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Canterbury Shaker Village
Canterbury Shaker Village was founded in 1969 and designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1993. The historic site, dedicated to preserving the heritage and 200-year legacy of the Canterbury Shakers, has 25 restored original Shaker buildings, 4 reconstructed Shaker buildings, and 694 acres of forests, fields, gardens, nature trails, and mill ponds under permanent conservation easement. Visitors can engage in guided and self-guided tours, family activities, exhibits, educational programs, and the occasional special event. The Museum Store and the Shaker Box Lunch & Farm Stand are on the premises.
This pass provides free admission for 2 adults and 2 children per pass. Additional family members are admitted for half price. Children 5 and under are free. Passes cannot be used on special events days and cannot be combined with any other discount offers. Pick up pass at the Adult Circulation Desk.
This is just a reservation! You must visit the library to pick up the physical pass.
Children's Museum of New Hampshire
The Children's Museum of New Hampshire offers opportunities for children and families to explore art, science, and culture through dozens of activities and exhibits. Among these are the Thinkering and Steam Innovation Labs; Dino Detective; Music Matrix & Sound Watch; Naturalist's Study; Cave Explorers; and Post Office. The recently re-opened Dover Adventure Playground features a life-size flat-bottomed vintage gundalow boat; a net climber; swings and slides; a 3-story Garrison tower; a 1,200 pound, 3x8 foot climbable Alewife granite fish sculpture; a splash pad; musical instruments; and a life-sized “whale's tail” sculpture perched on the roof of the Dover Pool. Regularly scheduled special events take place throughout the year, including the Dover Mini Maker Faire; Teddy Bear Clinic + Picnic; Toddlerfest; 5K Road Race + Kid-Venture Course; and Earth Day Celebration; among others. A museum shop is on the premises.
Discount pass which provides access for up to 4 people at half price admission. Closed Monday during the school year, except for school vacations. Pick up this pass in the Children's Room.
Historic New England
Historic New England is a historic preservation organization which owns and operates historic house museums and properties open to the public throughout most of New England. The majority of the 36 properties are in Massachusetts, but locations exist in all NE states but Vermont. These include Castle Tucker (Wiscasset, ME), the Jackson House (Portsmouth, NH), the Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm, which (Newbury, MA), Roseland Cottage (Woodstock, CT), the Otis House (Boston, MA), the Lyman Estate (Waltham, MA), Gropius House (Lincoln, MA), and the Arnold House (Lincoln, RI). Styles represented include Federal, Colonial Revival, Victorian, Queen Anne, Arts & Crafts, and Modern, among many others. The website provides much detail, including directions, contact information, and history of each property.
Admission for 2 adults and unlimited children 17 years and under. Admission includes 36 Historic New England properties and the Library and Archives. Each Historic Property has different hours of operation (most open June to October) See web site for details: http://www.historicnewengland.org/ Pick up pass at the Adult Circulation Desk.
Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
The building that houses the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston on Fan Pier is the first in the US designed by the architectural firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The museum was founded in 1936 as a sister institution to New York’s MoMA, though it had no permanent collection until starting one after moving into the new building on the waterfront in 2006. In addition to the collection, changing exhibitions, music, dance, film, talks, tours, family activities, and teen programming are offered throughout the year.
Passes provide admission for 2 adults at a cost of $5. Youth 17 and under are free. Not valid for ICA First Friday which is the first Friday of each month from 5 to 9. This is just a reservation; you must visit the library to pick up the physical pass. Pick up pass at the Adult Circulation Desk.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
The Gardner Museum houses the collection of Isabella Stewart Gardner, a local patron of the arts who died in 1924, in a building she commissioned to look like a 15th century Venetian palazzo. The center of the original building showcases courtyard plantings that reflect the seasons as they evolve throughout the year. In addition to her collection, which remains displayed exactly she arranged it per her will, there are changing exhibitions, concerts, lectures, family events, and an artist-in-residence program. In 2012, the museum opened an addition designed by Renzo Piano that houses a space for their concert series.
Discount pass which allows access for up to 4 people for $5 each. Children (17 years and under) are always admitted free. Pick up pass at the Adult Circulation Desk.
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
Museum of Fine Arts
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, in existence since July 4, 1876, is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world, with a collection of almost 500,000 works of art, ranging from ancient Egyptian artifacts to contemporary painting, sculpture and video. In addition, there are always special exhibitions on view, opportunities to take advantage of educational programs—some right in the galleries—and a contemplative Japanese garden.
