Free and Discounted Museum Passes with your Library Card
A program called ‘Discover and Go’ available at libraries all over the bay area offers free or discounted museum passes to tons of great museums around the Bay.
We’ve personally used the Discover and Go program to visit the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkley, and the Lindsay Wildlife museum in Walnut Creek. Both times getting and using the passes was a simple and straightforward process.
We visited our library’s website, found the ‘Discover and Go’ link, then followed the instructions to find the museum we wanted to visit, and chose from the available days. We printed the pass at home and presented at the admissions desk at each venue. That’s all there was to it.
Some museums have a limit to how many Discover and Go passes you can print each year. Some only offer free or discounted admission for 1 or two people, so if you have a larger family, you would have to see if you’re able to reserve the same date on multiple library cards, or pay for admission for some of the members of your group. Still, it is a really wonderful deal.
I could not find a complete list of participating libraries, but here are at least some of the libraries that offer Discover and Go:
Despite some of the venues being located in Solano County, I was unable to find Discover and Go passes on the Solano County Library website. If someone else finds that information, please share it here in the comments.
I don’t know if, or how often the museums in the Discover and Go program might change, but as of this writing, these are all the wonderful places you can visit with a Discover and Go discount:
Aquarium of the Bay
Asian Art Museum
Bay Area Discovery Museum
California Academy of Sciences
California Historical Society
California Shakespeare Theater
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Children's Creativity Museum
The Contemporary Jewish Museum
GLBT History Museum
Golden State Model Railroad Museum
Habitot Children's Museum
The Lawrence Hall of Science
Lindsay Wildlife Museum
The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
The Marine Mammal Center
Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment
Museum of Craft and Folk Art
Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD)
Napa Valley Museum
Oakland Aviation Museum
Oakland Museum of California
Pacific Pinball Museum
Peralta Hacienda Historical Park
Ripley's Believe it or Not! ODDitorium
Saint Mary's College Museum of Art
San Jose Museum of Art
The Tech Museum
UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
USS Hornet Museum
Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts