Free Admission for Connecticut Kids: Over 100 Museums Participate this Summer

Connecticut kids get hands-on fun for free this summer! Photo courtesy of the Mystic Aquarium, Facebook
Connecticut kids get hands-on fun for free this summer! Photo courtesy of the Mystic Aquarium, Facebook

It's back, and Connecticut kids have another summer freebie. More than 100 of the state's museums will provide free admission for Connecticut kids and an accompanying adult this summer. The state's aquariums and zoo make the list, too.

Connecticut's Summer at the Museum program began in 2021 to help with the possible learning loss of the pandemic school year; the governor said he pushed for the summer perk to further kids' education in a hands-on way. 

"We are thrilled to bring back this popular summer enrichment program for Connecticut kids and families at a time when affordability is top of mind for so many households," he said in a statement. "The world-class museums and cultural institutions across Connecticut offer unmatched educational and recreational experiences that will keep kids engaged all season long and spark curiosity for years to come."

The free admission runs July 1 through September 5. It applies to all Connecticut children ages 18 and under, as well as one adult. Some restrictions may apply in terms of capacity, certain dates, or special events, so check museums' websites before heading out the door.

See the full list of museums waiving admission all summer. It includes some of our favorites, such as the Mystic Aquarium, New England Air Museum, the Beardsley Zoo, the Connecticut Science Center, and many more children's museums and historical sites around the state.

The program is funded through a federal COVID-19 relief fund, the American Rescue Plan Act.

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