Access Parks and Museums

Library members may check out a pass for three days on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional conditions apply. Please visit the organizations’ websites for the most up-to-date information regarding hours and dates of operation.

American Precision Museum (Windsor): Admits up to two adults and two children under 18 years of age, free of charge, and 10% off in the museum’s gift shop. Information regarding days and hours is available on the Visit page.

Bennington Museum (Bennington): Admits two adults, free of charge (children are always free). Information regarding days/hours of operation is available on the Visit page.

Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA): Admits one adult free of charge (children and students with valid ID are always free). Pass allows admittance once daily. Prior to arriving at The Clark, library passholders are required to book a timed ticketing appointment online. During the online booking process, please select the option for “Library Passholder (Validation Required)”. MCL members will be required to present the library pass upon checking in at The Clark.

Dorset Theatre Festival (Dorset): Admits one adult free of charge to any Dorset Theatre Festival show. Patrons will need to call ahead to the box office at (802) 867-2223 ext. 101 or email to reserve seats. Be sure to include in your message that the tickets are being reserved using the Manchester Community Library pass. The pass must be presented at the time of the show. Two passes are available, one per Library card holder. Information regarding the current season can be found on the Dorset Theatre Festival website.

ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain (Burlington): Admits up to four people for $7 per person. Pass is valid for general admission only. The most up to date information regarding open days and hours is available on their Hours & Admission page.

Hildene (Manchester): Pass allows full access to Hildene Welcome Center & The Museum Store, Robert and Mary’s House & Gardens, Hildene Farm Goat Dairy & Cheese Making Facility, the 1903 Pullman Palace Car, 12 miles of walking, skiing and snowshoeing trails, the Battenkill wetlands with 600’ floating boardwalk, Dene Farm with the 1832 Hollow School and teaching greenhouse, Animal Barn at the Dene with cattle, sheep, alpacas, pigs, chickens & rabbits.

Pass provides one day’s free admission for one Adult and two Children (ages 6-16; children 5 and under are always admitted to Hildene, free of charge). The Hildene Membership Pass does not include Hildene’s Guided House Tours nor Behind the Scenes Archive Tours. Present the pass at Hildene’s Welcome Center Desk. Library member must be in attendance. Information regarding days/hours of operation and exhibits is available on the Hours page.

MASS MoCA (North Adams, MA): Pass admits two adults and two children (under 16) to the MASS MoCA galleries for free. For information on current exhibitions and gallery hours call (413) 662-2111 or visit the MASS MoCA website.

Shelburne Farms (Shelburne): Pass admits two adults and their children under 18 years of age to the walking trails and children’s farmyard. Excludes property tours. For information regarding hours, activities, trail maps, and more, visit Shelburne Farms’ Day Visit page.

Shelburne Museum (Shelburne): Pass admits a Library patron, one additional adult, and up to four accompanying children (ages 17 and under) for 50% off their applicable admission date. Patrons must provide a valid library card and a valid driver’s license or non-driver ID card upon admission. For information on current exhibits and visiting hours, visit the Museum website.

Southern Vermont Arts Center (Manchester): Pass admits an MCL patron and their guests to the galleries.

Vermont Granite Museum (Barre): MUSEUM IS CURRENTLY CLOSED. REOPENING MAY 1, 2024. Pass admits one group at a time for free to visit the museum. The pass also allows free admission to museum tours on special event days, including Season Opening Extravaganza (May) and Granite Festival (October). For open hours, go to the Visit page of the museum website.

Vermont Historic Sites (various locations): Up to eight people in one vehicle are admitted free to any VT Historic Site.

Vermont History Museum (Montpelier) and Vermont Heritage Galleries (Barre): Admits one family, free of charge. Vermont History Museum hours of operation are available on the Museum page. Leahy Library (Barre location) is open by appointment only.

Vermont State Parks (various locations): Up to eight people in one vehicle are admitted free for one day to any state park.

These passes are generously made possible by the Vermont Department of Libraries; the Department of Forests, Parks, & Recreation; and the Vermont Division of Historic Preservation. Check out their news and other services:

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