Debbie's Deals: Local libraries offer free museum and attraction passes

Posted at 12:47 PM, Jan 08, 2016

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. 

Jefferson County

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, Dinosaur Ridge, Golden History Museums, MCA Denver, the Molly Brown House and other attractions/museums.

The library has an online system to reserve a pass up to 30 days ahead of time. You can have a maximum of two passes booked per 30-day period.

Douglas County

The Douglas County libraries offer an Adventure Pass -- free passes to Denver Firefighters Museum, the History Colorado Center, Dinosaur Ridge, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, the Butterfly Pavilion and other places. 

You may reserve and print passes from your own computer up to 30 days before your visit.

Arapahoe County

Arapahoe County libraries offer an Exploration Pass with free tickets to the Butterfly Pavilion, Molly Brown House, Clyfford Still Museum, Morrison Natural History Museum, the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum & others.

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.

Westminster Library

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.

Aurora Library

The Aurora Library offers free passes to Colorado State Parks, the History Colorado Center, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls and Toys and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

To reserve a pass, search the name of the museum or Colorado State Parks in the online catalog at or read more here.

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 Denver Public Library offers a free Colorado Parks Pass that can be checked out for seven days and a pass for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, but it's a bit tough to find.

Go to catalogand search state park pass or museum pass.

If your library offers passes and I missed it, email me, Debbie (

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