Free Museum Passes With NJ Library Card

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Have you ever wanted to travel back in time to see what New Jersey looked like 65 million years ago when the dinosaurs roamed? Or wondered what life was like on America’s most decorated battleship? You can find out the answers to these questions (and so much more!) by visiting some of the great museums around the Garden State. Thanks to museums that are providing free admission tickets to local libraries, these days, all you’ll need to make these adventures come to life is your trusty library card.

Here’s how it works: Most passes are loaned for three days, including the day the pass is to be picked up. A refundable cash deposit is sometimes required, but is returned when the pass is brought back to the library on time. Not a valid library cardholder? Don’t fret; September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, so simply head down to your local branch and they can hook you up with one.

Check Out Some of The Libraries That Participate in This Program:

If you have the chance to visit one of these museums with a free pass from your library, be sure to snap a photo of your little ones exploring! Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmomhq and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

Bergen County

Cliffside Park Public Library
The pass allows cardholders to visit 21 museums in New York City and New Jersey, including Children’s Museum of the Arts, Grounds for Sculpture, American Museum of Natural History and Newark Museum.
505 Palisade Avenue, Cliffside Park, NJ 07010
201-945-2867 | circ@cliffsidepark.bccls.org

East Rutherford Memorial Library
The pass is accepted at six museums in New Jersey and New York City, including Imagine That! A New Jersey Children’s Museum, Montclair Art Museum and American Museum of Natural History.
143 Boiling Springs Avenue, East Rutherford, NJ 07073
201-939-3930 | erutcirc@bccls.org

Maurice M. Pine Public Library
Two adult passes are loaned for seven days and include unlimited children passes. These passes can then be used at Montclair Art Museum and Storm King Art Center.
10-01 Fair Lawn Avenue, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
201-796-3400 ext. 5

Fort Lee Public Library
Passes are accepted at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, the New-York Historical Society Museum and the Museum of The City of New York. The passes require a $25 refundable deposit.
320 Main Street, Fort Lee, NJ 07024
201-592-3615

Hillsdale Library
With a $50 refundable deposit, cardholders can visit the Guggenheim Museum, Grounds for Sculpture and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The passes can be reserved for up to 60 days in advance.
509 Hillsdale Avenue, Hillsdale, NJ 07642
201-358-5072

Oradell Free Public Library
The passes are accepted at the American Museum of Natural History, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, The Frick Collection and the Guggenheim Museum.
375 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell, NJ 07649
201-262-2613

Ridgefield Park Public Library
A one-day pass to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum can be checked out for up to six people to use. A $10 refundable deposit is due when the pass is reserved and an additional $40 is due at the time the pass is taken out.
107 Cedar Street, Ridgefield Park NJ, 07660
201-641-0689 | fpkcirc@bccls.org

Rutherford Public Library
The Rutherford Public Library’s passes are available for 10 museums, including South Street Seaport Museum, Montclair Art Museum, Imagine That! A New Jersey Children’s Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
150 Park Avenue, Rutherford, New Jersey
201-939-8600

Teaneck Public Library
The library has passes available for several museums including Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey, The Frick Collection, Imagine That! A New Jersey Children’s Museum, The Museum of Modern Art and the Yogi Berra Museum.
840 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666
201-837-4171

Tenafly Public Library
The library’s Museum Pass Program allows patrons to visit the New-York Historical Society Museum, Museum of the City of New York, Children’s Museum of Manhattan and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
100 Riveredge Road, Tenafly, NJ 07670
201-568-8680 | tenfcirc@bccls.org

Burlington County

Burlington County Library System
Check out the Museum Pass Program at the library and visit The Museum of Modern Art, Battleship New Jersey, Air Victory Museum, Grounds for Sculpture and many more.
5 Pioneer Boulevard, Westampton, NJ 08060
609-267-9660

Moorestown Library
Visit the Paws Farm Nature Center, WheatonArts, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and a few more with free museum passes at the Moorestown Library.
111 West Second Street, Moorestown, NJ 08057
856-234-0333

Mount Laurel Library
The Museum Pass Program at the library includes passes to Battleship New Jersey, The Museum of Modern Art, Camden Children’s Garden, Air Victory Museum, Paws Farm Nature Center and Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
100 Walt Whitman Avenue, Mount Laurel, NJ 08054
856-234-7319

