Museum Passes

Free or discounted admission passes to the following area attractions are available at the library.  Many museums are closed on Monday. Check individual web-sites for up-to-date information on exhibits, hours and the like.  Contact the Library at 860-526-0018 to arrange for use of the passes which

  • are  checked out for one day
  • are due back to the library at the end of the day of use
  • are limited to one pass per day, per family
  • may be reserved in advance by Chester residents
  • may be returned to the book drop in a large envelope
  • have a $1.00 per day late fee


Children’s Museum of Southeastern Connecticut
Niantic, CT
Pass provides half price admission which is $4.00 per person.

Connecticut River Museum
Essex, CT
Pass provides ½ price admissions for two adults and their children or grandchildren.

Connecticut Science Center
Hartford, CT
Coupons providing 20% off general admission for up to four people are valid until 12/31/2014.  Provided by the Science Center,

Connecticut State Parks and Forests
Pass provides free admission to Connecticut State Parks and Forests, including Hammonasset, Gillette Castle, Dinosaur State Park and Rocky Neck, and is provided each year by the DEP for use from mid-April through October.  Check out A Shared Landscape for information about our state’s parks.

Connecticut’s Old State House
Hartford, CT
This pass provides free admission for up to 2 adults and 2 children.  At the Old State House, expect to find historically-restored rooms and an interactive floor dedicated to the history of Hartford.  For children, dress-up stations, discovery trunks full of hours of fun, and a special backpack activity tour are also available.  Provided by the Old State House.

Custom House Maritime Museum
New London, CT
Pass provides free admission for 2 people who have valid CT library cards.  Presenting the maritime stories of New London, site of the Amistad affair and a major 19th-century whaling port, the museum is located in the oldest continuously- operated custom house in the country.  Pass provided by the Custom House

Florence Griswold Museum
Old Lyme, CT  
Valid for all museum exhibits, this pass provides free admission for 2 adults and 2 children (under 18).

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk
Norwalk, CT
Pass provides $2.00 off a combination ticket (Aquarium & daytime IMAX) for up to six people.  Companion book:   My Trip to the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.  Pass provided by the Maritime Aquarium

Mystic Aquarium
Mystic, CT
Each of two Mystic Aquarium passes allows admission for two adults and two children ages 3-12, at a reduced fee. This pass is valid year ‘round and is given to the Library by the Aquarium.

Mystic Seaport
Mystic, CT
With a separate pass for each day of the week, this membership provides ample access to activities at the Seaport.  Pass provides ½ off the regular admission for 2 adults and 2 children or grandchildren under 18.  Membership sponsored by the Chester Library Board of Trustees.

New Britain Museum of American Art
New Britain, CT
Pass provides free admission to NBMAA, America’s first museum of American Art, as well as free admission to The Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, the Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London and 9 other New England museums.

New Haven Museum
New Haven, CT
Pass offers free admission for up to four people and includes both the museum and access to the Whitney Library.   The Whitney Library is not open on Sundays.  This pass is provided by the Museum.

The Peabody Museum        
New Haven, CT
Pass provides $5.00 discount on each of up to 4 admissions (no age restrictions).  An adult must accompany children under 16.  Pass is not valid during the month of February.

Wadsworth Atheneum        
Hartford, CT
The Wadsworth Atheneum ARTpass allows free general museum admission for two adults and two children. Additional fees may apply for special exhibitions.  This pass is provided by the Museum.