Museum Passes

Museum Adventure Passes

History and culture that excite and inspire, gardens that engage and soothe, hands-on discovery that educates and entertains - all of these and more are waiting for you!

Use your Wauconda Area Public Library card to receive a Museum Adventure Pass and get free admission or a special discount at Chicago area museums.

  1. Passes are available first come, first served at the Check Out Desk or ONLINE by clicking here.

  2. Please have your valid Wauconda Area Library card ready to check out a pass. Most passes admit between 2-4 people. Click here to view specific pass information and discounts by museum.

  3. Once the pass has been checked out, the Check Out Desk will print out the pass, or patrons can print the passes at the Library or using their home computer. 

  4. Present your pass and Library card to the museum within 7 days.

  5. Enjoy your day!

  • Passes are limited to one per household, per loan period. 

  • Passes cannot be placed on hold or reproduced.

  • Passes cannot be used more than once during the 7 day checkout period.

  • Passes cannot be returned early.

  • Passes are available first come, first served to Wauconda Area Library cardholders only. If you have a library card from another library, you must obtain your passes from your home library. Click here to view a list of participating libraries.

Explore More Illinois

Explore More Illinois is a cultural pass program that allows Illinois public library cardholders to get offers from museums, park districts, historical societies, performing and visual arts centers, and other attractions.

Explore More Illinois is free and can be accessed 24/7 from any computer, tablet, or smartphone.

The Wauconda Area Library is now a part of this program for Adult cardholders in good standing. You can also go directly to this link - Next you will be prompted to enter your full library barcode. You can print the offer or pass for the applicable museum or in most cases show the offer on your smartphone at the admission location of the attraction. Library staff are happy to help you print out your offer.

Reservations must be made for a specific date. Using the calendar, you can choose what date you want to make the reservation for and then choose the Reserve option under the attraction. A confirmation box will appear, and a confirmation email will be sent to you. (2 active reservations maximum per library barcode, Museums set borrowing limitations.)