Museum Passes

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Pass Use Guidelines

  • Mercer County Library System (MCLS) patrons in good standing, 18 years and older, may check out a museum pass with their valid MCLS card.
  • Passes may be reserved 90 days in advance online through the library’s website or in person at the any branch. Be aware that the date of your reservation is the first day you may pick up the pass – please plan your museum visit accordingly.
  • Passes must be picked up and returned only to the owning branch (Ewing, Hopewell, Lawrence or West Windsor).
  • Patrons may not check-out the same museum pass multiple times within a 40-day period.
  • Passes are checked out for a three-day loan period and are not renewable.
  • The fine for an overdue museum pass is $5 per day, with a maximum fine of $25. The charge for a lost museum pass is $10 plus any overdue fees and replacement costs.
  • If you fail to pick up passes twice in a 90-day period you will be blocked from reserving passes for 90 days.
  • If you reserve a pass and change your plans, you may cancel your reservation on our website.
  • Check the website of each museum before your visit to note current hours, special exhibits and information on public transit options.

Academy of Natural Sciences Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-299-1000

Admission for two adults and five children.
Hours:
Monday–Friday: 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Weekends and Holidays: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day

Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences is America's oldest natural history museum and is a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research. For nearly 200 years, the Academy has carried out its mission to encourage and cultivate the sciences, exploring the remarkable diversity of our natural world and sharing these discoveries with the public through innovative exhibits, publications and educational programming.

Available at Ewing, Hopewell, Lawrence and West Windsor


Academy of Natural SciencesBattleship New Jersey
100 Clinton Street
Camden, NJ 08103
866-877-6262 or 856-966-1652

Admission for 2 adults and 3 children under the age of 18.
Hours:
January 1 - January 31: Closed for Walk-Up Tours
February 1 - March 31: Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.*
April 1 - April 30: Every day, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
May 1 - September 3: Every day, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
September 4 - October 31: Every day, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
November 1 - December. 31*: Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Battleship is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day

*The Battleship will open for tours from 9:30 a.m.to 3:00 p.m. on November 7, November 8, November 11, November 29 and week between Xmas and New Year’s, Thursday, December 26 – Tuesday, December 31.

America's most decorated Battleship is now the area's most exciting museum, open for tours, events and overnight encampments. Exploring “BB62” is experiencing history in a whole new way. Not only do you see exhibits of artifacts from the ship’s past, but you are put into the exhibit as you go through the tour route. Sit in the chair from which Admiral Halsey commanded the fleet. Stretch out on the bunks where the sailors slept. Climb into the 16” gun turret and learn how the projectiles were loaded.

Available at Ewing, Hopewell, Lawrence and West Windsor


Bucks County Children's MuseumBucks County Children’s Museum
500 Union Square
New Hope, PA 18938
215-693-1290

Admission for up to 6 people.
Hours:
Tuesday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
 Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 Noon– 5:00 p.m.
Closed Monday

The Bucks County Children’s Museum’s mission is to be a fun, interactive and educational environment for children, parents and schools with exhibits that reflect Bucks County's unique history and culture. The Bucks County Children’s Museum is an idea a local elementary and special education teacher had dreamed of for many years. While raising three children in Bucks County, she experienced the rich history and culture of the area. With the idea of raising awareness and a “sense of place”, she wanted to find a way to educate other young families about the uniqueness of the county while preserving its history and beauty. Combining Bucks County history with fun hands-on learning experiences for families to share in evolved, and she began to present this exciting idea to the community. This vision was shared with various parent groups, educational foundations and community leaders who received it with great enthusiasm. Based on this support, feasibility data was researched, an advisory committee was established, and the museum was incorporated as a non-profit charity in August 2006.

Available at Ewing, Hopewell, Lawrence and West Windsor


Children’s Museum of ManhattanChildren’s Museum of Manhattan
The Tisch Building
212 West 83rd Street
New York, NY 10024
212-721-1223

Admission for 4 people (no more than 2 adults)
Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed Fall Spruce Up Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day
Special Open Mondays: Please check “Hours and Admissions” online for dates

CMOM is an exciting destination for play, fun and learning-by-doing through theme based exhibits, hands-on activities, interactive programs and larger than life environments. CMOM helps young visitors discover New ideas and stretch their imaginations.

Available at Ewing, Hopewell, Lawrence and West Windsor


Garden State Discovery MuseumGarden State Discovery Museum
2040 Springdale Road
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
856-424-1233

Admission for six people.
Hours:
Open daily, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Saturday hours are 9:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m. during October–April.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

This museum showcases a variety of child-sized, interactive exhibits that youngsters from infant to ten-years-old can explore, play with, and learn from. Voted one of the Top 20 Children’s Museums in the country, the 22,000 square-foot Garden State Discovery Museum offers 20 exhibit areas that are designed to challenge a child's imagination and natural curiosity.

