Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Stowe Free Library and other donors, we offer a variety of passes for free or reduced admission to Vermont and New England attractions. Passes circulate for a two-day period and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Any member of the Stowe Free Library who is 18 or older and is in good standing can check out these passes. Just ask at the circulation desk!
Billings Farm and Museum: This pass provides free admission for two adults and their children under the age of 18 to the Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock, VT. The Billings Farm & Museum is an active dairy farm with an 1890 farmhouse featuring displays on rural and agricultural history. The farm is open daily, May through October, and weekends only, November through February. Learn more on their website or by calling 802-457-2355.
Birds of Vermont Museum: This pass provides free admission for one immediate family from May 1st-October 31. The Birds of Vermont Museum is a delightful place where visitors can learn about the birds, which make up such a colorful and interesting part of our natural environment. A non-profit educational organization, the museums's mission is to education children and adults about birds and their role in the earth's ecosystem. Birds of Vermont Museum is located at 900 Sherman Hollow Road, Huntington VT 802-434-2167
ECHO: This pass provides reduced admission (currently $4 per person) for a family of up to two adults and three children to the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington, VT. Some special exhibits require an additional admission fee. ECHO is open daily, year-round. Learn more and read about current exhibits on the museum's website or by calling 802-864-1848.
Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium: This pass admits a party of up to five guests to the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, a museum of natural history in St. Johnsbury, VT. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, with additional Monday hours during summer months. For details about hours, special exhibits, and planetarium presentations, check the museum's website or call 802-748-2372.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: The Stowe Free Library has a collection of 70 passes available for one-time use. The pass entitles two people to $7 admission to the Museum of Fine Arts, an art museum on Huntington Avenue in Boston, MA. When taking out this pass, feel free to request an information card that includes directions, information about public transportation, and parking information, as well as museum hours. You must hand in the pass at the MFA ticket desk. Contact MFA Ticketing at 800-440-6975.
Shelburne Farms: This pass provides free family admission to the walking trails and children's farmyard at Shelburne Farms, an environmental education center and working farm on the shores of Lake Champlain in Shelburne, VT. Open daily year-round, although hours differ seasonally. Learn more on the Shelburne Farms website or by calling 802-985-8686.
Shelburne Museum: This pass provides 1/2 off regular admission- REMEMBER to bring your Library card! Explore and discover art, history, and the natural beauty of Vermont at Shelburne Museum, an unconventional and utterly delightful destination in the Champlain Valley. Folk art, Impressionist paintings, circus collections, and even a steamboat—it’s all here on our beautifully landscaped campus of historic buildings and galleries, each one filled with fascinating collections. For more inforamtion please visit www.shelburnemuseum.org
Vermont State Parks: This pass provides free entry into any Vermont State Park day areas for up to 8 people in one vehicle.
Day use areas are generally open from 10 a.m. to sunset. See the back of the pass for a list of Vermont State Parks, or go to http://www.vtstateparks.com for more info. You may also wish to download the Vermont State Parks app for your iPhone!
Old Stone House Museum: The Old Stone House Museum opened in 1925. Alexander Twilight (1795-1857), the first African-American to graduate from college and to serve in a state legislature, completed construction of the massive four-story granite building in 1836. The building originally served as the Orleans County Grammar School dormitory until the 1860s. Inside its thirty rooms are exhibits that tell the story of Orleans County, Vermont. This includes furniture, paintings, tools, textiles, folk art, and all the stuff of everyday life. Some noted items in the collection include Rufus Porter wall murals, a Civil War-era congressional desk, a small Mormon relic from Vermont, and the always popular “phantom baby” portrait on the top floor. Two barns display antique agricultural items, horse drawn transportation, maple sugaring equipment, and more. Our grounds are the perfect place to plan a picnic and no visit is complete without a walk to the observatory at the top of Prospect Hill.
Vermont's History Museum: This complimentary pass admits one family to the Vermont Historical Society's Vermont History Museum, housed in the Pavilion Building at 109 State Street in Montpelier, VT. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, with Sunday hours during the summer. Learn more about this museum and about their special exhibits on their website.
Vermont Historic Sites: This pass, provided by Vermont's Historic Sites and the Department of Libraries, gives free entry to Vermont State Historic Sites for one family or groups of up to 8 people. State Historic Sites are open through Columbus Day, with the exception of the Bennington Battle Monument, which is open through the end of October. See a list of sites, with directions, hours, and more information, on the Vermont Historic Sites website. Questions may also be directed to the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation at 802-828-3051.
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