Museum Passes

Museum passes are provided to Ulster County residents through the generosity of the Ulster County Legislature, Ulster County Libraries, and Friends of Library Groups. We are pleased to offer passes to select local attractions available for borrowing by Mid-Hudson Library System Card Holders or Ramapo-Catskill Library System Card Holders (Wallkill, Gardiner, Ellenville, and Cragsmoor), ages 18 years or older, with a valid library card in good standing. [Please note: Library cards obtained digitally are excluded.]  Each museum determines the rules and regulations governing the use of its museum pass. We strongly recommend that you call or visit the destination’s website to confirm their policies and hours prior to your visit. Passes typically exclude special exhibits or events. The libraries assume no responsibility of any kind arising from the terms of a museum pass.
Print from Home
Passes may be reserved up to thirty days in advance and can be printed from home or at the library. Some museums also accept passes displayed on a phone. The pass will only be valid for the date of visit listed on the confirmation page, so request the pass for the day you wish to use it. These passes are marked closed for the days when the museums are closed. These passes do not need to be returned.
Pick Up/Return Pass
Please reserve a pass on the day that you wish to pick it up. Passes may be reserved online for up to thirty days in advance and must be picked up at the library and returned to the same library. Passes must be returned inside the library (not in the book drop) one hour prior to closing on the day they’re due back. There’s a late fee for a pass returned after the due date. There’s a replacement fee for a pass not returned within seven days after the due date and the borrower will be charged the current fine or replacement cost, whichever is greater. The libraries reserve the right to deny the use of museum passes to any borrower who repeatedly loses them or returns them. Check with your local library to determine charges due.
How to Make a Reservation
From this webpage, select the destination and click to open up to see the full description. Make sure you read the description as the instructions for each museum vary slightly. At the bottom of the description, click on “Request Pass” to open into the reservation system. You can make a reservation up to 30 days in advance. Use the calendar to select the date (the date depends on whether it is a print on-demand or pick up/return pass, info for each is found above). Once you have selected the date, click “Request Pass” and you will be prompted to enter your library card barcode and pin (password). Once you’ve completed the reservation, an email confirmation will be sent to you. For Print on-Demand passes, select “Print Pass” to print from home to bring to destination on date printed on pass. A reminder email will be sent 2 days before a reservation. You may also choose to receive a text reminder. (Your local library can print out a pass if you are unable to do so.)
How to Cancel a Reservation
Call your Home Library to cancel. Find your local library’s contact information on their website.

Museums Available to all Ulster County Library Patrons
Bethel Woods Museum
Name of Pass: Bethel Woods Museum About the Museum: Museum profiling the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. Pass Details: Admits: 4 people to museum and special exhibits. Children 2 and under are free. If your group size is larger, additional tickets may be purchased onsite or online. No additional timed-entry reservation is needed. Restrictions: Open Seasonally.  Follow safety guidelines or Covid-19 protocols on their website. Address: 200 Hurd Rd, Bethel, New York 12720 Phone: (845) 583-2079 Website Link: Bethel Woods Museum Website
FDR Library and Museum
