Get Free Access to Hamilton County Museums and Attractions with Your Library Card

Written by Liz Foreman, Marketing Content Team Leader, Downtown Main Library

Greater Cincinnati is home to remarkable cultural and recreational institutions, and CHPL has a way to help library cardholders visit six of them for free.

The Library's Discovery Pass — available to borrow through our online reservation system — gives access to the following attractions: American Sign Museum, Cincinnati Art Museum’s special exhibitions, Cincinnati Museum Center, Great Parks of Hamilton County, the Harriet Beecher Stowe House, and Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum. The number of visitors per pass varies based on the destination selected.

Please note that due to COVID restrictions, some destinations require an extra step of setting up a timed ticket after you borrow your Discovery Pass, but before you visit.

Here's what excitement awaits your visit this summer:

American Sign Museum, opens a new window: You don’t need a big trip to see something fun and unusual, just stop in at the American Sign Museum. They have something for everyone whether you like history, science and technology, artistic craftsmanship, or want to snap some cool photos. If you haven’t been in a while, reacquaint yourself by using the museum’s updated audio tour, opens a new window for visitors.

Cincinnati Art Museum, opens a new window: Although regular admission is free, you can borrow a Discovery Pass to visit the museum’s special exhibitions. The current one is Paintings, Politics and the Monuments Men: The Berlin Masterpieces in America and it runs through Oct. 3.

Cincinnati Museum Center, opens a new window: Children's Museum and Ice Age are back open to the public. Childhood classics. ‘Nuff said.

Great Parks of Hamilton County, opens a new window: The cicadas are gone, which is music to some nature-lovers' ears. Learn about the outdoors, pick up a new hobby, or try getting “Naturally Fit.” Great Parks of Hamilton County has programs for everyone.

The Harriet Beecher Stowe House, opens a new window: Watch the building’s restoration in action. Visitors can view sections of the uncovered interior and check out the latest discoveries as the restoration work continues. Enjoy the new walking tour outside — no technology needed.

Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, opens a new window: The park’s 300 acres are great for an amble. Or, rent a golf cart to zoom around the park. (Cart rental is not included with Discovery Pass.) While you’re there you’ll see collection of abstract and representational outdoor sculptures from the Mid-South Sculpture Alliance. These sculptures, by artists from around the country, are on view through November.

Visit CincySummer.org for more summer outing ideas for kids and families.

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