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Museum Passes

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Pass Use Guidelines

  • Mercer County Library System (MCLS) patronsin good standing, 18 years and older, may check out a museum pass with their valid MCLS card.
  • Passes may be reserved 45 days in advance online through the library’s website, www.mcl.org, or in person at any branch. The date of your reservation is the first day you may pick up the pass.
  • Passes must be picked up and returned only to the owning branch of the MCLS.
  • Patrons may not check-out the same museum pass multiple times within a 40-day period.
  • Passes are checked out for a three-day loan period and are not renewable.
  • Passes may be returned in the bookdrop of the owning branch of MCLS.
  • The fine for an overdue museum pass is $5 per day, with a maximum fine of $25. The charge for a lost museum pass is $10 plus any overdue fees and replacement costs.
  • If you fail to pick up a pass twice in a 45-day period you will be blocked from reserving passes for 45 days.
  • If you reserve a pass and change your plans, you may cancel your reservation by calling your home branch.
  • Check the website of each museum or call before your visit to find out about current hours, unscheduled or unlisted closures, restrictions, special exhibits and information on public transit options.

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Thanks to the generous support from these groups we are able to offer MCLS patrons passes to the museums listed on this page.

  • Friends of the Library: Ewing, Hickory Corner, Hopewell, Lawrence Headquarters and West Windsor Branches
  • Hightstown Library Association
  • Robbinsville Township Library Advisory Committee
Friends of the Ewing Library
Friends of the Lawrence Library
Friends of Hightstown Memorial Library
Friends of the West Windsor Branch
Hopewell Branch Friends of the Library
Friends of the Hickory Corner Library

Available Museum Passes

List of museum passes the Mercer County Library gives access to.
Museumsort descending Location Available at Admission Description
Philadelphia, PA Ewing, Lawrence Six people Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers.
Philadelphia, PA Hickory Corner, Hopewell Two adults and four children The African American Museum in Philadelphia is the first institution built by a major United States city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans.
Philadelphia, PA Ewing, Hickory Corner, Hopewell Two adults, four youth ages 6 –17, children under 5 free The Museum of the American Revolution explores the dynamic story of the American Revolution using its expansive collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, works of art., immersive galleries, dynamic theaters, and recreated historical environments.
Philadelphia, PA Ewing, Hopewell, Lawrence, West Windsor Two adults and five children Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences is America’s oldest natural history museum and is a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research.
Trenton, NJ Hopewell Four people The Old Barracks Museum brings the world of colonial America to life through interpretive programs, and exhibits.