Friends of the Milford Library group promotes discounted museum passes as solution to winter doldrums

Free and discounted museum passes are available to patrons of the Milford (Public) Library.

As colder temperatures send Milford residents in search of new activities and a change of scenery, The Friends of the Milford (Public) Library, FOML, invites library patrons to beat the ‘blas ” wintry by visiting a nearby museum at a discounted rate.

Library passes offer free or discounted admission to more than a dozen museums, historical societies, nature centers and other attractions across Connecticut.

Passes are available free of charge to Milford Public Library adult library card holders.

“We are in this difficult time where we feel like we are away from the holidays and away until spring,” said Pam Pilla, interim president of the Friends of the Milford Public Library.

“Now is the perfect time to go see a tiger at Beardsley Zoo, visit the Old State House in Hartford or take a stroll through the grounds of the Florence Griswold Museum – and this program makes each of those trips a little easier for Milford families,” Pilla said.

“FOML has funded the museum pass program for many years by purchasing the passes that we distribute to our patrons,” said Chris Angeli, library manager at the Milford Public Library.

“In 2018, FOML also began funding software that allows customers to book passes online, print copies of passes from home, and more. And since January 2022, the library has moved to a new FOML-funded pass management system,” Angeli said.

Passes can be printed at the General House or physically picked up at the library, depending on which museum a person, who obtains a pass, wishes to visit.

Full guidelines and reservation information are available on the library website at

Free admission with a library pass is eligible for:

– the Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library in Hartford,

– the Old State House in Hartford, as previously mentioned,

– the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford,

– the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum, in Hartford,

– the Florence Griswold Museum, as mentioned above, in Old Lyme,

– the New Britain Museum of American Art, in New Britain,

– the New Haven Museum, in New Haven,

– the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, in Stamford, and

– Connecticut State Parks and Forests.

Reduced admission with a library pass is eligible for:

– the Beardsley Zoo, in Bridgeport, as mentioned above,

– the Discovery Museum and Planetarium, in Bridgeport,

– the EverWonder children’s museum, in Newtown,

,- the Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford,

– the New England Air Museum, at Windsor Locks, and the

– Shore Line Trolley Museum, in East Haven.

“The library is here to help make our shared culture accessible to everyone, and this program shows that commitment extends far beyond our own walls,” Pilla said.

“And to maintain this vibrant culture, we ask our customers to please remember that many of our local museums, theatres, concert halls and galleries are struggling financially due to the pandemic. We encourage everyone to support the arts in any way possible,” Pilla said.

The group is also a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer organization.

All profits the organization raises are used to fund children’s and adult programs at the library, library museum passes and expenses that are not covered by the Town of Milford budget.

More information about the organization is also available at the main library site,

Email the group’s general email address at [email protected], with any questions.

The library is located at 57 New Haven Ave. at Milford.

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