Museum Passes

The Museum Pass Program has resumed. Due to COVID-19, the library’s Museum Pass Program has new procedures, and may be subject to further changes and updates in the near future. To ensure a successful visit, read this page carefully prior to reserving a pass.

  • You must have a valid PPL library card to reserve a museum pass.
  • All passes are now e-passes that are to be printed from home or at the Information Desk at the library.
    • There are no physical passes to pick up and return. EXCEPTION: The American Museum of Natural History. See FAQs below for additional details.
  • Only museums that can currently be booked by cardholders at this time are listed below.

NEW: Timed-Ticketing Procedures and Museum Requirements:

  • Most museums and institutions now require a timed-ticket for entry, in addition to your library e-pass. Once you reserve your e-pass on the library’s website, click the link to go to the museum’s website to reserve your timed-ticket.
    • If you have an e-pass but have not reserved a timed-ticket, you will NOT be allowed access to the museum.
    • If you have an e-pass and were unable to reserve a timed-ticket for the same day, cancel your e-pass reservation and try a different day.
  • Museum hours of operation have changed. Be sure to check with the museum regarding hours and restrictions prior to your visit.

For additional information and instructions, see the Frequently Asked Questions below.

The Museum Pass Program is made possible through the library’s Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Reserve a Pass

By Museum (lists all of the museums for which the library has a membership)

By Date (view by 90 day rolling window)

View/Cancel your Reservations (use your library card number)

Museum List

  • Academy of Natural Sciences
  • American Museum of Natural History (NOTE: This is the only pass that is NOT digital. Cardholders will be reserving a voucher to be picked up at the library.)
  • Battleship New Jersey
  • Children’s Museum of Manhattan
  • Frick Collection (NOTE: Frick Collection is only open at its temporary home on Madison Ave.)
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • Morven Museum & Gardens
  • Mütter Museum
  • New-York Historical Society
  • Old Barracks Museum
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
  • Storm King Art Center

Please note that Grounds for Sculpture no longer offers a library museum pass for admission.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the timed-entry tickets that museums now require?
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, most of the museums and institutions that are part of our Museum Pass Program now require visitors to reserve a timed-entry ticket. This ticket must be booked directly through the museum, and must be presented at the museum when you arrive, in addition to the e-pass reserved through the library. Each museum and institution has a different booking process. You will see directions for this process while booking a pass with the library. If you have any questions about booking a timed-ticket, please contact the museum or institution directly.

How do I reserve an e-pass?
Passes can be reserved online using your library card, by calling the Information Desk at 609-924-9529 x1220, or in person at the Information on the second floor of the library.

Is there a charge to reserve an e-pass?
There is no charge to borrow a museum pass.

Who can reserve an e-pass?
Princeton Public Library cardholders in good standing may make a reservation.

How many e-passes can I reserve per day/month?
A cardholder may reserve one museum e-pass per calendar month and one e-pass per day.

How far in advance can I reserve an e-pass?
Advanced reservation periods differ among venues.

How many people are admitted to a museum per e-pass?
The membership conditions of each museum varies and is indicated in the description for each e-pass.

How do I retrieve my e-pass after reserving it?
All of our passes, with the exception of American Museum of Natural History, are accessible as e-passes that can be printed from home or inside the library. All e-passes will need to be presented for admission at the museum or institution you are visiting.

How do reservations to the Museum of Natural History work?
Because the library offers a limited number of one-time use vouchers to the American Museum of Natural History, only one reservation is allowed per card each year. If you do not see this museum on the list when you go to reserve, check back in a few weeks, as additional vouchers are made available each month. Once you have a voucher reserved, you must stop by the library and present your library card to retrieve it prior to your museum visit. The voucher does not need to be returned to the library.

How do I cancel my reservation?
Reservations can be canceled up to two days before the “Day of Use.” You can cancel online or by calling 609-924-9529 x1220. If the reservation is canceled the day before or the day of the “Day of Use” it will be considered a “No Show.” Because demand for passes is extremely high, two “no shows” in a 60 day period may result in a two month block from making museum pass reservations.

Can I renew or extend my Museum Pass reservation?
E-passes can only be used on the date of the reservation. This date is also printed on the e-pass, itself. If you’d prefer to use it on another date, your reservation must be canceled, and a new reservation created.