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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!

See library catalog for availability »   The Culture Pass website »

Participating Cultural Partners

Arcosanti-Cordes Junction
(Northern Arizona)
Open 7 days a week
Closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, Veterans' Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Open 7 days a week
Boyce Thompson Arboretum
(Central Arizona)
Open 7 days a week October-May
Closed Tuesday June-September; Closed July 4, Thanksgiving and Christmas
Cave Creek Museum
(Central Arizona)
Open Wednesday - Sunday, October - May
Closed Easter, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day
Desert Botanical Garden
(Central Arizona)
Open 7 days a week. Reservation required. Please call venue before your visit.
Closed July 1-7, Thanksgiving, and Christmas
Desert Caballeros Western Museum
(Northern Arizona)
Open 7 days a week
Closed New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas
Heard Museum
(Central Arizona)
Open Monday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Closed Easter Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas
Phoenix Art Museum
(Central Arizona)
Open Wednesday - Sunday
Closed on New Year’s Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day
Reid Park Zoo
(Tucson, AZ)
Open 7 days a week
Closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
(Central Arizona)
Timed admission required.Call ahead for details
Open Wednesday - Sunday
Closed Major Holidays
S'edav Va'aki Museum (formerly Pueblo Grande Museum)
(Central Arizona)
May-September Summer Hours: closed Sunday and Monday, open Tuesday-Saturday
October-April Fall Hours: open 7 days a week
Sedona Heritage Museum
(Northern Arizona)
Open 7 days a week
Closed Major Holidays
Superstition Mountain Museum
(Central Arizona)
Open Monday-Sunday
October-April, Tuesday-Sunday 9-4. May-September, Wednesday-Sunday 9-3. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter.
University of Arizona Museum of Art
(Tucson, AZ)
Open Tuesday - Saturday
Closed university holidays
Verde Valley Archaeology Center
(Northern Arizona)
Open Tuesday-Saturday
Closed Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, New Year's Eve and Day

Free Admission Museums in the Valley

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

Arizona Capitol Museum
Open Monday-Friday, closed on state holidays
Arizona Railway Museum
Open Saturdays and Sundays September to May 26, 2024. CLOSED Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Day, Easter Sunday
ASU Art Museum
Open Wednesdays - Sunday. Closed Monday-Tuesday and university holidays.
Buddy Stubbs Harley Davidson Museum
open Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Chandler Museum
10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday and 1 - 5 p.m., Sundays
Open 7 days a week.
Closed New Years Day, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas
The Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts
open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Historic Sahuaro Ranch Park
Park Hours: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum
Open Tuesday-Sunday. Closed Monday and major holidays
Penske Racing Museum
open Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 – 5 p.m.
Phoenix Police Museum
Open Monday-Friday. Closed on holidays
Shemer Art Center
10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday, closed Sundays & Mondays
Suggested donation $7 - 10
Sky Harbor Airport Terminal 4 Museum
Pedestrian Bridges, International Walkway, Sky Train Station Platform
Open daily
Tempe History Museum
closed Saturday - Monday and major holidays
West Valley Art Museum
open Monday-Wednesday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Thursday 12 - 6 p.m.
Ziegler Fiesta Bowl Museum
Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Many museums offer free days throughout the year...

Phoenix Art Museum 3 - 9 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

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 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).

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

Questions? Contact Information:

Civic Center Circulation Supervisor
email Civic Center Circulation Supervisor

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