The Friends of the Castleton Public Library provide the Library with museum passes for Albany County and Rensselaer County residents.
- Passes can be checked out for a 3-day period.
- No renewals.
- Passes are non-requestable and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Passes must be returned to Castleton Public Library.
Albany Institute of History and Art
CPL has two passes for the Albany Institute of History and Art. Each pass covers FREE admission for two adults and all children/teens under 18.
"The Institute’s museum and library holdings form the best collections in the United States documenting the life and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley region from the late seventeenth century to the present day. Although the Institute is famous for its significant Hudson River school paintings, the broad scope of its collections includes fine arts, furnishings, personal objects, documents, manuscripts, photographs, and personal papers used by people of all ages, social classes, economic conditions, and cultural groups." See more at albanyinstitute.org
Berkshire Botanical Garden
CPL has a pass for FREE general admission for up to 2 adults. Children 12 and under are always free. Visit berkshirebotanical.org for directions, hours and more information!
“Berkshire Botanical Garden is a not-for-profit, membership-supported educational organization encompassing 24 acres of land at the intersection of Routes 102 and 183 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The Garden is open year-round for classes, lectures, workshops and exhibits, and the display gardens can be toured daily from May 1 through Columbus Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.” See more at berkshirebotanical.org
CPL has a pass for FREE general admission for up to 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 18. Children 3 and under are always free. Visit Berkshiremuseum.org for directions, hours and more information!
“Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA offers a unique array of exhibitions, activities, and attractions for visitors of all ages. From fine art and ancient objects to fossils; from an aquarium of native and exotic creatures to the Feigenbaum Hall of Innovation, we are your community museum: a place where everyone, from toddlers to elders, can learn, play, explore, innovate, be engaged and inspired.” See more at berkshiremuseum.org
Children's Museum at Saratoga
CPL has a pass for FREE admission for up to 4 people per visit.
"The Children's Museum at Saratoga gives children the opportunity to learn by doing/touching and testing - in their own way, at their own pace; encourages parents, educators and adults to join their children in the adventure of learning together; inspires curiosity, sparks imagination and nurtures discovery through the use of hands-on, inquiry based experiences." See more at cmssny.org
Children's Museum of Science and Technology
CPL has a pass for FREE admission for up to 2 adults and all dependent children under the age of 18. Please note that the museum does not admit adults to the museum if not accompanied by children.
"The Children's Museum of Science and Technology 'instills a sense of wonder and discovery in young minds, inspiring a lifelong exploration of science and technology,' and is complementary to SUNY Poly's mission to provide pioneering nanotechnology education and prepare New York's future workforce with a comprehensive education of the highest quality. All exhibits are hands-on, and are designed to help children think and explore like scientists and engineers." See more at cmost.org
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
CPL has a pass for FREE general admission for 1 adult (children under the age of 18 are free).
"The collection of the Clark Art Institute features European and American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, and decorative arts from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century. The collection is especially rich in French Impressionist and Academic paintings, British oil sketches, drawings, and silver, and the work of American artists Winslow Homer, George Inness, and John Singer Sargent." - See more at: clarkart.edu
Crailo State Historic Site
CPL has a pass for FREE general admission for up to four people.
"Crailo is the museum of the Colonial Dutch in the Hudson River Valley. Originally a part of the vast landholding called the Manor or Patroonship of Rensselaerswyck, Crailo was built in the early 18th century by Hendrick Van Rensselaer, grandson of the First Patroon. Crailo today tells the story of the early Dutch inhabitants of the upper Hudson Valley through exhibits highlighting archeological finds from the Albany Fort Orange excavations, special programs, and guided tours of the museum." - See more at: https://parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/30/details.aspx
Empire State Aerosciences Museum
CPL has a pass for FREE general admission for 1 family.
"The Empire State Aerosciences Museum is a one-of-a-kind cultural resource located at Schenectady County Airport in the Town of Glenville, NY, at the site of the former General Electric Flight Test Center. Dedicated to interpreting aviation, particularly as related to New York State, the Museum offers visitors a variety of enjoyable and educational experiences, including interpretive exhibits, a spectacular collection of restored aircraft, the state's largest aviation library, as well as education programs." - See more at: esam.org
FASNY Museum of Firefighting
CPL has a pass for FREE admission for 2 adults and 2 children.
