at the Library
The Library offers FREE guest passes or tickets to several museums (see list below) making it easier than ever to reap the benefits of living in such close proximity to some of the best museums in the world!
Please stop by the Library or call (845)352-5700, ext. 244 to inquire about pass or ticket availability. You can arrange to pick up tickets or passes if available.
- Must be a Finkelstein cardholder at least 18 years old.
- All reserved tickets or passes must be picked up the same day they are reserved.
- No more than 2 reserves for tickets or passes (combined) per use.
- No more than 2 reserves for a museum that requires tickets, per calendar year.
- Passes must be returned to the library. Tickets do not need to be returned.
- The loan period for passes is three days. (For example, if you pick up a pass on Monday, it would be due back on Thursday.)
Please check the website of each museum (links below) before your visit to note current hours, special exhibits and other information. With some museums, parental discretion may be advised.
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.
Provides a living history of 19th century American life.
**Note: Museum is closed from November to April**
One of the premier botanical gardens in the United States. It spans some 250 acres of the Bronx.
- Who Can I Bring?
- Pass admits 4 people
- Diance from the Library
- Hour and a half
- 200 Hurd Rd., Bethel, NY 12720
- About the Museum
Explores the unique experience of the Woodstock festival and the legacy of the Sixties.
*Note: Museum is closed between January and April.*
- Who Can I Bring?
- Pass admits 1 adult plus 3 guests of any age. Additional children 12 and under are free.
- Distance from the Library
- 1 hour
- 1601 NY-9D Garrison, NY 10524
- Phone Number
- About the Museum
- Enjoy a guided tour of a house from the early 1800s containing one of the nation’s leading collections of furniture and decorative arts from the Federal period. In addition visitors can enjoy the Rose Garden, Herb Garden, Orangery and Woodland Trail, as well as a full program of special events, concerts, and family activities.
Located in the Prospect Park neighborhood, the 52-acre garden includes a number of specialty gardens. The Garden holds over 10,000 taxa of plants and each year has over 900,000 visitors.
Inspires children and families to learn about themselves and our culturally diverse world through a unique environment of interactive exhibitions and programs.
The Children’s Museum of the Arts was started to introduce children and their families to the arts by providing opportunities for them to work with working artists.
The Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum is located on NYC’s Museum Mile in the historic landmark Carnegie Mansion. Cooper Hewitt’s exhibitions feature a rich mix of historic and contemporary design objects from their permanent collection, special exhibitions, and dynamic interactive experiences. They also have an exciting calendar of events, including hands-on workshops, talks, and family programs.
- How Many Can I Bring?
- Admission to Dia Beacon is for 5 adults and all children under the age of 18
- Parking is free
- The Distance
- About an hour from Spring Valley
- Dia Art Foundation, Beacon 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, New York 12508
- January – March
- Monday – Friday | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- April – October
- Monday – Thursday | 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- November – December
- Monday – Thursday | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- January – March
- (845) 440 – 0100
- Dia Art Foundation is a nonprofit organization that initiates, supports, presents, and preserves art projects. In May 2003, Dia Art Foundation opended Dia Beacon on the banks of the Hudson in Beacon, New York. The museum presents Dia’s collection of art from the 1960s to the present as well as special exhibitions and public programs.
The Discovery Museum and Planetarium is a hands-on science museum in Bridgeport. Connecticut, that serves as both a tourist destination and an educational resource for area schools.
The Edward Hopper House in Nyack, New York is the birthplace of the renowned American artist Edward Hopper (1882-1967). It was built in 1858 by his maternal grandfather and served as his primary residence until 1910. After Hopper’s death the house fell into disrepair, but was saved from demolition and restored by members of the local community. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
New York’s leading Latino cultural institution, welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to discover the artistic landscape of Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American cultures. Their richness is represented in El Museo’s wide-ranging collections and exhibitions, complemented by film, literary, visual and performing arts series, cultural celebrations, and educational programs.
