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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. The date of your reservation is the first day you may pick up the pass.
  • Passes must be picked up and returned only to the owning branch of the MCLS.
  • 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.
  • Passes may be returned in the bookdrop of the owning branch of MCLS.
  • 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 a pass 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 or call before your visit to find out about current hours, unscheduled or unlisted closures, restrictions, special exhibits and information on public transit options.

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Academy of Natural SciencesAcademy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Available at Ewing, Hopewell, Lawrence and West Windsor

Admission: 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.

Academy of Natural SciencesBattleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial
100 Clinton Street
Camden, NJ 08103

Available at Ewing, Hopewell, Lawrence and West Windsor

Admission: Two adults and three children under the age of 18.
Hours: Hours change seasonally. Please see museum website for schedule of hours.
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day

America's most decorated Battleship is open for interactive tours.

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

Available at Ewing, Hopewell, Lawrence and West Windsor

Admission: Six people.
Hours: Mondays: Closed (Except for some school holidays)
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: New Year's Day, Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and the week before Labor Day for annual maintenance.

The museum’s mission is to be a fun, interactive and educational environment for children, parents and schools with exhibits that reflect the unique history and culture of Bucks County.

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

Available at Ewing and West Windsor

Admission: Four people (no more than two adults)
Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed: Fall Spruce Up Week, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day

The Children's Museum of Manhattan 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.

Garden State Discovery MuseumGarden State Discovery Museum
2040 Springdale Road, Suite 100
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003

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

Admission: Six people.
Hours: Daily, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Saturday: October–April, 9:30 a.m.–8:30 p.m.
Closed: Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

A museum with over 20 giant kid-powered exhibits that allow children the opportunity to explore science, get down and dirty making arts and crafts, or be the hero of their own story.

Grounds for SculptureGrounds for Sculpture
126 Sculptor's Way
Hamilton, NJ 08619

Available at Ewing, Hickory Corner, Hightstown, Hopewell, Lawrence and West Windsor

Grounds for Sculpture will be closed on May 8th, September 25th, November 24th, December 25th and January 1, 2016.

Admission: Four people.
Hours of Operation:
Monday: Closed, except Labor Day and Memorial Day.
Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Members Only events.

Grounds for Sculpture is a museum and sculpture park exhibiting works by well-known and emerging contemporary sculptors in the museum buildings and landscaped sculpture park.

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

Available at Ewing, Hopewell, Lawrence and West Windsor

Admission: Two adults and children under 18.
Sunday–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.

The internationally renowned Guggenheim museum was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and is among the 20th century’s most important architectural landmarks. The museum’s great rotunda has been the site of many celebrated special exhibitions, while its smaller galleries are devoted to the museum’s permanent collection.

Independence Seaport MuseumIndependence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Available at Ewing, Hickory Corner, Hopewell, Lawrence and West Windsor

Admission: Up to 2 adults and 4 children.
Open Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Founded in 1960 as the Philadelphia Maritime Museum, Independence Seaport Museum is the region's primary repository of art, artifacts and archival materials documenting the diverse maritime history of the Greater Delaware Valley, and the history of the Port of Philadelphia and the other major urban ports of the Delaware River.

Morris ArboretumLiberty Science Center
Liberty State Park
222 Jersey City Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07305

Ticket Pricing Information

Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Closed Monday

Mercer County Library System does not offer a pass to the Liberty Science Center at this time. However, the Liberty Science Center offers a $3-per-person discount on admission for MCLS patrons who show their respective MCLS library cards when purchasing tickets at the LSC Box Office.

Morris ArboretumMorris Arboretum
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118

Available at Ewing, Hopewell and West Windsor

Admission: Two adults and four children.
Daily 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
April - October: Weekends until 5:00 p.m.
June - October: Open at 8:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month.
Closed: New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

Explore the Arboretum’s 92-acre lush and colorful gardens. Discover your favorite garden spaces and learn from 12,000 labeled plants, trees and flowers.

National Liberty MuseumNational Liberty Museum
321 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-925-2800  x130

Available at Ewing

Admission: Six people.
Daily: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Call for holiday schedule; hours are subject to change.

Located in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the museum is dedicated to preserving America’s heritage of freedom.

New York Historical SocietyNew York Historical Society Museum & Library
170 Central Park West (at 77th Street)
New York, NY 10024

Available at West Windsor

Admission: Two adults and all children in household up to age 18.
Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Thursday and Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Since 1804 the New York Historical Society has served as the collective memory of New York, accumulating vast collections in American painting, sculpture, books, manuscripts, decorative arts, architectural drawings, photographs, prints and ephemera.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine ArtsPennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Available at Ewing, Hopewell, Lawrence and West Windsor

Admission: Two adults and four children 18 and under.
Mondays: Closed
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed: 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 explores the history of American art from the 1760s to the present.

Request a Pass

Thanks to the generous support from these groups we are able to offer MCLS patrons passes to the museums listed on this page.

Friends of the Library: Ewing, Hickory Corner, Hopewell, Lawrence Headquarters and West Windsor Branches

Hightstown Library Association

Robbinsville Township Library Advisory Committee

Friends of Hightstown Memorial Library

Friends of the Hickory Corner Library

Revised 10/21/2015