Camden County

Camden County Library System
You can check out passes at each of the Camden County Library System branches. The museums that are included in the program are The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, Battleship New Jersey, Grounds for Sculpture and Garden State Discovery Museum.
Multiple Locations

Cape May County

Avalon Free Public Library
Visit the Wetlands Institute, WheatonArts, Atlantic City Aquarium and Battleship New Jersey with the Museum Pass Program at the Avalon Free Public Library.
235 32nd Street, Avalon, NJ 08202
609-967-7155

Essex County

Glen Ridge Public Library
With a $50 cash deposit, you can reserve a pass for numerous museums including Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Museum of Modern Art, Newark Museum, Morris Museum and Grounds for Sculpture.
240 Ridgewood Avenue, Glen Ridge, NJ 07028
973-748-5482

Livingston Public Library
Passes are available through the Livingston Public Library for cardholders to visit Morris Museum, Newark Museum, Imagine That! A New Jersey Children’s Museum and the Montclair Art Museum.
10 Robert Harp Drive, Livingston, NJ 07039
973-992-4600

Maplewood Memorial Library
The Museum Pass Program allows Maplewood residents to visit four museums including the Guggenheim Museum, Morris Museum, the Montclair Art Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Main Library: 51 Baker Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040 | 973-762-1622
Hilton Branch: 1688 Springfield Avenue, Maplewood, NJ 07040 | 973-762-1688

Nutley Public Library
Visit the Montclair Art Museum, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Morris Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Garden and American Museum of Natural History with free passes from the Nutley Public Library.
93 Booth Drive, Nutley, NJ 07110
973-667-0405 | library@nutleynj.org

Roseland Free Public Library
Roseland residents who are members of the library can check out museum passes to visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, the Guggenheim Museum and the Montclair Art Museum.
20 Roseland Avenue, Roseland, NJ 07068
973-226-8636

West Caldwell Public Library
Reserve a museum pass at the library to visit the Montclair Art Museum, Yogi Berra Museum, Imagine That! A New Jersey Children’s Museum, American Museum of Natural History and Morris Museum!
30 Clinton Road, West Caldwell, NJ 07006
973-226-5441

Gloucester County

Gloucester County Library System
Passes are available at each of the Gloucester County Library System branches to visit museums including WheatonArts, Grounds for Sculpture, Gloucester County Historical Society and Camden Children’s Garden.
Multiple Locations

The Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library
The library has free museum passes for its cardholders to visit Battleship New Jersey, Garden State Discovery Museum, Jersey Shore Children’s Museum, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge.
606 Delsea Drive, Sewell, NJ 08080
856-589-3334

Woodbury Public Library
Visit the Garden State Discovery Museum, Battleship New Jersey, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and the Gloucester County Historical Museum.
33 Delaware Street, Woodbury, NJ 08096
856-845-2611

Hudson County

Kearny Public Library
Passes are available for many museums such as The Frick Collection, The Skyscraper Museum, Newark Museum, The Children’s Museum of Manhattan and Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Kearny Public Library: 318 Kearny Avenue, Kearny, NJ 07032 | 201-998-2666
Kearny Branch Library: 759 Kearny Avenue, Kearny, NJ 07032 | 201-955-7988

Secaucus Public Library
You can visit The Guggenheim, Brooklyn Museum, Children’s Museum of Manhattan and Morris Museum with the Museum Pass Program.
1379 Paterson Plank Road, Secaucus, NJ 07094-4205
201-330-2083

Hunterdon County

Hunterdon County Library
Passes are available at each of the Hunterdon County Library branches for museums in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania including Battleship New Jersey, Grounds for Sculpture, The Stickley Museum and American Museum of Natural History.
314 State Route 12, Bldg. #3 Flemington, NJ 08822
908-788-1444

Mercer County

Mercer County Library System
Patrons can check out museum passes at each of the Mercer County Library System branches and visit museums including Battleship New Jersey, Bucks County Children’s Museum, Children’s Museum of Manhattan and Grounds for Sculpture.
Multiple Locations

