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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!

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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    

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.

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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"?

Arcosanti-Cordes Junction  
Arizona Science Center Culture Passes are good for General Admission only
Cave Creek Museum
open October thru May
open Wednesday - Sunday
Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve open Wednesday-Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Desert Botanical Garden Culture Passes are valid daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. except during special events.
Desert Caballeros Western Museum closed on Mondays, Memorial Day – Labor Day
Heard Museum  
Irish Cultural Center closed on Sundays & Mondays
Phoenix Art Museum closed on Mondays & Tuesdays
Pueblo Grande Museum closed on Mondays
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art closed on Mondays
Superstition Mountain Museum  

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 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 up to two passes per month per address, limited to one pass at a time.

  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?

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.

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

Arizona Science Center First Sunday of the month / free for SENIORS (62 & older)
Children’s Museum of Phoenix First Friday of the month / 5 pm - 9 pm
Phoenix Art Museum Wednesdays / 3 pm - 9 pm
First Friday of the month / 6 pm - 10 pm
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Thursdays / noon - 9 pm
Fridays & Saturdays / 5 pm - 9 pm

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.

Arizona Capitol Museum  
Arizona Railway Museum closed June - August
ASU Art Museum closed Sundays & Mondays
Chandler Museum  
Ellie and Michael Ziegler Fiesta Bowl Museum closed Saturdays & Sundays
Hall of Flame Fire Museum  
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum closed Mondays
Mesa Historical Museum closed Sundays, Mondays & Tuesdays
Mystery Castle closed Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
open October thru May
Phoenix Police Museum closed Sundays
Scottsdale Historical Museum  
Shemer Art Center closed Sundays & Mondays
Tempe Center for the Arts closed Mondays
Tempe History Museum closed Mondays
Wells Fargo History Museum closed Saturdays & Sundays

  Questions? Contact Information:

Brad Morse
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