Note that 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.

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.  Note:  Boscobel House itself is not handicap-accessible.  Closed January through March.  Closed Tuesdays.  Check museum website for seasonal hours.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden each pass admits two adults and accompanying children ages 17 and under.  Closed Mondays and major holidays; check the BBG website for details.

Children's Museum of Manhattan:  each pass entitles entrance to four people (2 adults/2 children or 1 adult/3 children; only one pass per patron allowed by the museum.  Closed on Mondays.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museumeach pass admits one adult and all children under age 18.  The museum is open 7 days/week, but call the museum in advance regarding holidays.

Dia:  Beaconthis pass offers free admission to the bearer plus 4 additional guests.  CALL TICKETING LINE AT (845) 231-0811 TO RESERVE TIMED-ENTRY TICKETS.  This pass also offers reciprocal privileges for free admission to certain other local modern/contemporary museums:  El Museo del Barrio (NYC), New Museum (NYC), Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase, NY), Storm King Art Center (New Windsor, NY)Please call these museums in advance to reconfirm reciprocal benefits, because the benefits may extend only to a certain membership level.  AWPL has a Supporter-level membership to Dia:  Beacon. Dia:  Beacon is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays all year, and on Thursdays also from January through March. 

Empire State PassThe 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 and will reopen at the new location on March 18, 2021.

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Complex:  this pass is good for up to 6 people, entering once per day.  Please bring your AWPL card with you as additional ID.  Pass covers Intrepid and Growler submarine; other features may have separate fees not included with pass. 

Katonah Museum of Art:  this pass is good for up to 2 adults and all accompanying children under 12 years old.  Closed on MondaysSPECIAL NOTE:  AWPL's membership provides reciprocal free admission to the following area museums:  Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, CT); Barnum Museum (Bridgeport, CT); Hudson River Museum (Yonkers, NY); Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art (Peekskill, NY); Neuberger Museum of Art (Harrison, NY); Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center (Bronx, NY).  Please check hours and other policies with affiliated museums to avoid disappointment.

Liberty Science Centerpresent your AWPL library card at the box office for a discount of 10% off admission.  (The Center does not offer a formal museum pass for free admission.)

Mohonk Preserve:  each pass provides one adult admission.  Children age 12 and under are admitted for free 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 is required; present the Library's museum pass for the next available entry time.

Museum at Bethel Woods:  this pass offers free admission for 4 people, once a day.  The pass does not provide admission to concerts held at Bethel Woods Open April through December; check museum website for seasonal hours.  

New-York Historical Society Museum and Library:  this pass entitles entrance for 2 adults living at the same residence and all children under age 18.  Closed on Mondays.

New York Transit Museumthis pass offers free admission to 2 adults and up to 4 children.  Closed on Mondays and major holidays.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum:  this pass entitles entrance for 4 adults.  Children under age 12 enter for free.  Open 7 days a week; check website for hours.

Storm King Art Center:  this pass offers free admission for one or two adults and all accompanying children under age 18 who live in the same household.  Storm King is an outdoor venue, open April - November.  Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, but open on Columbus Day; check museum website for details.  Timed entry passes required; obtain one first, then reserve the Library's museum pass for the same date.  Storm King has extended its hours to 6pm to be able to admit more visitors.

Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park at Greenwood Lake:  day passes are available for admission to the public beach and park between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  SPECIAL RULES for these passesno reservations accepted - please call 986-1047, ext. 3 in advance to inquire about availability;  maximum 2 adult passes and 4 child passes may be checked out.  A pass is not necessary for children under 5 years old.  Children ages 12 and under must have adult supervision. 

The Library's policies regarding use of museum passes (other than Morahan Waterfront Park):

  • Passes may be reserved and checked out by Albert Wisner Public Library cardholders only.  Please pick up your pass(es) at the Help Desk on the day for which you have reserved it (them.) 
  • Passes are loaned for two (2) days and 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.