The Friends of the Old Bridge Public Library have generously provided FREE passes to some of the area’s most popular museums!
Check out a pass to one of the museums with your Old Bridge Library card, just like a book! Enjoy your visit along with family and friends, then return the pass to the Library the next day. Checkout out the following video (or the frequently asked questions section) for more information:
Reserve a Pass Online:
(You will need your library card number and PIN)
- By Museum (list of all the museums in alphabetical order)
- By Date (view by 90 days rolling window)
- View/Cancel Your Reservations
List of Museum Passes:
Academy of Natural Sciences
Battleship New Jersey
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Garden State Discovery Museum (temporarily unavailable)
Grounds for Sculpture
The Newark Museum
The New York Transit Museum
WheatonArts & Cultural Center
Discounts & Free Museums:
Frequently Asked Questions
Academy of Natural Sciences
Open: 10 am–4:30 pm, Monday–Friday
10 am–5:00 pm, Weekends and Holidays
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a world-class natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science. Museum highlights include:
Discovering Dinosaurs exhibit in Dinosaur Hall, where more than 30 dinosaur species are represented. Visitors can climb into a dinosaur footprint and skulls, explore dinosaur eggs, walk like a dinosaur, and watch as fossil preparators in the Fossil Prep Lab clean and prepare real fossils for further study.
Butterflies!: Stroll through a lush, tropical indoor garden where beautiful live butterflies flutter all around. Check out the pupae chamber and you may see a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis. This exhibit has a $3 fee in addition to the free pass.
Outside In: a hands-on, highly-interactive center designed for young children to explore. Visitors can touch live animals, pan for shark teeth, search for fossil footprints, watch a working beehive, and view a fish pond from the bottom up.
Live Animal Center: Watch animal keepers feed and care for nearly 100 live mammals, reptiles and amphibians, many of which are injured and can no longer survive in the wild. These nature ambassadors guest star in Outside In, live animal shows in the museum and outreach programs for school and community events.
Battleship New Jersey
Jan. 1 – Feb. 3
Closed for Walk-up Tours
Feb. 4 – Feb. 28
Open Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30am – 3pm *Ship will also open Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 20
March 1 – April 30
Open Every day, 9:30am – 3pm
May 1 – Sept. 4
Every day, 9:30am – 5pm
Sept. 5 – Dec. 31
Every day, 9:30am – 3pm
At the Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial not only do you see exhibits of artifacts from the ship’s past, but you are put into the exhibit as you go through the tour route. Sit in the chair from which Admiral Halsey commanded the fleet. Stretch out on the bunks where the sailors slept. Climb into the 16” gun turret and learn how the projectiles were loaded. 1 pass available, admits 2 adults and 3 children.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Open: 8am – 4:30pm Tuesday-Friday
Saturday and Sunday: 10am – 4:30pm
Brooklyn Botanic Garden is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment.
Garden State Discovery Museum
Open: 9:30am – 5:30pm daily
Saturdays: 9:30am – 8:30pm October – April
The Garden State Discovery Museum, located just outside of Philadelphia in Cherry Hill, NJ, is one of south Jersey’s largest attractions for family fun and discovery. Since opening in 1994, the Museum has continually provided unique experiences where adults and children interact and learn together, while exploring high quality, kid-powered hands-on exhibits.
The Garden State Discovery Museum provides multifaceted learning opportunities for children aged 10 and under and their favorite caregivers. Whether they are building and remodeling the two-story house in Under Construction or caring for pets in Vet and Pet, they are building self-esteem, self-confidence, compassion and are learning to work cooperatively. The Museum offers over 20 giant kid-powered exhibits and educational entertainment at its hands-on best.
Grounds for Sculpture
Open: Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The Grounds for Sculpture displays works by American and international sculptors in a variety of styles and media. 1 pass available, admits 4 people. Some late night or special events may not be covered by the pass. Please call ahead to confirm.
Open: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Insectropolis is a fun and unique insect learning center that dazzles visitors of all ages. Set within the architecture of a bug-themed city, their creative displays entertain guests as they learn about these fascinating creatures. 1 pass available, admits 4 people.
Open: April 1st – October 31st: Monday to Friday 10 a.m – 5 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays 10 a.m – 6 p.m.
November 1st – March 31st: Daily (including Holidays) 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is dedicated to the exhibition and interpretation of history, science and service as related to its home aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark. As you explore the Museum you will be able to examine original artifacts, view historic video footage and explore interactive exhibits.
1 pass available, admits 6 people (does NOT include the Space Shuttle Enterprise). Please note that all guests under the age of 16 MUST BE accompanied by at least one adult.
Reciprocal Privileges: free admission to participating ASTC Travel Program members which includes, by special agreement, Battleship New Jersey and Brooklyn Children’s Museum (note: always confirm with participating ASTC museums before visiting, as possible restrictions or policies may apply or change without notice).
Open: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.
The Morris Museum boasts a permanent collection of more than 40,000 objects ranging from rocks and minerals to model trains, as well as one of the country’s largest collections of mechanical musical instruments and automata. It is also the home of the Bickford Theatre, which presents a variety of plays, concerts, and other performances throughout the year. One pass available; pass admits two adults and three children.
