Learn about early American history at the American Revolution Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum
Learn about early American history at the American Revolution Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum

Free Museum Passes and More Perks From Your Philly Area Library Card

Looking for something FREE to do to entertain the kids? If you live in the suburbs, go to your local library and check out passes for you and your family to visit a number of great nearby museums, zoos, and gardens.

Each library has different policies for passes so be sure to call or check in at your local branch before reserving. Given the current COVID-19 situation, some venues may not be open so it is important to check with your local branch for availability. The list below may contain museums that are currently closed or do not have passes to offer at this time. To search for the most accurate options and what's obtainable, use the keywords "Museum Pass" in your library's catalog search. 

You'll only be able to check out passes in your county and with your library card. In general, passes are reserved in advance and both picked up and returned to the original location. Passes must be returned when due to avoid a late fee. Some libraries have checkout restrictions based on the township in which you live. Scroll down to your county to see what great passes you can find.

In addition to museum passes, some libraries offer free mobile hotspots and Roku devices as well as creative programming such as virtual storytimes, teen sessions, crafts, and reading clubs. So explore your local library and see what fantastic perks you can enjoy.

Prefer to stay home? Remember to check out Poppins@Home. Philly teens can learn how to make healthy lunches while young ones can play some Minecraft, or explore science. Kids can also get the wiggles out with a dance lesson or movement session

While we try to promote safe activities, keep your family and others safe by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing measures. If an event appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find other exciting options.


Interact with the "residents" of the Elmwood Park Zoo. Photo courtesy of the zoo

Museum Passes Available from Libraries in Bucks County

Bristol

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
African American Museum in Philadelphia
America on Wheels Museum
Battleship New Jersey
Bucks County Children’s Museum
Chanticleer Garden
Elmwood Park Zoo
Garden State Discovery Museum
Glencairn Museum
Grounds for Sculpture
Independence Seaport Museum
Moravian Pottery and Tile Works
Morris Arboretum
Museum of the American Revolution
Mütter Museum
National Constitution Center
Penn Museum
Pennsbury Manor
Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Simone Foundation Automotive Museum

Feasterville

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Bucks County Children's Museum
Chanticleer Garden
Eastern State Penitentiary
Elmwood Park Zoo
Glencairn Museum
Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle
Moravian Pottery and Tile Works
Museum of the American Revolution
Mütter Museum
National Constitution Center
Penn Museum
Pennsbury Manor
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Fallsington

Passes available to ...

Museum of the American Revolution

Morrisville

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Battleship New Jersey
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
Bucks County Children's Museum
Elmwood Park Zoo
Garden State Discovery Museum
Glencairn Museum
Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle
Moravian Pottery and Tile Works
Museum of the American Revolution
Mütter Museum
Old Barrack's Museum
Pearl S. Buck International Museum
Pennsbury Manor
Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion

New Hope

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Bucks County Children's Museum
Eastern State Penitentiary
Elmwood Park Zoo
Garden State Discovery Museum
Independence Seaport Museum
Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle
Moravian Pottery and Tile Works
Morris Arboretum
Museum of the American Revolution
Mütter Museum
National Constitution Center
National Museum of Industry
Pearl S. Buck International Museum
Penn Museum
Pennsbury Manor

Northampton

Passes available to ...

Elmwood Park Zoo
Garden State Discovery Museum
Museum of the American Revolution
National Constitution Center
National Liberty Museum
National Museum of American Jewish History
Pennsbury Manor
Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum

Riegelsville

Passes available to ...

Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley
Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle

Southampton

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Battleship New Jersey
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
Bucks County Children's Museum
Elmwood Park Zoo
Glencairn Museum
Independence Seaport Museum
John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle
Moravian Pottery and Tile Works
Morris Arboretum
Museum of the American Revolution
Mütter Museum
National Constitution Center
National Museum of American Jewish History
Old Barrack's Museum
Pearl S. Buck International Museum
Penn Museum
Pennsbury Manor
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Tyler Arboretum
Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum

