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“CT Summer at the Museum” returned for a second summer season as of June 29, 2022. Governor Ned Lamont established this program in 2021, funding it through $15 million received from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The purpose is to give children a way to be enriched and engaged during the summer in spite of the Covid 19 pandemic. One child under the age of 18 and one accompanying adult get free admission to many museums throughout Connecticut. Please check this website: ctvisit.com/articles/Connecticut-summer-museum-2022-free-admission-kids for a full list of participating museums and details. This program continues through September 4, 2022.
My son and I have had a lot of fun going to local attractions as well as some further out. So far, we have ridden the Essex Steam Train (usually $40, but free!), gone to the Mystic Aquarium ($63, but free!) and visited Old Newgate Prison and Copper Mine in East Granby ($15, but free!). We highly recommend the Old Newgate Prison as the guides tell a fascinating albeit disturbing story and you do get a guided tour of the copper mine.
But be prepared to duck; some tunnels are only 4’ high. Next up, we plan to go to Mystic Seaport ($50, but free!) and the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks ($36, but free!). Finally, we will probably go back to the Essex Steam Train, but add the boat ride which will be a savings of $80.
This program has been a great way to get us out and about and we’ve seen and learned a lot of fascinating things and ARPA has paid our admissions – can’t complain about that!
Once this program is over for the summer, please remember that Brainerd Memorial Library has a museum pass program offering free or discounted admission to many museums and attractions throughout the state. Check the website brainerdlibrary.lioninc.org for a list of the passes and guidelines.
Jenny Law, Higganum