August 20, 2017

Have a Library Card? Get Free Museum Passes.

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Well, here’s another great reason to get a library card. Many public library systems around the country are offering free museum passes to library card holders. Yes, free. In many cases, you simply go online to the library system websites, select the date of your visit and print your passes. Other library systems require you to check out a free museum pass. Take a look at a few of the libraries enabling free admissions for library cardholders.

Chicago Public Library (IL): In Chicago, you can check out a Kids Museum Passport with your Chicago public library card to get free admission to 14 cultural institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Children’s Museum.

Contra Costa County Library (CA): The Discover & Go program provides library cardholders free admission to local museums and cultural institutions, like the Aquarium of the Bay and the Children’s Creativity Museum. County residents simply make a reservation online and print out admission passes. Click to see all participating museums.

Illinois Public Libraries: Libraries from three regional library systems in Illinois are participating in the Museum Adventure Pass program. You’ll need to visit your local library and check out a Museum Adventure Pass, which is good for seven days and allows free admission to the Chicago Botanic Garden, St. Charles Heritage Center and more.

Miami-Dade Public Library System (FL): Head to your nearest branch library with your library card to check out a Museum Pass. Each pass is good for up to a family of four and is good for seven days from the time of check-out. Take in the Miami Art Museum, Miami Science Museum, and others all for free.

Seattle Public Library (WA): Through the Museum Pass program, library cardholders can get free admission to nine Seattle museums, including the Children’s Museum and the Henry Art Gallery. Simply make an online reservation with your library card, then print out your pass. Passes are valid only on the dates you select, and you may be required to show identification.

These programs do have certain limitations. For example, Seattle’s Museum Pass program only allows you to reserve one pass per week, and you may only get a free pass every 30 days to use at the same museum. Just something to keep in mind as you make your plans.

This is just a sampling of library programs around the country offering free museum admissions, so be sure to check in with your local library to see if they are participating in a similar museum entry program. In the meantime, be sure to check out 5 Ways to Get in Free at Your Favorite Museums.

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Comments

  1. Great tip! I’ve worked in museums / museum education, and the MFAH in Houston does the same thing. I do (while I’m on summer break with him) Art Thursdays with my son (18 months) – so we like to go to art museums, galleries, look at public art, etc. Most of the art places in Houston are free, and the big museums (MFAH) is free on Thursday.

    (www.mfah.org)

    -Tara
    http://madmaxandfamily.blogspot.com
    http://blog.chron.com/madabouttown/

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