One more reason to love your local library? FREE passes to local museums and attractions. Many library districts offer some sort of pass that gives you FREE entry to every place from the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and Dinosaur Ridge to the Butterfly Pavilion and Denver Firefighters Museum. For a family of four, this can be a considerable savings and a way to explore a new or favorite attraction, without having to deal with the crowds of community-wide free days.
You do need a library card for each specific district to take advantage of these freebies, but don’t worry if you don’t have one. Any Colorado resident can get a card for any library as long as you present some sort of photo ID at one of the library locations.
Once you have signed up, then you can typically reserve your pass online, just as you would put a hold on a book or DVD. A few systems even let you download and print out the pass. Here’s what’s available.
Offers FREE Exploration Passes good for admission to the Butterfly Pavilion, Clyfford Still Museum, Colorado Railroad Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Dinosaur Ridge, Four Mile Historic Park, Molly Brown House, Denver Firefighters Museum, Museo de las Americas, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum and Wings Over The Rockies. Passes are available in limited quantities each day and allow different numbers of people to enter the attraction at no cost.
Because the Exploration Pass page can be sorted by date, the simplest method is to pick your day and see what’s available. Be sure to read the “Pass Information” for each attraction. Some passes admit four people, others only two. And you are limited in the number you can get in a 30-day period.
Jefferson County Libraries
Has a Culture Pass which can be used at the Butterfly Pavilion, History Colorado, Denver Firefighters Museum, Colorado Railroad Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys, Dinosaur Ridge, MCA Denver, Molly Brown House, Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum and Wings Over The Rockies.
You can reserve a pass up to 30 days ahead of time and book a maximum of two passes every 30 days.
Douglas County Libraries
Offers FREE Adventure Passes good for admission to the Butterfly Pavilion, Dinosaur Ridge, History Colorado Center and Denver Firefighters Museum. Passes are available in limited quantities each day and allow different numbers of people to enter the attraction at no cost.
Because the Adventure Pass page can be sorted by date, the simplest method is to pick your day and see what’s available. Be sure to read the “Pass Information” for each attraction. Some passes admit four people, others only two. And you are limited in the number you can get in a 90-day period.
Offers an Adventure Pass with free admission to the Butterfly Pavilion, Clyfford Still Museum, Colorado State Parks, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Firefighters Museum, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Zoo, Dinosaur Ridge, Golf Westminster, Molly Brown House, Museo de las Americas, Wings Over The Rockies, Standley Lake Regional Park and Westminster Recreation Centers.
Because each pass has different terms and conditions (such as which passes are online and which are physical), the best way to figure out what’s what is to check out the Adventure Pass site.
Aurora Public Library
Offers Denver Museum of Nature & Science Family Plus Membership cards (a $125 value) you can check out just like a book or DVD. The pass allows seven people, over the age of two, FREE entry to the museum. You can visit the museum as many times as you like in those seven days.
Library patrons can check out the membership cards for one week and enjoy the Museum for an hour or a day, every day they have the card. You can put a membership card on hold, check it out and return it — just as you would any other library materials.
The Library also offers passes to History Colorado, Colorado State Parks and Museum of Contemporary Art. The easiest way to locate and reserve a pass is to go here.
Longmont Public Library
Partners with many local museums and attractions to offer FREE daily passes to patrons through the Library’s website. These Discovery Passes are a ticket to history, art, science, culture, and nature all along the Front Range, accessible with just a library card.
The list is updated often so be sure to check the site for the current list of partners.
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Has teamed up with all libraries across the state to offer the Check-Out Colorado State Park Program. Each library has just two seven-day hang-tag park passes good for entrance to all 42 state parks, and they can be reserved just as books can.