Free/Discounted Admission to Connecticut Attractions
Provided by Friends of Beacon Falls Library
Present your library card at our circulation desk to borrow any pass. The following passes to Connecticut attractions circulate free of charge for three-day loan periods. Passes may also be reserved by calling the library at (203) 729-1441. Advance reservations for the Beardsley Zoo pass are limited to Beacon Falls library card holders only.
OFFERING FREE ADMISSION:
CONNECTICUT’S OLD STATE HOUSE (Hartford) – Admits up to 4: (2 adults / 2 children)
Connecticut’s Old State House – the very spot where Connecticut’s democracy was born – is where you can learn about how it was born and who made it happen. You’ll meet people who went from ordinary to history-making by standing up for what they believed: and maybe think about where you fit in to “government by the people” yourself. Learn the stories of the Amistad trial, Prudence Crandall, Joseph Steward’s Museum of Curiosities and more as you explore the chambers of this National Historic Landmark.
MATTATUCK MUSEUM (Waterbury) – (2 available) Each pass gives free admission ($10 value) to the museum. The Mattatuck Museum is a center of art and history, a gathering place that nurtures creativity and learning through transformative experiences to encourage a deeper understanding of ourselves and our heritage. Established in 1877 as the Mattatuck Historical Society, today we collect and exhibit American art and cultural history with a focus on the history of the Naugatuck Valley and the artists of Connecticut.
STATE PARKS & FORESTS DAY PASS – Promotes DEEP’s No Child Left Inside program. Free admission (2 adults/4 children) to Gillette Castle, Dinosaur State Park & Fort Trumbull.
WADSWORTH ATHENEUM – General admission for up to 2 Adults: (Free for children ages 17 and younger). Some restrictions apply.
Best known for its large, fine collection of Hudson River School paintings, it was the first to acquire Surrealist masterpieces (by Dalí and de Chirico, among others), and Renaissance art by Caravaggio. In the 1930s, the museum expanded its support of the arts by sponsoring George Balanchine’s immigration to the United States, and staging the premiere of Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson’s opera, Four Saints in Three Acts.
OFFERING DISCOUNTED ADMISSION
CONNECTICUT’S BEARDSLEY ZOO – Valid for $9 admission per person for up to 6: (2 adults / 4 children).
Located in Bridgeport the only zoo in Connecticut. See more than 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Take a ride on the carousel or try out a ride on the camel.
DISCOVERY MUSEUM AND PLANETARIUM (Bridgeport) – Admits up to 4 free children with 1 paid adult admission
From a full-dome planetarium and telescopes to our Challenger Learning Center offering unique team-building experiences for corporations and grade-appropriate STEM education, enjoy over 100 exhibit areas and galleries featuring interactive, hands-on explorations of science, technology and ideas. Join us and rediscover the world around you.