DENVER - There's another way to see some of Denver's best museums and attractions for free -- a pass from your local library.
Many of Denver's museums, and the Denver Zoo, offer free admission days throughout the year. However, several local libraries are offering passes to local museums and attractions, including some that don't have free days.
The Jefferson County libraries offer a Culture Pass to library card holders. The pass can be used at the Butterfly Pavilion, the History Colorado Center, Denver Firefighters Museum, Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys, Dinosaur Ridge, Golden History Museums, MCA Denver, the Platte Valley Trolley and Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.
The Douglas County libraries offer an Adventure Pass -- free passes to Denver Firefighters Museum, the History Colorado Center, Dinosaur Ridge, and the Butterfly Pavilion.
You may reserve and print passes from your own computer up to 30 days before your visit.
Arapahoe County libraries offer an Exploration Pass with free tickets to the Butterfly Pavilion, Dinosaur Ridge, Molly Brown House, Clyfford Still Museum, Denver Firefighters Museum, Morrison Natural History Museum and the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.
Library card holders can use an online system to book passes up to 30 days ahead of time. You can have a maximum of two passes booked per 30-day period.
The Westminster Library offers an Adventure Pass with free admission to the Butterfly Pavilion, Clyfford Still Museum, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver (Platte Valley) Trolley, Dinosaur Ridge, Golf Westminster, Standley Lake Regional Park and Westminster Recreation Centers.
The Aurora Library offers free passes to Colorado State Parks, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys and the Museo de las Americas.
To reserve a pass, search the name of the museum or Colorado State Parks in the online catalog at www.auroralibrary.org.
Adams County Libraries
The Adams County libraries do not offer a museum pass, but they do offer a free pass for Colorado State Parks. You can check that out by searching the library catalog for Colorado State Parks.
The Green Valley Ranch branch of the Denver Public Library offers a free Colorado Parks Pass that can be checked out for seven days, but it's just that location.
The city of Denver also offers a My Denver Card for Denver students ages 5 to 18. The card gives students free, year-round access to the city’s 23 recreation centers and 29 pools with the MY Denver Card. It offers free, limited admission to local attractions like the Denver Zoo (in January and February). Read more on the city's website.
It appears the Boulder Library, Broomfield Library and Fort Collins Library do not offer any museum passes. If your library does and I missed it, email me, Debbie (Debbie@thedenverchannel.com).