COVID-19 Update

Due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Arizona, performance passes are on hold until further notice. The arts and cultural venue portion of the program is still available in libraries. Please check with all venues for reservation requirements, timed ticketing, and COVID policies before visiting.

What is Culture Pass?

Act One’s Culture Pass provides access to the arts for students, retirees, and under-resourced families to visit Arizona’s arts and cultural treasures. Act One partners with over 100 libraries statewide to allow library cardholders the opportunity to check out free passes. Over 500,000 passes are offered annually. Visit your local library to check out a pass today!

How Do I Get Started?

To get started you must have a library card for one of our participating libraries below. Visit your local library to check out what passes are available.

Arts + Culture Partners

Metro Phoenix Area

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Cave Creek Museum

The Cave Creek Museum is located in Cave Creek, Arizona, and works to preserve the artifacts of the prehistory, history, culture and legacy of the Cave Creek Mining District and the Cave Creek/Carefree foothills area through education, research, and interpretive exhibits. The Cave Creek Museum is open October through May annually. 

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Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden is here to help you enjoy the beauty of the desert and care about it. With over 140 acres of garden, 55 of them under cultivation and more than 50,000 plant displays showcased in outdoor exhibits, the Desert Botanical Garden is one of only 24 botanical gardens accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

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Heard Museum

Since its founding in 1929, the Heard Museum has grown in size and stature to become recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, world-class exhibitions, educational programming and its unmatched festivals. Dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art, the Heard successfully presents the stories of American Indian people from a first-person perspective, as well as exhibitions that showcase the beauty and vitality of traditional and contemporary art. The Heard Museum sets the standard for collaborating with American Indian artists and tribal communities to provide visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art of Native people, especially those from the Southwest.

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Phoenix Art Museum

Located in the Central Corridor of a bustling, desert metropolis, Phoenix Art Museum has opened doors to world-class exhibitions, its comprehensive collections, and meaningful moments of learning and connection for 60 years.

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Pueblo Grande Museum

Pueblo Grande Museum opened in 1929 and consists of two-thirds of a mile of interpretive trail which travels around the remains of the prehistoric Hohokam people’s ballcourt and platform. The Museum is run by the City of Phoenix, and Phoenix was the first city in the nation to hire a City Archeologist to help curate the Musuem and site. Pueblo Grande is Spanish for Large Town and appears to have been settled sometime before A.D. 500 and was abandoned around 1450 for reasons not quite known. For more information regarding admission, visit [https://pueblogrande.org/] 

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Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

A museum located in Scottsdale, Arizona, dedicated to contemporary art, architecture, and design.

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Superstition Mountain Museum

The Superstition Mountain Historical Society was formed on December 27, 1979. We are a non-profit organization, organized to collect and preserve the history and legends of Arizona’s Superstition Mountains, and to support research, education and publications involving the region. The Superstition Mountain Museum collects, preserves and displays the artifacts, history and folklore of the Superstition Mountains, Apache Junction and the surrounding region.

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Cave Creek Museum

Desert Botanical Garden

Heard Museum

Phoenix Art Museum

Pueblo Grande Museum

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Superstition Mountain Museum

Tucson Metro Area

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Amerind Museum

A museum, art gallery, and research center dedicated to archaeology, Native cultures, and Western art. Located in Dragoon, Arizona, and surrounded by the spectacular boulders of Texas Canyon.

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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a fusion experience: zoo, botanical garden, art gallery & classes, natural history museum, and aquarium.

Please note: Passes are unavailable for check out from November 1 through April 30 annually.

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Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo’s mission is “to create inspiring memories for all by connecting people and animals to ensure the protection of wild animals and wild places.” The Zoo features over 300 animals including elephants, lions, anteaters, giraffe, rhino, zebra, squirrel monkeys, meerkats and more.  There are also play areas for children and carousel & train rides.

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The University of Arizona Museum of Art

Scholarship and public engagement have remained equally vital parts of The University of Arizona Museum of Art’s mission. By preserving collections that showcase five centuries of artistic expression from around the world, the museum promotes greater appreciation for the inherent value of the visual arts. The museum houses works by renowned artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun. Beyond the gallery walls: More than 40 public sculptures and integrated artworks speckle the surrounding area, providing small discoveries for visitors willing to explore the campus.

