Did you know that a New York City Library card gets you more than books? If you're looking for something fun to do in New York, there are dozens of organizations that participate in the Culture Pass from museums to gardens and heritage centers. It's free to sign up and you get all the benefits right away, so what are you waiting for?
So what exactly is included in the Culture Pass?
What's included in the NYC Culture Pass
When you sign up for a free NYC Culture Pass you get access to some of New York's amazing sights and scenes. You get access to all boroughs, but I've broken it down so you can see what's close.
If you head over to the Culture Pass website you can also see what's been updated or added this month!
NYC Culture Pass Manhattan
- AKC Museum of the Dog – Manhattan
- American Museum of Natural History – Manhattan
- Asia Society Museum – Manhattan
- Bard Graduate Center Gallery – Manhattan
- Center for Jewish History – Manhattan
- Children's Museum of Manhattan – Manhattan
- Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum – Manhattan
- The Dessoff Choirs – Manhattan
- The Drawing Center – Manhattan
- Dyckman Farmhouse Museum – Manhattan
- El Museo del Barrio – Manhattan
- Fraunces Tavern Museum – Manhattan
- The Frick Collection – Manhattan
- Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum – Manhattan
- Irish Arts Center – Manhattan
- Japan Society – Manhattan
- The Jewish Museum – Manhattan
- Kaufman Music Center – Manhattan
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Manhattan
- The Morgan Library & Museum – Manhattan
- Morris-Jumel Mansion – Manhattan
- Museum at Eldridge Street – Manhattan
- Museum of the City of New York – Manhattan
- Museum of Arts and Design – Manhattan
- Museum of Chinese in America – Manhattan
- Museum of Modern Art – Manhattan
- New York Youth Symphony – Manhattan
- New Museum – Manhattan
- Peoples' Symphony Concerts – Manhattan
- Poster House – Manhattan
- Rubin Museum of Art – Manhattan
- Second Stage Theater – Manhattan
- The Shed – Manhattan
- Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian – Manhattan
- Society of Illustrators – Manhattan
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – Manhattan
- Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling – Manhattan
- Swiss Institute – Manhattan
- Ukrainian Museum – Manhattan
- Whitney Museum of American Art – Manhattan
- Wollman Rink – Manhattan
- Young Concert Artists – Manhattan
NYC Culture Pass Bronx
- Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum – Bronx
- Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD) – Bronx
- Bronx Museum of the Arts – Bronx
- Bronx Music Heritage Center – Bronx
- Mind-Builders Creative Arts Center – Bronx
- New York Botanical Garden – Bronx
- Pregones/PRTT – Bronx
- Van Cortlandt House Museum – Bronx
- Wave Hill – Bronx
NYC Culture Pass Brooklyn
- Brooklyn Botanic Garden – Brooklyn
- Brooklyn Children's Museum – Brooklyn
- Brooklyn Museum – Brooklyn
- Brooklyn Music School – Brooklyn
- International Studio & Curatorial Program – Brooklyn
- Wyckoff House Museum – Brooklyn
NYC Culture Pass Staten Island
- Alice Austen House – Staten Island
- Historic Richmond Town – Staten Island
- Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art – Staten Island
- National Lighthouse Museum – Staten Island
- The Noble Maritime Collection – Staten Island
- Staten Island Museum – Staten Island
NYC Culture Pass Queens
- CreArtBox – Queens
- Flushing Town Hall – Queens
- Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning – Queens
- King Manor Museum – Queens
- Kings Theatre – Brooklyn
- Kupferberg Center for the Arts – Queens
- Lewis H. Latimer House Museum – Queens
- MoMA PS1 – Queens
- Museum of the Moving Image – Queens
- Noguchi Museum – Queens
- Queens Botanical Garden – Queens
- Queens Historical Society – Queens
- Queens Museum – Queens
- SculptureCenter – Queens
How to get a New York Culture Pass
The process is pretty quick and easy but you do need to to sign up for two separate things (both are free if you live in NYC).
- Get a NYC Library Card
To qualify for a free public library card in New York City, you must be a resident of New York State or work for a company or go to school in New York City.
It's very easy to apply for one and it can all be done online by going to https://www.nypl.org/library-card
Once you've done that you'll be issued a library card number and you'll also be sent a physical library card!
- Register for your Culture Pass NYC
The next step is easy once you've got the library card. Go to https://www.culturepass.nyc/and look at the top menu.
Click on “Reserve a Pass” and select your library system, then log in with your library card information.
- Browse through all the Attractions and select one
Now that you're logged in, you can see all the attractions we listed above and find one that interests you. Not all locations are available at all times, and sometimes there's a wait to get yourself a pass this way but if you plan ahead you should be able to find what you're looking for.
- Select “Show first available offer”
If you find the attraction you're looking for, you can go ahead and select to show the first available offer.
This will suggest a day of the week and possibly give you the option to reserve a different day. For the less popular attractions you'll see lots of options and for others, you might have to check back later.
- Print or download your pass
Once you've reserved, you'll receive a pass and you can go to your location!
How to get a New York Culture Pass
Other things you can do with a New York Public Library Card
ALSO, in addition to all that culture, you can also stream almost 30,000 movies FOR FREE using your library card with Kanopy! I mean… It's like the deal that keeps on giving.
Finally you can download audiobooks using the app, Libby.