Hamilton Free Public Library
Passes for seven museums in Pennsylvania and New Jersey can be checked out at the Hamilton Free Public Library. Museums include Roebling Museum, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Grounds for Sculpture and Bucks County Children’s Museum.
1 Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619
609-581-4060

Princeton Public Library
The Museum Pass Program offers cardholders the opportunity to visit 14 different museums in the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. Museums include Children’s Museum of Manhattan, The Museum of Modern Art and Museum of the City of New York.
65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542
609-924-9529

Middlesex County

Cranbury Public Library
Visit Grounds for Sculpture, the American Museum of Natural History and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum with the Cranbury Public Library Museum Pass.
23 North Main Street, Cranbury, NJ 08512
609-655-0555

Monroe Township Library
Passes are available for a three-day loan period for museums and activities including The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Monster Mini Golf, Popcorn Park Zoo and Montclair Art Museum.
4 Municipal Plaza, Monroe Twp., NJ 08831
732-521-5000

Metuchen Public Library
Visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Grounds for Sculpture, Guggenheim Museum and Morris Museum with the Museum Pass Program.
480 Middlesex Avenue, Metuchen, NJ 08840
732-632-8526

North Brunswick Library
Check out passes for The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Grounds for Sculpture, New-York Historical Society Museum and Garden State Discovery Museum from the North Brunswick Library.
880 Hermann Road, North Brunswick, NJ 08902
732-246-3545

Old Bridge Public Library
Visit Morris Museum, Insectropolis, Garden State Discovery Museum and The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University with free museum passes from the Old Bridge Public Library.
Central Branch: One Old Bridge Plaza, Old Bridge, NJ, 08857 | 732-721-5600 x5010
Laurence Harbor Branch: 277 Shoreland Circle, Laurence Harbor, NJ 08879 | 732-566-2227

Piscataway Public Library
A library card allows you to check out passes to Morris Museum, Grounds for Sculpture, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Garden State Discovery Museum.
John F. Kennedy Library: 500 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854 | 732-463-1633
Westergard Library: 20 Murray Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854 | 732-752-1166

South Brunswick Public Library
Visit the South Brunswick Public Library to check out passes for museums including Battleship New Jersey, Garden State Discovery Museum, Grounds for Sculpture and a discounted visit to Liberty Science Center.
110 Kingston Lane, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
732-329-4000 ext. 7290

South Plainfield Public Library
Passes are available through the library for museums including Battleship New Jersey, American Museum of Natural History and Grounds for Sculpture. Also included in the passes are Adventure Aquarium, Diggerland USA and Sahara Sam’s Indoor Water Park.
2484 Plainfield Avenue, South Plainfield, NJ 07080
908-754-7885

Woodbridge Public Library
Visit Grounds for Sculpture, Guggenheim Museum, Montclair Art Museum and more with the museum passes from the Woodbridge Public Library.
1 George Frederick Plaza, Woodbridge, NJ 07095
732-634-4450

Monmouth County

Brielle Public Library
Several museums are available to cardholders through the Museum Pass Program at the Brielle Public Library, including Battleship New Jersey, American Museum of Natural History and Grounds for Sculpture.
610 South Street, Brielle, NJ 08730
732-528-9381

Matawan-Aberdeen Public Library
Enjoy a day at one of the many museums included in the Museum Pass Program such as Garden State Discovery Museum, Grounds for Sculpture, Guggenheim Museum and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
165 Main Street, Matawan, NJ 07747
732-583-9100

Middletown Public Library
The passes included in the program at the Middletown Public Library are not only for museums, but for aquariums, theme parks and zoos!
55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown, NJ 07748
732-671-3700

Morris County

Butler Public Library
Choose from four different museums including Morris Museum, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Imagine That! A New Jersey Children’s Museum and Grounds for Sculpture.
1 Ace Road, Butler, New Jersey 07405
973-838-3262

Library of the Chathams
Visit a local museum using your library card from the Chatham Library. Participating museums include the American Museum of Natural History, Museum of the City of New York, Montclair Art Museum and more.
214 Main Street, Chatham, NJ 07928
973-635-0603

Long Hill Township Library
The program at the Long Hill Township Library includes passes for two New Jersey museums: the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Morris Museum.
917 Valley Road, Gillette, NJ 07933
908-647-2088

