Due to a rise in COVID cases, masks are required when visiting the Library building.

Changes to the Museum Passes Program Due to COVID-19

Several of the museums that Darien Library usually offers passes for have not reopened or are not accepting library passes at this time. Below are the museums that are open.

We have also updated our museum passes program:

  • Museum passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis to Darien residents, those who work in Darien, or a Friend at the $300 level.
  • Pass borrows must be 18 and up who have a Darien Library card.
  • The passes are available at the Welcome Desk when you first enter the building.
  • You may call us at 203-669-5239 to inquire if a pass is available. If yes, we will hold it for you until the end of the day.
  • Online reservations are not available.
  • It is your responsibility to check the museum's hours and when necessary, make an appointment.
  • View the rest of the instructions


Beardsley Zoo

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is one of Connecticut's top family attractions with over 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species.

View Beardsley Zoo's programs

  • Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Pass is valid for $9 admissions per person for up to 6 guests.
  • Online tickets aren't available. Show pass when you arrive.
  • Limited to one family per day (up to 6 people in their own family).
  • Cards are non-transferable.

This pass is not a membership pass to the zoo. It only allows entrance to the grounds.

Bruce Museum

A regionally based, world-class institution highlighting art, science and natural history in more than a dozen changing exhibitions annually. The Bruce Museum has reciprocal agreements with several museums.

View Bruce's exhibits

  • Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays are free
    • 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. is special access for people over 65 and those who are immunocompromised.
    • 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. is special access to members-only (this pass is a member's card)
  • Advance ticket required: Use the Membership ID number on the pass.
  • Each pass admits two adults and their children under the age of 18.
  • Children under 5 are free.


The Frick Collection (NYC)

The collection includes masterpieces of European painting, sculptures and furniture. The main building is under renovation, so the current location is Frick Madision at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street.

View the latest exhibits


Guggenheim Museum (NYC)

A modern art museum housed in a Frank Lloyd Wright building. The Guggenheim offers reciprocity with The Brooklyn Museum of Art.

View the latest exhibits

  • Check hours
  • Advanced tickets are not required for library pass borrowers.
  • Each pass admits four adults or students.
  • Children under 12 are admitted free.


Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum (NYC)

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.

View the exhibits

  • Hours: Monday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • This pass is for free admission for up to six people per day.

Museum of Modern Art (NYC)

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.

View the latest exhibits

  • Check hours
  • Each pass admits five adults (children under 16 are free).
  • Each pass allows entrance to MoMA one hour before the museum opens to the public.
  • Pre-registion is not required. Just present the pass upon arrival.


Museum of the City of New York

The museum contains a wealth of city history and includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, military and naval uniforms, theater memorabilia, manuscripts, ship models, and rare books.

View the latest exhibits

  • Check hours
  • Timed tickets are recommended. Use the discount code that comes with the pass.
  • This pass admits two adults and four children.
  • Includes a 10 percent discount at the gift shop.

New-York Historical Society

Founded in 1804, the museum is New York's first museum. It works to preserve and share the multi-layered society and history of one of America's oldest cities.

View the latest exhibits

  • Check hours
  • Timed tickets are recommended.
  • This pass offers free admission for two adults and four children under the age of 18.

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

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

Learn more

  • Check hours
  • Pass allows free admission for two adults, of the same household, and their children under the age of 18.
  • Masks are required for everyone ages 2 and up.
  • Heckscher WILD! and the Meadow Restrooms are closed at this time.
  • Free admission to the Museum and its grounds, Bendel Mansion & Galleries, Heckscher Farm, Nature's Playground, and access to Animal Embassy's live exotic animal exhibit.
  • Free admission to the Observatory and Astronomy Nights programs.
  • Free parking.
  • 50% discount on admission to all Family Festival Weekends.


To Check Out a Library Pass

  • All passes are to picked up and returned to the Welcome Desk.
  • Passes circulate for three days including the date the pass is borrowed.
  • The pass is due by 5 p.m. on the due date.
  • Only one pass per family is allowed at a time.
  • You may not borrow the same pass more than once a week.
  • Late fines are $10 per day. If a pass is lost, you will need to pay the full replacement cost.

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