The Friends of the Kinderhook Memorial Library’s Museum Pass Program is one of our most popular resources. Thanks to the Friends of the Library, who fully fund this wonderful program, we offer a variety of passes to regional museums, historical sites, and places of interest that suit the diverse interests of our community.
The passes may be borrowed on a first come, first served basis for a three day period. The passes cannot be reserved, although if you call ahead we can hold it behind the circulation desk for you for up to two hours. Passes must be returned to our library by closing time on the due date or a $5.00 per day fee will be incurred. The passes must be returned to our location.
We were able to add five new museums in 2019 to our extensive lineup: Storm King Art Center, the Bennington Museum, the Iroquois Indian Museum, and the World Awareness Children’s Museum
Our available passes this year include:
The Arkell Museum in Canajoharie, NY is just over an hour drive from the library. The museum collects, preserves, researches, and presents American Art and Mohawk Valley History. The American painting collection includes seven oil paintings by Winslow Homer, all currently on display, and significant paintings by many distinguished artists including; Thomas Benton, William M. Chase, Childe Hassam, John Singer Sargent, Albert Bierstadt, and Gilbert Stuart. Permanent and changing exhibitions also feature selections from the museum’s Mohawk Valley History collection as well as the Beech-Nut archives of early twentieth-century advertising material. This pass admits one family.
The Bennington Museum is located just over the Vermont border and contains the largest public collection of Grandma Moses’ beautiful folk art in the world. In addition to this exhibit, the museum focuses on art, innovation, and history of the region across time. The pass allows free admission for 2 adults, and kids 17 and under, and college students with a student ID, are always free.
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, located roughly an hour away from Kinderhook in Pittsfield, MA, has 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.
The Bronck Museum is located in Greene County in Coxsackie, NY. The Bronck Museum complex consists of the 1663 and 1738 dwellings, a kitchen dependency, a Northern European side-aisle barn, a thirteen-sided hay barn and several Victorian agricultural buildings. The pass admits two adults and two children.
Chesterwood *Open, with limitations, due to Covid-19*is located in Stockbridge, MA, and is the country home, studio, and gardens of American’s foremost public sculptor, Daniel Chester French. This pass admits two adults. Children under 13 are free.
The Children’s Museum at Saratoga *Temporarily closed due to Covid-19* is dedicated to creating an interactive community that inspires curiosity, sparks imagination and nurtures discovery. The Museum is also committed to fostering active parent involvement in children’s learning, to serving as a resource for school districts in the area, and to ensuring that its programs and services are accessible to all children. The pass admits four people.
The Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) *Temporarily closed due to Covid-19* is a part of the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) and is located in Troy, NY. 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 two adults and all dependent children under 18.
The Columbia County Historical Society Museum & Library was founded in 1916. Its mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history, heritage, and culture of Columbia County, New York, and serve residents of all eighteen towns and the city of Hudson. This pass admits two adults and all dependent children under 18.
The Empire State Aerosciences Museum *Open, with limitations, due to Covid-19* is 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 two adults and two children.
The Eric Carle Museum is located less than two hours from Kinderhook 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.
The FASNY Museum of Firefighting Overlooks the majestic Hudson River and Catskill Mountains, and is an extremely popular destination for history buffs, families, firefighters, schools and tourists from all over the world. The museum 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 two adults and two children.
The FDR Presidential Library and Museum *Temporarily closed due to Covid-19* is located in Hyde Park, NY and its mission is to foster research and education on the life and times of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, and their continuing impact on contemporary life. Their work is carried out by four major areas: Archives, Museum, Education, and Public Programs. This pass allows free admission for one family.
The Hancock Shaker Village is only forty-five minutes from Kinderhook in Pittsfield, MA, and offers the opportunity to experience hands-on history. 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 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 offers guided tours from Memorial Day through October from 10am to 4pm. Located in Pittsfield, MA, Arrowhead, also known as the Herman Melville House, is a historic house museum. It was the home of American author Herman Melville during his most productive years, 1850–1863. 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. The pass admits up to two adults for a 45-minute house tour.
Historic Deerfield *Open, with limitations, due to Covid-19* allows you to spend a day in 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. The museum is located two hours away in North Central Massachusetts. The pass admits four people.
The Hyde Collection *Open, with limitations, due to Covid-19* 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 two adults and all children under 18 years old.
The Iroquois Indian Museum *Temporarily closed due to Covid-19* in Howes Cave, NY is an institution dedicated to fostering understanding of Iroquois culture through art. The museum includes artifacts, children’s exhibits, and a 45-acre nature park. This pass allows access for one family.
MASS MoCA is located less than an hour and a half away in North Adams, MA, and makes a great day trip from the Kinderhook region. 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.
The National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame *Temporarily closed due to Covid-19* is located at 99 South Broadway in Saratoga Springs, NY. 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 four 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 *Temporarily closed due to Covid-19* is located in Saratoga Springs, and serves 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. This pass admits four people.
The NYS Empire Pass is your key to all-season enjoyment at New York State Parks. It provides unlimited day-use vehicle entry to most facilities operated by New York State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Learn where the Empire Pass is Accepted. Pass allows access for one carload.
The Olana Historic Site is Frederic Church’s 250 acre estate, and 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 four individuals, and includes free parking, and access to the grounds. A half-hour tour can be scheduled for free with the pass, and an hour tour can be scheduled for an additional $5, by calling (518) 828-1872.
The Saratoga Automobile Museum is located in Saratoga Springs, NY and includes a variety of classic car exhibits, including the New York State Stock Car Association Hall of Fame! The pass admits four people.
The Shaker Museum Mount Lebanon holds the world’s most comprehensive Shaker collection and stewards the North Family at Mount Lebanon, the most important Shaker site in America. This pass admits four people.
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is just an hour away from the library. 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. This pass admits one adult.
The Storm King Art Center is a unique 500-acre outdoor museum located in Cornwall, NY. The museum boasts impressive, large-scale sculptures that work with the natural environment, allowing visitors to explore art and nature. This pass allows free admission for 2 adults and 4 children.
The Thomas Cole National Historic Site was 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. This pass admits two adults and children are free.
The Underground Railroad History Project: Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence is an outstanding artifact of the Anti-slavery and Underground Railroad period located at 194 Livingston Avenue in Albany, New York. Stephen and Harriet Myers were the point people in Albany regarding the Underground Railroad in the 1850s. While they lived at a number of buildings in Arbor Hill in the 1850s, this is the only one still standing. This location also has the distinction of being documentable through the flier that has survived from that period. The Vigilance Committee Flier along with other historic records document that this house was a headquarters for Underground Railroad activity in the mid 1850s. This pass allows admission for six people. **Please call (518)432-4432 ahead of visiting to ensure staff are available**
The USS Slater is moored on the Hudson River in Albany, and 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 April through November.
The World Awareness Children’s Museum *Open, with limitations, due to Covid-19* is located just over an hour away from the library, in Glens Falls, NY. Their mission is to inspire curiosity and foster understanding and appreciation of worldwide cultural diversity through their collection of over 8,000 artifacts from over 140 different countries. This pass allows admission for up to 5 people (children under 3 are free).