Columbus Metropolitan Library’s program to lend free “culture passes" now includes two more destinations.

As of Monday, Nov. 18, culture passes will be available for the Columbus Museum of Art and the Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art at all 23 library locations, according to spokesman Ben Zenitsky.

The library system’s culture-pass program also includes Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, the Ohio History Center and the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Here’s how it works: Cardholders may check out free passes to these destinations at specific branch locations and turn them in at the culture-pass destinations.

The passes are not available to reserve online, but availability may be checked online, Zenitsky said.

The library’s efforts to provide equal access to education for opportunities goes beyond books, he said.

“We’re so fortunate in central Ohio to have so many rich cultural institutions, and our hope with this program is to encourage those who may never have visited them to go experience these local destinations,” Zenitsky said.

Passes for the Pizzuti Collection, 632 N. Park St, and the art museum, 480 E. Broad St., may be checked out from all library locations and include free admission to regular exhibitions, as well as a 10% discount to the cafe and gift shop, Zenitsky said. Passes are valid for seven days and admit up to eight people.

“The culture passes are another way the museum strives to be open and welcoming to all,” said Nannette Maciejunes, executive director of the Columbus Museum of Art.

Passes to the other locations are available only at certain branches in proximity to the cultural institutions.

For example, cultural passes added to the program in August for the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, 300 W. Broad St., may be checked out from the Main Library and the Franklinton, Livingston, Martin Luther King and Parsons branches, Zenitsky said. They include free admission to regular exhibitions and are valid for three days for up to two adults and five children, he said.

The passes to Franklin Park Conservatory, 1777 E. Broad St., are available at the Driving Park, Martin Luther King and Shepard branches, Zenitsky said.

Passes to the Ohio History Center, 800 E. 17th Ave., are available at the Karl Road, Linden, Northern Lights and Northside branches, he said, and passes to the Wexner Center, 1871 N. High St., are available at the Main Library and the Martin Luther King, Northside and Whetstone branches, he said.

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