Simply request Museum Passes at the Library’s Circulation Desk. In order to keep these passes safe and available for all patron’s use, when checking out passes, please be aware of the below conditions:
• 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 to the first-floor Circulation Desk. 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 the first-floor Circulation Desk. 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.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
990 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225
April 1–16: Early Spring
Tuesday–Sunday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
April 17–May 9: Cherry Blossoms & More
Tuesday–Friday: 10 a.m.–sunset
Saturday & Sunday: 8 a.m.–sunset
May 11–September: Peak Spring & Summer
Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 8 a.m.–6 p.m.*
Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m.–sunset
Closed Mondays (but open Memorial Day, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.)
(* Open until sunset May 12, 19 & 26; Members’ Summer Evenings: Wednesdays, June 2–September 1)
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)
Children’s Museum of Manhattan (Pending renewal)
212 West 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
- One pass provides free admission for 4 guests (2 adults + 2 children, or 1 adult + 3 children); the Library has two passes available for check-out.
- Passes include discounts at number of family entertainment venues, including:
2-for-1 Admission at Victorian Gardens Amusement Park (Monday – Friday; seasonal)
● 10% Discount at A Time for Children
● 10% Discount at New Victory Theater1
● 10% Discount at Little Orchestra Society – please call 212-971-9500
● $2 Discount off adult admission for a guided tour of the Lincoln Center
1071 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY
Hours: 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.
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street)
New York, NY 10024
Hours: Friday: 11 am – 8 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm
Friday (Members, age 65+, and immunocompromised) 10 – 11am
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas
- One pass provides free general admission for two to the New- York Historical Society Museum & Library and DiMenna Children’s History Museum and admission for four children under 18; the Library has two passes available for check-out
- Also includes up to two discounted tickets for most public and family programs.
- One pass provides free general admission for two ; the Library has two passes available for check-out
Above section updated 4/14/2021 -MC
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