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Museum Adventure Pass

Category: Where The Child Things Are
Posted: November 9, 2017

By: Melissa Hilt, Youth Assistant Director

Museum Adventure Pass LogoIt’s officially November, and you know what that means. The weather is chilly, and soon you will be looking for things to do indoors because it’s too cold to send the kids outside and you are tired of being cooped up in the house. Of course, the library is a wonderful place to come and hangout. You can attend one of our programs or come use our space to put on your own puppet show or build a LEGO tower.

Most people know you can checkout books, movies, CDs, and magazines, but did you also know you can checkout passes to local museums and cultural centers? This is called a Museum Adventure Pass.

Never heard of it? Here’s how it works:

  1. Come in to the library to pick up your pass. Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Passes cannot be reserved or checked out online or on the phone.
  2. One Museum Adventure Pass may be checked out per family. Passes may only be checked out by a Glen Ellyn resident card holder.
  3. The loan period is seven days. The pass will expire after the date printed on the pass. Only one pass per account may be checked out during the seven day loan period.
  4. Admission offers vary by museum. For some offers, two or four people, or one carload, may be admitted free per pass. If museum admission is already free, another special discount will be offered.
  5. Passes are for one-time use and are not transferable. Your name will be printed on the pass and you will be asked to show identification at the museum. You should be prepared to show both your library card and an ID. The museum will collect the pass when you visit.

There are currently 17 different museums and cultural institutions available through the Museum Adventure Pass program. By far the most popular pass is the Brookfield Zoo. This pass admits two (passes are valid for Brookfield Zoo only and do not include parking or admission to any internal exhibits or attractions, such as Dolphin Show, Butterflies!, Children’s Zoo, Temporary Exhibits, Motor Safari, etc.). However, because the zoo is so popular, at times the pass may be already checked out and unavailable.

Highlighted below are three museums that don’t get checked out as often, giving you a better chance that passes will be available when you want to check something out:

Aurora Regional Fire Museum

Picture from Aurora Downtown.

The Aurora Regional Fire Museum 
53 N. Broadway
Aurora Illinois, 60505
Hours: Thursday and Friday, Noon to 4 pm. Saturday, 10 am-4 pm.
Buy one, get one free of equal or lesser value.
“The Aurora Regional Fire Museum is located in Aurora’s old Central Fire Station. The museum is open to the public during regular hours, and features a variety of interactive exhibits designed to educate and entertain children, families, and firefighters.”

Elgin History Museum

Photo from Elgin History Museum Website.

The Elgin History Museum
225 Grand Boulevard
Elgin IL, 60120
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Noon-4 pm. Closed Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Now open year-round.
Admits 4
The museum is housed in an 1856 landmark building, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and brings to life Elgin’s rich heritage. Their website says exhibit spaces were built with little ones in mind. “Ride in our model 1910 race car decked out with helmet and safety glasses. Set up shop in Kretchmer’s grocery store – and don’t forget to wrap all the packages for the customers. Riffle through trunks of early Elgin immigrants. Listen to the Song of Elgin. Blast the car horns of the past. Don’t forget to ask the Museum docent for a scavenger hunt when you visit. Have fun bringing history to life through experiences!”

Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

Photo from Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

The Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art 
220 Cottage Hill Avenue
Elmhurst IL, 60126
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-5 pm. Sunday, 1 pm-5 pm. Closed Mondays and Major Holidays.
Half off admission passes for General Museum Admission Only. Discount not available on Fridays.
“People of all ages enjoy this exceptional museum dedicated to sharing with others the beauty of gemstones and promoting the study of earth science. The museum houses a large collection of Chinese jade and other hard-stone carvings. Other displays include animal dioramas, mineral specimens, gemstones, and geologic phenomena. Browse through the unique gift shop. Free parking is available.”

Want to know what other museums and cultural institutions are available? See the full list along with the deals they offer.