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Tohono Chul

Scholarship and public engagement have remained equally vital parts of The University of Arizona Museum of Art’s mission. By preserving collections that showcase five centuries of artistic expression from around the world, the museum promotes greater appreciation for the inherent value of the visual arts. The museum houses works by renowned artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun. Beyond the gallery walls: More than 40 public sculptures and integrated artworks speckle the surrounding area, providing small discoveries for visitors willing to explore the campus.

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Tucson Botanical Gardens

The Tucson Botanical Gardens connects people with plants and nature through art, science, history and culture.

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Tucson Jewish Museum & Holocaust Center

The Tucson Jewish Museum & Holocaust Center features the first synagogue built in the Arizona Territory (1910) and Arizona’s only Holocaust History Center.  The Holocaust Center presents the Holocaust through the life experiences of more than 260 Holocaust survivors who both survived Nazi persecution and later lived in Southern Arizona. The center includes a contemporary human rights gallery which hosts annual rotating exhibitions that highlight present-day human rights violations and issues of social justice. 

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Tucson Museum of Art

The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, a regional museum and center for artistic inquiry and appreciation, seeks to inspire dynamic human experiences, create a passion for the visual arts and celebrate Southern Arizona’s rich and diverse culture.

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Amerind Museum

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Reid Park Zoo

The University of Arizona Museum of Art

Tohono Chul

Tucson Botanical Gardens

Tucson Jewish Museum & Holocaust Center

Tucson Museum of Art

Northern + Rural Arizona

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Arcosanti

In 1970, The Cosanti Foundation began building Arcosanti, an experimental town in the high desert of Arizona, 70 miles north of metropolitan Phoenix. An ambitious project envisioned as an experiment in living frugally and with a limited environmental footprint, Arcosanti is an attempt at a prototype arcology, integrating the design of architecture with respect to ecology. Based on a set of four core values that include Frugality and Resourcefulness, Ecological Accountability, Experiential Learning, and Leaving a Limited Footprint. The Cosanti Foundation operates Arcosanti as a counterpoint to mass consumerism, urban sprawl, unchecked consumption of natural resources, and social isolation. Visitors can schedule and reserve their spots online at www.arcosanti.org/tours after they have checked out their Culture Pass.

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Desert Caballeros Western Museum

The Desert Caballeros Western Museum welcomes and enriches diverse audiences by inspiring an appreciation of the art and history of the American West through creative exhibitions and educational programs that preserve the West’s cultural legacy.

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Museum of Northern Arizona

The Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) is a private, non-profit, educational institution located in Flagstaff, Arizona at the base of the beautiful San Francisco Peaks. The Museum was founded in 1928 by a group of Flagstaff citizens to protect and preserve the natural and cultural heritage of northern Arizona through research, collections, conservation, and education. The Museum has evolved into a regional center of learning with collections, exhibits, educational programs, publications, and research projects that serve thousands of people each year.

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Sedona Heritage Museum

The Sedona Heritage Museum exhibits include local history of pioneers, western film-making in Sedona, cowboy and ranch life, vintage vehicles, orchard and fruit processing equipment, art, and wine-making. Pick up something special in the Gift Shop, take photos in the Kids’ Korral, or enjoy an outdoor picnic with beautiful views.

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Sharlot Hall Museum

Sharlot Hall Museum is named after its founder, Sharlot Mabridth Hall (1870-1943), who became well-known as a poet, activist, politician, and Arizona’s first female Territorial Historian. She was one of the West’s most remarkable women. In 1907, she saw the need to save Arizona’s history and planned to develop a museum and began to collect both indigenous and pioneer artifacts.  In 1927, she began restoring the first Territorial Governor’s residence and offices and moved her extensive collection of artifacts and documents opening it as the “Gubernatorial Mansion Museum” in 1928.  After her death in 1943, the museum was named in her honor.