"Whether you are a firefighter on a pilgrimage to the Museum for the first time, a family looking for a fascinating daytrip or a student of history whose interest has been piqued by the fire service, we strive to engage you by presenting the subject of firefighting as history, as culture, as a service to humanity, as a preventative practice and as ever-changing art and technology." See more at fasnyfiremuseum.com
Hancock Shaker Village
CPL has a pass for FREE admission to Hancock Shaker Village for two adults and two youths (13-17). Children 12 and under are always free.
"Artisans demonstrate Shaker crafts, gardeners harvest herb, flower and heirloom vegetables, and farmers tend livestock on the Shaker farm. Historical interpreters teach about Shaker religion and worship, as well as the Shaker unique and principled approach to living. Be sure to visit the Discovery Room, which features hands-on activities for everyone, especially children. At the Visitors Center, exhibits on various aspects of Shaker life provide a deeper look at this remarkable community of people and attempt to place them in the broader context of American history." See more at hancockshakervillage.org
The Hyde Collection
CPL has 2 passes to the Hyde Collection. Each pass admits 2 adults/children under the age of 18. Included with admission are audio guides by cell, family activities, The Artist's Studio for children, docent-led tours, lectures, and program (excluding special events). Visit www.hydecollection.org to confirm schedules and availability.
"The Hyde's mission today is to be an art museum in a historic house complex that is unique between Manhattan and Montreal, committed to developing and highlighting a collection of international importance, creating exhibitions of regional and national significance, while providing invigorating educational programs to its core local audiences and communities. In all its activities, The Hyde Collection strives to be a leader locally and regionally, among a handful of art museums in New England and northern New York that are nationally recognized for their excellence and for their cultural and economic impact." See more at hydecollection.org
MASS MoCA: Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
CPL has a pass for FREE admission for up to 2 adults and 2 children under the age of 16.
"Since opening in 1999, MASS MoCA has become one of the world's premier centers for making and showing the best art of our time. With annual attendance of 120,000, it ranks among the most visited institutions in the United States dedicated to new art. More than 80 major new works of art and more than 50 performances have been created through fabrication and rehearsal residencies in North Adams, making MASS MoCA perhaps the most fertile site in the country for new art. The museum thrives on making and presenting work that is fresh, surprising, and challenging." See more at massmoca.org
miSci: museum of innovation and science
CPL has 2 passes! Each pass is for free general admission for 2 adults & 2 children (children under 4 are free).
"miSci is a dynamic destination just a short drive from Albany, Saratoga, and Troy which celebrates science, invention, and imagination. The Museum explores the area's rich technological heritage, with some of the region's finest interactive exhibits; a must-see for families, tourists, area residents, and other visitors." See more at miSci.org
Norman Rockwell Museum
CPL has a pass for reduced admission for up to 2 adults ($12.00 each). Kids/teens (18 and under) are FREE.
"Norman Rockwell Museum houses the world's largest and most significant collection of original Rockwell art. Highlights include enduring favorites from Rockwell's Saturday Evening Post covers, the powerful "Four Freedoms", and the nostalgic "Stockbridge Main Street at Christmas." See more at nrm.org
Olana State Historic Site
CPL has a pass for admission for 2 guests to tour the Main House and the Historic Landscape. All tour reservations must be made in advance, over the phone at 518-751-0344. Pass also includes 15% discount in the museum store.
"Frederic Church is well-known as a painter, but he was also a world traveller, a family man, and a self-taught architect, farmer and landscape designer. He and his wife Isabel were pious, wellread, and funloving. They raised four children at their estate overlooking the Hudson. Though Frederic and Isabel Church moved among New York City’s cultural tastemakers, Olana was their primary home." See more at olana.org
USS Slater (Destroyer Escort Historical Museum)
CPL has a pass for FREE admission for 2 adults and 2 children on tours during regular hours of operation.
"During World War II, 563 Destroyer Escorts battled Nazi U-boats on the North Atlantic protecting convoys of men and material. In the Pacific they stood in line to defend naval task forces from Japanese submarines and Kamikaze air attacks. Today, only one of these ships remains afloat in the United States, the USS SLATER. Moored on the Hudson River in Albany, New York, the USS SLATER has undergone an extensive restoration that has returned the ship to her former glory." See more at ussslater.org