PLEASE REVIEW INFORMATION ABOUT MUSEUMS BELOW BEFORE MAKING A RESERVATION (AT BOTTOM OF PAGE). Alternately, please call the Help Desk at (845) 986-1047, ext. 3 for assistance.
- New York State residents are eligible to apply for a library card from the New York Public Library. With an NYPL card, you may take advantage of the Culture Pass program, which offers free admission to many cultural sites around the city (including many listed below.)
- Some museums may still require masks and/or timed-entry passes
Boscobel House and Gardens: this pass offers free admission for one adult and 3 guests of any age. Additional children ages 12 and under are also admitted for free. Closed January through March. Beginning 4/2/22: open on weekends only, 9am to sunset. Beginning 4/29/22: open Fridays though Mondays, 9am to sunset. Timed reservations are required for Boscobel house and grounds tours, held Saturdays between 10am and 2pm. Please visit the Boscobel website under Calendar -> Guided House Tour or Guided Grounds Tour to make your reservation. Use MEMLIB21 as the discount code when signing up, and bring AWPL's Boscobel museum pass with you as well.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden: each pass admits two adults and accompanying children ages 17 and under. Timed-entry ticket reservations are required. Please call or stop by the Help Desk for assistance with making reservations. Indoor spaces at BBG remain closed. Closed Mondays and major holidays; check the BBG website for details.
Children's Museum of Manhattan: Open Wednesday - Sunday, 10am-5pm. Timed entry passes required for sessions of 2 hours each: either 10am-12pm, 12:30pm-2:30pm or 3pm-5pm. Please call or stop by the Library Help desk for assistance in obtaining timed-entry passes. Masks must still be worn inside the museum.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum: The museum has recently reopened and we are in the process of renewing AWPL's membership, which expired during the museum's closing.
Dia: Beacon: this pass offers free admission to the bearer plus 4 additional guests. Timed-entry passess are no longer required; bring AWPL's physical museum pass for admission. Dia Beacon is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am-5pm.
Empire State Pass: The Empire Pass is your key to all-season enjoyment at New York State Parks. It provides unlimited day-use vehicle entry to most facilities operated by New York State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Check the website for a complete list of eligible State parks, which include Bear Mountain, Harriman, Jones Beach, Minnewaska, Robert Moses, Niagara Falls and many more! The Library has two Empire State Passes to loan.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum (at Hyde Park): No need to make a reservation for this pass; it is a single-use pass and does not need to be returned to AWPL. Each pass offers free admission for any size family. Guests must present AWPL library card along with pass. The pass is not valid for the FDR Mansion, which is managed separately by the National Park Service.
Frick Collection @ Frick Madison: each pass admits one adult for free; an advance timed ticket available on the museum's website is also required. Note: children under 10 years old are not admitted to the Frick. Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The Frick Collection has relocated to 945 Madison Avenue (at 75th St.) during renovations at the museum's permanent Fifth Avenue location.
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum: each pass admits two adults and accompanying children; the Library has two passes. Hiking trails are open daily from dawn to dusk. The Grasshopper Grove is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am - 3:45pm for 45-minute play sessions. Pre-registration is free and strongly recommended; walk-ins welcome as space permits. The Wildlife Education Center (WEC) is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 12pm-4pm. Pre-registration is free and recommended for 50-minute sessions (12-12:50; 1:00-1:50; 2:00-2:50; 3:00-3:50.) To pre-register for either Grasshopper Grove or WEC, call (845) 534-5506 on Mondays from 12-3 or Tuesdays-Fridays from 10-3. Once you have pre-registered, ensure your free admission by reserving the one of Library's Hudson Highlands Nature Museum passes online or call the Help Desk at (845) 986-1047, ext. 3.
Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Complex: this pass is good for up to 6 adults and 6 children, entering once per day. (Cost for additional tickets is discounted to $18/adult, $13/child.) Please bring your AWPL card with you as additional ID. This pass covers the Intrepid aircraft carrier, the Space Shuttle Pavilion and the Growler submarine. Other features and exhibits may have separate fees not included with pass. Museum open daily, 10am-5pm; last entry at 4pm.
