Edited on September 16, 2021: More museums are open now!
All New York City museums require masks and proof of vaccination!
Please check each individual museum for their requirements.
To get a museum pass from us, you must be adult and have a library card from the North Castle Public Library. Each adult is entitled to 14 free museum passes a year. If you’re a member of another library, please get your museum passes from your home library.
Yes, it’s true. Admission is limited for safety’s sake, but several local museums are open now. Here’s how to book your ticket:
- Call the library and ask for the reference desk—that’s 914-273-3887, x 3. Ask us if the pass you want is available for the day you would like to go. We will sign you up in our checkout book.
- Be sure to also contact the museum and reserve in advance. Most museums require advance reservations.
- Either the day of or the day before your visit, please call the library and arrange a time to pick up your pass. We will check it out to you.
- Bring the pass to the museum at the time of your reservation and enjoy your visit!
- After your visit, please call us to arrange a drop-off time. Remember, museum passes must be picked up and dropped off in person. You can borrow them for a maximum of three days.
- Be sure, though, to check the list below. That’s the general procedure, but each museum is a little different.
- Note: Don’t worry if you need to “pay” for a timed reservation. There are almost always ways for members to reserve without paying. If you need help, please call the library!
Here’s a short list of museums that are now open, with info about their hours and how to book.
If you click on the pictures of the museums, you’ll get information about exactly how to plan your visit. The pictures are above the descriptions.
THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY opened to visitors on March 18, 2021. You’ll need to book a timed entry, but it’s very easy to do! Just click on the picture above, go down to the bottom of the page that opens, and click on the link for library pass holders. Then call us up or email us to pick up your passes. Note: remember it’s one booking per family per year! Each family gets two tickets for free admission.
BOSCOBEL: Limited admission, gardens and grounds only. Please reserve in advance, and bring proof of membership. The grounds are open from Friday to Monday (weekends only!) from 10 a.m. to dusk. You may call 845-265-3638 to book your timed reservation.
THE BRUCE MUSEUM is open as of the end of April, and we now have tickets! Please call the library (273-3887 x 3) to reserve a ticket. Timed reservations are no longer necessary, but masks are required. Mornings, 10:30 to 11:30, are reserved for members only, and the Bruce also offers a special hour for immunocompromised patrons and/or patrons over 65.
THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF MANHATTAN also opened this summer. Hours are limited and timed tickets and proof of vaccination are necessary. In order to book your ticket, please call the museum at 212-721-1223. Explain that you’re a member of the North Castle Public Library, and the staff will help you get a ticket.
THE COOPER HEWITT reopened on June 10, and it’s offering free admission to patrons till October 31, 2021. Please book your timed tickets at the website by clicking on the picture above.
THE DANBURY RAILWAY MUSEUM is now open on weekends only between 10:00 and 4:00. Masks are required at all times, but timed reservations aren’t needed. Please call the library, 273-3887 x 3, to reserve the pass. Click on the picture above for more information.
THE DIA BEACON is now open, as is the DIA Chelsea. Hours are Friday to Monday, 10-5. Timed tickets are required, and you can book them by clicking on the image above. Please also contact us to borrow a pass for free admission.
THE FRICK MADISON, the Frick’s temporary location, opened to visitors on March 18, 2021. Admission is free to members on Sundays. Advance reservations are required, and you’ll need a member ID. You can find it on the pass you borrow from the library, so contact us first! After you’ve borrowed the pass, you can book a timed entry from the Frick.
THE GUGGENHEIM is open, too. Click on the picture above to get information about current exhibits. There is no need to book a timed entry slot if you’re a member. Just call us to borrow the pass the day before or the day of your visit.
HUDSON RIVER MUSEUM opened on Thursday, June 10. It’s open Thursday-Sunday from 12-5. This museum requires proof of membership as well as a reservation, so please borrow our pass for the day you wish to go. Again, you’ll need a timed reservation, but it’s easy once you have our pass!
THE INTREPID is open, and they have generously extended our pass till November, 2021. Just borrow the pass from us if you would like to visit. You don’t need a timed ticket.
KATONAH MUSEUM OF ART is now open to the public. You need to select your event and then choose a date and time for your timed entry. Then choose “member” and borrow the pass from the library. You’ll need to show it when you enter. Click on the picture above to find out about current exhibits.
THE MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK opened to visitors on June 11. Please call us, 914-273-3887 x 3, to get the discount code you can use to book complementary timed tickets.
THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART is open again, too! Please book a pass from the library if you want to visit; members don’t need timed reservations. Click on the picture above for more information.
THE NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY is again open to visitors as of this summer! Timed entry tickets are required. Please call us up (273-3887 x3) for the North Castle Library discount code. You’ll plug that code in when booking your timed ticket–click on the picture above to get started. You’ll also need to book our library pass once you have a reservation. Again, just call us up to do that. Please be sure to bring both your e-ticket (which the museum will e-mail you) AND our pass to the museum!
THE NEW YORK TRANSIT MUSEUM is open as of August 14. Masks, vaccinations, and advance reservations are required. Here’s the procedure: First, call or email us to reserve the library pass. When you call, remember to ask us for the discount code! Finally, visit the link above to make a timed reservation, using your discount code. You’ll need to bring both your digital ticket (which you get after making an advance reservation) and the library pass when you go to the museum.
STAMFORD MUSEUM AND NATURE CENTER. Yes, we now have a ticket for the Stamford Museum and Nature Center, and the museum is open. Click on the picture above or call them for information about booking, and then call or email us to reserve the pass.
STORM KING ART CENTER: Grounds only; open Wednesday- Monday from 10 to 5:30. During the winter, the museum is open on weekends only. If you’d like to visit, please book the pass from us and then email Storm King at email@example.com. Give them your preferred date and time and an alternate. You don’t need to present the pass at the time of your visit, so please call us to return it after you’ve scheduled with Storm King.