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New Museums Added to Westfield Library’s Free Pass Program

Barrie Knapp

Saturday, January 25, 2014 • 12:03pm

WESTFIELD, NJ – Looking for some free winter fun? Westfield Memorial Library’s Museum Pass program has several new  free museum passes available for library members, including the International center of Photography, The Frick Collection, The Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, the Zimmerli Art Museum, The New Jersey Children’s Museum and the Skyscraper Museum.

Most passes can be checked out for four days and include free admission to the museum, as well as additional perks, such as museum shop, restaurant, and parking discounts, plus a head-of-the-line service. The passes can also be used for multiple people, so you can take visiting friends and family with you.

(An exception is the American Museum of Natural History—each pass is valid for one use only. The library releases 24 passes for the museum per month. )

Library members love the Museum Pass program, according to Philip Israel, director of the library.

“They are enthusiastic about it,” said Israel.  “The public loves that we sponsor this program for them. We have children’s museums available, we have museums that would be entertaining for all age groups.”

At the Westfield library, over 1,000 passes went out in 2013. The library does not hold museum passes. Instead, they are checked out on a first-come first-served basis. Many people check out the museum passes on Thursdays, so the best time to take out a pass is earlier in the week when the library has a larger selection of passes to choose from.  Patrons must be without any outstanding fines or fees to use the Museum Pass program.  

The most popular museum passes include The Frick Collection, Grounds for Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art and The American Museum of Natural History. Patrons are encouraged to check with the museum for updates on closings, hours and exhibits before using the passes.

Israel wants people to know that the museum passes are available.

“The program is sponsored by Friends of the Library. They pay for the passes and get the passes from the museums. They budget six to seven thousand dollars for this program. We want more people to use the passes,” said Israel.

To see a full list of passes available, go to http://www.wmlnj.org/museumpass.asp.

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