General Daily Admission Tickets

General daily admission tickets are released on the first of the month, one month before the visit date.

For Visitors (Non-Members)


Advance tickets are strongly encouraged for non-members to guarantee daily admission.

Admission is free for all members!

  • For Solo, Duo and Duo+2 members, no advance tickets are needed for daily admission Tuesday through Thursday. For Gold, Gold Plus and Giving Society members, no advance tickets are needed for general daily admission. 

Additional Admission Details

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Gold Access Members (and those who are formerly Donor-Level Members)

Gold, Gold Plus and Giving Society members can access the Arboretum without an advance ticket any day of the week with their membership cards — except during special ticketed events, such as Winter Lights. Use your membership card barcode in our contactless Gold Access (formerly EZ Pass) lane.

Solo, Duo and Duo+2 Members

Members must register online and sign in to receive tickets at the member price. 

  • Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays: Advance admission tickets are required to reserve your spot as parking capacity is limited at the Arboretum. 
  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: On these days, Solo, Duo and Duo+2 members can present their membership card for admission with no advance ticket required.
  • Members should always bring their membership card to access the Arboretum for member discounts and other benefits. 

Check out our step-by-step guide to registering your account. If you have questions about your membership, call 612-301-1257 or email [email protected].

Reciprocal Garden Network Members

Reciprocal Garden Network members receive complimentary admission for up to two reciprocal members, but must call 612-301-6775 to book tickets.


Bicyclists and walkers do not need advance admission tickets, but members should always bring their membership cards. Non-member bicyclists and walkers pay $15 at the gate for ages 16 and older (free for ages 15 and younger). No cash accepted. Bicyclists should enter through the main/center lane at the gatehouse.


Depending on your needs we provide either session permits or an Annual Photographer Membership. A permit or membership is required for professional photography sessions that are not part of a private event taking place at the Arboretum. 

Photography Permits and Membership


  • Group admission tickets (10 or more adults) are available by calling 612-301-6775.
  • Group tour packages (10 or more adults) are available by calling 612-301-4353.
  • Businesses, organizations and care centers with special memberships should call 612-301-6775 to book tickets.

Free & Reduced Price Admission Details

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Free & Reduced Price Admission

  • Current University of Minnesota Students
    Current University of Minnesota students receive complimentary admission, but must call 612-301-6775 to book tickets.
  • Indigenous Peoples
    Indigenous peoples receive complimentary admission, but must call 612-301-6775 to book tickets.
  • Permanent Service-Connected Disabled Veterans
    Veterans with a service-connected disability receive free admission. Eligible Veterans can receive this benefit by arriving at the Gatehouse and presenting a veteran photo identification card with the term "service-connected" on the card.
  • Arb Access Program 
    The Arboretum works with Minnesota counties and cities to provide free Duo+2 memberships to underserved communities. 
  • Volunteer Access
    Active Arboretum & Master Gardener volunteers receive complimentary gate admission. Please refer to your volunteer leader/program for details.

VIP and 2-for-1 Pass Update: As of Sept. 1, 2023, VIP and 2-for-1 passes that were distributed several years ago are no longer accepted at the Arboretum.

Daily Admission Guidelines