Image courtesy Portland Art Museum

Local parents love the library for so many reasons. It’s dry in the winter and cool in the summer, and a comfortable spot for finding and reading books, playing with toys and hanging out. Of course, there are also the free events like storytimes, Lego clubs, cultural events and summer reading programs. But wait—there’s another reason to love our Portland-area library systems! They also offer free and discounted passes to popular museums and attractions. Find your library system below and start saving.

A Few Tips

  • Each program has different guidelines for how often you can reserve a pass.
  • If the passes are reserved, there are different times you can try again. For the Multnomah County Library system, they advise checking the next month.
  • Read the fine print for how many people you can bring. Also, some places have discounted or free admission for children, even without the pass.

Multnomah County Library’s My Discovery Pass

  • Artists Repertory Theatre: Pass admits two adults.
  • Boom Arts: Pass admits two people.
  • Five Oaks Museum: Pass admits two adults. Youth 17 and under are always free.
  • Friends of Chamber Music: Pass admits two adults.
  • Genealogical Forum of Oregon: Pass admits one person and covers full access to the library.
  • Oregon Koto-Kai: Pass admits two people.
  • Hollywood Theatre: Pass admits two people to a regular priced screening.
  • Lan Su Chinese Garden: Pass admits one person. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult with a pass or a ticket.
  • Literary Arts: Pass admits two adults.
  • Northwest Children’s Theater and School: Pass admits two people. 
  • Northwest Film Center: Pass admits two people to a regular priced screening.
  • Portland Art Museum: Pass admits two adults for general admission. Children 17 and under are always free.
  • Portland Center Stage at The Armory: Pass admits two people.
  • Portland Columbia Symphony: Pass admits two people. 
  • Portland Japanese Garden: Pass admits two adults and eight children age 17 and under. Children 5 and under are always free.
  • Portland Opera: Pass admits two adults.
  • Rose City Rollers: Pass admits two people.
  • Portland Playhouse: Pass admits two people.

Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries Experience Pass

  • Clark County Historical Museum
  • Cascade Locks Historical Museum
    Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum
  • Genealogical Forum of Oregon
  • Lan Su Chinese Garden
  • Maryhill Museum of Art 
  • Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals

Clackamas County Library Cultural Passes

  • Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden: Pass admits family of four.
  • Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum: Pass for two adults (or) one adult and one child.
  • Gilbert House Children’s Museum
  • Lan Su Chinese Garden: Pass for two people, ages 16+ (children under five free).
  • The Oregon Garden: Pass for two adults & four children (17 and under).
  • Oregon Historical Society. Pass for two individuals.
  • Oregon State Parks. Allows one vehicle to park in a state park.
  • Pittock Mansion: Pass for two adults & two children.
  • Portland Japanese Garden: Pass two adults & up to eight children (17 and under).

Passes on Hold Due to Pandemic

Washington County Cooperative Library Services Cultural Pass to Adventure

  • Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum: Pass admits two individuals. Children ages four and younger are free.
  • Gilbert House Children’s Museum: The pass admits five guests (age one and up). Children under age 1 are free.
  • Lan Su Chinese Garden: The pass allows one admission of any level into the garden during regular business hours. Children five and under are free.
  • The Oregon Garden: The pass admits two adults and four children into the Oregon Garden. Kids ages 4 and under are free. Not valid for Christmas in the Garden.
  • Oregon State Parks: Provides entry of one car, and may be used at any of the 25 Oregon State Parks that charge a parking fee. The permit is valid for one day only.
  • Pittock Mansion: The pass admits two adults and two children (ages 6-18).
  • Rice NW Museum or Rocks & Minerals: The pass admits two individuals. Children ages four or younger are free.
  • Washington County Museum. The pass admits two adults and four youth. Children 12 and under are always free.
  • Wings & Waves Waterpark: The Pass admits two individuals into the Waterpark.


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