Library Culture Pass Program

Culture Pass program
Art that inspires and engages, hands-on science that excites and educates, history that brings the Valley alive, plants and animals from here and round the world - all of this and more are waiting for you at Scottsdale Public Library! Library cardholders can now check out an admission for up to two people at participating cultural institutions!

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What is the Culture Pass?

The program is a partnership between the Phoenix metro public libraries and area museums. The Culture Pass gives cardholders free admission for 2 people at participating organizations when they "check-out" the admission at their library.


Which museum admissions may be "checked-out"?



Performing Art Special Passes


Performances Available Now:

There are currently no Special Performance Passes available.


Upcoming Performances:

Special Performance Passes have not been released yet.

  • The Composer is Dead 
    Sunday, May 25, 2014
    Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 North 2nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
    Performance is at Symphony Hall: Phoenix Symphony Hall


Past Performances:

Special Performance Passes that have been checked out.

  • Classical Kids Live: Magnificent Mozart Live!
    Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 2:30 pm
    Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 North 2nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
    Performance is at Symphony Hall: Phoenix Symphony Hall

    Tickets must be reserved through the Phoenix Symphony Box Office.
    We have 8 tickets for this event, and it comes with a voucher and handout.
    (The voucher that accompanies the passes will have all the details).

  • Chihuly at Desert Botanical Garden
    January 21, 2014 - February 13, 2014
    Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, Arizona 85008
    Note: These special passes are only good Monday - Friday until noon.
    Passes are not available for use on Saturday or Sunday.

  • Peter and the Starcatcher
    Tuesday, January 14 – Sunday, January 19, 2014
    ASU Gammage Hall, 1200 S. Forest Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85281
    Performance is at ASU Gammage Hall: ASU Gammage Hall

    To redeem your voucher for a ticket, please read the voucher thoroughly and follow instructions.
    Voucher MUST be redeemed no later than January 10.
    Please call the box office at (480) 965-3434 the day you receive your voucher.
    See special redemption instructions here

  • The Nutcracker
    Saturday, December 7 (matinee performance)
    Sunday, December 8 (evening performance)
    Please redeem passes at: Phoenix Symphony Hall, 75 North 2nd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004
    Show up at the Phoenix Symphony Hall Box Office 1-hour before showtime to redeem your seats.
    For questions, call Ballet Arizona: 602-381-0184
    Performance is at Symphony Hall: Phoenix Symphony Hall



Desert Botanical Garden:
Due to the Chihuly in the Garden exhibit from November 10, 2013 – May 18, 2014, the Desert Botanical Garden is not taking part in the Culture Pass Program. They plan to re-join the Culture Pass Program in June 2014


See a map of all the participating Culture Pass locations.


How can I check out a museum admission?

Customers can select the venue of their choice from the display at their Scottsdale library branch. Customers then need to bring the venue's card to a customer service desk along with their library card to "check-out" the admission pass. The library staff will issue a "date-due" slip. This date-due receipt serves as a voucher for admission the the museum.

*The red cards in the libraries are not redeemable for admission -- they need to remain at the library.


How many passes may be checked out?

Scottsdale Public Library cardholders may check out one pass per week, and only two passes per month.


How long will the pass valid?

The pass is valid for seven days from the time of check-out. It expires at the end of the day on the date on the slip.


May passes be used more than once?

Venues will collect the date due slips at the time of visit. The slips also expire after seven days whether they have been used or not.


Are the Culture Passes renewable?

Passes are not renewable.


May the public reserve a Culture Pass online?

No. Passes will be available on a first-come first-served basis.


Do the passes need to be returned to the library?

*The red cards in the libraries are not redeemable for admission.

In order to use the pass, you must take it to one of our customer service stations, and they will take the pass and provide you with a printed receipt to use in exchange for admission at the museum. So the Culture Pass itself never leaves the library.


If they have more people than what is allotted on the pass, do they get free admission on the higher ticket prices?

Yes. The free admission can be redeemed against the highest price ticket.


Are there restrictions on the Culture Pass?

The pass will cover admission to the venue, but not to special events/exhibits. Some participating organizations may have a few select dates when the pass cannot be used. Restrictions will be listed on both the program and the venue websites.


Many museums offer free days throughout the year also.


Not-So-Secret List of Free Museums?

The following list of museums are not part of the Culture Pass Program, but have regular free admission days or are always free.


Questions? Contact Information:

Ann Porter
Community Relations Coordinator, Scottsdale Public Library

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