Use your library card to check out a museum! We are pleased to continue our Museum Pass Program, offering patrons free access to 20 museums and cultural attractions. Our culturally rich area has so many great venues, but it’s not always feasible to visit with the expense of entrance fees for a whole family. Your library is the answer to this dilemma. Passes can be borrowed for up to three days, and will grant you free admission to participating locations. Most passes are good for at least two adults, and two children. In 2013, the museum passes were borrowed 338 times, and saved our patrons and their familes over $12,500 in admission fees!
This year, the Friends of the Library have gone above and beyond in underwriting the entire cost of our museum pass program. Thanks to their support, not only do you have access to the 19 museums we had last year, but we have been able to add a pass to Olana, which admits up to 6 people!
Additionally, several of these museums have reciprocal admission policies with other museums throughout the state, allowing our patrons to access even more locations.The passes may be borrowed first come, first served, for a three day period. The passes cannot be reserved online, although if you call ahead we will hold it behind the circulation desk for a two hour period. Due to pass popularity we ask that all passes be returned directly to the circulation desk during regular business hours. All late passes will incur a late fee of $5.00 per day. Get your summer off to a fun start today with a free trip to a museum! Our available passes this year include:
Berkshire Botanical Garden
The Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA is roughly 40 minutes from the center of Kinderhook. The public display gardens are open May rough mid-October. Both functional and ornamental, they are among the oldest in the US and have been expanded over the years in breadth and variety through a series of bequests and major gifts. The collections emphasize plants that are indigenous to or thrive in the Berkshires; more than 3,000 species and varieties are represented. This pass admits four adults, seniors, or children over 12 years old. Children under 12 years old are always free.
The Berkshire Museum
Fun on every level! At the Berkshire Museum, located roughly an hour away from Kinderhook in Pittsfield, MA, there’s something for everyone. The museum offers a unique blend of exhibitions, galleries, and attractions for families of all ages. See exhibitions, fine art, and sculpture from around the world. Explore our touch tank and aquarium. Be amazed at their collection of artifacts from Native American cultures and ancient cultures of Egypt, China, and more. Marvel at the technology that awaits in the new Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation. This pass admits four people per visit.
Chesterwood Located in Stockbridge, MA, Chesterwood is the country home, studio and gardens of American’s foremost public sculptor, Daniel Chester French.
The Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) As part of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), CMOST’s mission is to “instill a sense of wonder and discovery in young minds, inspiring a lifelong exploration of science and technology,” and is complementary to CNSE’s mission to provide pioneering nanotechnology education and prepare New York’s future workforce with a comprehensive education of the highest quality. The pass admits 2 adults and all dependent children under 18. The museum is located in Troy, NY.
Empire State Aerosciences Museum
Dedicated to interpreting aviation, particularly as related to New York State, ESAM offers visitors a variety of enjoyable and educational experiences, including interpretive exhibits, a spectacular collection of restored aircraft, and the state’s largest aviation library. The museum is located on the Schenectady County Airport. The family pass admits 2 adults and 2 children.
Eric Carle Museum
Less than two hours from Kinderhook, The Eric Carle Museum is located in Amherst, MA, and makes for a great day trip with kids. The Museum’s 40,000 square-foot building houses three Galleries dedicated to rotating exhibitions of picture book art from around the world; a hands-on Art Studio for creating masterpieces of one’s own; an Auditorium for performances, films, and lectures; a comfortable Library for reading and storytelling; a Café serving simple and delicious fare; and a Museum Shop stocked with creative gifts and old and new picture book favorites. This pass admits two adults and up to four children.
FASNY Museum of Firefighting
Overlooking the majestic Hudson River and Catskill Mountains, the Museum of Firefighting is an extremely popular destination for history buffs, families, firefighters, schools and tourists from all over the world. The FASNY Museum of Firefighting exhibits more than 50,000 square feet of fire apparatus, equipment, gear and memorabilia depicting the history of firefighting in a moving tribute to those brave men and women who have served their communities so well. The Museum is located at 117 Harry Howard Avenue in Hudson, NY. The pass admits 2 adults and 2 children.
Hancock Shaker Village (Closed for the Season: October to Mid-April)
Forty five minutes from Kinderhook, in Pittsfield, MA, is the opportunity to experience hands-on history at Hancock Shaker Village. From April through October, visitors may roam the Village at their own pace, talking with interpreters and choosing from a variety of craft demonstrations and programs. In the Visitors Center, exhibitions look deeper into specific aspects of Shaker life and place the Shakers into a broader American context.Throughout the Village, artisans demonstrate Shaker crafts, gardeners tend herb and heirloom vegetable gardens, farmers talk about livestock on the Shaker farm, guides teach about Shaker worship and work, the Shaker schoolteacher (costumed staff) gives lessons in the schoolhouse, and the Discovery Room – our center of hands-on fun – is open with activities for young and old. This pass admits two adults and two youths ages 13-17. Children 12 and under are always free.
Herman Melville’s Arrowhead Guided tours of Herman Melville’s Arrowhead are available from Memorial Day through October 2015 from 10A.M. to 4P.M. Located in Pittsfield, MA, the Arrowhead museum pass admits up to 2 adults for a 45 minute house tour. The last tour is at 4P.M. each day. There are also self-guided tours of the property which include the farm and a nature trail. The grounds and nature trail are open year round, during daylight hours.
