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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!

Check Culture Pass availability »   The Culture Pass website »

  Which museum admissions may be "checked-out"?

Arcosanti-Cordes Junction  
Cave Creek Museum Open October thru May
Open Wednesday - Sunday
Cosanti Closed New Year's Day, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Desert Botanical Garden Closed on Mondays
Desert Caballeros Western Museum Closed on Mondays
Heard Museum  
Phoenix Art Museum Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays
Pueblo Grande Museum Closed on Sundays & Mondays
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and major holidays
Sedona Heritage Museum  
Superstition Mountain Museum  

See a map of all the participating Culture Pass locations.

Have you checked out a Culture Pass recently?

If you've used a Culture Pass recently, please take a moment to fill out this survey! Act One, the organization that manages the Culture Pass program, uses this survey information to continue and improve the program. Act One will select one respondent per month to win free tickets to a local performance or exhibit.

Take the survey

Special Event Culture Passes

Special Event Culture Passes are only available at Civic Center Main Library

Special Event Culture Passes are typically placed out two weeks in advance of the performance date(s).

no special performance passes are available at this time


The program, which is managed by the Act One Foundation, is a partnership between the Arizona public libraries and area museums. The Culture Pass gives cardholders free general admission for 2 people at participating organizations when they "check-out" the admission at their participating library.

Customers will inquire at a customer service desk or pick up location (window or curbside) about the availability of passes. You can also check our website for a current listing of venues. Once a venue (whether a museum or special performance) is chosen, the library staff will issue a check out receipt. This receipt serves as the ticket for general admission the museum or performance. If a special performance is chosen, the customer must take an additional step and contact the performance center to secure tickets/seating. This information is available on the voucher.

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

Current Scottsdale Public Library cardholders may check out one pass at a time, with up to two passes per month per household/address. Passes include venues and special performances.

No. The Culture Pass is only valid for 1 household/address during the seven days. Additional admission must be purchased at the venue.

The pass is valid for seven days from the time of check-out. It expires at the end of the day (11:59 p.m.) on the date on the receipt. No additional action needs to be taken by the customer.

Once a pass is checked out, a new pass cannot be checked out until the old one expires. It cannot be returned early.

No. Regardless of when the pass is used within the 7 day check out period, Scottsdale Public Library cardholders can only have one pass out at a time. Once the seven days are up, another pass can be issued to the cardholder.

No, each receipt is only good for 2 admissions at the same time. Venues will collect the receipts at the time of visit. The receipts also expire after seven days whether they have been used or not.

Passes are not renewable.

No. Once a pass has been issued to the cardholder, the pass is valid and the customer must wait seven days until the pass expires before receiving another. We encourage patrons to visit our website for current available passes and performances and to contact venues before visiting.

No. Passes will be available on a first-come first-served basis. To check for availability, please review our catalog.

Yes. The free admission can be redeemed against the highest price ticket. Example: If there are three adults and two children, the free admission will be for two adults.

The pass will cover general 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. We strongly encourage patrons to contact the venue before visiting.

Because the Scottsdale Public Library branches share the same collection of materials, including Culture Passes, you will not be able to check out another pass at any other branch until the current pass has expired (after 7 days from check out).

The admissions must be used at the same time (ie. you cannot use “1” admission one day and the “other” at a later date).

Many museums offer free days throughout the year also...

Phoenix Art Museum 3 - 7 p.m., Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesdays
3 - 7 p.m., the first Friday of the month
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Free on Thursdays and every second Saturday of the month

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.

ASU Art Museum closed Monday - Thursday and university holidays
Chandler Museum 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday and 1 - 5 p.m., Sundays
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum closed Mondays
Mesa Historical Museum closed Sundays, Mondays & Tuesdays
Phoenix Police Museum closed Sundays
Shemer Art Center 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday, closed Sundays & Mondays
Tempe Center for the Arts noon - 5 p.m., Tuesday - Friday
Tempe History Museum closed Saturday - Monday and major holidays
Wells Fargo History Museum closed Saturdays & Sundays

  Questions? Contact Information:

Civic Center Circulation Supervisor
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