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Virtual museum tours and digital resources from some wonderful museums and gardens!  Scroll for our list of Museum passes.

Explore the Universe with telescopes you control over the internet!

This technology tool provides a unique learning experience for budding astronomers and artists. The night sky inspires a deep sense of wonder. In the Science Education Department at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), they harness that wonder using their MicroObservatory Robotic Telescope Network. Anyone can access these telescopes the same way SAO astronomers access NASA space observatories or ground-based facilities—remotely using computer and digital communications technologies. 

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How to Virtually Explore the Smithsonian

The Smithsonian Institute’s 19 museums, galleries, gardens and National Zoo brick-and-mortar buildings may be closed, but the Smithsonian remains active in the digital sphere, making it easy for museum lovers, creatives and lifelong learners to experience its offerings from the comfort of their home.  Smithsonian magazine has compiled a list of virtual experiences that cater to an array of interests. Whether you’re in the mood to peruse the National Portrait Gallery’s presidential portrait collection, explore the engineering marvels of the Inka Empire or remix one of the 2.8 million images available through Smithsonian Open Access, this roundup has you covered.

Here is a good screenshot showing the difference between the plumage of male and female Ospreys. A male Osprey like the one on the left has a mostly clear white breast (it may show some subtle brown banding). A female has more obvious brown banding on the breast, from a little to a lot like the female on the right here.The Osprey camera at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison

Here is a shot showing the difference between the plumage of male and female Ospreys. The male Osprey, on the left, has a mostly clear white breast (it may show some subtle brown banding). A female has more obvious brown banding on the breast, from a little to a lot like the female on the right.

Click Graphic or link above to view the nest live.

This is a wild Osprey nest and anything can happen. While the Menunkatuck Audubon Society hopes that healthy chicks end up fledging from the nest, things like sibling rivalry, predators, and natural disaster can affect an Osprey family.

Lyman Allyn Art Museum

The website has Art Activities for children and the museum Education Department is offering free art and STEAM kits.

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The British Museum Collection

Explore the British Museum’s collection and immerse yourself in 2 million years of history. The British Museum has 8 million, half you can see on the British Museum collection database. Enjoy some of the earliest objects created by man to works by contemporary artists. Choose from curated themed collections like: the Americas, China and Africa, which reveal the fascinating stories behind the objects.  A new Collection online includes new records and allows new ways to search.


Take a Free Video Tour of Blockbuster Pompeii and Herculaneum Exhibition

Click link or graphic to stream on YouTube the 82-minute film in which the British Museum revisits the popular 2013 show.

NASA Webcast

The Perseverance Rover  launched last summer and headed to Jezero Crater, where it landed at the foot of a river delta which was clearly a lake at the time microbial life was flourishing on Earth.

Rainy Day? Take a virtual walk through the NY Botanical Gardens!


During challenging times, the power of plants connects people and provides inspiration. While the Garden’s gates may be closed temporarily, the virtual gates are wide open.  The new content hub features videos, plant guides, virtual events, recipes for kids, and so much more. As spring unfolds, the NYBG will bring you the brightness and color of the season, a reminder of how the natural world brings us joy.



Spinosaurus Presentation

Yale paleontologist Matteo Fabbri discusses the latest research on Spinosaurus, the largest predatory dinosaur ever found.

His dig in Morocco uncovered a new specimen and, it turns out, Jurassic Park got a few things right–this giant was built for life in the water.

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In Honor of Juneteenth, (short for June 19th, 1865 when enslaved blacks in Galveston, Texas learned that slavery had ended 2 1/2 years earlier with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation), museums and publications posted special content focused on Black artists. Here is a selection.  

Welcome to Peabody@Home:

Your hub for digital resources, educational tools, and interesting online curiosities of the Peabody Museum!  The Peabody is your neighborhood museum, changing the way you see the world. It encourages the curious and invites explorers of all ages to search the collections and engage with their programs. The doors may be closed right now, but they are opening windows into the many digital resources.

The 13 Colonies" Gilder-Lehrman Seminar at Princeton is Back ...

