North Salem is surrounded by many world class museums. You can visit some of these free of charge by simply going to the library and checking out passes to the museums. It is as easy as checking out a book: just ask for the passes at the front desk.You may call the library to reserve a pass for a particular week. Passes must be returned to the front desk within 7 days. Passes may not be returned to any other library, nor put in the book drop. It is possible to renew a pass for an additional week, provided no one else is waiting for it, by calling the library. Loss of a museum pass will result in you being charged the full replacement cost.
These passes were provided through the generous support of the Friends of the Keeler Library.
They are available for Keeler Library card holders only.
The Neuberger Museum of Art at SUNY Purchase
Presenting 12 changing exhibitions annually in addition to ongoing exhibitions from the permanent collections, the Neuberger Museum of Art offers visitors insights into the work of 20th century masters, and mid-career and emerging artists, as well as exposure to the county's only permanent exhibition of African art.
Embracing the highest standards of artistic and professional excellence, the Museum collects, preserves, presents and interprets the art in its permanent collection and its changing exhibitions. It is committed to creating an educational, cultural, intellectual and collegial environment for both Purchase College, State University of New York, and the community at large.
Admits: 2 adults + unlimited children under 18
Replacement cost for lost pass: $75
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
The Aldrich is one of the few non-collecting contemporary art museums in the United States. Founded on Ridgefield's historic Main Street in 1964, the Museum enjoys the curatorial independence of an alternative space while maintaining the registrarial and art-handling standards of a national institution. Exhibitions feature work by emerging and mid-career artists, and education programs help adults and children to connect to today's world through contemporary art.
In addition, passes to this museum will also be accepted at Bruce Museum, Hudson River Museum, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Wave Hill, and Barnum Museum.
The Bruce Museum contains both art and science exhibition space which hold about 15000 objects, including fine art, decorative art, natural history and anthropology. Exhibits change more than a dozen times a year.
The Hudson River Museum is the largest museum in Westchester County. While often seen as an art museum due to the extensive collection of works from the Hudson River school, the museum also features exhibits on the history, science and heritage of the region.
The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art offers a 12000 square foot exhibition space with temporary and long-term installations of contemporary art by both well-known and emerging artists. There are also many events throughout the year providing great opportunities to learn more about contemporary art.
Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the estate includes three houses and a botanical garden. The oldest part of the main house, Wave Hill House, dates back to 1843; Glyndor House dates from 1927, and contains a multi-room art gallery; Perkins Visitor Center, which was originally a garage, contains a gift shop and an information desk.
Barnum Museum is dedicated to the life of P. T. Barnum. The Barnum Museum contains a 1,000-square-foot (93 m2) miniature replica of his circus hand crafted by William Brinley and 3000 miniature figures. There is also a miniature replica of his library from his former Iranistan estate and a number of other artifacts and displays of 19th Century life in Bridgeport. Also housed on the property is an exhibit devoted to Tom Thumb, one of P. T. Barnum's most famous acts. The oldest artifact in the museum is a 2500 year old Egyptian mummy verified as authentic by Quinnipiac University personnel.
Admits: passholder & accompanying family.
Replacement cost for lost pass: $125
The American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.
Two Vouchers per family/group per year. One voucher admits one person. Each voucher is for general admission and one precial exihibition, film, or live animal exhibition of the visitor's choosing.
The musuem charges the following for general admisions:
Adults - $16
Children - ages 2 to 12 - $9
Children under the age of 2 - free
Seniors/students with ID - $12
The Guggenheim Museum
An internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Museum is at once a vital cultural center, an educational institution, and the heart of an international network of museums. Visitors can experience special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, lectures by artists and critics, performances and film screenings, classes for teens and adults, and daily tours of the galleries led by experienced docents. Founded on a collection of early modern masterpieces, the Guggenheim Museum today is an ever-growing institution devoted to the art of the 20th century and beyond.
Admits: 2 adults, plus children under 18 & 3 adult guests
Replacement cost: $225
The Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden
The Hammond Museum is located at 28 Deveau Road, North Salem, NY. The Japanese Stroll Garden provides a place of natural beauty and tranquility, to delight the senses and refresh the spirit. It is a place where aspects of Eastern and Western culture can be appreciated through art exhibitions, concerts, special 2010 Events andeducational programs in order to promote global awareness and understanding. The museum also supports the efforts of artists and performers in the Greater New York Metropolitan Region.
Admits: 1 Family
Replacement cost for lost pass: $50
The Katonah Museum of Art
Accredited by the American Association of Museums, the Katonah Museum of Art originates ten to twelve exhibitions annually, covering a broad range of art and humanities topics. As a non-collecting Museum, the KMA has the opportunity to develop an aspect of art historical concern from a focused and original point of view, and presents it within a fully developed educational context. Committed to making itself accessible and relevant to its community, the Museum offers lectures, symposia, films, workshops, concerts and other events for a general audience; and presents innovative and substantive programs for its member schools. The Children’s Learning Center, which is open to the public free of charge, is the only interactive space in the community where children can come on a daily basis to explore, interpret, and create art. The Katonah Museum of Art serves a primary population of 850,000, with an annual attendance of approximately 40,000 people.
Admits: 2 adults & any amount of children
The Maritime Aquarium (DISCOUNT ONLY, not a free pass)
The Maritime Aquarium is different from most aquariums in that we focus solely on one body of water: Long Island Sound, the “Estuary of National Significance” just outside our doors. As an arm of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sound is an environment rich in aquatic life … even within sight of heavily urbanized New York City. The marine population that we exhibit includes varieties of crabs, lobsters, mollusks (like delicious and economically important oysters and clams), game fish, jellies, sea turtles, sharks (big and small) and – in the winter – visiting seals. The Maritime Aquarium is just minutes off I-95 in southwestern Connecticut. You can even take the MetroNorth train here from Grand Central Station: we're just a 10-minute walk from the South Norwalk Station. Visit maritimeaquarium.org or call them using the number below with any questions.
NOT A FREE PASS- Library Discount Card is for $2 off combination ticket (Aquarium & Daytime IMAX)
Good for up to 6 people. Can't be combine with other offers.
Aquarium Hours: 10AM-5PM
10 North West Street
Norwalk, CT 06854-2228
Directions - Car: I-95, Exit 14N or 15S or Route 7 South