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Get FREE entry to these NYC family attractions with an item you already have in your wallet

Get FREE entry to these NYC family attractions with an item you already have in your wallet
Photograph: Courtesy Wendy Connett

There's nothing better than a family day at the museum, but let's face it: Costs can add up quickly. Fortunately for NYC parents, there is a new program in town that allows free access to the best attractions across the five boroughs—and you already have what it takes to redeem the deal. 

Culture Pass is a new service that allows library cardholders (with the New York Public Library, Queens Library and Brooklyn Public Library) to make a trip to their favorite venue at no cost. Parents, this includes: the Brooklyn Children's Museum, Children's Museum of Manhattan, Children's Museum of the Arts, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Sugar Hill Children's Museum and so much more. Time to mark your calendars and plan a weekend trip! 

Here's what you need to do: Visit, select your local library, provide the barcode and pin from your card and then NYC is your oyster! According to the New York Public Library, you are able to borrow passes for dates up to three months in advance (depending on availability), and you're allowed to have two pending reservations at any time. Each pass allows for free entry for either two or four visitors. Just make sure you're not going to bail last-minute; after printing and downloading passes, reservations cannot be cancelled. 

Looking for a few things to enjoy on your visit? If you're CMOM-bound, check out the new exhibit "Art, Artists, & You" or stop by the new family art studio at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. The options are aplenty, but if you find yourself kid-free one week and looking to take advantage of this sweet offer, here is a list of other participating venues: 

  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • The Drawing Center
  • The Frick Collection
  • Historic Richmond Town
  • International Center of Photography
  • New York Transit Museum
  • Noguchi Museum
  • Queens Historical Society
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • Wave Hill

Check out the full participating attractions and learn more here. Happy exploring, and thank you to the NYC libraries who made this a possibility!

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