Liberty Science Center: present your AWPL library card at the box office for a discount of 10% off admission. (The Center does not offer a library museum pass for free admission.)
Mohonk Preserve: each pass provides one adult admission. Children age 12 and under are admitted for free (no pass needed) and must be accompanied by an adult. Must present pass at Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center or at any Mohonk Preserve Trailhead to obtain a required wristband. The Preserve is open year 'round 9am-5pm daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve after 12:00, Christmas and New Year's Day. The pass does not provide parking or admission at Mohonk Mountain House nor at Minnewaska State Park.
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA): 2 passes available. Each provides entrance for the cardholder and up to four guests. The museum is open daily 10:30am-5:30pm except on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Mondays are reserved for museum members, including Library members. Timed-entry passes are NOT required for library patrons who bring the AWPL MoMA pass.
Museum of the Moving Image: 1 pass available. This pass offers free admission for 4 people. The museums hours are Fridays: 2:00-8:00pm and Saturdays & Sundays 12:00-6:00pm. Proof of covid-19 vaccination must be presented upon entry, per NYC law.
Museum at Bethel Woods: this pass offers free admission for 4 people, once a day. The museum is open 7 days/week, 10am-5pm, including Labor Day and Columbus Day. Sensory-friendly dates: Every 2nd Saturday/month, April-December, from 9am-10:30am. The pass does not provide admission to concerts held at Bethel Woods.
New-York Historical Society Museum and Library: this pass entitles entrance for 2 adults living at the same residence and up to four children under age 18. Open Wednesdays through Sundays. Proof of covid-19 vaccination must be presented upon entry, per NYC law. Timed-entry tickets are not required for Library patrons - only the AWPL museum pass, upon entry.
New York Transit Museum: this pass offers free admission to 2 adults and up to 4 children. The museum is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only, 11am - 4pm. Advance tickets and masks and proof of covid-19 vaccination required. To make a reservation, FIRST call the AWPL Help Desk at 986-1047, ext. 3 to obtain the library's special discount code for the museum. Then, visit nytransitmuseum.org to reserve complimentary tickets and apply the discount code at checkout. Once you have the complimentary tickets, you can display them on a phone or present printed copies upon entry. You will not need bring with you AWPL's physical museum pass.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: this pass entitles entrance for 4 adults. Children under age 12 enter for free. Timed-entry tickets are NOT required for library patrons who bring the Guggenheim pass. Please bring your AWPL library card with you for extra identification. Open 7 days a week; check website for hours.
Storm King Art Center: this pass offers free admission for up to six people in one vehicle (children 5 and under need not be included in the count.) Storm King is an outdoor venue, open during the winter on Saturdays and Sundays. Timed-entry tickets are no longer required as of spring 2022; simply reserve and check out AWPL's pass and bring it with you to present upon entry.
Thomas Morahan (Greenwood Lake) Beachfront Park: pass admits one person over the age of 5. Children ages 5 and under are admitted for free. Please note: passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis; they are not available to reserve or to renew. Limit 4 passes per family and 2-day checkout. Lake open daily 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday, May 28 through Monday, September 5, 2022.
The Library's policies regarding use of museum passes (other than Morahan Beachfront Park):
- Passes may be reserved and checked out by Albert Wisner Public Library Adult cardholders only.
- Passes are loaned for two (2) nights. For example, a pass checked out on a Monday morning is due back on Wednesday at the Library's closing time.
- Passes are not renewable.
- A maximum of three (3) passes may be checked out on a given library card at a time.
- Passes must be returned zipped into the special pouch provided. The pouch may be placed in the outside book drop or indoor book return slot.
- The overdue fine for passes is $10/day. Please make sure to verify the due date when checking out a pass. If you are unable to return the pass on time, please let us know at the Help Desk: (845) 986-1047, ext. 3.
- Patron may be responsible for the cost of replacing a lost pass.