Visit NYC's best cultural institutions for free with a library card

July 26, 2018

Last week, The New York Public Library announced Culture Pass-- a new service that allows library cardholders to visit cultural institutions throughout the city for free.

To get started, you'll need a free library card from The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, or Queens Library. 

It is super easy to get a library card at the nearby Morningside branch at Broadway and 114th (and you can pre-register online), and the CU Libraries offer free NYPL onsite library card registration in Butler Library every fall.  

NYC library cardholders can borrow passes for two or four people at cultural institutions throughout the city. Cultural institutions currently participating in Culture Pass include the following, but more will be added on an ongoing basis:

  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • Brooklyn Children's Museum
  • Brooklyn Historical Society
  • Brooklyn Museum
  • Children's Museum of Manhattan
  • Children's Museum of the Arts
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • The Drawing Center
  • The Frick Collection
  • Historic Richmond Town
  • International Center of Photography
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
  • The Jewish Museum
  • Louis Armstrong House
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • The Morgan Library & Museum 
  • Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1
  • Museum of Chinese in America
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • New York Transit Museum
  • Noguchi Museum
  • Queens Historical Society
  • Queens Museum
  • Rubin Museum of Art
  • SculptureCenter
  • Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
  • Society of Illustrators
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • Sugar Hill Children's Museum
  • Wave Hill
  • Whitney Museum of American Art

Explore the Culture Pass website for more information.