Discounted general admission for 2 people. Children under age 6 are admitted for free. Not valid for special events. Adults pay $10 each at museum. Pick up at Adult Circulation Desk.
The Museum of Science in Boston is located on a piece of land that extends the width of the Charles River, connecting Boston and Cambridge. Dedicated to promoting and educating visitors about science and technology, the museum includes a planetarium, the world’s largest open-air Van de Graaff generator, an IMAX theatre, a butterfly garden, and permanent and changing exhibits on birds, insects and animals; space; dinosaurs; engineering; nanotechnology; math; biology; and more.
Provides discounted admission for 4 people. There is a $10 per person charge at the museum. This is just a reservation; you must visit the library to pick up the physical pass. Pick up the pass in the Children's Room.
New England Aquarium
The New England Aquarium is home to thousands of aquatic animals, from the giant Pacific octopus to Northern fur seals to little blue penguins. They offer a wide range of exhibits, including a shark and ray touch tank and the Giant Ocean Tank, a four-story coral reef featuring hundreds of Caribbean animals. In addition, they have an IMAX theatre and run whale watch boat excursions in partnership with Boston Harbor Cruises from April through November.
These passes provide 50% off admission for 4 people. Children under 3 are free. Pick up in Children's Room.
Portland Art Museum
In existence since 1882, the Portland Museum of Art has grown to house a collection of over 22,000 pieces. Its holdings include works of American, European, and contemporary art, and important pieces by Maine-associated artists such as Winslow Homer, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Louise Nevelson, three generations of the Wyeth family, and John Greenleaf Cloudman. The major European movements from Impressionism through Surrealism are represented, with works by Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, René Magritte, Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, and Auguste Rodin, and more. There are also important works by George Bellows, Alfred Thompson Bricher, Abraham Walkowitz, Childe Hassam, and Fitz Henry Lane. A museum store is situated on the premises.
These passes allow free admission for 2 adults. Admission is always free for anyone 21 years and under. Pick up passes at Adult Circulation Desk.
Seacoast Science Center
Located within Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, NH, the Seacoast Science Center has been providing educational experiences on behalf of New Hampshire State Parks since 1992. The center includes hands-on science exhibits (undersea exploration to marine debris), live animal exhibits which feature creatures that live in the rapidly changing Gulf of Maine ecosystem; and many special events, like “Music-by-the-Sea” concerts and “Sippin' for Seals” (dancing and drinks to support the Marine Mammal rescue Program).
50% off admission for 2 adults and 4 children. This Rye museum explores 7 distinct coastal habitats focusing on children's understanding of the environment. Pick up passes in Children's Room.
Strawbery Banke Museum
Strawbery Banke Museum is located in the South End Historic District of Portsmouth, NH, on a 10-acre campus that features more than 37 restored buildings built between the 17th and 19th centuries. Visitors may visit the historic buildings, some with staff in period dress engaged in traditional crafts such as boat-building, coopering, and wood-working; enjoy interactive exhibits about the history of the neighborhood and its preservation; and stroll and appreciate the heritage gardens and orchards, various heirloom breeds, and beehives. Themed centers provide different pathways for understanding the history. A museum store and a couple of restaurants are on the premises.
Free admission for 2 adults and children. (Closed November-April--except for special events). The Museum is a beautifully restored 10 acre historic Portsmouth neighborhood with over 40 historically significant buildings. Pick up pass in the Children's Room.
Created in 1915 with money from a philanthropist interested in promoting history, science and the arts to her fellow Dover citizens, the eclectic Woodman Institute Museum includes a medicinal & industrial garden; the oldest Sycamore tree in Strafford County; and four historic houses filled with artifacts connected to the nation's and Dover's past: The Woodman House (1818), The Damm Garrison House (1675), The John Parker Hale House (1813), and The Keefe House (1825). Of note in the museum's collection is the saddle used by President Abraham Lincoln when he rode to review troops shortly before his assassination. Changing exhibitions of artwork at the Thom Hindle Gallery include works available for purchase.
It allows 2-for-1 admission or 1/2 price for a single admission on the admission fees of $13 for adults, and $10 for seniors over 65, $9 for active military, $9 for students 13 to college age, and $7 for kids 4 - 12. This is just a reservation; you must visit the library to pick up the physical pass. Pick up passes at Adult Circulation Desk.
This is just a reservation! You must visit the library to pick up the physical pass.