Portland Library
20 Freestone Avenue
Portland, CT  06480

Museum Passes

The Friends of the Portland Library sponsors the Museum Pass program.  Stop by and pick up a flyer.

Click here to view a list of museums, then select a date to visit.

Click here to view a calendar, select a date to visit, then the system will show all
available museum passes for that date.

Frequently Asked Questions
What passes may I use?
Free:  Beardsley Zoo, Connecticut's Old State House, Connecticut River Museum,  Florence Griswold Museum, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hill-Stead Museum, Imagine Nation Museum, Kidcity Children’s Museum, Lutz Children’s Museum, ,  Mystic Seaport, New Britain Museum of American Art, New England Air Museum, New Haven Museum, No Child Left Inside, and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

Reduced rates:  Children’s Museum/Roaring Brook Nature Center, Maritime Aquarium and Imax, The Mark Twain House & Museum, Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, Mystic Aquarium and Institute for Exploration, Peabody Museum, and Roger Williams Park and Zoo.

The Portland Library has received a booklet of coupons for a 20% discount off general admission to the Connecticut Science Center for up to four people.  The Library received 50 coupons, and they are valid while supplies last.  Patrons may reserve the coupons up to one month before their planned visit and unlike the passes, they need not be returned. The Connecticut Science Center is participating in the Connecticut Library Consortium’s Library Pass Program and every CLC public library received one complimentary coupon booklet.

Who may borrow the museum passes?
Patrons must be 18 or over, registered in Library Connection, Portland Library's circulation system and in good standing to check out museum passes.  For more information about registering for museum passes, contact the Portland Library.

How can I make a reservation?
You can make a reservation online, by telephone or in person at the Library.

How do I make an online reservation?
To make a reservation, Click here.  When a list of the museums appears, click
on the graphic for the desired museum.
2)  You will then select a date to use the pass. You will need your Library Card
Number AND your PIN/Password in order to reserve a pass. If you have not changed it, the automatically assigned PIN is "CHANGEME".  If you have changed it and you don't remember your PIN/Password, please contact the Portland Library. 
Thank you.

How far in advance may I reserve a pass?
Passes may be reserved up to one month in advance.

What does the pass allow me to do?
The passes allow for a set number of people to attend the museum for a reduced rate or for free admission.  Each museum, zoo, or aquarium sets forth its own conditions.

How do I pick up the pass?
You may pick up your pass at the Information Desk after 9:00 am on the day of your reservation  (The Library opens at 10:00 am so please ring the Library's bell between 9:00 am and 10:00 am).  Your pass may be available after 4:00 pm on the day prior to your trip.  If you desire the pass the day prior to your visit, please telephone ahead to ensure availability.  You must be 18 or over with a
library card in good standing to check out a museum pass.

How do I cancel a reservation?
If you reserve a pass and change your plans, please contact the Library in
advance to cancel your reservation.   Thank you.

When does the museum pass need to be returned?
The pass must be returned by midnight of the reservation day (the day of your visit to the museum).  Other patrons may be waiting to use it and a $10.00 per day fine will be charged for late passes. Please contact the Library if you have any questions.

May I borrow a pass on a day that the Library is closed?
Yes, if you wish to visit a museum on a day that the Library is closed, please contact the Library to arrange to pick up the pass on the day prior to the
Library's closed day(s).

For more information, please contact the Portland Library.

Last updated 10/09/2013