Warminster

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
American Swedish Historical Museum
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
Bucks County Children's Museum
Chanticleer Garden
Eastern State Penitentiary
Elmwood Park Zoo
Garden State Discovery Museum
Glencairn Museum
Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle
Moravian Pottery and Tile Works
Morris Arboretum
Museum of the American Revolution
National Constitution Center
National Museum of American Jewish History
Pearl S. Buck International Library
Penn Museum
Pennsbury Manor
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Reading Public Museum
Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
The Rosenbach
Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum
Woodmere Art Museum

Wrightstown

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
Bucks County Children's Museum
Eastern State Penitentiary
Elmwood Park Zoo
Glencairn Museum
Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle
Museum of the American Revolution
National Constitution Center
National Museum of American Jewish History
Pearl S. Buck International Museum
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
 


Discover cars of the past and future at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum

Museum Passes Available from Libraries in Chester County

Chester County Library and District Center

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
Elmwood Park Zoo
Hands-On House Children's Museum of Lancaster
Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle Museum of the American Revolution Mutter Museum

Easttown

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Chanticleer Garden
Elmwood Park Zoo
Hands-on-House
National Constitution Center
Penn Museum
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
Tyler Arboretum

Henrietta Hankin Branch

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
Elmwood Park Zoo
Hands-On House Children's Museum of Lancaster
Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle
Museum of the American Revolution

Kennett

Passes available to ...

American Helicopter Museum
Longwood Gardens

Paoli and Tredyffrin Public Library

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Battleship New Jersey
Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
Chanticleer Garden
Eastern State Penitentiary
Elmwood Park Zoo
Fort Mifflin
Glencairn Museum
Lancaster Science Factory
Museum of the American Revolution
Mütter Museum
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Penn Museum
Reading Public Museum
Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center
The Wharton Esherick Museum
Woodmere Art Museum

Phoenixville

Passes available to ...

Chanticleer Garden
Elmwood Park Zoo
Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle
Museum of the American Revolution
Mütter Museum
National Constitution Center
Wharton Esherick Museum

West Chester Public Library

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Chester County Historical Society
Longwood Gardens

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Explore life before the dinosaurs at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Photo by Kyle Huff for PHLCVB

Museum Passes Available from Libraries in Delaware County

Aston

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Battleship New Jersey
Brandywine Zoo
Chanticleer Garden
Eastern State Penitentiary
Elmwood Park Zoo
Independence Seaport Museum
Mütter Museum
Museum of the American Revolution
National Constitution Center
Penn Museum
Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
Tyler Arboretum

Collingsdale

Passes available to ...

African American Museum in Philadelphia
Elmwood Park Zoo
Museum of the American Revolution

Darby

Passes available to ...

Elmwood Park Zoo
Museum of the American Revolution
National Liberty Museum

Haverford Township Free Library

(Passes are not currently available at this location.)

Lansdowne Public Library

Passes available to ...

African American Museum in Philadelphia
Elmwood Park Zoo
Tyler Arboretum

Marple Public Library

Passes available to ...

Elmwood Park Zoo
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Penn Museum
Tyler Arboretum

Media-Upper Providence Public Library

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Elmwood Park Zoo
Tyler Arboretum

Middletown Free Library

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
American Swedish Historical Museum
Battleship New Jersey
Elmwood Park Zoo
Guggenheim Museum
Intrepid Air, Sea and Space Museum
Museum of the American Revolution
National Liberty Museum
Tyler Arboretum

Newtown

Passes are not currently available at this location.

Norwood Public Library

Passes available to ...

Eastern State Penitentiary
Penn Museum

Rachel Kohl

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Elmwood Park Zoo
Museum of the American Revolution
Penn Museum
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Radnor

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
American Helicopter Museum
Brandywine Zoo
Elmwood Park Zoo
Lancaster Science Factory
Museum of the American Revolution
National Liberty Museum
Penn Museum
Reading Public Museum
Simone Foundation Automotive Museum
The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
Tyler Arboretum

Ridley Township Public Library

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Battleship New Jersey
Brandywine Zoo
Elmwood Park Zoo
Hands on House Children's Museum
Lancaster Science Factory
Museum of the American Revolution
Mütter Museum
National Constitution Center
Penn Museum
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Tyler Arboretum

Springfield

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
America on Wheels Museum
Battleship New Jersey
Eastern State Penitentiary
Elmwood Park Zoo
Museum of the American Revolution
Mutter Museum
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion Museum
Tyler Arboretum

