Note that New York State residents are eligible to apply for a library card from the New York Public Library.  With an NYPL card, you may take advantage of the Culture Pass program, which offers free admission to many cultural sites around the city (including many listed below.

Boscobel House and Gardens:  this pass offers free admission for one adult and 3 guests of any age.  Additional children ages 12 and under are also admitted for free.  Closed January through March.  Please email Carolyn McShea ( to make a reservation for admission to the grounds only.  No house tours because of Covid-19.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden each pass admits two adults and accompanying children ages 17 and under.  Timed-entry ticket reservations are required.  Please call or stop by the Help Desk for assistance with making reservations.  Indoor spaces at BBG remain closed.  Closed Mondays and major holidays; check the BBG website for details.

Children's Museum of Manhattan:  each pass entitles entrance to four people (2 adults/2 children or 1 adult/3 children; only one pass per patron allowed by the museum.  Open Wednesday - Sunday, 10am-5pm.  Timed entry passes required for sessions of 1.5 hrs. each.  Please call or stop by the Library Help desk for assistance in obtaining timed-entry passes. 

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museumeach pass admits one adult and all children under age 18.  The museum, like most Smithsonian Institution museums, is currently closed due to covid-19. 

Dia:  Beaconthis pass offers free admission to the bearer plus 4 additional guests.  A timed-entry pass is required for admission.  Please stop by or call the Library Help Desk to arrange for a timed-entry pass, which is required for admission.  Dia Beacon is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10am-5pm. 

Empire State PassThe Empire Pass is your key to all-season enjoyment at New York State Parks.  It provides unlimited day-use vehicle entry to most facilities operated by New York State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more.  Check the website for a complete list of eligible State parks, which include Bear Mountain, Harriman, Jones Beach, Minnewaska, Robert Moses, Niagara Falls and many more!  The Library has two Empire State Passes to loan.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum (at Hyde Park):  No need to make a reservation for this pass; it is a single-use pass and does not need to be returned to AWPL.  Each pass offers free admission for any size family.  Guests must present AWPL library card along with pass.  The pass is not valid for the FDR Mansion, which is managed separately by the National Park Service. 

Frick Collection @ Frick Madison:  each pass admits one adult for free; an advance timed ticket available on the museum's website is also required.  Note:  children under 10 years old are not admitted to the Frick.  Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.  The Frick Collection has relocated to 945 Madison Avenue (at 75th St.) during renovations at the museum's permanent Fifth Avenue location and will reopen at the new location on March 18, 2021.

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum Complex:  this pass is good for up to 6 adults and 6 children, entering once per day.  Timed entry tickets are required; please stop by or call the Library Help Desk to arrange for these in advance.  Please bring your AWPL card with you as additional ID.  Pass covers Intrepid and Growler submarine; other features may have separate fees not included with pass.   Museum open Thursday through Sunday, including holidays, 10am-5pm; last entry at 4pm.

Katonah Museum of Art:  this pass is good for up to 2 adults and all accompanying children under 12 years old.  Closed on MondaysSPECIAL NOTE:  AWPL's membership provides reciprocal free admission to the following area museums:  Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, CT); Barnum Museum (Bridgeport, CT); Hudson River Museum (Yonkers, NY); Hudson Valley Museum of Contemporary Art (Peekskill, NY); Neuberger Museum of Art (Harrison, NY); Wave Hill Public Garden and Cultural Center (Bronx, NY).  Please check hours and other policies with affiliated museums to avoid disappointment.

Liberty Science Centerpresent your AWPL library card at the box office for a discount of 10% off admission.  (The Center does not offer a library museum pass for free admission.)

Mohonk Preserve:  each pass provides one adult admission.  Children age 12 and under are admitted for free and must be accompanied by an adult.  Must present pass at Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center or at any Mohonk Preserve Trailhead to obtain a required wristband.  The Preserve is open year 'round 9am-5pm daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve after 12:00, Christmas and New Year's Day.  The pass does not provide parking or admission at Mohonk Mountain House nor at Minnewaska State Park.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA):  2 passes available.  Each provides entrance for the cardholder and up to four guests.  The museum is open daily 10:30am-5:30pm except on Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Mondays are reserved for museum members, including Library members.  Timed-entry passes are NOT required for library patrons who bring the AWPL MoMA pass.

Museum at Bethel Woods:  this pass offers free admission for 4 people, once a day.  The museum is open 7 days/week, 10am-5pm, including Labor Day and Columbus Day.  Sensory-friendly dates:  Every 2nd Saturday/month, April-December, from 9am-10:30am.  The pass does not provide admission to concerts held at Bethel Woods

New-York Historical Society Museum and Library:  this pass entitles entrance for 2 adults living at the same residence and up to four children under age 18.  Closed on Mondays.  Timed-entry tickets are required.  Once you have reserved the museum pass, staff at the Help Desk will provide you with a special code to use when reserving timed-entry tickets on the website.  Please ask for assistance at the Help Desk or call the Help Desk at 986-1047, ext. 3. 

New York Transit Museumthis pass offers free admission to 2 adults and up to 4 children.  Closed on Mondays and major holidays.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum:  this pass entitles entrance for 4 adults.  Children under age 12 enter for free.  Timed-entry tickets are NOT required for library patrons who bring the Guggenheim pass.  Please bring your AWPL library card with you for extra identification.  Open 7 days a week; check website for hours. 

Storm King Art Center:  this pass offers free admission for up to six people in one vehicle (children 5 and under need not be included in the count.)  Storm King is an outdoor venue, open April 7 to December 12, 2021.  Closed Tuesdays.  Hours:  10am-5:30pm.*  Timed entry passes required.  Reserve the Library's museum pass, then call (845) 534-3115 or email to arrange for a timed-entry ticket.  (Patrons using the library pass cannot reserve a timed-entry ticket online.) Once you have a timed-entry ticket, you may return the museum pass to AWPL; only the timed-entry ticket is required for admission.  (*Closes at 4:30pm beginning Nov. 7, 2021.)

The Library's policies regarding use of museum passes (other than Morahan Waterfront Park):

  • Passes may be reserved and checked out by Albert Wisner Public Library cardholders only.  Please pick up your pass(es) at the Help Desk on the day for which you have reserved it (them.) 
  • Passes are loaned for two (2) days and are not renewable
  • A maximum of three (3) passes may be checked out on a given library card at a time.
  • Passes must be returned zipped into the special pouch provided.  The pouch may be placed in the outside book drop or indoor book return slot.
  • The overdue fine for passes is $10/day.  Please make sure to verify the due date when checking out a pass.  If you are unable to return the pass on time, please let us know at the Help Desk:  (845) 986-1047, ext. 3.
  • Patron may be responsible for the cost of replacing a lost pass.