Roxbury Public Library
Morris Museum is currently the only museum participating in the Roxbury LIbrary’s Museum Pass Program. The museum pass is available to reserve for up to one month ahead of time.
103 Main Street, Succasunna, NJ 07876
973-584-2400

Ocean County

Ocean County Library, Jackson Branch
This library offers free admission tickets to Newark Museum, Battleship New Jersey and Grounds for Sculpture.
2 Jackson Drive, Jackson, NJ 08527
732-928-4400

Passaic County

Clifton Public Library
The library’s Museum Pass Program includes admission to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Montclair Art Museum, Storm King Art Center and many more.
Clifton Memorial Library: 292 Piaget Avenue, Clifton, NJ 07011 | 973-772-5500
Allwood Branch Library: 44 Lyall Road, Clifton, NJ 07012 | 973-471-0555

Little Falls Public Library
Little Falls residents who are members of the library can enjoy free passes to the Montclair Art Museum, the  Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Morris Museum and the American Museum of Natural History.
8 Warren Street, Little Falls, NJ 07424
973-256-2784

Somerset County

Bernards Township Public Library
Passes available at the library allow patrons to visit many museums in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
32 South Maple Avenue, Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
908-204-3031

Bernardsville Public Library
The American Museum of Natural History, Grounds for Sculpture and Morris Museum passes are available at the library for cardholders to check out.
1 Anderson Hill Road, Bernardsville, NJ 07924
908-766-0118 | librarian@bernardsvillelibrary.org

Raritan Public Library
Passes can be borrowed to visit Battleship New Jersey, Grounds for Sculpture and Morris Museum.
54 East Somerset Street, Raritan, NJ 08869
908-725-0413 | raritanl@yahoo.com

Somerset County Library System
Cardholders in this county system can select passes to The Museum of Modern Art, United States Golf Association Museum, Grounds for Sculpture and a few more!
Multiple Locations

Sussex County

Sparta Public Library
Enter your information in the Museum Pass Database before reserving a pass on the Sparta Library website. Once entered into the database, cardholders can enjoy visits to The Frick Collection, Museum of the City of New York and Morris Museum.
22 Woodport Road, Sparta, NJ 07871
973-729-3101

Sussex County Library System
With a pass from this library system, cardholders and their guests can visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum or Morris Museum.
Multiple Locations

Union County

Clark Public Library
Enjoy an afternoon at The Stickley Museum with a few museum passes from the Clark Public Library.
303 Westfield Avenue, Clark, NJ 07066
732-388-5999

Cranford Public Library
Fourteen local museums participate in the Museum Pass Program through the Cranford Public Library, including Grounds for Sculpture, Museum of the City of New York, Newark Museum and Battleship New Jersey.
8 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, NJ 07016
908-709-7200 | info@cranford.com

Fanwood Memorial Library and Scotch Plains Public Library
These joint libraries allow cardholders to check out passes to visit 15 local museums, including Newark Museum, Morris Museum and the DiMenna Children’s History Museum.
Fanwood Memorial Library: 5 Forest Road, Fanwood, NJ 07023 | 908-322-6400 | dweiss@fanwoodlibrary.org
Scotch Plains Public Library: 1927 Bartle Avenue, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076 | 908-322-5007

New Providence Memorial Library
The Imagine That! A New Jersey Children’s Museum, Morris Museum and The Stickley Museum can be enjoyed by cardholders when they check out the museum passes from the library.
377 Elkwood Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974
908-665-0311

Rahway Public Library
Visit Grounds for Sculpture, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and Newark Museum with free museum passes at the Rahway Public Library.
2 City Hall Plaza, Rahway, NJ 07065
732-340-1551

 

Summit Free Public Library
Cardholders can borrow passes to eight local museums including the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Princeton University Art Museum and Morris Museum.
75 Maple Street, Summit, NJ 07901
908-273-0350

Westfield Memorial Library
Enjoy many local museums with the Museum Pass Program, which includes The Stickley Museum, The Skyscraper Museum, Newark Museum and a few more!
550 East Broad Street, Westfield, NJ 07090
908-789-4090

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