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Museum Passes
The library has membership in four area museums.  These museums allow us to lend our member passes to our library users.  They are checked out for 3 days.
  • Stepping Stones - 1 free admission with each paid admission
  • World of Wings -  4 people (2 adults/2 children or 1 adult/3children)
  • Museum of City of NY - 2 adults and up to 4 children
  • Intrepid  - 6 people
Patrons with Palisades Free Library cards may reserve passes in advance.  Passes must be picked up on the day for which they are reserved.

The Intrepid Museum Pass is only available to Palisades Card-Holders.

Only one pass per family may be checked out at a time.

The fine for overdue passes is $10 a day.

New Museum Pass Available As Of This Summer!
(Norwalk, CT)
Stepping Stones mission is to broaden and enrich the educational opportunities for children ages ten and under and enhance their understanding of the world. The museum seeks to create an environment that inspires lifelong learning and supports parents, caregivers and educators as facilitators of children's explorations.

Designed with the Earth in Mind
Bigger, better and smarter than ever, Stepping Stones is LEED Gold Certified and includes solar panels, a “green” roof and even a wind turbine. With a focus on energy-themed education and learning, the museum features a host of innovative exhibits, an Art Studio and Science Lab and exceptional resources for teachers and parents.

Join the Crew

Build It! allows children to explore architectural design and construction – from the ground up!  We have designs on teaching the building process!

In our two-story structure, visitors can pretend to finish walls, paint with brushes and rollers, apply carpeting and wallpaper, haul building materials and more!

Visitors of all ages will learn about smart design choices and see what’s behind the walls of a house. Children will also be challenged to solve problems, invent, create, express their creativity and much more!


Mar 10 - Jul 26, 2015
This immersive audiovisual installation transports visitors to iconic New York City buildings.

A collaboration between Karen Van Lengen, FAIA, William Kenan Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia and former Dean of the University's School of Architecture, and artist James Welty, this immersive audiovisual installation combines the actual sounds of iconic New York interiors, such as Grand Central Terminal and the Seagram Building lobby, with visual animations projected on a panoramic screen. Grand Central Terminal’s soundscape, for example, features an oceanic-style animation with clangs, echoes, and quick crescendos of intensity, transporting the listener to the midst of the station’s daily bustle, and amplifying its status as a primary transportation portal to and from New York City. Visitors can also experience the soundscapes of Rockefeller Center, the New York Public Library Reading Room, and the Guggenheim Museum.

World of Wings

Butterfly, Insect and Reptile Exhibits
Explore a tropical oasis of flowers and waterfalls where hundreds of species of living butterflies from around the world.  The atrium houses tropical plants and trees and various nectar flowers to support the many different species of Lepidoptera.

Also visit Amphibian Alley, our Reptile room, specimen lab, lizard room and more.

Prepare yourself to be amazed in the Illusion Room and overwhelmed in the Bubble Room and you will need your energy for the Bounce Room!


Working Below Decks- Ongoing

Operating the aircraft carrier Intrepid required the skill of 3,000 men, many of whom worked below decks - far from the excitement of the flight deck. In this pop-up exhibit, the Intrepid Museum will highlight a few of these occupations through original ship's equipment that has never before been on public display. Among the equipment to be showcases is a vintage laundry press, illustrating the demanding task of keeping the crew looking clean and pressed to Navy standards. These authentic pieces of equipment reveal the behind-the-scenes occupations that were essential to the operation of the Intrepid. 
Visit for details.

New York Museum Bargains
Always free
Garrison Art Center - 23 Garrison's Landing, Garrison, NY. 845.424.3960
Hispanic Society of America - Audobon Terrace, Broadway between 155th & 156th, New York, NY. 212.926.2234. North & East Galleries & Museum each have different hours. Visit
Westchester Arts Council - 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY. 914.428.4220. Their website has an event calendar by event type, venue or city.
American Folk Art Museum - Branch location at 2 Lincoln Square, NY (Columbus Ave @ 66th). 212.595.9533.

Bronx Museum of the Arts- 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY- 718.681.6000. Closed Monday-Wednesday. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Free for kids only
(See Museums on this list with an asterisk after the museum name)
Sometimes free
New York Historical Society* - 170 Central Park West, between 76th & 77th, NYC. 212.873.3400. Free Fridays 6-8pm, free to children under 12.
American Folk Art Museum* - 45 W. 53rd between 5th & 6th, NYC. 212.265.1040. Free to all 5:30-7:30pm Fridays and to children under 12 at all times.
Asia Society and Museum - 725 Park Avenue @ 70th St, NYC. 212.288.6400. Free 6-9pm Fridays (except Fridays between July 1st and Sept 5th); free to children under 16 at all times.

