and accompanying children under the age of 18.
  • The pass includes access to museum galleries, special exhibitions, and guided tours of the Bush-Holley House.

If lost, the replacement fee is $65.

Open daily.

Address: 47 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06830-7157

Phone: 203-869-6899

Museum Website
Child looking at an exhibit of a house and tree.

Discovery Science Center & Planetarium

Sacred Heart University’s Discovery Science Center & Planetarium is a hands-on science museum that seeks to enhance STEAM learning and space education. Based in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the center is an educational resource aimed at enriching families and encouraging creativity through science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematic activities.

  • This pass admits 4 children with 1 paying adult ($18 per adult).
  • If lost, the replacement fee is $200.

Closed on Mondays.

Address: 4450 Park Ave, Bridgeport, CT, 06604
Phone: 203-416-3521

Latest Exhibits Museum Website
Child standing in front of a table with colorful toys on it.


Earthplace in Westport is a 62-acre nature and wildlife sanctuary committed to building respect for the natural world and a more sustainable community. Offering educational programs, walking trails, picnic spots, and the opportunity to spend time with nature, Earthplace is where science, conservation, and education meet!

  • This pass admits the pass holder and up to 5 guests.
  • 10% discount at Nature’s Gift Shop.
  • If lost, the replacement fee is $100.

Closed on Mondays.

Address: 10 Woodside Lane, Westport, CT 06880
Phone: 203-557-4400

A large military oat on the water with a smaller boat alongside it.

Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Visit American military ships and explore maritime history at Intrepid. You'll visit an aircraft carrier, a space shuttle, a submarine, and a record-breaking British Airways Concorde.

  • This pass provides free admission for 2 adults and 2 children plus discounted guest tickets of $18 per adult and $13 per child.
  • Access to the express, Members-only admission line.
  • A valid library card must be presented with this pass at the museum.
  • If lost, the replacement fee is $500.

Address: Pier 86, W 46th St, New York, NY 10036
Phone: 212-245-0072

Photo by Ajay Suresh via CC BY 2.0

Latest Exhibits Museum Website
Inner courtyard with trees that are surrounded by tall white buildings.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

MoMA's renowned collection of modern and contemporary art includes Vincent van Gogh's The Starry Night and Andy Warhol's Gold Marilyn Monroe, along with works by Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, and many other great artists of our time.

  • Each pass admits 5 adults (children under 16 are admitted for free) and discounted tickets of $5 per person for 5 additional guests.
  • 10% discount in MOMA Stores.
  • If lost, the replacement fee is $1,500.

Address: 11 West 53 Street, Manhattan, New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-708-9400

Photo by hibino via CC BY 2.0

Latest Exhibits Museum Website
Gray barn in the background dominates image with livestock and purple flowers in the foreground.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Enjoy a day at the museum, mansion, galleries, Heckscher Farm, playground, and Animal Embassy's live exotic animal exhibit. SM & NC is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art and popular culture, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history.

  • Pass allows free admission for 2 adults, of the same household, and their children under the age of 18.
  • If lost, the replacement fee is $110.

Address: 39 Scofieldtown Rd, Stamford, CT 06903
Phone: 203-977-6521

Photo by Stamford Museum and Nature Center via CC BY-SA 3.0

Museum & Nature Center Information
Interior shot with colorful rainbow signs hanging from the ceiling, a glowing snowflake, and other discovery stations visible.

Stepping Stones Museum

Their mission is to broaden and enrich the educational opportunities for children ages ten and under and enhance their understanding of the world. Stepping Stones Museum for Children is a fun, colorful, and engaging environment.

  • Pass admits one free admission with each regular paid admission ($18 per adult, $18 per child, $14 per senior over age 62).
  • Free for children under 1 and active-duty military personnel and their families in the same household.
  • Maximum of 3 free admissions will be available per party, per day.
  • This pass may only be used by one party per day.
  • If lost, the replacement fee is $100.

Address: Mathews Park, 303 West Ave, Norwalk, CT 06850
Phone: 203-899-0606

Latest Exhibits Museum Website
Photo of the interior of a beautiful building that is well lit with people walking under the archways.

The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. The Museum lives in two iconic sites in New York City—The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters.

10% discount at The Met Store. 10% discount at all public restaurants at The Met Fifth Ave and The Met Cloisters.

  • Each pass admits the cardholder and 1 guest.
  • Children under 12 are free.
  • 10% discount at The Met Store.
  • 10% discount at all public restaurants at The Met Fifth Ave and The Met Cloisters.
  • If lost, the replacement fee is $1,500.

Closed on Wednesdays.

The Met

Address: 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 1002
Phone: 212-535-7710

The Cloisters

Address: 99 Margaret Corbin Dr, New York, NY 10040
Phone: 212-923-3700

Photo by Sracer357 via CC BY-SA 3.0

Latest Exhibits Museum Website
Castle-like stone structure of the Wadsworth Atheneum

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

The nation's oldest public art museum, the Wadsworth Atheneum houses more than 50,000 works spanning 5,000 years. Collections include Renaissance and Baroque paintings, African-American art and Hudson River School.

  • Each pass admits two adults. Youth under the age of 18 are admitted free.
  • This pass may be used to register for daily public tours at no extra cost.
  • If lost, the replacement fee is $25.
  • View current exhibits

Open Thursday through Sunday.

Address: 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
Phone: 860-278-2670

Photo by Daderot via CC BY-SA 3.0

Latest Exhibits Museum Website
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