Patrons can borrow a museum pass for 1 day and be admitted to one of the museums listed. Stop by the Check-out Desk in the lobby or call 860-347-2528 for availability information.
This library service is brought to our patrons courtesy of the Friends of Russell Library.
Passes are available in one of two forms: printable or non-printable passes.
- Limit of 1 pass per day / 4 per month on an adult library card. Printable (online) passes require an adult Russell Library card.
- Non-printable passes must be returned directly to the Russell Library. Anyone with an adult card from a Connecticut public library may borrow a non-printable pass.
- One day loan period, with no renewals and a $10/day late fine for non-printable passes.
Many of these museums are letting people in by appointment only via online tickets. They may not be accepting passes. Please call the museum before visiting.
- Passes are available on a first come, first served basis.
- Prices subject to change; please check Museum websites.
Click on the title of each pass to visit the museum’s website.
Printing a Pass
To print a pass, you will need a valid adult library card.
To use the pass at the museum, you will need a valid picture I.D. Name on the pass and I.D must match.
- You will be prompted for your library card number and then you may print the pass, or e-mail it to yourself to print later.
- Printable passes may be reserved up to 60 days in advance.
- The printed pass is valid only for the day selected, and specified, on the printed pass. Passes are non-transferable.
Connecticut Summer at the Museum 2023
It’s time to explore! From July 1 to September 4, Connecticut children age 18 and under plus one accompanying Connecticut resident adult can visit participating museums free of charge through the Connecticut Summer at the Museum program. Before you visit, check each participant’s website for specific program details and ticket availability.
Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts
Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts and The Russell Library announce a new partnership to offer Middletown library patrons free admission to selected ticketed arts events on campus.
A limited number of passes are available for selected ticketed arts events at Wesleyan. The availability of passes to these events is at the discretion of Wesleyan University. Passes are not available for all events.
Passes are available on a first come, first served basis. To print a pass, patrons need a valid adult library card. Printed passes must be redeemed at the Wesleyan University Box Office in order to receive complimentary tickets.
Patrons will need a valid picture I.D., and the name on the pass and I.D. must match. When reserving a pass, patrons are prompted for a library card number. Passes can be printed, or e-mailed and then printed later. The printed pass is valid only for the event selected and specified on the printed pass, and are non-transferable.
For more information about events, please visit
Not all museums have passes available at this time. Please check each museum’s website for current pass guidelines, as they are constantly being updated! Click on the title of each pass listed below to visit the museum’s website.
Pass admits two adults and up to four children to the Museum and galleries. The Research Center is not included.
Free admission for 2 people and their children OR grandchildren under 18 years of age.
New Britain, CT
Pass admits 4 people for general admission only (under 16 must be accompanied by an adult).
(must be checked out at the main desk of the library)
Valid for $10 admission per person for up to 6 guests from one family. Limited to 1 family per day.
There is no way to pay online with the pass. Patrons should check in at the LIBRARY window at the zoo and present the pass. Admission is paid in one lump sum upon arrival.
If guests bring more than the 6 person limit, the extra guests must buy tickets online in advance and present a receipt to gain admission.
This pass covers entrance fees to the centers and historic buildings at Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam, and Fort Trumbull State Park and Visitor Center in New London.
123 Broad Street
Middletown CT 06457
Sunday 1-5pm (October-March)