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Brooklyn Library Cardholders Can Now Access More Than 30 City Cultural Institutions For Free

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, one of the institutions Brooklyn Library cardholders can access for free with the Culture Pass. (Tagger Yancey IV via NYC Go.)

July 17, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez

A newly launched program will allow Brooklyn Library cardholders to gain free entry to 33 museums, gardens, zoos, and and other cultural sites around New York City.

The Culture Pass, announced yesterday by the Brooklyn, Queens, and New York Public Library systems, allows patrons from these three libraries to visit cultural institutions ranging from the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and the Noguchi Museum with a free day-pass.

Registered users in the Brooklyn Library system can reserve a day-pass online for a participating cultural institution and simply show the pass to gain free entry. Cardholders can also bring between one to three guests depending on the institution.

The participating cultural organizations donate passes to the program on a monthly basis for people ages 13 and up. Passes can be reserved using the online Culture Pass website, with users browsing for passes by date or venue.

“As the most democratic institution in our society, the library’s core mission is to provide resources for learning, culture, and creativity to people of all ages and backgrounds—in essence to provide access to the world’s collective knowledge,” said Linda E. Johnson, President and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library. “Culture Pass will help build awareness, expand audiences, and provide access for library patrons to New York’s world-class museums and cultural institutions. We are thrilled to be joining forces with such esteemed visual arts and science museums.”

The passes will be released two months in advance on the first of every month, and users can reserve one pass per cultural institution per year. Only two active reservations can be made per library card.

“In a city so rich with creative activity, every New Yorker deserves to have access to transformative cultural experiences,” said Tom Finkelpearl, NYC Cultural Affairs Commissioner. “We’re proud to support this exciting new partnership between our libraries and a diverse group of arts organizations, another way that we’re helping to connect New Yorkers with culture in every neighborhood across the city.”

For more information on the Culture Pass and to reserve a pass, visit the Culture Pass webpage.

List of participating institutions as of July 16:
· Brooklyn Botanic Garden
· Brooklyn Children’s Museum
· Brooklyn Historical Society
· Brooklyn Museum
· Children’s Museum of Manhattan
· Children’s Museum of the Arts
· Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
· The Drawing Center
· The Frick Collection
· Historic Richmond Town
· International Center of Photography
· Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
· Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
· The Jewish Museum
· Louis Armstrong House
· The Metropolitan Museum of Art
· The Morgan Library & Museum
· Museum of Modern Art, MoMA PS1
· Museum of Chinese in America
· Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
· Museum of the City of New York
· New York Transit Museum
· Noguchi Museum
· Queens Historical Society
· Queens Museum
· Rubin Museum of Art
· SculptureCenter
· Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
· Society of Illustrators
· Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
· Sugar Hill Children’s Museum
· Wave Hill
· Whitney Museum of American Art

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