Museum Pass Program

Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Bernardsville Library, passes are available, once museums can re-open after the COVID-19 pandemic, for:

American Museum of Natural History (New York City)**
The American Museum of Natural History, (AMNH), has a voucher program; library card holders may request two vouchers per household address every six months. These vouchers are for one-time use and are not returned to the library.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (New York City)

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (New York City)

• Montclair Art Museum (Montclair, NJ)

The Morris Museum (Morristown, NJ)

Liberty Science Center also gives Bernardsville Library cardholders a $3 discount if they present their library cards when purchasing admission. Each person presenting a library card is entitled to this discount.

Who may borrow museum passes?

Bernardsville Library users with a current Bernardsville Library card.

Are there other rules about borrowing the passes?

Yes, there are several. Only one museum pass at a time can be checked out to a household. Once a museum pass has been checked out to a particular museum, the household members must wait 30 calendar days before taking out that same pass again.

Because of the high demand for American Museum of Natural History vouchers and to maximize the number of people who can take advantage of our Museum Pass program, we limit each household address to two vouchers every six months.

How long may I keep a pass? 

Four days. (Does not apply to AMNH.)

Who may use the pass with me?

Every museum has different rules about their pass. Please check the guidelines for each specific pass. The guidelines are included in the museum pass packet.

How may I pick up and return a museum pass?

Museum passes are available on a first come, first served basis. You cannot reserve a pass. Passes are available at the Circulation Desk of the Bernardsville Library. Please return the pass in person to a staff member at the Circulation Desk. Do not put it in the book drop. (Does not apply to AMNH.)

What will it cost me?

It’s free (unless it’s returned late or lost). You will be required to leave a $20 refundable deposit when you check out a museum pass. This money will be returned when you return the pass and the packet. If the pass and/or packet is lost or returned late, the $20 deposit will be applied to the fine incurred.

In the event that the Morris Museum pass is lost, you will be charged $70.00. In the event that the Grounds for Sculpture pass is lost, you will be charged $75.00. If you lose the Montclair Art Museum, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, or the Cooper Hewitt pass, you will be charged $50. There is no charge if you lose the AMNH vouchers, but you will not be given replacement vouchers before six months have passed.

What if I don’t return a pass on time?

Failure to return the pass will result in a fine of $10.00 per day (with a maximum fine of being the cost of the pass). Failure to return the pass container will result in a fine of $5.00.

Do all passes work the same way?

Each museum has different guidelines for their pass. Please respect their guidelines which are included in the museum pass packet.

Who pays for the museum passes?

Museum passes have been made possible by gifts to the Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library.

Who are the Friends of the Library?

The Friends of the Bernardsville Public Library (FBPL) is the established organization that welcomes members who are interested in volunteering time and resources to the library. A non-profit organization, the Friends group is a fundraising arm of the library. Through members’ generous tax-deductible contributions, the Friends provide programs and services that cannot be funded through the library’s annual operating budget from the Borough. This includes funding for computers, books, materials, and programs that enhance the library’s offerings.

How do I join the Friends?

Anyone who makes a donation or volunteers at the library is a Friend of the library. Operated by an annually elected board, the Friends meet on the first Wednesday of every month. For more information about volunteering or to make a contribution, click here.