Name of Pass: FDR Library and Museum About the Museum: FDR’s personal and family papers, manuscripts related to his public career at the state and national level, photographs, sound and motion picture recordings, books, and periodicals. FDR also had a vast memorabilia collection, including ship models, prints and paintings, state gifts, gifts from the American people, and family items. Pass Details: The pass admits 5 people. Please be advised that the pass is valid ONLY for entry to the Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, not the President’s Home or any of the other Roosevelt sites. YOU MUST your emailed pass reservation confirmation by clicking on VIEW PASS INFO. Do not print the pass confirmation email, as it will NOT be accepted for entry. After printing, write in the answers to these questions on the pass: name of library, name of family, how many in party, day of visit, and date of visit (same date as the reservation you made). Surrender the pass at the ticket counter of the Wallace Visitor Center, and the pass bearer must show an ID. Address: 4079 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538 Phone: 845-486-7770 Website Link: FDR Museum Website Reserve
Destroyer USS Slater
Name of Pass: Destroyer USS Slater About the Museum: The USS SLATER DE-766 is a CANNON class destroyer escort that served in the United States Navy during World War II. One of 563 similar ships constructed between 1943 and 1945, the SLATER is the last destroyer escort remaining afloat in the United States today. Pass Details: Admits: 2 adults and 2 children a tour of the ship, which you may book a reservation by calling (518) 431–1943, or check on tour times. Reservations not required. Tours leave approximately every 30 minutes, and last 60 minutes, April through November, 10 am – 4 pm. The tours require climbing open stairways and walking through tight spaces and may be strenuous for some visitors. It is advised to wear low-heeled, non-slip walking shoes and casual dress; to use facilities on shore before tour as no restrooms on ship (there is a shore-side restroom); and to wear sunscreen. Recently restored in 2020, the ship is docked on the Hudson, in Albany, NY. Restrictions: Food, beverages, candy, gum, or tobacco products are not permitted aboard ship. Water is the only refreshment provided at the museum. Large bags and strollers are not permitted on the ship. Tripods are not permitted. Pass is not valid for group tours. Address: Broadway and Quay, Albany, NY 12202 Phone: (518) 431-1943 Website Link: Destroyer USS Slater Website
Guggeheim Museum: Coming Soon
Name of Pass: Guggenheim Museum About the Museum: This museum is simply known as the Guggenheim. It is named for the philanthropist Solomon Guggenheim. The Guggenheim has an excellent collection of modern and contemporary art. Pass Details: Free admission for up to four adults or students, plus $5 admission for two additional guests, and children under 12 years of age are always free. Library Pass users do not need to make advance reservations. After the security check, present the Library Pass at the entry desk for express admission. Restrictions: Masks are strongly encouraged. There is no coat check at this time, limits on bag size for entry, and no baby backpacks. Visitor FAQ includes amenities and policies, such as water bottles allowed but no outside food allowed. Resources: Includes brochure, map, digital guide, parking information, and exhibitions. Download before arrive or access on their free Wi-Fi. Museum Information Here / Parking Information Here Address: 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10128 (between 88th and 89th Streets). 75-80 miles from Poughkeepsie. Subway: Travel on the 4, 5, 6, and Q subway lines Bus: Take the M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus lines on Madison or Fifth Avenue Website Link: Guggenheim Museum Website
Hudson Highland Nature Museum & Grasshopper Grove
Name of Pass: Hudson Highland Nature Museum & Grasshopper Grove About the Museum: There are two locations (1.5 miles apart). Grasshopper Grove – Nature Play Area at Outdoor Discovery Center is an outdoor discovery area. The Nature Museum at Wildlife Education Center is the home of many live animals as well as exhibits about our local woods, fields, ponds and rivers. Trails are open daily dawn to dusk – and are free, no pets, and library pass is not needed for Hiking Trails. Museum Open All Year; Grasshopper Grove April – November Pass Details: Two adults and their children under age 18. Visit both locations the same day. Pass includes 10% off at HHNM gift shops and member pricing to attend weekend programs and special events. Restrictions: Check the Programs & Events Calendar to sign up for events. These events have additional fees but library pass holders receive member discounts so reserve the library pass for the date of the event. Wildlife Education Center Address: 25 Boulevard, Cornwall on Hudson, NY 12520 Phone: (845) 534-7781 Outdoor Discovery Area (includes Grasshopper Grove Nature Play) Address: 120 Muser Drive, Cornwall, NY 12518 Phone: (845) 534-5506 Hudson Highland Nature Museum & Grasshopper Grove Website Link: Hudson Highland Nature Museum & Grasshopper Grove Website Website