Swarthmore Public Library

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Elmwood Park Zoo
Hands-On House Children's Museum
Museum of the American Revolution
Mütter Museum
National Liberty Museum
Penn Museum
Tyler Arboretum

Tinicum

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Eastern State Penitentiary
Independence Seaport Museum
Museum of the American Revolution
Tyler Arboretum

Upper Darby Township/Sellers Library—Main Sellers Branch

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Elmwood Park Zoo
Independence Seaport Museum
Museum of the American Revolution
Penn Museum
Tyler Arboretum

Upper Darby Township/Sellers Library—Municipal Branch

Passes available to ...

African American Museum in Philadelphia
American Swedish Museum
Academy of Natural Sciences
Elmwood Park Zoo
Independence Seaport Museum
Museum of the American Revolution
National Liberty Museum
Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
Tyler Arboretum

Upper Darby Township/Sellers Library—Primos Branch

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Elmwood Park Zoo
Hands-On House Children's Museum
Independence Seaport Museum
Museum of the American Revolution
National Liberty Museum
Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania
Tyler Arboretum

Yeadon

Passes available to ...

Elmwood Park Zoo
Penn Museum

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Eastern State Penitentiary once housed some of the country's most notorious lawbeakers. Photo by Kyle Huff for PHLCVB

Museum Passes Available from Libraries in Montgomery County

Abington Township Free Library

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
African American Museum in Philadelphia
Battleship New Jersey
Chanticleer Gardens
Eastern State Penitentiary
Elmwood Park Zoo
Glencairn Museum
Independence Seaport Museum
Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle
Morris Arboretum
Museum of the American Revolution
Mütter Museum
National Constitution Center
National Liberty Museum
National Museum of American Jewish History
Penn Museum
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Philadelphia Magic Gardens
Tyler Arboretum
Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum
Woodmere Art Museum

Conshohocken Free Library

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
African American Museum in Philadelphia
Battleship New Jersey
Chanticleer Gardens
Eastern State Penitentiary
Elmwood Park Zoo
Glencairn Museum
Moravian Pottery and Tile Works
Morris Arboretum
Museum of the American Revolution
Mütter Museum
National Constitution Center
National Liberty Museum
National Museum of American Jewish History
Penn Museum
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
Woodmere Art Museum

East Cheltenham Free Library

Passes available to ...

Elmwood Park Zoo
Glencairn Museum

Elkins Park Free Library

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
African American Museum in Philadelphia
Eastern State Penitentiary
Elmwood Park Zoo
Independence Seaport Museum
Morris Arboretum
Museum of the American Revolution
National Liberty Museum
National Museum of American Jewish History
Penn Museum
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Tyler Arboretum
Woodmere Art Museum

Free Library of Springfield Township

Passes available to ...

Eastern State Penitentiary
Elmwood Park Zoo
Independence Seaport Museum
Morris Arboretum
Museum of the American Revolution
Mütter Museum
National Constitution Center
National Liberty Museum
Penn Museum
Tyler Arboretum
Woodmere Art Museum

Gladwyne

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
American Swedish Historical Museum
Battleship New Jersey
Bucks County Children's Museum
Eastern State Penitentiary
Elmwood Park Zoo
Independence Seaport Museum
Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle
Moravian Pottery and Tile Museum
Museum of the American Revolution
Mütter Museum
National Constitution Center
National Liberty Museum
National Musuem of American Jewish History
Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavillon
Woodmere Art Museum

Glenside Free Library

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
African American Museum
Elmwood Park Zoo
Morris Arboretum
Museum of the American Revolution
National Liberty Museum
Penn Museum
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Woodmere Art Museum

Horsham Township Library

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Eastern State Penitentiary
Elmwood Park Zoo
Glencairn Museum
Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle
Moravian Pottery and Tile Museum
Mütter Museum
National Constiution Center
National Museum of American Jewish History
Pearl S. Buck International Museum
Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum

Huntingdon Valley Library

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Bucks County Children's Museum
Eastern State Penitentiary
Elmwood Park Zoo
Glencairn Museum
Moravian Pottery and Tile Museum
Morris Arboretum
Museum of the American Revolution
Mütter Museum
Natioanl Constitution Center
Penn Museum
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Jenkintown Library

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Bucks County Children's Museum
Elmwood Park Zoo
Glencairn Museum
Morris Arboretum
Museum of the American Revolution
National Constitution Center
Tyler Arboretum
Woodmere Art Museum

La Mott Free Library

Passes available to ...

