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rhode trip: Pass It On from Your Local Library

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Your local library has passes granting you access to many local venues that can be checked out just like a book. Use them to visit museums, aquariums, farms, and more for free or at greatly reduced rates.

I know some parents who turn it into a game called Library Pass Roulette. They pack up their kids for a daytrip (with plenty of snacks, diapers, and a change of clothes) and visit their local library to see what passes are available. If there’s a pass for the Museum of Science (pictured above), that is where they go that day. If you are more of a planner, you can reserve the passes ahead of time just as you reserve books.

Here’s a list of libraries around Rhode Island and the passes they offer. I recommend you confirm discount and pass availability with your local library.


Ashaway Free Library in Ashaway, RI
– Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center: Mystic, CT

Barrington Public Library in Barrington, RI
– Coggeshall Farm Museum: Bristol, RI
– Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology: Bristol, RI
– Herreshoff Marine Museum: Bristol, RI
– Norman Bird Sanctuary: Middletown, RI
– Providence Children’s Museum: Providence, RI
– RISD Museum: Providence, RI
– Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center: Mashantucket, CT
– Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, MA
– Museum of Science: Boston, MA

Town of Bristol Rhode Island Library in Bristol, RI
– Coggeshall Farm Museum: Bristol, RI
– Linden Place: Bristol, RI
– Museum of Work and Culture: Woonsocket, RI
– Slater Mill Historic Site: Pawtucket, RI

Brownell Library in Little Compton, RI
– Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Environmental Education Center: Bristol, RI Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology: Bristol, RI
– RISD Museum: Providence, RI
– Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum: Boston, MA
– Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, MA (2 people in for $5)
– Plimouth Plantation Museum Pass: Plymouth, MA

Coventry Public Library in Coventry, RI
– The Astors’ Beechwood Mansion: Newport, RI
– Audubon Society of Rhode Island, Environmental Education Center: Bristol, RI
– Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum: Saunderstown, RI
– Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology: Bristol, RI
– Providence Children’s Museum: Providence, RI
– Slater Mill Historic Site: Pawtucket, RI
– RISD Museum: Providence, RI
– Museum of Natural History and Cormack Planetarium: Providence, RI
– Mystic Aquarium: Mystic, CT
– Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center: Mashantucket, CT
– New Bedford Whaling Museum: New Bedford, MA
– John F. Kennedy Library and Museum: Boston, MA

Cranston Public Library in Cranston, RI
– RISD Museum: Providence, RI

Cumberland Public Library in Cumberland, RI
– Coggeshall Farm Museum: Bristol, RI
– Battleship Massachusetts: Fall River, MA
– Museum of Work and Culture: Woonsocket, RI
– Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, MA
– Museum of Science: Boston, MA

East Providence Weaver in East Providence, RI
– Museum of Science: Boston, MA
– New England Aquarium: Boston, MA

George Hail Library in Warren, RI
– Fuller Craft Museum: Brockton, MA

Greenville Public Library in Greenville, RI
– Boston Children’s Museum: Boston, MA

Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library in Harrisville, RI
Mystic Seaport Museum: Mystic, CT (Friday/ Monday/ Saturday)

Newport Public Library in Newport, RI
– Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum: Saunderstown, RI
– Newport Art Museum: Newport, RI
– Norman Bird Sanctuary: Middletown, RI
– Roger Williams Park Zoo: Providence, RI (Sunday/Monday/Tuesday)
– Slater Mill Historic Site: Pawtucket, RI
– Plimouth Plantation Museum Pass: Plymouth, MA (Tuesday/ Thursday/ Friday)

North Smithfield Public Library in Slatersville, RI
– Battleship Massachusetts: Fall River, MA
– EcoTarium, a center for environmental exploration: Worcester, MA
– Old Sturbridge Village: Sturbridge, MA
– Tower Hill Botanic Garden: Boylston, MA

Providence Public Library: Rochambeau Branch in Providence, RI
– Museum of Work and Culture: Woonsocket, RI
– Providence Children’s Museum: Providence, RI
– Roger Williams Park Zoo: Providence, RI
– Slater Mill Historic Site: Pawtucket, RI
– Boston Children’s Museum: Boston, MA
– Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, MA
– Museum of Science: Boston, MA

Woonsocket Public Library in Woonsocket, RI
– Museum of Work and Culture: Woonsocket, RI
– Providence Children’s Museum: Providence, RI
– Roger Williams Park Zoo: Providence, RI
– Mystic Aquarium: Mystic, CT
– Capron Park Zoo: Attleboro, MA (Monday and Thursday/ Saturday/ Sunday)
– Museum of Fine Arts: Boston, MA

Photo Credit: Rochambeau Public Library (left) by Douglas Itkin,
The Electricity Show at Boston Museum of Science (right) courtesy of MOS.

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