Available at Ewing, Hopewell, Lawrence, Robbinsville and West Windsor


Grounds for Sculpture Grounds for Sculpture
18 Fairgrounds Road
Hamilton, NJ 08619
609-586-0616

Admission for 4 people per pass.
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. 
Open year-round.
Closed Mondays except Labor Day and Memorial Day.
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
Also closed to the public for Members only events.

Grounds For Sculpture is a 42-acre public sculpture park located in Hamilton, NJ. It was founded in 1992 on the site of the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds by J. Seward Johnson to promote an understanding of and appreciation for contemporary sculpture for all people. Visitors to the park can enjoy the outdoor permanent collection, indoor seasonal exhibitions, and learn about contemporary sculpture through a variety of educational programs including workshops for adults and children, artist residencies and lectures, tours for adults, schoolchildren, toddlers, as well as touch tours for the blind. In addition, the park also offers various events, a 42-acre arboretum, shopping and dining.

Available at Ewing, Hopewell, Lawrence and West Windsor

Solomon R. Guggenheim MuseumSolomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th Street)
New York, NY 10128-0173
212-423-3500

Admission for two adults and children under 18 at all Guggenheim museums.
Hours:
Sun–Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.–5:45 p.m.
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 10:00 a.m.–5:45 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–7:45 p.m.
Parking: Alternate side of the street parking on Fifth Avenue and side streets is available. Discounted parking is offered at Impark and Sylvan Parking. Validate your parking ticket at the Membership Desk.

Experience the art of the 20th century and beyond at the internationally renowned Guggenheim. The landmark building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, was restored for its 50th birthday in 2009. Visitors can experience special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, performances and films, lectures by artists, and tours led by museum docents.

Available at Ewing, Hopewell, Lawrence and West Windsor


Morris ArboretumMorris Arboretum
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118
215-247-5777

Admission is for 2 adults and 4 children. This pass needs to be returned to the library.

Hours:
Open Daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Weekends until 5:00 p.m.
April - October: Weekends until 5:00 p.m.
June - August: Thursdays, open until 8:30 p.m
Open every day, except for the following holidays: New Years Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day
Parking adjacent to the Visitor Center is sometimes at capacity on nice weather weekends. When you visit, you may be required to park at the bottom of the hill and be shuttled into the garden; please allow extra time to ride the shuttle. Saturdays and mornings tend to be less busy. Carpooling is encouraged: we have a capacity for a total of 280 cars and at times we may be full.

Spend time with family and friends exploring the Arboretum’s 92-acre lush and colorful gardens. Discover your favorite garden spaces and learn from 12,000 labeled plants, trees and flowers. Sign up for some of the more than 100 classes, educational tours and lectures offered in spring and fall, catering to visitors of all ages. An ever-changing color palette in every season keeps your senses focused on nature. See the forest from a new perspective from 50 feet up in the treetops on the Out on a Limb canopy walk, part of the Arboretum-wide interactive Tree Adventure exhibit. Enjoy events all year long. There’s so much to experience at Morris Arboretum!

Available at Ewing, Hopewell and West Windsor


National Liberty MuseumNational Liberty Museum
321 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA
215-925-2800 

Admission for 6 people.

Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday–Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 noon–6:00 p.m.
Special Open Mondays: see museum’s web site. Call for schedule on holidays, as these are subject to change.

Located in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the National Liberty Museum is dedicated to preserving America’s heritage of freedom by fostering good character, civic responsibility and respect for all people. The Museum includes 78 exhibits, 179 works of contemporary art, and stories of 2,000 heroes within eight expansive galleries and adjacent spaces.

Available at Ewing and Hopewell


New York Historical SocietyNew York Historical Society
170 Central Park West at 77th Street
New York, NY 10024
212-873-3400

Admission for 2 adults and children

Hours:
Tue – Fri 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Sat 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Sun: 11:00 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Closed Monday & Memorial Day

The Society has one of the world’s greatest collections of historical artifacts, American art and other materials documenting the history of the U.S. as seen through the prism of NY City and State.

Available at West Windsor


Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine ArtsPennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA
215-972-7600

Admission for two adults and 4 children 18 years and younger.

Hours:
Tuesday–Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed Mondays and legal holidays.

The PAFA founded in 1805 is the oldest art museum and school in the nation and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. The collection is installed in a chronological and thematic format, exploring the history of American art from the 1760s to the present.

Available at Ewing, Hopewell and West Windsor


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Thanks to the generous support from the Friends of the Lawrence Library, the Friends of the Ewing Branch, the Friends of the Hopewell Branch and the Friends of the West Windsor Branch, we are able to offer the museum passes listed in this brochure.