Palisades Free Library

Palisades Free Library

Museum / Park Passes

The library currently has membership in eight area museums/parks, which RCLS library cardholders may borrow (unless noted otherwise).  All passes have a 7 night loan period.  Patrons may borrow each pass 4 times per 12-month period.

  • American Museum of Natural History - (For Palisades residents ONLY) Limit of 4 vouchers per checkout, once every 6 months. After checking out vouchers from the library, patrons need to book a reservation online in advance. 
  • Empire Pass - Admission for all people in your car. Unlimited day-use to most facilities operated by the NYS Office of Parks, recreation and Historic Preservation and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation as well as boat launch sites, arboretums and park preserves.
  • Frick Collection - Admission for 4 adults. Children under 10 are not admitted. Advanced timed tickets are strongly recommended at
  • Guggenheim - Two membership cards which each provide free express admission for up to 4 adults or students, plus $5 admission for a maximum of two additional guests.
  • Intrepid Museum - (For Palisades residents ONLY) Admission for 2 adults and 2 children. Bring your library card and Intrepid library membership pass on the day of the visit.  
  • Motorcycle Pedia Museum- Admission for 2 to the museum.
  • Museum of the City of New York - Admission for 2 adults and up to 4 children.
  • Storm King Art Center - Admission for 1 vehicle of up to 6 people. Show the physical Museum Pass at the admissions booth upon arrival. Hours vary seasonally. Please go to for updates.

Patrons with Palisades Free Library cards may reserve passes in advance.  Passes must be picked up on the day for which they are reserved.

Only one pass per family may be checked out at a time. 

The fine for an overdue pass is $10 per day with a maximum of $20.  Lost passes may incur a replacement charge (depending on museum policy).

American Museum of Natural History

One of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions; the Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.



Empire Pass

The 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, campgrounds and more. Visit their website (above link) to find out where you can use this pass.

Frick Collection

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. The historic buildings are currently closed for renovation. During the renovation, the museum and library collections remain accessible five blocks north at Frick Madison.


An internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Museum in New York is at once a vital cultural center, and educational institution. Visitors can experience special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, lectures by artists and critics, performances and film screenings, classes for teens and adults, and daily tours of the galleries led by museum educators.

Intrepid Museum

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a non-profit, educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine. Through exhibitions, educational programming and the foremost collection of technologically groundbreaking aircraft and vessels, visitors of all ages and abilities are taken on an interactive journey through history to learn about American innovation and bravery.


Motorcycle Pedia Museum

Considered the #1 out of 17 attractions you can do in Newburgh by TripAdvisor, the museum has over 450 motorcyles in the collection. From Harleys to overseas motorcyles, the musum has something for everyone.

Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of the City of New York fosters understanding of the distinctive nature of urban life in the world’s most influential metropolis. It engages visitors by celebrating, documenting, and interpreting the city’s past, present, and future.

Storm King Art Center

Storm King Art Center is a 500-acre outdoor museum located in New York’s Hudson Valley, where visitors experience large-scale sculpture and site-specific commissions under open sky.

New York Museum Bargains


Always free

American Folk Art Museum - 2 Lincoln Square, New York City (Columbus Ave between 65th and 66th). 212.595.9533.

Bronx Museum of the Arts- 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY. 718.681.6000.

Garrison Art Center - 23 Garrison's Landing, Garrison, NY. 845.424.3960

Hispanic Society of America - Audobon Terrace, Broadway between 155th & 156th, New York, NY. 212.926.2234.

Westchester Arts Council - 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY. 914.428.4220. Their website has an event calendar by event type, venue or city.


Sometimes free

Asia Society and Museum - 725 Park Avenue @ 70th St, New York City. 212.288.6400. Admission is free all day on Fridays; always free to children under 16.

Brooklyn Museum - 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY. 718.638.5000. Free to ages 19 and younger.

The Bruce Museum of Arts and Science -1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT. 203.869.0376. Free 10am-5pm Tuesdays; always free to children under 5.

Edward Hopper House Art Center - 82 North Broadway, Nyack, NY. 845.358.0774. Always free to children 12 and younger.

The Jewish Museum - 1109 Fifth Avenue @ 92nd Street, NYC. 212.423.3200. Free Saturdays; always free to children under 18.

Katonah Museum of Art - 134 Jay Street, Route 22 Katonah, NY. 914.232.9555. Always free to children under 12. Free admission on the third Thursday of every month.

Museum of Arts & Design - 2 Columbus Circle, NYC. 212.299.2777. On Thursdays, all tickets are half price. Always free to children 18 and younger.

Museum of Jewish Heritage- 36 Battery Place New York, NY 10280. 646.437.4202. Admission to the Museum is free on Thursdays between 4 – 8 PM. Always free to children under 12.

The Museum of the City of New York - 1220 Fifth Avenue @ 103rd Street, NYC. 212.534.1672. Ages 19 and younger are free.

Museum of Modern Art - 11 West 53rd Street, NYC. 212.708.9400. Free admission for New York City residents on the first Friday evening of every month from 4-8p.m. Always free to children under 16.

Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College - 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY. 914.251.6100. Admission is currently FREE for all visitors.

Queens Botanical Garden- 43-50 Main Street (Flushing Main/Dahlla Avenue).
Free on Wednesday from 3-6pm and Sunday 9-11am. December 16-MarchFree. Always free to children 3 and younger.

Rubin Museum of Art - 150 W. 17th Street, NYC. 212.620.5000. Free 6-10pm Fridays, free to 65+ the first Thursday of every month and free to children under 12.


Suggested admission / Pay what you wish

American Museum of Natural History - Central Park West @ 79th Street, NY. 212.769.5100. New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut residents (with ID): The amount you pay for General Admission only is up to you.

Metropolitan Museum of Art - 1000 Fifth Avenue @ 82nd Street, NYC. 212.535.7710. New York State residents and NY, NJ, CT students: the amount you pay for tickets is up to you. Free to children under 12.

New York Historical Society - 170 Central Park West, between 76th & 77th, NYC. 212.873.3400. Pay-as-you-wish from 6–8 pm on Fridays, free to children under 5.

El Museo del Barrio - 1230 Fifth Avenue @ 104th Street, NYC. 212.831.7272. Free to children under 12. Suggested admission for adults.

Museum of Chinese in America-215 Centre Street New York, NY. 212.6194785. For Manhattan Chinatown and Two Bridges residents the amount you pay is up to you.

The Studio Museum in Harlem - 144 West 125th Street, NYC. 212.864.4500. 
Always free to children under 12; suggested admission for adults.

Rockland Center for the Arts - 27 South Greenbush Road, West Nyack, NY. 845.358.0877.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - 1071 Fifth Avenue @ 89th Street, NYC. 212.423.3500. Pay what you wish Saturdays 6-8pm. Always free to children under 12.

Whitney Museum of American Art - 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014. 212.570.3600. Pay-What-You-Wish admission each Friday from 7–10 pm. Always free to children under 18. The gallery on Floor 1 is always free—no ticket required.