Museum and Cultural Passes

Check the museum websites for current hours and unexpected closures.
Library passes are offered in limited quantities by participating institutions. Many also offer free days and other low cost options for community access. Reservations may be booked 2 weeks in advance. 

Butterfly Pavilion

At Butterfly Pavilion you can frolic with 1,600 free-flying tropical butterflies in Wings of the Tropics, hold the famous Rosie the tarantula in the Crawl-A-See-Em, dive into the wonder of the coral reefs and other ocean invertebrates in Water's Edge, and explore the unique and diverse invertebrate habitats that exist here in Colorado.

  • Reserve a library museum pass for the day of your visit. Check email for confirmation, the library pass is only valid for the date listed
  • Now accepting walk-ups during the hours of 9 a.m.– 4:15 p.m. Exhibits close at 5:00 p.m.
  • Library pass holders must present the printed or electronic copy of the pass at the front desk to redeem for general admission tickets.
  • Admission valid for ONE free entry, $5 entry for each additional person, children under two free, up to 4 total in the party. Reservations required for all guests.

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Denver Firefighters Museum

Housed in the original Firehouse Number 1 since 1909, the Denver Firefighters Museum offers outstanding exhibits on the history of firefighting in Denver, focusing on the Denver Fire Department.

  • Reserve a library museum pass on the date you would like to attend
  • Bring the printed library pass to Visitor Services for admission
  • Admission is valid for a party of up to 4

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Denver Museum of Nature and Science

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science offers natural history exhibitions, planetarium shows, activities, and lectures that explore the wonders of science, Colorado, Earth, and the universe.

  • Reserve a library museum pass for the day of your visit
  • On the day of your reservation, simply visit the Ticketing Desk upon arrival at the Museum and present your Culture Pass for entry. Timed entry is every 20 minutes
  • Temporary exhibitions may require a paid, timed ticket in addition to Museum entry. Tickets must be reserved/purchased in advance ($8 adult/$6 child) by calling 303.370.6306, in addition to booking this Culture Pass.
  • The IMAX and Planetarium are open with limited seating. Please call 303.370.6306 to purchase tickets. 
  • Admission is valid for up to 7 in total party.

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Denver Trolley 

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Denver Zoo

Denver Zoo is a leader in connecting people to the awe and importance of wild animals while providing unparalleled care, educational experiences, and local and global conservation efforts that help save wild places and wildlife. Denver Zoo invites you to join them for a memorable day with your family exploring the beautifully landscaped campus on the north end of Denver’s City Park. 

The Denver Zoo has transitioned to their own free pass program and passes are no longer booked through the library.  Book a free pass and bring your library card for entry. (5 by 5, My Denver Card, or CityPASS are not required for library card holders). 

  • Visit the Denver Zoo website and choose Access to Awe tickets. A calendar for the next week will appear with access times every 15 minutes. Hover over any time to see the number of FREE tickets available and click on the desired time slot. 
  • Tickets will be delivered via email to the registrant. Bring your library card and ticket for entry.

Dinosaur Ridge

Dinosaur Ridge is an iconic scientific site and outdoor museum located in Morrison, Colorado. Featuring 100-million-year-old dinosaur and crocodile bones, tracks, and fossils, Dinosaur Ridge has been ranked by a panel of leading paleontologists as the #1 dinosaur track site in the nation.

  • Reserve a library museum pass for the day of your visit
  • Admission is valid for up to 4 including 4 Audio Tours and entry into Trek Through Time Exhibit Hall. Guests can purchase bus tours at a discount of 10%.

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Forney Museum of Transportation

The Forney Museum of Transportation collects, preserves and displays artifacts related to historical transportation.  Our collection highlights include the Union Pacific "Big Boy" locomotive and Amelia Earhart's 1923 Kissel "Gold Bug."

  • Reserve a library museum pass on the date you would like to attend. Timed entry tickets are no longer required. Simply bring your printed pass or display the pass on your mobile device. 
  • Admission is valid for a party of up to 3, dependent on availability during the desired time slot. Children under 3 do not count towards the reservation.

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History Colorado Center 

Designed to ignite imaginations of all ages about Colorado history, the History Colorado Center is a hub for civic engagement and creates a rich experience for visitors through exhibits and programs that blend technology, media, environments and artifacts.
Colorado fourth graders can register for a free History Buff Membership

  • Reserve a library museum pass for the day of your visit. Check email for confirmation
  • Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis for all members and guests. Time slots may be sold out.
  • Library pass holders present the pass at the front desk during check-in.
  • Admission is valid for 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 18

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History Colorado offers a free year-long membership to all fourth grade students in the state. 

Molly Brown House Museum

Historic Denver’s Molly Brown House Museum enhances Denver’s unique identity by telling the story of Margaret “Molly” Brown’s activism, philanthropy and passion through educational programs, exhibits, and stewardship. 

  • Reserve a library museum pass on the date you would like to attend.
  • The Library Pass can be redeemed for up to 4 "Explore the Museum on Your Own!" tickets. 
  • For best redemption odds, please reserve your tickets online at mollybrown.org. Use promo code DENVER. Library pass holders should be prepared to present their library museum pass confirmation at check in
  • Each pass admits up to 4.

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Museo de las Americas

Located in the heart of the Art District on Santa Fe, Museo de las Americas is the premier Latin American art museum in the Rocky Mountain region. Check Museo de las Americas for current hours. The museum will be closed for installation from February 26th to March 17th, July 24th to August 5. and September 24th to October 13th.

  • Reserve a library museum pass for the day of your visit
  • After reserving your pass visit www.museo.org to book your tickets. Select the day of your library pass reservation, choose a time, then use the code: DenverLibrary at checkout for your free admission. Questions? Call 303-571-4401 
  • Each pass admits up to 4 adults.

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Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) explores the art and culture of our time through rotating exhibitions and public educational programs.
Check the MCA website for seasonal hours of operation. 

  • Reserve a library museum pass for the day of your visit
  • Call 303-298-7554 to reserve timed entry tickets for a specific time slot
  • Each pass admits up to 4 adults. (Free admission for ages 0-18.)

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Wings Over the Rockies 

Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is located in Hangar #1 of the former Lowry Air Force Base in eastern Denver, Colorado. Today, the museum boasts more than 182,000 square feet of hangar space full of iconic aircraft, space vehicles, artifacts, military uniforms and much more. 
Visit the Wings Over the Rockies website or the latest hours and updates.
Exploration of Flight is closed April 5, May 6-9, May 12, and May 20-21, and is opening at 1pm April 15, and 12pm April 22.

  • Reserve a library museum pass for the day of your visit
  • Each pass allows 4 visitors admission to the main institution at Lowry (open 7 days a week) and to the Exploration of Flight, (closed Tuesday - Thursday).

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A permanent DPL library card in good standing is required to make a reservation to all cultural institutions; the card holder may be asked to present a valid ID and library card at the museum. Each cardholder may reserve a pass once every 365 days at Denver Zoo, and once every 182 days at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science; all other passes may be reserved every 30 days. Check the museum or cultural institution's website prior to your visit for unexpected closures or special events.  

Through Museums for All, those receiving food assistance (SNAP--food stamp--benefits) can gain free or reduced admission to more than 850 participating museums throughout the United States simply by presenting their SNAP EBT (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Electronic Benefit Transfer) card. Learn more about Museums for All.