Bronx Museum of the Arts* - 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY. 718.681.6000. Closed Mon-Wed; free to students & seniors on Fridays, free to children under 12, otherwise suggested admission.
The Bruce Museum of Arts and Science -1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT. 203.869.0376. Free 10am-5pm Tuesdays; free to children under 5 at all times.
The Jewish Museum* - 1109 Fifth Avenue @ 92nd Street, NYC. 212.423.3200. Free Saturdays; children under 12 free; be sure to check for gallery closings.

Katonah Museum of Art* - 134 Jay Street, Route 22 Katonah, NY. 914.232.9555. General admission is $10; seniors and students is $5. Free to children under 12 at all times.

Museum of Jewish Heritage
- 36 Battery Place New York, NY 10280-646.437.4202. Free admission every Wednesday from 4-8pm. General admission is $12; Seniors (65+) is 10 and students $7. Children 12 and under are free. Sunday-Tuesday, Thursday 10am-5:45pm; Wednesday 10am-8pm, Friday (now through October 30, 2015) 10am-5pm. Friday (November 6 through March 11, 2016) 10am-3pm. Eve of major Jewish holidays 10am-3pm. Check website for times when museum is closed.

Museum of Modern Art - 11 West 53rd Street, NYC. 212.708.9400. Free 4-8pm Fridays; free to children 16 and under at all times.

 Museum of Chinese in America*-215 Centre Street New York, NY-212.6194785. Free admission is first Thursday of every month. Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11am-6pm and Thursday 11am-9pm. General admission is $10; Seniors (65+w/ID) and students with school ID are $5. Children under 12 in groups of less than ten are free.

Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College* - 735 Anderson Hill road, Purchase, NY. 914.251.6100. Free the first Saturday of each month; free to children under 12 at all times.

Queens Botanical Garden- 43-50 Main Street (Flushing Main/Dahlla Avenue). Free on Wednesday from 3-6pm and Sunday 4-6pm. Open April1 through October 31 Tuesday through Sunday 8am-6pm. $4 for adults; $3 for seniors  and $2 for students with ID and children under 3.

Rubin Museum of Art* - 150 W. 17th Street, NYC. 212.620.5000. Free 6-10pm Fridays, free to 65+ the first Monday every month and free to children under 12.
The Studio Museum in Harlem* - 144 West 125th Street, NYC. 212.864.4500. Always free to children under 12; free to all on Sunday, otherwise suggested admission.
Brooklyn Museum* - 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY. 718.638.5000. Free to all 5-11pm the first Saturday of every month, except September, children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult; otherwise suggested admission.
Suggested admission
American Museum of Natural History - Central Park West @ 79th Street, NY. 212.769.5100. Admission is $22; $12 for seniors & students w/ ID; $12.50 for children 2-12.
Edward Hopper House Art Center - 82 North Broadway, Nyack, NY. 845.358.0774. 12-5pm Thursday thru Sunday; $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, children 16 and under are free. First Friday of each month is free for all.
Metropolitan Museum of Art* -  1000 Fifth Avenue @ 82nd Street, NYC. 212.535.7710. Admission (including the main bldg on 5th Ave & The Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park on the same day) is $25; $17 for seniors; $12 for students; free to children under 12 w/ an adult.
El Museo del Barrio* - 1230 Fifth Avenue @ 104th Street, NYC. 212.831.7272. Admission is $9; $5 for seniors & students; free to children under 12 with an adult, free to seniors on Wednesdays and free every third Saturday of the month for Super Sabado..
Museum of Biblical Art* - 1865 Broadway, NYC. 212.408.1500. $12 adults; $9 seniors/students. Free to children under 12.
The Museum of the City of New York* - 1220 Fifth Avenue @ 103rd Street, NYC. 212.534.1672. Admission is $14; $10 for seniors/students.
Rockland Center for the Arts - 27 South Greenbush Road, West Nyack, NY. 845.358.0877. Admission is $2; check online or call for current exhibit information.
Pay what you wish
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum* - 1071 Fifth Avenue @ 89th Street, NYC. 212.423.3500. Pay what you wish Saturdays 5:45-7:45pm; $18 for adults; $15 for students & seniors; children under 12 free w/ adult.
Museum of Arts & Design - 2 Columbus Circle, NYC. 212.956.3535. Pay what you wish Thursday 6-9pm; $16 for adults,; $14 for seniors with ID; $12 for students and children 18 and under free.
Whitney Museum of American Art - 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014. Opens May 1, 2015-212.570.3600. Adults are $22; $18 for seniors/students and children under 19 are free.
Bronx Zoo - 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY. 718.367.1010. Admission by donation all day on Wednesdays.
* Museums that offer free admission for children under 12