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, supporters of American history education, the Institute is the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to K–12 history education while also serving the general public. Its mission is to promote the knowledge and understanding of American history through educational programs and resources. The 70,000 documents in the Collection and extensive network of eminent historians, provide teachers, students, and the public with direct access to unique primary source materials.

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Mark Twain House Virtual Tour

See the Mark Twain House & Museum from a whole new perspective… in 3D! For an added, one-of-a-kind experience, connect with Google Cardboard or a compatible Samsung Gear VR device and view in immersive virtual reality (VR).


Musée d'Orsay - WikidataThe Musée d’Orsay

A museum in Paris, France, on the Left Bank of the Seine. It is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography.  

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During the closure, visit the Gallery virtually through video tours of exhibitions, in-depth highlights of the collection, online learning opportunities, video recordings of lectures by artists and curators, and more. The NGA, founded as a gift to the nation, serves as a center of visual art, education, & culture. 150,000 paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photographs, prints, and drawings span the history of Western art and showcase the triumphs of human creativity. 363 days a year, the Gallery offers a full spectrum of special exhibitions and programs free.

Hanging out in Haddam?

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Haddam Veterans Museum

We are pleased to offer patrons free or discount passes to museums, parks and aquariums. You must be 18 & have a valid library card to check out passes.  Scroll or Click for Museum Pass Guidelines.

Sincere thanks to the Brainerd Memorial Library Friends for funding the purchase of many of these passes.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo

$5 Admission each: for 6 visitors

Children’s Museum of SE CT

1/2 price admission

The Children’s Museum of West Hartford CTScienceCenterLogoConnecticut Science Center
250 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford20% Discount off general admission for up to four people.
The Connecticut River MuseumctriverLogo
67 Main St, Essex1/2-price for 2 adults & their children or grandchildren under 18.


Connecticut State Parks and Forests

Parking & admission; 2 adults & 4 children- historical sites and exhibit centers; Dinosaur, Fort Trumbull and Gillette Castle State Parks. Not valid for vehicles carrying more than 12 passengers.

Meigs Point Beach at Hammonasset Beach State Park
Custom House Maritime MuseumCustomHouseLogo2
150 Bank St, New London Free admission for 2 people.
Yale Peabody Museum

YalePeabodyLogo170 Whitney Ave, New Haven

$6 off for up to 4 people.


Florence Griswold Museum
96 LymeFlorenceGriswoldLogo St, Old Lyme

Free: 2 adults & 2 children.

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Lyman Allyn Art Museum

623 Williams St, New London

Free: 2 adults & 2 children

(Under 12 always free)

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Maritime Aquarium
10 NorthMaritimeAquarium2 Water St,   Norwalk$2 off a Combo Ticket (Aquarium & IMAX): Up to 6 people. Children under 2 are free.

Mystic AquariumMysticAquariumLogo
55 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic

Not Available: Aquarium has suspended the pass program.

mys_seaportMystic Seaport
75 Greenmanville Ave, Mystic1/2 price: 2 adults & 3 children 18 and under.

New NbmaaBritain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington St, New Britain

Free: 4 people:

1 adult must accompany children under age 16.

New Haven Museum
114 Whitney Ave, New HavenNew Haven Musuem logoFree: Up to 4 people.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Mwadsworth_atheneumLogoain St, Hartford

Free general admission:

2 adults & 2 children,

6-17. Does not include special exhibitions & fundraisers.


Connecticut’s Old State House
is pleased to announce that they are open again to the public.

Free: 2 adults & 2 children.


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CT Trips

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888-CTVisit (288-4748)

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Museum Pass Guidelines:

 Must be 18 or over with a valid library card to borrow passes.

 May reserve passes.  Please call to cancel reservation if you will not be picking up pass.  Repeated no-shows will result in loss of reserve privileges.

 Late charge is $10 per day. Late returns prohibit others from using the passes as they have planned.

 Loan period is 2 days, or as noted on the pass date due slip.

 May pick up pass after 5 PM of the evening before your reserved day if it is at the Library.

 Reservations can be made over the phone or in person.

 All Connecticut library card holders are welcome to borrow our passes.

Because passes are not always returned on time we cannot guarantee availability even when reserved.  Call ahead to verify availability and avoid disappointment.  Please feel free to contact us with questions or comments.