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.
 

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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 Wednesday through Sunday.

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
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
Glass greenhouse with its reflection in a pond with additional flowers and fish in the water.

New York Botanical Garden

A living museum and educational institution, the New York Botantical Garden was established in 1891 at Bronx Park in New York City.

  • Pass admits 1 Library patron plus 1 guest.
  • Each group is responsible for their parking fee.
  • A valid Library card must be presented with this pass at the site.
  • Restrictions may apply to timed-ticketed elements of exhibitions; tickets are subject to availability.
  • If lost, the replacement fee is $1,000.

Closed on Mondays.

Address: 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458
Phone: 718-817-8700

Photo by King of Hearts via CC BY-SA 4.0

Upcoming Events NYBG 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, manision, 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 ($16 per adult, $16 per child, $12 per senior).
  • 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
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