The Frick Collection includes masterpieces of European painting, major works of sculpture (among them one of the finest groups of small bronzes in the world) superb eighteenth-century French furniture and porcelain, old master and nineteenth-century works on paper, Limoges enamels, and other works of remarkable quality.
The Historical Society of Rockland County is a museum and educational organization dedicated to engaging diverse audiences in a dynamic dialogue about the rich historical heritage of the County.
Established in 1959, the Museum has grown into a leading provider of nature education experiences in the Hudson Valley. Its mission is to develop responsible caretakers of the natural world through its special focus on environmental education. It uses its living collections of native animals, natural habitats and trails to present a wide variety of programs for people of all ages at its two locations.
The Hudson River Museum, located in Trevor Park in Yonkers, New York, is the largest museum in Westchester County. Founded in 1919 at City Hall, it became the Hudson River Museum in 1948. 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 Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a military and maritime history museum in New York City. The museum showcases the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, the submarine USS Growler, a Concorde SST, a Lockheed A-12 supersonic reconnaissance plane, and the Space Shuttle Enterprise. It is located at Pier 86 at 46th Street on the West Side of Manhattan.
The Katonah Museum of Art, one of the most celebrated small museums in the country, was founded over 60 years ago by volunteers from local communities as an exhibition venue for fine arts. Nationally recognized, the KMA curates and hosts traveling shows, lectures, and workshops. Throughout the year, they mount three major exhibitions, interlaced with smaller attractions, in their 10,000 square foot building designed by the late eminent architect, Edward Larrabee Barnes.
The Museum of Modern Art is an art museum located in Midtown Manhattan in NYC, on 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenue. MoMA has been important in developing and collecting modernist art, and is often identified as one of the largest and most influential museum of modern art in the world.
**Open Wednesdays-Sundays only**Located in Purchase, NY it is affiliated with Purchase College, part of the State University of New York System. It is the nation’s tenth-largest university museum. The Neuberger Museum offers exhibitions, films, lectures, and events. It showcases a variety of artists, including 20th-century masters, mid-career and emerging artists.
Who Can I Bring?:
2 adults and all children under 18
Discount on Planetarium tickets
Distance from the Library:
45 minutes from Spring Valley.
About the Museum:
The Newark Museum of Art is New Jersey’s largest museum. It has a planetarium, sculpture garden and a world-class collection of 80 galleries in the arts and natural sciences. The Newark Museum of Arts is appropriate for both children and adults.
Experience one of the nation’s most prominent collections of fire related art, artifacts, gear, and apparatus from the late 18th century to the present.
A place for everyone to explore, question, and learn about science.
Founded in 1804, New-York Historical is the oldest museum in New York City. New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered political, cultural and social history of New York City and State and the nation, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.
Founded in 1976, the New York Transit Museum is dedicated to telling and preserving the stories of mass transportation. Housed underground in an authentic 1936 subway station in Downtown Brooklyn, the Transit Museum’s working platform level spans a full city block, and is home to a rotating selection of twenty vintage subway elevated cars dating back to 1907.
Dedicated to the discussion of the cultural and social significance of television, radio and emerging platforms for the media-interested public. Contains nearly 150,000 television and radio programs.
This museum and nature center is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of art and popular culture, the natural and agricultural sciences, and history. It contains over 80 acres of nature trails, the Heckscher Farm with live animals, and exhibitions in the galleries. There is also an observatory and planetarium.
A hands-on educational resource that provides meaningful interactive learning experiences for children ages 10 and under.
The Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a non-profit farm and educational center located in Pocantico Hills, New York. It was established in 2003 to demonstrate multi-cultural, self-sustaining farming techniques.
Storm King offers a unique and memorable experience where you can explore 500 acres and experience a collection of over 100 carefully sited sculptures, created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time. Also enjoy their special public programs, exhibitions, tours, lectures, and performances.
The Westchester Children’s Museum is a place for children ages 1 to 13 to be challened with fun activities that help them use their critical thinking skills.