Museum Passes

The Patten Free Library offers free or reduced rate passes to the museums and parks listed below.  Visit the Library or call 443-5141 x11 for more information or to reserve a pass.

Children’s Museum & Theater of Maine

The Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine re-opened on June 24 with a timed admission system.  The Children’s Room issues passes to Library patrons for a specific date; we can only issue one pass per day.  Passes are good for 50% off regular admission price for up to 4 people.

The museum is popular, and confirming the availability of  tickets is a key first step.  We recommend the following process:

  1.  Go the Children’s Museum “Plan Your Visit” page to check availability through its reservation calendar and to choose the date and time for your play session. (The museum limits the number of people who can visit on any given day; it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, and is open to members only on Thursdays.)
  2.   When you have a chosen a date and time that is free, then call the Children’s Circ. Desk (443-5141, ext. 16) to confirm the availability of our pass for your desired date. 
  3.  After reserving our pass, reserve the time and date you’ve chosen for your play session.  Choose the option to pay at the door for your discounted tickets, and fill in the appropriate number of adults and children that will be part of your group.  Add them to the cart and proceed with checkout.   You can also call the museum directly at 207-828-1234, ext. 290.

Maine Historical Society Museum

One pass issued for each day the Museum is open. Pass is good for free admission to the Museum for up to 4 people, $5.00 tickets to the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, $5.00 day-use fee to the Research Library, and 10% off in the Museum Store.

Maine Maritime Museum

One pass issued for each day the Museum is open. Pass is good for free admission for up to 8 people. 

Portland Museum of Art

One pass issued for each day the Museum is open. Pass is good for free admission for up to 2 adults and 6 children.

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

One pass issued for each day the Museum is open.  Pass is good for two adults and any number of children/grandchildren under the age of 18.  Please download, print, and fill out this form and submit it to the main circulation desk.  You can also fill out the form at the Library. You will need to have several options for the date and the time you wish to visit in case some days are already booked. Start times can be booked between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.   We will process requests within 24 hours of receipt (excluding Sundays).

Farnsworth Museum

Pass provides free admission for up to four adults on a reserved date. Museum is currently open from Wednesday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The historic sites (Olson House and Farnsworth Homestead are currently closed to the public).  Admission is also free for anyone 16 years old and under.  

Maine State Parks

The pass admits the holder and the occupants of the pass holder’s vehicle to all Maine State Parks and Historic Sites day-use facilities.  A 17-person vehicle is the maximum size allowed with the pass. The passes are not accepted at the following locations: Acadia National Park, Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Baxter State Park, Maine Wildlife Park, Peacock Beach, Penobscot Narrows Observatory, Penobscot River Corridor, Scarborough Beach, Songo Lock, or Swan Island. The pass cannot be used toward camping in Maine State Park campgrounds. Pass checks out for five days. If pass is not picked up on the first day of the reservation it will be cancelled.

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