Museum Passes at the Library: How To & Highlights

May 31, 2018

Where Do You Want to Go?
Museum Passes from Portsmouth Public Library


Your library card gives you access to free or discounted entry to 15 museums and a number of historical sites through our Museum Pass program. Each pass is good for a certain date, and can be reserved up to 3 months in advance!

Here’s how to reserve a pass:

  1. Choose a museum and the date you’d like to visit. Plan ahead!
  2. Stop by the Reference Desk, call 766-1720, or reserve online at cityofportsmouth.com/library/museum-passes.
  3. Come to the library to pick up your pass - either the day you are using it or the day before. Be sure to bring your library card.
  4. If you need to change your plans, please call us!
  5. Take the pass(es) with you to the museum and present them at the service desk, where you will be admitted for free or for a discounted fee, depending on the museum.

If you are reserving online:

  1. Click “Check for available passes by museum”.
  2. Select the museum.
  3. Select the date by clicking it on the calendar. Red X’s indicate that the pass is not available that day.
  4. Enter your library card number, then click Reserve Pass. Double check the date!
  5. Check your email for a confirmation email.
  6. See Step 3 above!
     

Upcoming Highlights

HISTORIC NEW ENGLAND
Regional. HistoricNewEngland.org

  • Head to Toe: Hat and Shoe Fashions from Historic New England 6/1 – 2/24/19
  • A Life in Color: Two Cultural Makers, Centuries Apart 6/1 – 10/15
  • Unrivaled for the Beauty: Paintings from Ogunquit Summer School for Art 6/2 – 9/2

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF NEW HAMPSHIRE
Dover. childrens-museum.org

  • Anyone Can Grow Food 6/14
  • Grown Up Play Date 6/21
  • Discovery Camp: Chasing Dinosaurs 7/23 – 7/26

CURRIER MUSEUM OF ART
Manchester. currier.org

  • Beyond Words: Book Illustrations by David M. Carroll, Tomie dePaola & Beth Krommes 6/19 – 9/9
  • Intimate Keepsakes: American Portrait Miniatures, A Gift From Charles A. Gilday through 10/14

NEW HAMPSHIRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Concord. nhhistory.org

  • Discovering New Hampshire - ongoing
  • Making the World Safe for Democracy: Posters of the Great War in New Hampshire through 10/27
  • White Mountains in the Parlor: The Art of Bringing Nature Indoors – new long-term exhibit

SEACOAST SCIENCE CENTER
Ryeseacoastsciencecenter.org

  • World Ocean Day Family Festival 6/10
  • Sippin’ for Seals dining & dancing 6/14
  • H2O Today exhibit opening 6/10

STRAWBERY BANKE MUSEUM
Portsmouth. strawberybanke.org

  • Free admission for NH residents (ID needed) 6/17
  • 16th Annual American Celebration 7/1, 7/3, 7/4

PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM
Salem. pem.org

  • T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America through 6/10
  • Japanomania! Japanese Art Goes Global through 12/30
  • MegaCity: India's Culture of the Streets through 12/30
  • Importing Splendor: Luxuries from China through 12/30
  • Double Happiness: Celebration in Chinese Art through 12/30
  • Raven's Many Gifts: Native Art of the Northwest Coast through 12/30

INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Boston. icaboston.org

  • Kevin Beasley through 8/26
  • Caitlin Keough: Blank Melody through 8/26
  • Wangechi Mutu: A Promise to Communicate through 12/31
  • ICA Harbor Market 6/2

BOSTON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Boston. bostonchildrensmuseum.org

  • Superhero Weekend 6/16-17
  • Free Fun Friday 7/6

ISABELLA STEWART GARDNER MUSEUM
Boston. gardnermuseum.org

  • Isabella’s Relics through 9/3
  • Life, Death, & Revelry 6/14 – 9/3
  • Judith Barry through 6/26
  • Teen Takeover 6/13

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
Boston. mfa.org

  • Unexpected Families through 6/24/18
  • Mark Rothko: Reflection through 9/3/18
  • Community Arts Initiative: Endless Feast through 10/14
  • Collecting Stories: Native American Art through 3/10/19
  • Past Is Present: Revival Jewelry through 8/19
  • Juneteenth 6/20

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE
Boston. mos.org

  • Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World through 9/3
  • Defeating Disease
  • Dora & Diego: Let’s Explore through 7/4
  • Space: an Out of Gravity Experience begins 6/23

NEW ENGLAND AQUARIUM
Boston. neaq.org
Library pass not available from July 1 through Labor Day!

  • Pandas 3D at the IMAX theater
  • World Oceans Day 6/10, 11 am
  • Right Whales, Right Gear: Finding New Ways to Fish that Avoid Entanglements 6/19, 7 pm
  • Are Sharks Smart? 6/21, 7 pm

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF MAINE
Portland. childrensmuseumofme.org

  • 2018 Summer Camps in June, July, August

PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART
Portland. portlandmuseum.org

  • Under Pressure: Art from the 1980s through 8/12
  • The Robbers: German Art in a Time of Crisis through 7/15
  • The 2018 Portland Museum of Art Biennial through 6/3
  • Clarence H. White and His World 7/22 – 9/16

OGUNQUIT MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
Ogunquit. ogunquitmuseum.org

  • Steve Hawley: Studio Light through 7/4
  • Surrounded: Sampling Burchfield’s Wallpaper through 7/8
  • This Side of Paradise: American Artists of the Paris Salon through 10/31
  • The View from Narrow Cove through 10/31
  • Art in Bloom 6/22 – 6/24
  • Garden Party 6/24
Image of Lion at the MFA