Catskill Public Library and Palenville Branch Library cardholders have the ability to borrow Museum Passes, which provide free access to several museums in Columbia and Greene counties.
Museum Passes may be borrowed from the circulation desk at the Palenville Branch Library and the Main Floor circulation desk at the Catskill Public Library.
The lending period for each pass is three days. A late fee of $5.00 will be applied to the borrowing patron’s account for every day the museum pass is not returned. After five days the museum pass is considered ‘lost’ and the borrowing patron will be billed the total replacement cost posted on the pass.
Patrons should always call ahead to the museums for special rules and inform the museum that they will be using a library pass!
See below for a list of participating museums!
The Bronck House Museum & Barns
90 County Highway 42
Coxsackie, NY 12051
The Bronck Museum consists of the Bronck houses and barns, situated on 16 acres in Coxsackie, NY. Dwellings date back to 1663! You’ll also find a thirteen-sided hay barn, a Northern European side-aisle barn and several Victorian agricultural buildings.
This Family Pass is valid for up to two (2) adults and two (2) children on tours during regular hours only. Not valid on group tours or special events.
Thomas Cole House
218 Spring Street
Catskill, NY 12414
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, NY, marks the birthplace of the major art movement of the United States, now known as the Hudson River School, as it was founded by Thomas Cole (1801-1848). There are several buildings to tour, and exhibitions are changed annually.
Catskill Public Library and Palenville Branch Library cardholders may use their library cards for free general admission to the buildings, grounds and exhibitions. Advance registration is strongly recommended but not required. The site cannot guarantee admission for visitors who do not sign up in advance.
FASNY Museum of Firefighting
117 Harry Howard Avenue
Hudson, NY 12534
Explore the world’s largest and most comprehensive museum dedicated to the history, culture, and science of firefighting.
This library pass admits a family of four consisting of two adults and their two children. No substitutions will be allowed: additional family members must pay admission. Pass can be used once daily.
The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum
4079 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12358
Research the Roosevelts, learn about Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, the New Deal and World War II. The Museum features special interactives, immersive audio-visual theaters, and rarely seen artifacts that convey the dramatic story of the Roosevelt era.
This pass entitles one family (defined as a group of up to five individuals) free admission to the Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum only. This pass does not include special tours or group tours.
Hudson River Maritime Museum
50 Rondout Landing
Kingston, NY 12401
The Hudson River Maritime Museum is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the maritime history of the Hudson River, its tributaries and related communities. In addition to extensive collections documenting maritime transportation, industry, recreation and natural science, the museum offers classes and programs at its Wooden Boat School, Sailing and Rowing School, and aboard its floating classroom, ‘Solaris’.
Each pass is free admittance for one visitor. The Catskill Public Library and Palenville Brach Library have a total of two passes to lend at a time. Children under 4 years old are free. This pass does not cover special tours, boat rides, classes or programs.
Olana State Historic Site
5720 State Route 9G
Hudson, NY 12534
Fredric Church is well-known as a painter, but he was also a world traveller, a family man, and a self-taught architect, farmer and landscape designer. He and his wife Isabel raised four children at their estate overlooking the Hudson, Olana. Access to Olana’s 250-acre landscape is free. The park is open every day from 8 AM to sunset.
Each pass admits two (2) visitors. Included with each pass is free (limited space) house access and free Outdoor Walking Tours.