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The Arboretum at Flagstaff

The Arboretum at Flagstaff was founded by Frances McAllister in 1981 as a private nonprofit organization under the official name ‘The Transition Zone Horticultural Institute.’ While research was the original primary focus, over the years it has become known as a destination for local and out-of-town visitors who want to learn more about the native plants and animals found in northern Arizona, and as a wonderful venue for a wide variety of events and educational programs.

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Verde Valley Archaeological Center

The mission of the Verde Valley Archaeological Center is to preserve archaeological sites and collections, to curate the collections locally, and to make them available for research and education; to develop partnerships with American Indians, cultural groups and the communities we serve; and to foster a deeper understanding of prehistory and American Indian history in the Verde Valley through the science of archaeology. The Center is the only organization in the Verde Valley region dedicated to the care, management and use (‘curation’) of archaeological artifacts found throughout the Verde Valley region.

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Arcosanti

Desert Caballeros Western Museum

Museum of Northern Arizona

Sedona Heritage Museum

Sharlot Hall Museum

The Arboretum at Flagstaff

Verde Valley Archaeological Center

Culture Passes are currently available for check out by local residents with a library card at the following libraries:

Metro Phoenix Area

Apache Junction Public Library

The Apache Junction Public Library offers Culture Passes.

Avondale Public Library

Civic Center Library and Sam Garcia Library.

Arizona State University

Hayden, Thacker, Polytechnic, and Downtown Campus.

Buckeye Public Library District

Downtown, Coyote, and the Roadrunner Bookmobile

Casa Grande Public Library

Main Library and Desert Vista Library.

Chandler Public Library District

Downtown, Sunset, Hamilton, and Basha

Glendale Public Library District

Foothills Library, Heroes Regional Park Library, Main Library, and Velma Teague Library.

Maricopa County Public Library District

Aguila Library, Asante Library, Ed Robson Library, El Mirage Library, Fairway Library, Fountain Hills Library, Gila Bend Library, Goodyear Library, Guadalupe Library, Hollyhock Library, Litchfield Park Library, North Valley Regional Library, Northwest Regional Library, Perry Library, Queen Creek Library, Southeast Regional Library, Sun City Library, and White Tank Library.

Mesa Public Library District

Main Library, Dobson Ranch Library, and Red Mountain Library.

Peoria Main Library District

Main Library and Sunrise Mountain Library.

Phoenix Public Library District

Burton Barr Central Library, Acacia Library, Agave Library, Century Library, Cesar Chavez Library, Cholla Library, Desert Broom Library, Desert Sage Library, Harmon Library, Ironwood Library, Juniper Library, Mesquite Library, Ocotillo Library and Workforce Literacy Center, Palo Verde Library, Saguaro Library, South Mountain Community Library, and Yucca Library.

Scottsdale Public Library District

Appaloosa Library, Arabian Library, Civic Center Library, and Mustang Library

Sun City Library

R.H. Johnson Library.

Tucson Metro Area

Pima Community College Library

West Campus Library, Desert Vista Campus Library, and Downtown Campus Library.

Pima County Library District

Eckstrom-Columbus Library, Himmel Park Library, Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Joyner-Green Valley Library, Kirk-Bear Canyon Library, Miller-Golf Links Library, Mission Library, Quincie Douglas Library, Valencia Library, Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library, and Woods Memorial Library.

Northern + Rural Arizona

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

Hazy Library and Learning Center

Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Libraries

Downtown Library and East Flagstaff Library

Sedona Public Library

Sedona Main Library and Village of Oak Creek Library

Yavapai County Free Library District

Ash Fork Library, Bagdad Library, Beaver Creek Library, Black Canyon City Library, Clarkdale Library, Congress Library, Cordes Lakes Library, Crown King Library, Dewey-Humboldt Library, Mayer Library, Paulden Library, Seligman Library, Spring Valley Library, Wilhoit Library, and Yarnell Library.

Yuma Main Library

Dateland Library, Foothills Library, Heritage Library, Main Yuma Library, San Luis Library, Somerton Library, and Wellton Library.

 

 

If you are an arts and culture institution in the state of Arizona and are interested in participating in the Culture Pass program, please email Anne Osborne at aosborne@act1az.org.

 

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