How to Request a Pass
- Look at the list of available passes (below) and check the dates and times they are open.
- Request a pass online (to the right) or at any MCLS branch up to 45 days in advance. Passes can also be cancelled from this website.
- Print out the confirmation page.
- Bring the confirmation page and pick up the passes at the loaning branch on the first day of your reservation. Exception: Grounds for Sculpture passes are digital passes and do not need to be picked up.
- Return the pass 3 days later to the loaning branch (can be placed in book drop). Exception: Grounds for Sculpture is only vaild for 1 day and does not need to be returned.
Pass Use Guidelines
- Mercer County Library System (MCLS) patrons in good standing, 18 years and older, may check out a museum pass with their valid MCLS card.
- 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. Exception: Grounds for Sculpture is only good for the date printed on the pass.
- 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.
List of Passes and Descriptions
Important Information on Grounds for Sculpture
We regret to inform you that the Mercer County Library System will be unable to renew our Grounds For Sculpture (GFS) passes after they expire. Effective immediately, GFS will no longer be offering the Library Pass Program to public libraries, and will only honor memberships still in effect until their expiration date. MCLS Grounds for Sculpture passes will expire on different dates over the next year and will be removed from our reservation page upon expiration.
GFS passes are our most popular passes and we regret that we will not be able to include these in our museum pass program offerings going forward.
|Academy of Natural Sciences, The||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. Admission: Two adults and five children.|
|African American Museum in Philadelphia||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. Admission: Two adults and four children.|
|Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial||America's most decorated battleship is open for interactive tours. Admission: Two adults and three children under the age of 18.|
|Bucks County Children’s Museum||The museum’s mission is to provide a fun, interactive and educational environment for children, parents and schools with exhibits that reflect the unique history and culture of Bucks County. Admission: Six people.|
|Children’s Museum of Manhattan||The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is an exciting destination for play, fun and learning-by-doing through theme based exhibits, hands-on activities, interactive programs and larger than life environments. Admission: Four people, no more than two adults.|
|Eastern State Penitentiary||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. Admission: Six people.|
|Elmwood Park Zoo||Elmwood Park Zoo currently maintains a collection of over 100 species primarily indigenous to the Americas. Highlights of the collection include bald and golden eagles, jaguars, red pandas, Chacoan peccaries, howler monkeys, and gray wolves. Admission: Two adults and six children.|
|Garden State Discovery Museum||A museum with over 20 giant kid-powered exhibits that allow children the opportunity to explore science, get down and dirty making arts and crafts, or be the hero of their own story. Admission: Six people.|
|Grounds for Sculpture||Grounds for Sculpture is a museum and sculpture park exhibiting works by well-known and emerging contemporary sculptors in the museum buildings and landscaped sculpture park. This is a print on demand daily pass. Reserve the pass for the day you wish to visit the museum, as it is only good for the date printed on the pass. Admission: Four people.|
|Independence Seaport Museum||Independence Seaport Museum is the region's primary repository of art, artifacts and archival materials documenting the diverse maritime history of the Greater Delaware Valley, and the history of the Port of Philadelphia and the other major urban ports of the Delaware River. Admission: Two adults and four children.|
|Morris Arboretum||Explore the Arboretum’s 92-acre lush and colorful gardens. Discover your favorite garden spaces and learn from 12,000 labeled plants, trees and flowers. Admission: Two adults and four children.|
|Museum of the American Revolution||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. Admission: Two adults, four youth ages 6 –17, children under 5 free.|
|Mütter Museum||The Mütter Museum displays its beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a nineteenth-century "cabinet museum" setting. Admission: Four people.|
|National Constitution Center||The National Constitution Center in historic Philadelphia is America's most hands on history museum. Admission: Two adults and up to four children.|
|National Liberty Museum||Located in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the museum is dedicated to preserving America’s heritage of freedom. Admission: Six people.|
|New York Historical Society||The New York Historical Society has served as the collective memory of New York, accumulating vast collections in American painting, sculpture, books, manuscripts, decorative arts, architectural drawings, photographs, prints and ephemera. Admission: Two adults and all children in household up to age 18.|
|Old Barracks Museum||The Old Barracks Museum brings the world of colonial America to life through interpretive programs, and exhibits. Admission: Four people.|
|Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts||The PAFA founded in 1805 is the oldest art museum and school in the nation and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. Admission: Two adults and four children 18 and under.|
|Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum||The internationally renowned Guggenheim museum was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and is among the 20th century’s most important architectural landmarks. The museum’s great rotunda has been the site of many celebrated special exhibitions, while its smaller galleries are devoted to the museum’s permanent collection. Admission: Four people ages 12 and over, children under 12 free.|