Eastern State Penitentiary
Glencairn Museum
Morris Arboretum

Lower Providence Community Library

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Chanticleer Gardens
Eastern State Penitentiary
Elmwood Park Zoo
Morris Arboretum
Museum of the American Revolution
Mütter Museum
Penn Museum
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion
Philadelphia Magic Gardens

Ludington

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
African American Museum in Philadelphia
American Swedish Historical Museum
Battleship New Jersey
Chanticleer Gardens
Elmwood Park Zoo
Grounds for Sculpture
Independence Seaport Museum
John James Audubon Center
Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle
National Constitution Center
National Museum of American Jewish History
Penn Museum
Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavillon
Tyler Arboretum

Narberth

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
African American Museum in Philadelphia
Eastern State Penitentiary
Elmwood Park Zoo
Museum of the American Revolution
Mütter Museum
National Constitution Center

Penn Wynne Library

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Chanticleer Garden
Elmwood Park Zoo
Museum of the American Revolution
Tyler Arboretum

Pottstown Public Library

Passes available to ...

Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
Eastern State Penitentiary
Elmwood Park Zoo
Morris Arboretum
Reading Public Museum

Royersford Free Public Library

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Bucks County Children's Museum
Elmwood Park Zoo
Morris Arboretum

Upper Merion Township Library

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
African American Museum in Philadelphia
Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
Bucks County Children's Museum
Chanticleer Garden
Eastern State Penitentiary
Elmwood Park Zoo
Morris Arboretum
Museum of the American Revolution
National Constitution Center
Penn Museum
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum
Woodmere Art Museum

Upper Moreland Free Public Library

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
Chanticleer Gardens
Eastern State Penitentiary
Elmwood Park Zoo
Guggenheim
Independence Seaport Museum
John James Audubon Center
Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle
Moravian Pottery and Tile Museum
Museum of Modern Art
Museum of the American Revolution
Mütter Museum
National Constitution Center
Penn Museum
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Tyler Arboretum
Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum
Woodmere Art Museum

William Jeanes Memorial Library

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
African American Museum in Philadelphia
Battleship New Jersey
Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
Bucks County Children's Museum
Chanticleer Gardens
Eastern State Penitentiary
Elmwood Park Zoo
Independence Seaport Museum
John James Audubon Center
Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle
Moravian Pottery and Tile Museum
Morris Arboretum
Museum of the American Revolution
Mütter Museum
National Constitution Center
National Liberty Museum
National Museum of American Jewish History
Pearl S. Buck International Museum
Penn Museum
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Reading Public Museum
Rosenbach
Tyler Arboretum
Woodmere Art Museum

Wissahickon Valley Public Library- Ambler Branch

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
African American Museum in Philadelphia
Battleship New Jeresey
Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
Bucks County Children's Museum
Camden's Children's Garden
Chanticleer Gardens
Eastern State Penitentiary
Elmwood Park Zoo
Guggenheim
Independence Seaport Museum
Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle
Moravian Pottery and Tile Museum
Museum of the American Revolution
Mütter Museum
National Constitution Center
Penn Museum
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Tyler Arboretum
Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum
Woodmere Art Museum

Wissahickon Valley Public Library- Blue Bell Branch

Passes available to ...

Academy of Natural Sciences
African American Museum in Philadelphia
America on Wheels
Battleship New Jersey
Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
Bucks County Children's Museum
Eastern State Penitentiary
Elmwood Park Zoo
Fort Mifflin
Glencairn Museum
Grounds for Sculpture
Guggenheim
Independence Seaport Museum
Mercer Museum and Fonthill Castle
Moravian Pottery and Tile Works
Museum of the American Revolution
Mütter Museum
National Constitution Center
National Liberty Museum
National Museum of Industrical History
Pearl S. Buck International Museum
Penn Museum
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Reading Public Museum
Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Tyler Arboretum
Wings of Freedom Aviation Museum
Woodmere Art Museum

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