Spend a day in old New England. Visit Historic Deerfield, an authentic 18th-century English settlement in the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts. Tour beautifully restored museum houses with period architecture and furnishings. See yankee ingenuity at work in demonstrations of colonial-era trades. And explore our world-famous collection of early American crafts, ceramics, furniture, textiles and metalwork. It’s a celebration of New England heritage. The museum is located two hours away in North Central Massachusetts. The pass admits: 4 individuals.
The Hyde Collection
The Hyde Collection is a truly remarkable group of works and is a testament to the vision of founder, Charlotte Pruyn Hyde, and her husband, Louis Fiske Hyde. Works from the collection – the Rembrandt, the Rubens, the Picasso, the Renoirs, and the Hassam, for instance – are constantly in demand by museums around the world as they plan their exhibitions. A large part of this collection is installed in the elegant atmosphere of historic Hyde House, an American Renaissance mansion built in 1912. The Hyde Collection is located in Glens Falls, NY. The pass admits: 2 adults and all children under 18 years old.
Mass MoCA, located less than an hour and a half away in North Adams, MA, is a great day trip from the Kinderhook region. Since opening in 1999, MASS MoCA has become one of the world’s premier centers for making and showing the best art of our time. With annual attendance of 120,000, it ranks among the most visited institutions in the United States dedicated to new art. More than 80 major new works of art and more than 50 performances have been created through fabrication and rehearsal residencies in North Adams, making MASS MoCA perhaps the most fertile site in the country for new art. The museum thrives on making and presenting work that is fresh, surprising, and challenging. This pass admits two adults and two children under the age of 14.
Museum of Innovation and Science (MISCI)
MISCI is a dynamic destination less than an hour from Kinderhook which celebrates science, invention, and imagination. The Museum explores the area’s rich technological heritage, with some of the region’s finest interactive exhibits; a must-see for families, tourists, area residents, and other visitors. The Museum’s Planetarium features the GOTO Star Projector. One of only 12 in the country, the GOTO offers a real-life view of the night sky not available anywhere else in the northeast. The Museum’s Archives include 1.6 million images from the General Electric Photograph Collection, and attracts researchers from across the county and the world. This pass admits two adults and all children under the age of 18.
The National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame The National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame is located at 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs, New York. The museum was established in 1986 as the only museum in the nation and one of the few in the world that is dedicated entirely to the art of dance. It is located in the former Washington Bathhouse, a historic building in the Saratoga Spa State Park. The Museum’s archives houses a growing collection of photographs, videos, costumes, documents, biographies and artifacts that honor all forms of dance throughout history. The pass admits 4 people, gives a 10% discount in the gift shop, and qualifies as a member of the Empire State Museums Reciprocal Membership Program.
The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame
Located in Saratoga Springs, the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame created a mission to interpret the history and convey the excitement of Throughbred racing. Through the use of enhanced interactive displays, the Museum interprets and exhibits the entire spectrum of the sport. The Hall of Fame honors Horses, Trainers and Jockeys. Museum pass admits 4 people.
Olana Historic Site
Frederic Church’s 250 acre estate is beloved by Columbia County residents for its art, architecture, landscape, and spectacular views of the Hudson River and Catskills. Located just a mile south of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, Olana sits on a hilltop above Route 9G in Hudson, NY. Walk the grounds with a picnic lunch in tow, take a house tour, or meander through the garden! The pass is good for 6 participants, and includes free parking, access to the grounds and a free house tour.
Saratoga Automobile Museum Located in Saratoga Springs, the Saratoga Automobile Museum includes a variety of classic car exhibits, including the New York State Stock Car AssociationHall of Fame! The pass admits 4 people.
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
(Pass admits 1 person) Just an hour away is the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. The Clark collection is best known for an extraordinary collection of French Impressionist paintings, which take their place within a wider ensemble of masterworks that date from the Renaissance to the late 19th century. The Clark continues to collect in the fields of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and photographs as well as decorative arts including additions to its already extensive collection of British and American silver. The Clark’s commitment to public education is centered on gallery talks for children and adults and include studio art classes, outdoor family festivals, and lectures related to the collection and exhibitions. The performing arts programs ranging from outdoor band concerts to folk and world music to the finest chamber performances are offered year-round, as are film series, special tours, and more.
Thomas Cole Cedar Grove
This old estate is home to the American artist known as Thomas Cole. The house and studio holds many of his paintings, which are landscapes of the Catskill mountains. Patrons can even take a stroll through the flower garden or even take a lecture about the Hudson River School. Museum Pass admits 2 adults and children are free.
The USS Slater
Moored on the Hudson River in Albany, the USS Slater is the only restored World War II Destroyer Escort afloat in the United States. It was one of 563 ships that battled Nazi U-Boats on the North Atlantic during World War II, protecting convoys of men and supplies. The Destroyer Escorts also served as first in line to defend naval task forces in the Pacific from Kamikaze attacks.This fully-guided tour of the ship takes at least one hour. It will require climbing ladders and walking through tight spaces. Large bags and strollers are not permitted on the ship. This pass admits two adults and two children on tours during regular hours.