Pre-Pandemic Information Below: we are not currently lending out museum passes due to logistical issues with many of our museums (such as timed ticket requirements and very high demand.) We apologize for the inconvenience.
Pre-Pandemic Museum List and Pass Information
Free passes are available for Boscobel Museum; The Frick Collection; Guggenheim Museum (all locations); Hudson River Museum; Intrepid: Sea, Air & Space Museum; The Jewish Museum; Museum of the City of New York; Neuberger Museum of Art; New-York Historical Society; New York Transit Museum; Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture.; The Westchester Children’s Museum.
In addition, we also have free tickets and discount passes to the following institutions: the American Museum of Natural History, the Katonah Museum of Art, the Maritime Aquarium, and the Museum of the Moving Image. See the chart below for full details on all our passes and tickets.
Westchester County library card holders in good standing and 18 years old or older may borrow one Museum Pass/Card or have Museum Cards, but not use multiple ones at the same time.
The loan period for museum passes and discount cards is 3 days (2 nights). You may need to show your library card along with the museum pass or card to gain admission. All passes offer free general admission; some passes are for one adult and two children living in the same household, and other passes may allow more people. Some passes offer other privileges also.
Even if you have reserved a pass, before coming to pick up the pass, please call us to confirm that we have it. Come to the adult reference desk for more information and to borrow passes.
Museums are subject to full or partial closure; we suggest you confirm museum hours, exhibits and admission privileges.
Some museums have cooperative free admission arrangements with other institutions. For example, the Hudson River Museum and the Neuberger Museum of Art passes allow free admission to organizations in the Fairfield / Westchester Museum Alliance. Contact other museums to find out about their reciprocal arrangements.
Museum passes are made possible through the generosity of Friends of the Irvington Library.
Free or reduced-price admission:
Some museums and institutions offer free admission at all times, pay what you wish, or offer free admission at specified times. Not all of their exhibits may be available to you for free or reduced admission fees. Here is a sampling of what is free or “pay what you wish” in our area, according to their websites; we suggest you confirm their current admission policies and hours.
American Indian Museum Heye Center (a Smithsonian Institution musuem): free admission.
American Museum of Natural History, The: “Should you wish to pay less than the suggested admission, you may do so by purchasing tickets at any admissions desk at the Museum.”
Bronx Zoo: “General Admission on Wednesday is by pay-what-you-wish donation. Every dollar you give supports our work in caring for animals here in New York and around the world. Recommended donation is $15 per person.”
Jewish Museum, The: “Free – every Saturday, always 18 & under. Pay What You Wish – every Thursday 5-8 p.m.”
Metropolitan Museum of Art: “To help cover the costs of exhibitions, we ask that you please pay the full recommended amount.”
Morgan Library and Museum: “Free – every Friday, 7-9 p.m.”
Museum of the Moving Image: Fridays: free admission, 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.. Closes at 8 p.m. on Fridays.
NY Aquarium: “Friday Afternoon Special. Aquarium Admission on Summer Fridays from 4:00 p.m. to closing and on Fall/Winter/Spring Fridays from 3:00 p.m. to closing is by pay-what-you-wish donation. Every dollar you give supports our work in caring for animals here in New York and around the world. Recommended donation is $5 per person.”
New York Botanical Gardens: “Grounds admission is free to everyone all day on Wednesdays and from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. on Saturdays.”