We have more than just books and movies at the library! Here are some things that are available for you to check out:
The Museum Pass Program provides free or discounted, three-day use of passes to these locations:
The Hyde opened as a museum in 1963. A product of the golden age of the private art collector, The Hyde is one of the Northeast’s exceptional small art museums with distinguished collections of European and American art. The core collection, acquired by Museum founders Louis and Charlotte Hyde, includes works by such artists as Sandro Botticelli, El Greco, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Edgar Degas, Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and American artists Thomas Eakins, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, and James McNeill Whistler. The Museum’s collection of Modern and Contemporary art features works by artists including Josef Albers, Dorothy Dehner, Sam Gilliam, Adolph Gottlieb, Grace Hartigan, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, George McNeil, Robert Motherwell, Ben Nicholson, Robert Rauschenberg, and Bridget Riley. Today, it presents changing exhibitions in its five galleries, as well as lectures, cultural events, family activities, and school programming in its museum complex and historic house in downtown Glens Falls.
Founded in 1791, the Albany Institute of History & Art is one of the oldest museums in the United States. It also is the major repository for the region’s heritage, with nationally significant collections. 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. Also, there is a Empire State Museums Reciprocal Program which gives members free admission to and museum shop discounts at selected museums in New York state.
The Children’s Museum at Saratoga is dedicated to creating an interactive community that inspires curiosity, sparks imagination and nurtures discovery.
The Museum is also committed to fostering active parent involvement in children’s learning, to serving as a resource for school districts in the area, and to ensuring that its programs and services are accessible to all children.
Museum of Innovation and Science or miSci, all of the exhibits, programs, and events are designed with this mission in mind: to inspire people to celebrate and explore science and technology, past present, and future. The MiSci Space Pass also includes admission to the Suits-Bueche Planetarium, and the pass is part of the Empire State Museums Reciprocal Membership Program.
The Adirondack Experience: Breathtaking natural beauty. Surprising and inspiring stories. Rich traditions of progress and preservation. There is no other place in the world like the Adirondacks. And there’s no better place to experience it all than right here. Formerly known as the Adirondack Museum, the Adirondack Experience will take you on an unforgettable, interactive journey that brings the spirit of the region and its people to life.
The Clark Art Institute is one of only a handful of institutions globally with a dual mission as an art museum and a distinguished center for research and higher education, dedicated to advancing and extending the public understanding of art.
The USS SLATER: 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. The USS Slater Museum on the Hudson River in Albany is the only one of the ships that remains afloat in the United States. The USS SLATER has undergone an extensive restoration that has returned the ship to her former glory. The museum offers hour-long guided tours.
Explore The Wild Center and its new Wild Walk—an elevated trail across the Adirondack treetops. Find new ways to connect with nature through outdoor experiences like iForest and guided canoe and stand up paddleboard trips, and explore a 54,000-square-foot museum with live animals and hands-on everything.
Call for more information and to reserve passes for the places of interest to you.