If you’re looking for something fun to do that won’t strain your budget, check out a Culture Pass from Sedona Public Library.
In order to take advantage of the Culture Pass program you’ll need to have a library card. Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of one pass per cardholder at a time. On our website you’ll find a link to the website for each participating institution.
When you check out a Culture Pass you’ll receive a receipt admitting two people for one visit to that participating institution during the following seven days. Here in Northern Arizona, library cardholders can choose from Arcosanti, the Arboretum at Flagstaff, Route 66 Museum, Mohave Museum, Bonelli House, or the Sedona Heritage Museum.
Arcosanti is located 70 miles north of Phoenix, and is the brainchild of architect Paolo Soleri. The town has been under construction since 1970 and incorporates principles of ecological urban design.
The Arboretum at Flagstaff is 7,150 feet in elevation and is a beautiful place to relax and escape the heat. Pack your picnic and a blanket and learn about the native plants of this high-desert environment. Guests can enjoy the butterfly house, wildflower walks, and garden tours. The Arboretum is closed in the winter (beginning November 1), so be sure to put this on your summer to-do list. Note that it’s closed on Tuesdays.
Take a ride along historic Route 66 in Kingman with the three-in-one Culture Pass. You can visit the Route 66 Museum, the Mohave Museum, and the Bonelli House. These museums explore the diverse history of Northern Arizona, from the artwork and history of the Hopi, Hohokam, Hualapai, and Navajo tribes to the history of the early settlers and ranchers. Whether you make it a day trip or a special stop on your way west, there is a lot in store for you in Kingman.
If you want to stay close to home, stop at the Sedona Heritage Museum. This local gem of a museum was once a homestead for the Jordan family and is focused on the lifestyles and works of the people who pioneered this community from 1876 to the present, including Sedona Schnebly, the town’s namesake. You’ll also learn about the former orchard industry and movies made in Sedona.
In addition to the Northern Arizona Culture Passes, Sedona Library offers Culture Passes to these venues in the Phoenix area:
Cave Creek Museum (Open October through May)
Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Desert Botanical Garden
Phoenix Art Museum
Pueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Please visit the Sedona Library website, www.sedonalibrary.org, for complete Culture Pass program details and restrictions, to see which passes are currently available, and for links to participating locations.
Sedona Public Library is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Programs like the Culture Pass are made possible thanks to the generous donations of individuals and foundations. To make a tax-deductible donation, please visit our website or send to Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road, Sedona, Arizona 86336.
Sedona Public Library
Column for August 9, 2019
Written by: Virginia Volkman, Library Director
Library News appears each Friday in the Red Rock News and is also presented on Sedona Biz.