Culture Pass Provides Thousands Of Families Access To Valley Attractions
Locals: If you have a library card, visit some of our great cultural organizations for free!
The Culture Pass provides library card holders free admission to top metro Phoenix destinations, has been reinstated for a second year beginning April 1, 2010. The program, which served 140,000 participants in its first year, pairs 14 local organizations with public libraries in Chandler, Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe.
How it Works
Culture Passes are checked out like library books at the 30 local branches of participating city libraries in Chandler, Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. Each pass grants admission for two or four people. Libraries have a limited number of passes for each organization. Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are checked out at the library’s circulation desk. Passes cannot be reserved, renewed or requested through interlibrary loan and are valid for seven days. Passes do not need to be returned.
“The Culture Pass has been a resounding success,” said Judy Jolley Mohraz, president and CEO of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. “It is a win-win-win, for families, libraries and arts organizations.”
2010 – 2011 Participants:
- Arizona Museum of Natural History
- Arizona Museum for Youth
- Arizona Science Center
- The Bead Museum
- Cave Creek Museum
- Children’s Museum of Phoenix
- Desert Botanical Garden
- Heard Museum Downtown Phoenix
- Heard Museum North Scottsdale
- Mesa Contemporary Arts
- Phoenix Art Museum
- Phoenix Zoo
- Pueblo Grande Museum (new)
- Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
New for 2010-2011
The Pueblo Grande Museum, a museum complex in the center of metro Phoenix that includes the preserved remains of a prehistoric Hohokam Indian ruin, has joined the Culture Pass offering admission for four. Taliesin West has elected not to participate for a second year, while the Arizona Museum of Natural History, Arizona Museum for Youth, Children’s Museum of Phoenix and Phoenix Zoo have reduced their Culture Pass admission from four to two. All other Culture Passes provide admission for four. Admission guidelines are clearly marked in the 2010-2011 brochure available at Culture Pass displays at participating libraries.
“Whether library card holders are checking out passes entitling them to two or four admissions, the program provides easy and affordable access to the Valley’s most popular destinations,” commented Linda Hardwick Public Relations & Marketing Manager, Phoenix Zoo. “The Culture Pass program was designed to provide all local families the opportunity to visit Phoenix’s best assets and to breakdown the perceptions of cost that our institutions face. It’s effectively doing just that.”
In addition to receiving free admission, Culture Pass users can take advantage of other offers, such as discounts at Museum gift shops and memberships.
The Culture Pass is made possible through the generous support of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, Macy’s and ShowUp.com. Promotional support has been provided by Clear Channel Radio, CBS Outdoor and the Arizona Republic.
More information about the Culture Pass and the participating organizations is available at theculturepass.org.