Museum Passes

Request a Pass

How to Request a Pass

  1. Look at the list of available passes (below) and check the dates and times they are open.
  2. Request a pass online (to the right) or at any MCLS branch up to 45 days in advance. Passes can also be cancelled from this website.
  3. Print out the confirmation page.
  4. Bring the confirmation page and pick up the passes at the loaning branch on the first day of your reservation.
  5. Return the pass 3 days later to the loaning branch (can be placed in book drop).

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.
  • 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 a $10 processing fee, plus any overdue fees and the replacement cost of the pass.
  • If you fail to pick up a pass twice in a 45-day period you will be blocked from reserving passes for 45 days.
  • If you reserve a pass and change your plans, you may cancel your reservation by calling your home branch.

List of Passes and Descriptions

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.

Admits two adults and five children.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia is the first institution built by a major United States city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans.

Admits two adults and four children.

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

Admits two adults and three children under the age of 18.

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

Admits six people.

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.

Admits four people, no more than two adults.

Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers.

Admits six people.

Elmwood Park Zoo currently maintains a collection of over 100 species primarily indigenous to the Americas. Highlights of the collection include bald and golden eagles, jaguars, red pandas, Chacoan peccaries, howler monkeys, and gray wolves.

Admits two adults and six children.

Internationally recognized as a premier museum and research center, the Frick is known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding examples of European sculpture and decorative arts. One of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions, it provides a tranquil environment for visitors to experience masterpieces by artists such as Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Goya, and Whistler.

Admits: 4 people.

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.

Admits six people.

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.

Admits four people ages 12 and over, children under 12 free.

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.

Admits two adults and four children.

Built to house Henry Mercer's extensive collection of objects representing everyday life in the pre-industrial age. Visit after visit, you're sure to find something new. Fonthill Castle: A window into Henry Mercer's unique architectural and artistic vision, this poured concrete estate is comprised of 44 rooms, 18 fireplaces and more than 200 windows.

Admits 4 people.

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.

Admits two adults and four children.

A National Historic Landmark, Morven is situated on five pristine acres in the heart of Princeton, New Jersey. This former New Jersey Governor’s Mansion showcases the rich cultural heritage of the Garden State through regular exhibitions, educational programs and special events.

Admits: 4 adults.

The Museum of the American Revolution explores the dynamic story of the American Revolution using its expansive collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, works of art., immersive galleries, dynamic theaters, and recreated historical environments.

Admits two adults, four youth ages 6 –17, children under 5 free.

The Mütter Museum displays its beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a nineteenth-century "cabinet museum" setting.

Admits four people.

The National Constitution Center in historic Philadelphia is America's most hands on history museum.

Admits two adults and up to four children.

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

Admits six people.

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.

Admits two adults and all children in household up to age 18.

The Old Barracks Museum brings the world of colonial America to life through interpretive programs, and exhibits.

Admits four people.

The PAFA founded in 1805 is the oldest art museum and school in the nation and has been designated a National Historic Landmark.

Admits two adults and four children 18 and under.

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