Museum Adventure Passes

logoVenture into an aardvark den or master a mythical maze. Come face to face with a human-headed winged bull and sit peacefully in a Japanese garden. Your pass to these adventures and many more is already in your hands. Continuing through the year, Thomas Ford Memorial Library card holders can receive free or reduced admission to 17 exciting museums and cultural institutions throughout the Chicago area, such as the Chicago Botanic Garden, Brookfield Zoo, Naper Settlement and Legoland Discovery Center.

You can now request Museum Adventure Passes online from home! Visit and search for Thomas Ford to see the passes available and send us a request. Pass requests will only be approved during library hours, so it may take up to 24 hours to receive the approved pass in your email. You can also opt to visit the library in person to have us print the pass out for you. Each museum is contributing four passes each week, good for one to four free admissions depending on location. They are available on a first come, first served basis. So many adventures await! All you need to take part in these learning adventures is a valid library card. Note: You can only check out passes from your home library. One Museum Adventure Pass may be checked out per person, per loan period.

For a full listing of participating institutions and for check-out guidelines, go to, or ask an Adult Services or Youth Services librarian the next time you visit the Library.