Hudson River Maritime Museum
Name of Pass: Hudson River Maritime Museum About the Museum: Museum dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries, and related industries. Pass Details: The pass admits two adults and family members. For example, Mom and Dad have 4 children and Grandma and Grandpa with them. Everyone in this family can come in on the Family Pass. Restrictions: Follow safety guidelines or Covid-19 protocols on their website. Address: 50 Rondout Landing Kingston, NY 12401 Phone: (845) 338-0071 Website Link: Hudson River Maritime Museum Website
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex
Name of Pass: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex About the Museum: The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is dedicated to the exhibition and interpretation of history, science and service as related to its home aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark. As you explore the Museum you will be able to examine original artifacts, view historic video footage and explore interactive exhibits. Pass Details: The pass admits two adults and two children. -Access to the express, member-only admission line. -Discounted guest tickets: $18 adult, $13 child. -10% discount on Family Memberships for library patrons. There is no need to make reservations for the Intrepid in advance. Restrictions: You must bring a printed copy of your library pass reservation, ID, and your library card to present upon arrival. Only valid for the reserved date of visit printed on this pass. The patron’s name on the pass must match their ID and library card. Address: Pier 86, 12th Avenue and 46th Street, NYC Phone: (646) 381-5032 Website Link:
MiSci Museum of Innovation and Science
Name of Pass: MiSci Museum of Innovation and Science About the Museum: miSci’s exhibitions and educational programming focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Pass Details: Two adults and 4 children under 18. The patrons of the library receive a 50% discount on museum admission when using the pass at miSci. Planetarium isn’t included. You must print this pass and present it upon arrival. Only valid for the reserved date of visit printed on this pass. The patron’s name on the pass must match their ID. Address: 15 Nott Terrace Heights Schenectady, NY 12308 Phone: (518) 382-7890 Website Link: MiSci Museum of Innovation and Science
NY Transit Museum
Name of Pass: NY Transit Museum About the Museum: The New York Transit Museum is a museum that displays historical artifacts of the New York City Subway, bus, and commuter rail systems in the greater New York City metropolitan region. Pass Details: Two adults and up to four children under the age of 18. As well as a code good for $5 off public programs and excursions (restrictions apply). How to Use Your Library Pass:
  1. Reserve/check-out the library pass for the date of your visit. Print out a physical copy of the confirmation page.
  2. Visit and follow the links to make a new reservation
  3. Select the date and time of the visit
  4. Enter the quanitity of tickets desired (membership is valid for 2 adults and up to 4 children)
  5. Click “Add to Cart”
  6. Enter the Discount Code provided on your library pass
  7. Check out! The tickets will be emailed directly to you. Print them out and bring them with ID and the library pass to the museum.
Restrictions: Follow safety guidelines or Covid-19 protocols on their website. Address: Former Court Street station, 99 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 Phone: (718) 694-1600 Website Link: NY Transit Museum Website
Olana State Historic Site
Name of Pass: Olana State Historic Site About the Museum: The estate was home to Frederic Edwin Church, one of the major figures in the Hudson River School of landscape painting. Pass Details: Admits 2 adults for landscape walking and historic house tours. Children 12 and under are free, however they must be included in the reservation when calling. Library Pass holders must call (518) 751-0344 to reserve a Tour Time. Users must present Library Pass (hard copy or digital) at the Olana Visitor Center at the time of their visit. How to Use Your Library Pass:
  1. Reserve/check-out the library pass for the date of your visit. Print out a physical copy of the confirmation page.
  2. When pass is confirmed call (518) 751-0344 to reserve tickets for a tour time.
  3. Arrive 20 minutes before your tour and present your pass/confirmation at the Olana Visitor Center
Olana’s tour schedule varies with the seasons. Check to ensure tours are being offered on the date you’d like to visit. Various Tours are described here. Grounds & Park: Open daily from 8:00 AM to sunset for free, with 5 miles of carriage roads and 250 acres. Self-guided audio tours of the landscape are available to download and play on smartphones and tablets, approx. 60 min. View Park Use Guidelines. Restrictions:
  • Pass is not valid for discount on Electronic Carriage Tours
  • Museum shop is 15% discount with Library Pass
  • Children under 12 are free, however they must be included in the reservation when calling
  • Arrive to check in at Visitor Center 20 minutes before your tour time
Address: 5720 Route 9G, Hudson, NY 12534 Phone: (518) 751-0344 Website Link: Olana State Historic Site Website
Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome
Name of Pass: Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome About the Museum: The Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome is a living museum in Rhinebeck, New York. It owns many examples of airworthy aircraft of the Pioneer Era, World War I and the Golden Age of Aviation between the World Wars, and multiple examples of roadworthy antique automobiles. Pass Details: 2 adults and 2 children (5 – 17), and children under 5 free with the printed Library Pass on the date of your Library Pass Reservation. Library Pass users do not need to call in advance or need advance tickets. If your group size is larger than the Pass covers, you will need to buy tickets for additional people. Library Pass includes special events, and Sat. or Sun. Air Shows, when scheduled. Two different Air Shows every weekend from June 18 to Oct 17, 2:00 – 4:00 PM. The Saturday Air Show is History of Flight. The Sunday Air Show is WWI. A gift shop discount of 10% with Library Pass. Biplane Rides information and cost on website. Restrictions: Open daily May 1- Oct. 31, 10 AM – 5 PM. Follow safety guidelines or Covid-19 protocols on their website. Address: 9 Norton Road, Red Hook, NY 12571 Phone: (845) 752-3200 Website Link: Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome Website
Opus 40 Sculpture Park
Name of Pass: Opus 40 Sculpture Park About the Museum: Opus 40 is a large environmental sculpture in Saugerties, New York, created by sculptor and quarryman Harvey Fite. It comprises a sprawling series of dry-stone ramps, pedestals and platforms covering 6.5 acres of a bluestone quarry. Pass Details: Five tickets for immediate family only.  (This means two caregivers of any age or gender and the children they care for in a family unit only. No cousins or friends, etc.)  If your group size is larger, purchase additional tickets from their website.  Patrons do not need to sign up ahead.  Upon arrival, show the Library’s Opus 40 Pass (printed or digital on phone) and your library card. Picnics are welcome. Click here to view the map online. Printed maps are available. Restrictions: Hours change seasonally. -Saturday through Monday during April. -Friday through Monday during May.  -Thursday through Monday during June, July and August.  -Saturday through Monday as long as weather permits during September, October, and November. See their events on the website, which require reservations and full price ticketing, as member discounts to events do not include the Library’s pass. Address: 356 George Sickle Road, Saugerties, NY 12477 Phone: (845) 246-3400 Website Link: Opus 40 Sculpture Park Website
Thomas Cole National Historic Site
Name of Pass: Thomas Cole National Historic Site About the Museum: The Thomas Cole National Historic Site, also known as Cedar Grove, is a National Historic Landmark that includes the home and the studio of painter Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School of American painting. Pass Details: Two Adults (age 16 and up), plus any children (age 15 and under) are free, with strongly recommended advanced booking of Timed-Entry Tickets that you will book as “Members” in advance on their website. To ensure entry, arrive 15 minutes early to check in at the Visitor’s Center entrance. Follow safety guidelines or Covid-19 protocols on their website. On the 15th, tickets for the next month become available to reserve. Guided Tours generally weekdays, and Self-Directed Tours generally weekends. Instructions for Recommended Timed-Entry Ticketing: On the Thomas Cole website, book a Timed-Entry Ticket for same date as Library Pass, selecting Weekday Ticket (usually guided tour) or Weekend Tickets (usually self-directed tour), and the hour to arrive (10 am – 4 pm). Enter up to two “Member” age 16+ tickets for free, and enter any “Children” age 15 and under for free. If your group size is larger, purchase tickets. Arrive 15 minutes early to the Visitor Center to check in with Library Pass, either printed or digital display on mobile phone. Regular touring will begin in Spring 2023. Restrictions: Open April 30 – Mid-December. Follow safety guidelines or Covid-19 protocols on their website. Address: 218 Spring Street, Catskill, NY 12414 Phone: (518) 943-7465 Website Link: Thomas Cole National Historic Site
These resources are provided free to the residents of Ulster County through the work of your County Executive, the Ulster County Legislature and your local library.