Simply request Museum Passes by calling the Library’s Circulation Desk at 201.420.2346 x 5102 (this call-in procedure is in effect during the Main Branch’s temporary closing). In order to keep these passes safe and available for all patron’s use, when checking out passes, please be aware that:
• Passes are issued on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved over the phone.
• Passes are for Adult Hoboken residents with valid HPL cards, and holders of One-Year Modified Adult cards (people who work or attend school in Hoboken).*
• Only one set of passes (for the same museum) per patron per month.
• Only one set of two vouchers to the American Museum of Natural History will be issued per family per year.
• Passes may be checked out for a 48-hour period and should be returned in-person. In the case of the American Museum of Natural History’s voucher-based system, vouchers will be taken at the AMNH; therefore no return is required.
• A fee of $5 per day per patron will be charged for late returns of passes.
• Report the loss of a pass immediately to Circulation at 201.420.2346 x 5102. The Library will impose a $25 fine for lost passes. Since this fine will not cover the actual cost of these expensive passes; we ask patrons to be considerate and keep the passes safe.
• You will be asked to sign a Library form agreeing to the above-referenced terms when checking out the passes.
* Passes are not available to “Courtesy” or “Hudson County” card holders.
The Friends of the Hoboken Public Library, a membership-based organization that funds special Library programs and services, sponsors this great Library benefit: FREE museum passes that can be checked out like books.
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY 10024-5192
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 5:30 pm
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
● One set of two vouchers per family per year, good toward two free general admission tickets and one ticket toward one of the following:
● Special temporary exhibitions*, or
● LeFrak Theatre 2D or 3D film, or
● The Hayden Planetarium Space Show, or
● The Butterfly Conservatory (when open)
*Voucher-holding Library patrons also receive the discounted AMNH Members’ rate on additional temporary special exhibition tickets when purchased that day.
**In addition to museum vouchers a timed entry reservation is required for entry, instructions will be given when vouchers are borrowed.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
990 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
May 11–September: Peak Spring & Summer
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.*
(* Open until sunset May 12, 19 & 26; Members’ Summer Evenings: Wednesdays, June 2–September 1)
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m.–sunset
Closed Mondays (but open Memorial Day, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.)
Closed Labor Day
- Free general admission for 2 adults for 12 months
- Free general admission for children 17 and under
- 10% discount at the Garden Shop and at BBG’s kiosks and café (reopening date TBD)
*In addition to the pass a timed ticket is required for BBG entry. Patrons will receive instructions on “purchasing a timed ticket” when the pass is borrowed.
Children’s Museum of Manhattan
The Tisch Building
212 West 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024
Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm
- FREE admission for 4 guests (2 adults with 2 children, or 1 adult with 3 children)
- NEW! Access to members-only hours 9am – 10am every Sunday and Wednesday
- NEW! 15% off purchases at the CMOM Store (20% off during the holiday season)
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10028
Thursday–Monday, 10 am to 6 pm
Thanksgiving Day, closed. Christmas Day, closed.
Cooper Hewitt Museum is now offering free entrance through October 21, 2021. A timed ticket is necessary for admission. A limited number of tickets are reserved each day for walk-ups.
1071 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY
Open Thursday–Monday, 11 am–6 pm
Members-only hours on select Mondays 6–8 pm
- One pass provides free express admission for up to four adults or students, plus half-price admission for a maximum of two additional guests.
- Children under 12 years of age are always free.
- The Library has two passes available for check-out.
- 10% savings at the Guggenheim Store.
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Pier 86, West 46th Street & 12th Avenue
New York, NY 10036
Monday – Sunday 10 am -5 pm
** Updated Ticketing Procedure **
- The museum pass allows free Admission for 2 Adults and 2 Children
- Additional tickets may be purchased at a discount.
*In addition to museum vouchers, a timed entry reservation is required for entry; instructions will be given when the museum pass is borrowed
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
Ramp access at 104th Street
New York, NY 10029
Friday through Sunday (closed Monday through Thursday), 10 am–6 pm
Fridays, 10 am – 11 am is designated for seniors and other high-risk individuals
- Because building capacity is limited, booking timed-tickets is highly recommended.
- MCNY has moved to a completely online ticketing reservation system. One pass provides free admission for up to 2 adults, and admission for people under 20 is free.
- The patron is given the printed instruction sheet (Including Library discount code) on how to book a ticket.
49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102-3176
Thursday through Sunday, 10 am – 11 am, Members and Member Guests onlyz
Thursday through Sunday, 11 am – 5 pm, All Visitors
Please note: The Museum will be closed on July 4, 15, and 16.
- Entrance for 2 adults and all children in the household.
- In addition to the museum pass members must reserve timed tickets in advance. There will be no on-site ticket sales. Instructions will be given when the museum pass is borrowed.
