NYC and Connecticut are home to some of the greatest museums in the country. Renaissance masterpieces, visionary modern art, and celebrations of great historical figures are an easy train or car ride away. As part of our continuing dedication to enriching the lives of our patrons, Darien Library is pleased to provide a variety of museum passes that will engage, excite, and inform you in a cultural learning experience.
Each pass admits two adults and their children under the age of 18.
Children under 5 are free.
CT State Parks
Explore your backyard with this pass to Connecticut State Parks and Forest Recreation Areas. This pass can be used to waive entrance fees at state parks and forests where there is a parking fee. Select date to visit CT State Parks View list of parks
The pass also covers the admission fee for two adults and four children at
Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill
Fort Trumbull State Park in New London
Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam
CT's Old State House
The 1796 National Historic Landmark is one of the nation's oldest state houses. Visitors can explore the Old State House's exhibit, Want Change?, which features historic figures from Connecticut's past demonstrating different ways to be engaged citizens. Select date to visit Old State House Learn more
Each pass admits two adults and children under the age of 18.
Earthplace consists of a 62 acre wildlife sanctuary with trails, a natural history museum, a nature center and wildlife for public viewing.
to historic and contemporary design. Select date to visit Earthplace Learn more
This pass is good for free admission for four people.
Henry Luce III Center
The new Henry Luce III Center on the fourth floor opened in April and is home to the Center for Women’s History which focuses on the contributions that women have made in New York and nationally. The center also has a Gallery of Tiffany Lamps featuring 100 illuminated Tiffany lamps from their spectacular collection.
Did you know that the DiMenna Children's History Museum is the first-ever museum bringing American history to life through the eyes of children! It is in the lower level of the New-York Historical Society. Designed for children ages 8 to 13 and most families can explore the children’s museum in one visit.
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. Select date to visit Intrepid View the exhibits
This pass is for free admission for up to six people per day.
Museum of Modern Art
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. Select date to visit MoMA View the latest exhibits
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.
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. Select date to visit Stamford Museum Learn more
Pass allows free admission for two adults, of the same household, and their children under the age of 18.
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.
50% discount on admission to all Family Festival Weekends.
Stepping Stones Museum for Children
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. Select date to visit Stepping Stones Learn more
Pass admits one free admission with each regular paid admission.
A maximum of three free admissions will be available per party, per day.
This pass may only be used by one party per day.
No other discounts may be applied when this pass is used.
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. Select date to visit Wadsworth View the latest exhibits
Pass admits two adults and two children.
Valid for general admission.
To Check Out a Library Pass
You need to live in Darien, work full-time in Darien, or be a Friend at the $300 level
Passes may be picked up after 3 p.m. the day before your museum visit and then returned by 10 a.m. the day after. They are not renewable.
Late fines are $10 per day. If a pass is lost, you will need to pay the full replacement cost.
Museum passes are very popular, so please cancel your reservation if you can't make it so that another patron can enjoy a visit to the museum. Otherwise, after not picking up two passes, you'll be unable to reserve any museum pass for six months. After that, you'll be able to reserve passes again.
Some passes may not be valid to attend special events at that museum. If you have questions, contact that museum directly.
All passes are to picked up and returned to the Welcome Desk.
Please call or visit the website of the museum to verify their hours of operation.
You may reserve a pass online or call the Welcome Desk at 203-669-5239. Passes may be reserved up to 90 days in advance.
You may reserve two passes per month and no more than one at a time per household.