Open: Wednesday to Sunday, 12 noon – 5 p.m.
The Newark Museum is one of the most influential museums on the country, and its collections rank as the 12th largest in the nation, with nearly 300,000 objects representing American art, Decorative arts, the arts of Asia, Africa, Native America, ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, and the Natural Sciences. Two passes available; each admits two adults and all children under 18.
New York Transit Museum
Open: Tuesday-Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 5pm
Closed Mondays and major holidays
Founded in 1976, the New York Transit Museum is dedicated to telling and preserving the stories of mass transportation – extraordinary engineering feats, workers who labored in the tunnels over 100 years ago, communities that were drastically transformed, and the ever-evolving technology, design, and ridership of a system that runs 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
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 and elevated cars dating back to 1907.
Each pass admits 2 adults and 4 children under 18.
WheatonArts & Cultural Center
Open: April-December, Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Along with daily glass blowing and artist demonstrations, WheatonArts features special exhibitions, programs, workshops, performances and several weekend festivals. Pass admits two adults and all children under 18.
Liberty Science Center
Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park, 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City, NJ
ph: (201) 200-1000
Hours vary seasonally.
Liberty Science Center is a 300,000-square-foot learning center located on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty. Dedicated to bringing the excitement of science to people of all ages, Liberty Science Center houses 12 museum exhibition halls, a live animal collection with 110 species, giant aquariums, a 3D theater, the world’s largest IMAX Dome Theater, live simulcast surgeries, a tornado-force wind simulator, K-12 classrooms and labs, and teacher-development programs.
No pass is necessary. Please show your Old Bridge Public Library card for a $3 discount (individual library cards required for each discount).
Blue Star Museums Initiative
Blue Star Museums Initiative is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve and their families, from Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 through Labor Day, September 7, 2015. Local museums include Liberty Science Center, the Stickley Museum, Montclair Art Museum, the Monmouth Museum, the Morven Museum & Gardens, the New York Botanical Garden, Museum of Natural History, MOMA, Guggenheim, the Folk Art Museum and much more! Please visit Blue Star Museums Initiative for a list of all participating museums as well as eligibility requirements.
Museums in Central New Jersey with free admission
Barron Art Center (check site for free events)
Drumthwacket (free – donation suggested)
New Jersey Botanical Garden at Skylands (admission is free; parking costs vary)
New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial (memorial is free and open to the public 7/24/365; museum free for veterans, active military personnel and children under the age of 10)
Frequently Asked Questions about Museum Passes
How do I reserve a pass?
Make a reservation in person at the Circulation Desk at the central Library or by telephone at 732-721-5600, extension 5010. You may also make an online reservation yourself at a specific museum or for a specific date.
Is there a charge to reserve a pass? What is the late fee or replacement fee?
There is no charge to reserve a museum pass. Only one museum pass per library account may be checked out at a time. If a pass is not returned on time, a fine of $5.00 per day will be charged, up to a maximum of the replacement cost of the pass.
If a pass is lost, the borrower will be charged the replacement coast.
Who can reserve a pass?
You must have a current Old Bridge Library adult card in good standing to place a reservation. A pass cannot be reserved with a child’s or teen’s card. Fines & fees of $10.00 or more on an account will block a reservation.
How many people per pass are admitted to a museum?
It depends on the pass. Each museum has its own admission rules. Check above or with the library for more information.
What is “Day of Use?”
“Day of Use” is the day you plan on visiting the museum. The pass can be picked up the day prior to the Day of Use and MUST be returned by 10 a.m. following the Day of Use. Printed passes do not need to be returned.
Can I cancel my reservation? What are No Shows?
Reservations can be cancelled. Please let the Library know that you want to cancel no later than the day before Day of Use since others may want to use the museum pass for that day.
You can also view and cancel reservations online.
If you do not pick up your pass by Day of Use, it will constitute a No Show. Two No Shows in a 60-day period will result in a 3-month block on your museum pass reservations.
Where do I pick up my pass?
The pass must be picked up at the Circulation Desk of the Old Bridge Public Library central branch.
Do I need my library card to pick up the pass?
Yes, you must present the library card used when reserving the pass.
Where do I return my pass? Are passes renewable?
The pass must be returned to the Circulation Desk or in the book drop on the Day of Use, before the library opens. If the library is closed, the pass must be returned by the library’s opening on the next day we are open.
Unfortunately, museum passes are not renewable.
What are the ASTC Travel Program and the Museum Alliance Reciprocal Programs?
Both reciprocal programs allow you to use a pass from one museum to visit other museums within its network. Every museum in a network has its own rules regarding participation; some may not accept institutional memberships like ours. Please call ahead if you plan to use the reciprocal feature, and mention you will be presenting a library membership pass.
Are there any other important details I need to know before I visit any museum?
The user is responsible for any fees or charges not included with the pass (such as parking, surcharges for special exhibit admission, etc.). Remember to check the museum’s website for information about current exhibits and special programs. Always confirm operating hours before visiting, as these are subject to change, and always confirm with a museum regarding reciprocal memberships before visiting, as possible restrictions or policies may apply or change without notice.