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Experience Passes that are currently available

NEW!  Colorado Railroad Museum The pass admits up to 6 people.  (See below for more  info).

  • History Colorado  Valid at 8 separate museums around the state, including the History Colorado Center in Denver.  (See below for more details).  Each pass admits up to 5 adults and 5 children.
  • Wings Over the Rockies- Includes the Denver Air & Space Museum and the Exploration of Flight Museum in Englewood; entry for 4 people
      • Botanic Gardens- timed-ticket entry; call to reserve a time (up to 6 people!)
      • Butterfly Pavilion- check out pass from library and present it at the front desk to redeem for general admission tickets (see more info below)
      • Denver Aquarium- timed-ticket entry; call to reserve a time
      • Denver Museum of Nature and Science- check out pass from library and present at Ticketing Desk; timed entry every 20 minutes (see more info below)
      • State Parks Pass- available!
      • Fiske Planetarium- not yet open, but you can check out a telescope with the Telescope Astronomy Kit (best for ages 7 to 12)
      • Early Literacy Kits
      • Microscope Kit (best for ages 7 to 12)
      • “Things that Go” Toy Library Kits (ages 2-5)
      • Home Movie Projector and Speakers (no screen)

Call us at 303-258-1101

See below for more details about these Experience Passes.

Experience Pass Program

The library’s Experience Pass Program provides free access to explore cultural, educational, and recreational attractions in the greater community.

Each pass has different terms and conditions.

Some details about eligibility and checkout policies:

  • You must have a Nederland Community Library Adult resident library card in good standing (no current fines) to check out pass(es).
  • Pass(es) provide FREE admission to you for up to a specified number. Be sure to check the limits for each pass as they are varied.
  • A pass must be shown at the venue entrance. Special exhibits are usually excluded. Be sure to check with each venue.
  • Passes may be reserved online or in person on a first-come/first served basis. Passes come with backpacks that have materials to enhance your experience, including an information sheet with “suggested highlights” curated by our Nederland Community Library team. These must be picked up in person at the library during regular hours of operation and returned in one week’s time. Failure to return on time may result in loss of experience pass checkout privileges.
  • Changes or cancellations must be made by calling the Library Circulation Desk at 303-258-1101 in order to release passes to other interested patrons.
  • Please be courteous to the next pass holder by returning the pass by its due date.  If the backpack and all its contents are not returned, a replacement fee of $50.00 will be assessed.
  • To allow everyone in our community the opportunity to enjoy these resources, only one Experience Pass can be checked out or placed on hold at a time.

Please call 303-258-1101 or email Elektra Greer if you have additional questions about the Experience Pass program.

Please read the details below carefully and check each attraction’s website for more details when you reserve your pass.

Each organization has different rules and operating hours.

Colorado Railroad Museum

Learn more about The Colorado Railroad Museum.

The pass admits up to 6 people.  Over 100 locomotives, passenger cars, freight cars and cabooses. Train rides are available for an additional $2 per child & $4 per adult (train ride days vary by the season).

Wings Over the Rockies

Includes the Denver Air & Space Museum and the Exploration of Flight Museum in Englewood.
Tickets must be reserved on-line (link provided at check-out).
Includes entry for 4 people.

Downtown Aquarium

Learn more about the Downtown Aquarium.

The Nederland Library has purchased adult and child passes. Adult patrons are entitled to a maximum of two adult and two child entry wristbands. Additional guests are subject to general admission fees.

Butterfly Pavilion

Learn more about the Butterfly Pavilion.

  • The pass allows one person free admission and up to four additional people at $5 admission.
  • Additional guests are subject to general admission fees. NOTE: for additional guests, prices are slightly lower cost when purchased online in advance.
  • Library patrons must check out the pass from the library to visit Butterfly Pavilion.
  • The Pavilion accepts walk-ups during the hours of 9 am – 4:15 pm, with first entry at 9 am and last entry at 4:15 pm. Exhibits close at 5:00 pm.
  • Library pass holders must present the pass at the front desk to redeem for general admission tickets.

Denver Botanic Gardens

Learn more about Denver Botanic Gardens.

Each pass is good for free admission for up to 6 visitors. Additional guests are subject to general admission fees.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Thanks to the generosity of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, we now have two passes for loan.

Each pass gives admission for up to 7 children/adults. 

The passes check out for a week and are available to full library card holders in good standing. You can place a hold on them online or by calling us.

 After you book your Culture Pass through the library, you do not need to contact the museum to set up your visit. On the day of your reservation, simply visit the Ticketing Desk upon arrival at the Museum and present your Culture Pass for entry.

Update on May 19, 2021: The Museum continues to follow guidance from CDC and state public health officials. Based on new guidance released last week, we have made some changes. Face coverings are encouraged for unvaccinated people over age 10, optional otherwise. We still recommend that you reserve your free, timed ticket for general admission. Beginning June 1, we will no longer require separate timed tickets children ages 0-2, for “Space Odyssey” or for “Discovery Zone.” We will continue to use play times in “Discovery Zone” to allow for cleaning breaks. We hope you’ll help us create a safe place for all and look forward to seeing you soon!

  • Timed entry every 20 minutes.
  • All guests ages 3 and older are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth at all times while visiting the Museum.
  • Temporary exhibitions require a paid, timed ticket in addition to a timed ticket for Museum entry.
  • The IMAX and Planetarium are open with limited seating. Please call 303-370-6306 to purchase tickets.
  • Visit the website for the latest updates.

Colorado State Park Passes

Colorado State Parks and Wildlife provides these State Park passes and family activity backpacks through the Check Out Colorado State Parks Program. This Program seeks to encourage and allow Colorado residents of all ages to visit State Parks, enjoy and explore nature, and engage in healthy, fun activities.  Learn more about Golden Gate Canyon State Park.

Each backpack/pass may be checked out for one week by any Nederland Community Library adult patron in good standing.

Fiske Planetarium

Enjoy a free pass (for a family of four) to a weekend show at Fiske Planetarium!  Check out this CALENDAR (March 2020) of available shows and then email Elektra Greer to reserve your pass.  Please list your top 2 choices for day and time.

WOW! Children's Museum

Located in Lafayette, WOW! Children’s Museum engages all families in educational, hands-on experiences that connect curiosity, creativity, and discovery.

Starting October 1, 2019, each lanyard pass admits one adult and one child and must be presented at time of check-in. All others in group must pay the general admission price ($10 child, $5 adult). The pass may be used one time only annually. No other discounts may be used in conjunction with this pass. The WOW! Children’s Museum is located at 110 N. Harrison Ave., Lafayette, CO 80026.

Passes exclude special events.

History Colorado

Valid at 8 separate museums around the state, including the History Colorado Center in Denver.  Each pass admits up to 5 adults and 5 children.
The pass can be used at:
    • Center for Colorado Women’s History- Denver
    • History Colorado Center- Denver
    • Fort Garland Museum- Fort Garland
    • Healy House Museum & Dexter Cabin- Leadville
    • Ute Indian Museum- Montrose
    • Fort Vazquez- Platteville
    • El Pueblo History Museum- Pueblo
    • Trinidad History Museum- Trinidad

Visit the History Colorado website for more information

More experiences to come in the future.


Please give us any suggestions of places you’d like to add to this program.

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