As a reminder, we are sharing some of our passes with Diver Library in Schaghticoke.

ODD months (January, March, May, July, September, November) the following passes will reside at Diver Library, and can be picked up there:

*The EMPIRE Pass
*The Bennington Museum
*The Children’s Museum @ Saratoga
*Adirondack Experience (The museum will reopen on Friday, May 24, 2019)
*USS Slater (Open to Visitors: April-November, Wednesday-Sunday, 10AM-4PM)
*The Wild Center (Wild Walk will reopen in May 2019 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays beginning Friday, May 3, 2019, weather permitting.)

Even months (February, April, June, August, October, December), these passes will reside at Valley Falls Free Library, and can be picked up there.

For all other passes, one pass will be located at each library permanently.

Here are some things that you will need to know:

Patrons may request a reservation for a pass up to a week ahead of the desired day of use by calling either library, emailing the request to circulation@valleyfallslibrary.org. or director@diverlibrary.org, or requesting at the circulation desk. Passes that are located at the other library will be put in the ILL courier bin and sent to the requested library pick up location. Passes not picked up the day of the reservation will become available to other patrons.

Patrons may wait for the pass to be delivered via courier to the requesting library, or go to the library holding the pass if the need is more urgent. Call for more information and to reserve passes for the places of interest to you.

Passes are checked out for three days. In special circumstances, a pass may be extended when being checked out at the circulation desk. Please let the staff know if this is necessary (for instance, if you are going on vacation in the area the museum is located). Passes cannot be renewed.


MUSEUM PASSES

The Museum Pass Program provides free or discounted, three-day use of passes to these locations:

Empire Pass

The Empire Pass is your key to all-season enjoyment at New York State Parks. It provides unlimited day-use vehicle entry to most facilities operated by New York State Parks and the State Dept. of Environmental Conservation including forests, beaches, trails and more. Learn where the Empire Pass is Accepted. There will be a $5.00 per day fee for any pass returned after the 3-day period. If the Empire Pass is lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed, there is a replacement fee of $80. The Empire Pass is usable for one motor vehicle. It does not include waiver of fees for camping, golf, museum or historic site admission and other special activity fees are not included.

The Bennington Museum is home to the largest collection of Grandma Moses paintings in the world, the great 20th-century folk artist who painted scenes of rural life embodying a sense of an idyllic bygone America. A selection of her works is always on view. With the museum’s introduction of “Creative Collisions,” visitors discover works by Grandma Moses side-by-side with galleries of Military History which focuses on the Revolutionary War battle named after the town of Bennington.  The gallery also highlights the industrial and cultural innovation of our region’s Gilded Age through objects that were either made or owned in Bennington and the surrounding region or created by artists with connections to the area, a Modernism exhibition featuring works from the early 1950s through the mid-1970s created by a group of avant-garde artists working in and around Bennington who led the nation in artistic thought and innovation, and so much more.

THE BENNINGTON MUSEUM PASS POLICY
Museum passes may be borrowed by Valley Falls Free Library and Diver Library cardholders who live in the Library districts and are 18 years of age and older. Passes may be checked out for a 3-day period. Pass must be returned to the library desk, DO NOT place in book drop. There will be a $5.00 per day fee for any pass returned after the 3-day period. There will be a $100 replacement fee for a lost museum pass. The museum pass will allow admission for 2 adults. Children under 18 are free.

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.

THE HYDE COLLECTION MUSEUM PASS POLICY

Museum passes may be borrowed by Valley Falls Free Library and Diver Library cardholders who live in the Library districts and are 18 years of age and older. Passes may be checked out for a 3-day period. Pass must be returned to the library desk, DO NOT place in book drop. There will be a $5.00 per day fee for any pass returned after the 3-day period. There will be a $100 replacement fee for a lost museum pass. The museum pass will allow admission for 2 adults and 2 children.

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.

ALBANY INSTITUTE OF HISTORY AND ART PASS BORROWING POLICY

Museum passes may be borrowed by Valley Falls Free Library and Diver Library cardholders who live in the Library districts and are 18 years of age and older. Passes may be checked out for a 3-day period. Pass must be returned to the library desk, DO NOT place in book drop. There will be a $5.00 per day fee for any pass returned after the 3-day period.  There will be a $100 replacement fee for a lost museum pass. The museum pass will allows admission for 2 adults and all children.

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.

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM PASS BORROWING POLICY

Museum passes may be borrowed by Valley Falls Free Library and Diver Library cardholders who live in the Library districts and are 18 years of age and older. Passes may be checked out for a 3-day period. Pass must be returned to the library desk, DO NOT place in book drop. There will be a $5.00 per day fee for any pass returned after the 3-day period. There will be a $125 replacement fee for a lost museum pass. The museum pass will allow admission for any 4 people.

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.

MISCI MUSEUM AND SPACE PASS BORROWING POLICY

Museum passes may be borrowed by Valley Falls Free Library and Diver Library cardholders who live in the Library districts and are 18 years of age and older. Passes may be checked out for a 3-day period. Pass must be returned to the library desk, DO NOT place in book drop. There will be a $5.00 per day fee for any pass returned after the 3-day period. There will be a $200 replacement fee for a lost museum pass. The museum pass will allow admission for any 2 adults and all children under the age of 18 residing in the household.

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 ADIRONDACK EXPERIENCE PASS BORROWING POLICY

Museum passes may be borrowed by Valley Falls Free Library and Diver Library cardholders who live in the Library districts and are 18 years of age and older. Passes may be checked out for a 3-day period. Pass must be returned to the library desk, DO NOT place in book drop. There will be a $5.00 per day fee for any pass returned after the 3-day period. There will be a $75 replacement fee for a lost museum pass. The museum pass will allow a 50% discount on admission for up to 4 adults or 2 adults and all children under the age of 18, when presented along with their library card.

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 CLARK ART INSTITUTE PASS BORROWING POLICY

Museum passes may be borrowed by Valley Falls Free Library and Diver Library cardholders who live in the Library districts and are 18 years of age and older. Passes may be checked out for a 3-day period. Pass must be returned to the library desk, DO NOT place in book drop. The pass can only be used ONCE a day. There will be a $5.00 per day fee for any pass returned after the 3-day period. There will be a $50 replacement fee for a lost museum pass. The museum pass will allow admission for one adult admission per day.

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.

USS SLATER MUSEUM PASS BORROWING POLICY

Museum passes may be borrowed by Valley Falls Free Library and Diver Library cardholders who live in the Library districts and are 18 years of age and older. Passes may be checked out for a 3-day period. Pass must be returned to the library desk, DO NOT place in book drop. There will be a $5.00 per day fee for any pass returned after the 3-day period. There will be a $60 replacement fee for a lost museum pass. The museum pass will allow admission for 2 adults and 2 children.

 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.

THE WILD CENTER PASS POLICY

Passes may be borrowed by Valley Falls Free Library and Diver Library cardholders who live in the Library districts and are 18 years of age and older. Passes may be checked out for a 3-day period. Pass must be returned to the library desk, DO NOT place in book drop. There will be a $5.00 per day fee for any pass returned after the 3-day period. There will be a $100 replacement fee for a lost museum pass. The pass will allow admission for 2 adults for a discounted entry price of $10 each and all children 17 and under for FREE.