Museum Pass Program


The Museum Pass Program is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  • Reserved passes can be picked up at Princeton Public Library Information Desk.
  • Please see Guidelines (below) for additional information.

Reserve a pass:


Museum List

  • Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia
  • American Museum of Natural History (2018)
  • Battleship New Jersey
  • Children’s Museum of Manhattan
  • Frick Collection
  • Garden State Discovery Museum
  • Grounds For Sculpture  
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • Morven Museum & Gardens
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Mütter Museum
  • Old Barracks Museum
  • New-York Historical Society
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
  • Princeton University Library

Guidelines

How do I reserve a pass?

Passes can be reserved online using your library card or by calling the Information Desk at 609.924.9529 x1220

Is there a charge to reserve a pass?

There is no charge to borrow a museum pass.

Who can reserve a pass?

You will need a valid Princeton Public Library card to make a reservation.

How many passes can I reserve a day/a month?

One museum pass can be reserved per day per card. Each museum can be reserved one time per month, and up to five different museums can be reserved in a calendar month. Exceptions: The passes to Princeton University Library may be reserved  more frequently, depending on availability of the pass. A voucher to the American Museum of Natural History may be reserved one time per calendar year. However, there are a limited number of these passes each year for the American Museum of Natural History.

How far in advance can I reserve a pass?

Reservations can often be made up to 90 days in advance.

How many people are admitted to a museum per pass?

The membership conditions of each museum vary and is indicated in the description for each pass.

How do I get the pass? 

  • Passes may be picked up at the library beginning at 3 p.m. the day prior to the “Day of Use” and need to be returned by 11 a.m. the day after the “Day of Use” (i.e. if the “Day of Use” is Friday the pass can be picked up beginning at 3 p.m. on Thursday through closing on Friday and returned by 11 a.m. on Saturday.)
  • If you have a reservation for The Grounds for Sculpture, you can display a digital copy on your device by selecting email pass or by viewing your reservation. Grounds for Sculpture will accept a digital copy from your device. Or you can print the pass or we can print it for you. You do not need to pick up or return the Grounds for Sculpture pass.
  • The American Museum of Natural History pass is a voucher which needs to be picked up from the library but does not need to be returned.

Library Hours
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday:  1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

What is a “No show”?

If you do not pick up your pass by the “Day of Use” it will constitute a “No Show”. If the reservation is canceled the day before or the day of the “Day of Use” it will also be considered a “No Show”. Once a reservation becomes a “No Show” a new reservation will need to be made, based on availability, if you wish to visit the venue. Because demand for passes is extremely high, two “No Shows” in a 60 day period may result in a 2 month block on museum pass reservations.

Can I cancel my reservations?

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 2 month block on museum pass reservations.

Where do I pick up my pass?

Passes can be picked up at the library no earlier than 3 p.m. prior to the “Day of Use” (i.e. if the “Day of Use” is Saturday, it can be picked up beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday through closing on Saturday). The Grounds for Sculpture pass is a digital pass that you will receive access to when you make the reservation.

Library Hours
Monday -Friday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Do I need my library card to pick up the pass?

Yes, you will need to present the library card that you used when reserving the pass to pick it up. If you are picking up a pass for someone else, you need to have their library card.

Where do I return my pass?

Return passes to the library Information Desk or museum pass drop box by 11 a.m. after the Day of Use (i.e. if the “Day of Use” is Friday, return the pass by Saturday at 11 a.m.)  On Sundays, the library opens at 1 pm. Please use the museum pass drop box to return passes due at 11 am. If the library is closed, your pass will be due by 11 a.m. the next day the library is open. Passes need to be returned on time so others may use them. Thank you for your consideration of others who are waiting to use the pass.

What is the late fee or replacement fee?

The late fee for all passes is $25 a day. If a pass is lost or damaged, the replacement fee is $50. The library cannot replace lost or damaged vouchers for the American Museum of Natural History.