Museum Discounts

Babcock Library offers passes for free or reduced admission to several museums located in Connecticut.

Please scroll down to see more details about each museum.

Carousel Museum

This pass allows free admission for up to four visitors.

Travel back in time to when the carousel was the pinnacle of amusement park joy. Now on view, over 100 years of carousel art and history are on view in our Main Gallery and throughout our 33,000 square foot building.

With this pass is also access to the Fire Museum. Discover a fascinating array of fire-fighting and fire house signaling equipment and memorabilia. Wonderfully displayed with alarms to pull, sirens to set off and bells to ring.

Florence Griswold Museum

NOTE: The Florence Griswold Museum will be temporarily closed starting on Monday, January 29 2024 then reopening on Tuesday, February 20 2024. Therefore, the pass will not be available 1/29/2024 through 2/20/2024

This pass allows free admission to the museum for up to two adults and two children under age 12.

Situated along the picturesque Lieutenant River in Old Lyme, Connecticut, the Florence Griswold Museum embodies the artistic spirit of its legacy as the home of the Lyme Art Colony. From the impressive Georgian architecture of the home of namesake Florence Griswold, to the light-filled and modern spaces of the Krieble Gallery, to the rolling landscape of our 12-acre site, the Florence Griswold is a truly special place that is privileged to serve as the home of American Impressionism.

This pass can be used during the museum’s regular operating hours and does not cover special event fees. 

LUTZ Children’s Museum

This pass provides a 50% discount of the admission price; up to six admissions may be purchased with the pass.

Every visit to the Lutz Children’s Museum is exciting because exhibits change frequently and special programs are offered daily. Most exhibits and activities are designed for children aged two through ten.

Reservations are required. Register via the Lutz Children’s Museum website.

New Britain Museum of American Art

This pass allows free general admission to the museum for up to four visitors.

The NBMAA collection represents over three centuries of the major artists and movements of American art. Today it contains over 8,400 paintings, works on paper, sculptures, videos, and photographs.

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Additional fees may apply to special exhibitions, events, and programs.

New England Air Museum

This pass allows for 50% reduced admission price for up to five visitors.

The New England Air Museum is committed to presenting the story of Aviation, the human genius that made it possible and the profound effects that it has had on the way in which we live. Please check the website before visiting as reservations may be recommended.

Old State House

This pass allows for free admission to the museum for up to four visitors.

Located in the heart of Hartford, Connecticut, this building served as a home to all three branches of Connecticut state government from 1796 to 1878. Some of our state’s most important stories of freedom, democracy, and civic action – from the Amistad and Prudence Crandall trials to the Constitutional Convention of 1818 – connect to this National Historic Landmark.

Today, Connecticut’s Old State House serves as a history museum, gathering spot and place of civic exploration for thousands of local, national and international visitors each year.

Vintage Radio & Communications Museum of Connecticut

This pass allows for free admission to the museum for up to four people.

The museum exhibits the history of communications and is organized along a timeline from the 1800s through to the late 20th Century. Take a walk through history from Morse Code transmitters to radio & television to personal computers, and everything in between.

Wadsworth Atheneum

This pass allows for free museum general admission for two adult visitors.

Founded in 1842 with a vision for infusing art into the American experience, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is home to a collection of nearly 50,000 works of art, spanning 5,000 years and encompassing European art from antiquity to contemporary as well as American art from the 1600s through today. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest continuously-operating public art museum in the United States, opening its doors to the public in 1844.

Visitors 17 yrs of age or less always are free to attend. The pass is not valid for Art After Dark, group tours, or with other discounts. During the Festival of Trees & Traditions (December ) and Fine Art & Flowers (April), a fundraising fee is added to all admission, including children. The film discount is buy one, get one free. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Babcock Library Museum Pass Borrowers Policy

Passes are checked out for four days; there is a $2.00 a day fine for late passes. If you return the pass in the drop box, please return it in the plastic case provided so it does not get lost. Lost passes cost between $50 to $200 to replace. Museum passes cannot be reserved and must be picked up. Patrons may check out one museum pass at a time.