PLEASE NOTE: In compliance with Mayor Baraka and the City of Newark’s Executive Order on May 19, all visitors, aged 12 and up, to large cultural and recreation venues in Newark, including The Newark Museum of Art, must be fully vaccinated to gain entrance to the Museum. Note: Full vaccination means a minimum of two weeks after your second shot for Moderna and Pfizer and after the one shot for Johnson & Johnson.
As part of planning your visit, please be prepared to show proof of vaccination with copy of vaccination card or photo, along with personal identification. For children 12-16, identification is not required. This ordinance includes both the Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Garden and inside the Museum. This applies to all visitors, including Members of the Museum.
Please visit https://www.newarkmuseumart.org/visit for Museum guidelines.
This order is in effect until further notice.
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
New York, NY 10024
Friday (Members, age 65+, and immunocompromised): 10 am – 11 am
Friday: 11 am – 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas
** Updated Ticketing Procedure **
- The museum pass allows free Admission for 2 Adults & four students (HS) or Children under 18
- Library staff scans the patron’s library card. Check to make sure the person presenting the card is the actual cardholder, that the account is valid (unexpired), is in good standing, no blocks, lost or damaged items, etc.
- Library staff completes the sign in form and asks the patron to sign the form; there is no physical pass for patrons to borrow. Instead;
- An information sheet is to be handed out with each pass borrowed. This instructs the patron on how to “purchase” a timed ticket.
Storm King Art Center
1 Museum Rd
New Windsor, NY 12553
Get directions >
April 7 – November 6: Wednesday – Monday (closed Tuesdays), 10 am – 5:30 pm
November 7 – December 12: Wednesday – Monday (closed Tuesdays), 10 am – 4:30pm
Member Mornings: Sundays 9 am – 10am
*Hours vary seasonally, visit stormking.org/visit for current hours
- The library pass grants you the ability to contact Storm King Art Center to reserve a ticket (up to six people in one vehicle. Children under 5 do not need to be counted in the total).
- Checking out a library pass does not guarantee a ticket reservation.
- The patron is given the printed instruction sheet (Including Library discount code) and how to book a ticket.
Take virtual tours of the Louvre, Rijksmuseum, the Tokyo National Museum, and others, right here:
The Albertina. This museum in the heart of Vienna, Austria, allows you to view collections by medium, such as chalk, pen, and watercolor. Taking the museum tour allows you to explore the building and view the gorgeously decorated rooms, including statues of Greek gods and more. The tours are free, and there are also virtual art workshops for children for an additional charge.
The Benaki Museum. Specializing in Greek art from prehistoric to times, this Athens museum is a delight to browse. An interactive map allows viewers to navigate from room to room, and also take advantage of some exhibits that have an audio component. If you’re just going to take a look around, that is easily achieved. If you’d like to delve a little deeper into the collection, the audio makes that easy and informative.
The Exploratorium. Children interested in science, technology, and the arts will delight in the interactive experiences offer by the San Francisco-based museum. Videos on cells as well as soap film painting are a highlight. The museum helpfully includes a comprehensive list of past videos, allowing for browsing at one’s own pace.
Frida Kahlo Museum. With the extensive online collections of this Mexico City museum, you can learn more about the list of the influential artist and her legacy. Browsing items in each part of the collection, from oil painting to paper, allows for a better understanding of Kahlo’s appreciation for the genre of photography.
The Louvre museum in Paris has put nearly half a million items from its collection online for the public to visit free of charge. As part of a major revamp of its online presence, the world’s most-visited museum has created a new database of 482,000 items at collections.louvre.fr with more than three-quarters already labelled with information and pictures.
National Aquarium. Baltimore is known for its renowned aquarium, and now you can watch jellyfish, blacktip reef sharks, and coral reef firsthand thanks to three livestreams. While the livestreams are only available during business hours, views can watch pre-recorded segments at their own convenience during off hours. For similar exhibits, visit our article on watching and interacting with animals online.
National Museum of Scotland. This museum, based in Edinburgh, specializes in Scottish antiquities, culture and history. The digital tour takes a little bit of trial and error to navigate, but thanks to Google’s Arts & Culture, they are able to spotlight noteworthy collections as well as offering virtual tours of the building. We particularly enjoyed the Textile and Early Silver exhibits.
The Rijksmuseum. The extensive virtual collections of this Amsterdam-based museum spotlight Dutch history and culture throughout the centuries. In addition to collections of engraving and etchings, viewers can explore each floor of the museum firsthand, thanks to the Museum Views feature.
Tokyo National Museum. Discover paintings, sculptures, textiles, clay, and ceramics at this renowned art museum, which allows you to wander the rooms as if you were there. As you browse the halls, you can select individual items for an up-close look and more information about specific items. We especially enjoyed the clay collection in this family-friendly museum.
Updated 3/21/2021 -MC