Museum Pass Program

Visit a Museum for Free!

Note: Currently, many museums have timed admissions only. Please check with each museum before checking out a pass or visiting.

Museum passes are made possible by a grant to the Columbia County Libraries Association from the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation. Passes are available to all Columbia County residents with a library account in good standing.


  1. Patrons can reserve passes online at the links below or by calling the library.
  2. Passes are good for the day of reservation only.
  3. Most passes can now be printed at home using the links below or displayed on a phone.
  4. For those museums that require a pass picked up from the library, passes must be returned either at the main desk or in the book drop before 9:00 am on the day following their use.
  5. One museum pass per family per day.
  6. The fine for late return of physical passes is $5.00 per day. If the pass is lost or stolen, you will be required to pay the full replacement cost.
  7. If you are unable to use a reserved pass, please call to let us know, even for the print at home passes, because only staff can cancel a reservation and make it available to someone else.

Click here to access the reservation system. Links to museum websites and details on how each pass works are available on the reservation system website.

Included in this Museum Pass program are the following: Albany Institute of History & Art, Berkshire Botanical Garden, Berkshire Museum, Chesterwood, Clark Art Institute, Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, FDR Presidential Library & Museum (note: this pass is not available at the moment due to COVID-related restrictions), Hancock Shaker Village, Herman Melville’s Arrowhead, Hudson River Maritime Museum, MASS MoCA, National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, Olana State Historic Site, Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, Opus 40, Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Trevor Zoo at Millbrook School, Underground Railroad Education Center, and USS Slater.

We also have an Empire Pass and a pass to the FASNY Museum of Firefighting available for borrowing. To reserve one of these two passes, contact us at 518-828-1792 x100 or