If you live in the Twin Cities and have a library card, you can now get free access to shows and museums through the brand new MELSA smARTpass program. They’re currently testing a pilot program for six months (through 8/31), but this pilot program is open to anyone with a library card from the eight public library systems in the Twin Cities 7-county metro area.
How to Use MELSA smARTpass
Here’s how to use this program:
- Visit the MELSA smARTpassÃ‚ website and log in with your library card number and PIN. (Your library card needs to come from one of the following public library systems: Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington County, or the city of St. Paul.)
- Click “Find an Event” and browse the selection of current offerings. You can filter by date, location, organization, and more.
- Once you’ve found an event you want to check out, click “Reserve Offer” and complete the process.
What Venues Are Included?
In a quick browse, I’m seeing that you can get in to theÃ‚ Firefighters Hall and Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Stages Theatre Company, Hennepin History Museum, and more – all for free!
Some Fine Print
Once you’ve made a reservation for free admission at a participating organization, you will not be able to make another one for that same location during the six-month trial period. You are also not able to change your reservation after you’ve made it, so be absolutely 100% sure you’re able to attend!Ã‚ You can have up to two active reservations at a time, so keep that in mind if you’re reserving admissions well in advance.
Also be sure to follow the directions for each offer carefully. Some theaters may require you to call the box office so that they can assign you a reserved seat; others may hold your tickets at Will Call and ask to see your printed smARTpass voucher.
Thanks, Family Fun Twin Cities!