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Thanks to a very generous sponsorship by Friends of the Gilford Public Library, the library has once again been able to purchase a number of free (or discounted) passes to area museums, art galleries and other attractions. They are available on a first come/first serve basis, and some require a deposit.

Scroll down for descriptions and links to web sites.


Strawbery Banke Museum

Step over the threshold of history to life in New Hampshire's oldest seacoast neighborhood. Experience life from the late 1600's to the 1950's in this neighborhood known as Puddle Dock. The site, known today as Strawbery Banke Museum, offers a glimpse into the everyday lives of everyday people who called this area home for nearly four centuries.
Year round eduction programs for children, students and adults are offered. Stawbery Banks Museum has an outstanding Museum Shop and informantion center, as well as an on-site cafe and outdoor picnic tables.


The pass is good for free daily admission for two adults and up to four children and free admission to special events, including Candlelight Stroll.





The Museum of New Hampshire History

Located off Eagle Square in Concord, NH, this is one of northern New England's finest history museums. It is the single best source for information and educational materials on the state's history. It offers exciting exhibitions on the state's rich heritage and traditions as well as a variety of programs for children and adults throughout the year. The museum store features the state's best selection of New Hampshire's books, products, and crafts.


Pass allows unlimited free admission and 15% discount on museum store purchases. $10 deposit required.



Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

EXPLORE NATURE! If you're wild about New Hampshire wildlife, the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center is the place to visit! From bears to bobcats, owls to otters, this natural science center provides everyone with an opportunity to see wildlife close up and learn about their habitats.
Library passes are valid for 2 free trail admissions plus up to four  additional discounted trail admission for $10 each, every day from May 1 to November 1. Please note that Library Membership passes are not appropriate for use by schools or other organized groups.

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

The Discovery Center has an amazing collection of innovative, interactive exhibits to explore. Delve in to the worlds of astronomy, aviation, Earth and space sciences and become immersed in this entertaining learning environment.


Passes give free admission to exhibit galleries for up to four people. Planetarium shows are $5 per person with pass.


Canterbury Shaker Village

Take a step back in time and experience 200 years of the Shaker way of life. Visit our National Historic Landmark with 25 original buildings situated on a rolling hilltop surrounded by open fields, woodlots, and ponds. Take a guided tour, watch crafts being made, enjoy gardens, ponds, remains of old mills. Restaurant on site, and a museum store offering Shaker reproduction furniture, an extensive collection of Shaker books and tapes and NH handcrafts.


Pass is good for discounted admission for any combination of two adults or children to the museum and exhibits. Admission co-pay is $6 per adult and $3 per child. Cannot be combined with any other discount offers. Excludes special events.


Currier Gallery of Art

The Currier Gallery of Art is an internationally renowned art museum featuring European and American paintings, decorative arts and sculptures...all in a classic setting. The Zimmerman House, included in the Currier's permanent collection, allows you to experience Frank Lloyd Wright in New Hampshire. Built for Isadore and Lucille Zimmerman in 1950, the Zimmerman House is the only Frank Lloyd Wright designed residence in New England open to the public. For those wishing to explore their artistic sides, the Currier Art Center offers studio art classes and workshops for children and adults.

Passes provide free general admission for up to 2 adults (18 years and older): children 17 years and younger are always free.

 Libby Museum

The Libby Museum was established in 1912 and is on the registry of national historic places. It is a museum of natural history featuring an Abenaki Native American collection and a Governor Wentworth collection.

Free admission to all with pass. $10 deposit required.


Wright Museum

Travel back in time to 1939 - 1945 America! The Wright Museum showcases the enterprising spirit of America as everyone ralled to the call to arms during World War II. This historically accurate collection of memorabilia, vehicles, films, and artifacts demonstrates the efforts that the American people brought to this crisis. Situated on a six-acre site on the Smith River in Wolfeboro NH, the museum provides ample parking for cars and buses.

Pass allows two adults and four children free admission.





Visit the Castle and you'll:
Tour the 1914 Arts and Crafts style mansion.

Take in the spectacular view of Lake Winnipesaukee.

Stroll through magnificent gardens.

Walk or hike the 28 miles of trails and view the striking waterfalls.

Enjoy lunch on the patio or in the picnic grove.

And, more!


Pass allows free admission for two adults and two children (but is not valid for special events).



Children's Museum of New Hampshire -

The Children's Museum of New Hampshire, located in downtown Dover, has two floors of custom-made interactive exhibits for all ages, performances, workshops, classes, and special events all year-round!

We have a 4-person discount pass, that allows for a discount on general admission during regular museum hours; Tuesday through Sunuday, 10am - 5pm, Sunday from 12 - 5pm. During the summer, the museum is open 7 days a week.


The Fells -








Two passes are available for each day of the week. Each pass admits two adults and all accompaning children under the age of 18 to the Main House, gardens and grounds and includes seasonal guided tours as well as special events and exhibits.