Museum Passport Program

Museum Passport Program

Explore some of the Delaware Valley’s most exciting sites available using passes available from Tredyffrin Public Library & Paoli Library. 

With your library card it’s easy and free.

New! Print & Go Passes

There is no need to come to the library to check these passes out and nothing to return!  Enjoy the convenience of printing them from your home printer (after reserving them here).

Print and Go passes include The Academy of Natural Sciences, Grounds for Sculpture, Lancaster Science Factory, Mütter Museum, National Museum of American Jewish History, Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Museum, and the Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center.

Passes must be used on the day for which it is reserved.

Reserve passes for any day that the museum is open . . . even if the library is closed.   If you do not have a printer at home, passes may be reserved and printed at the library.

  • The passport covers entrance fees and in some cases includes a discount at museum shops and restaurants
  • One pass at a time per household

Pick-up Passes

Pick-up Passes are physical passes that are checked out at the library with your library card. These museum passes can be reserved online for pick up at either Paoli Library or Tredyffrin Public Library. They must be picked up from and returned to the circulation desk of that library.

How does the Museum Passport Program Work for Pick-up Passes?

  • Select one of the locations to visit
  • Reservations can be placed up to 60 days in advance. Note: Passes must be picked up at & returned to the library who owns the pass
  • Check out a Passport Kit at the Circulation Desk on Day 1
  • Return the Passport Kit by the end of Day 3. The late fee is hefty: $25 per day
  • You can cancel a reservation using the My Passes option on the upper right corner of Tixkeeper
    • Within 24 hours of your reservation, online cancellation will be unavailable. Call the library who owns the pass to cancel
      • Tredyffrin Public Library: 610.688.7092
      • Paoli Library: 610.296.7996
  • Lost pass fees depend on the price of the museum. The cost for each Museum Passport Kit range from $60 to $250.
  • The passport covers entrance fees and in some cases includes a discount at museum shops and restaurants
  • One pass at a time per household

Frequently Asked Questions

See the Complete List of Museums with Admission Terms

Participating Museums for Paoli Library

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University ( Print & Go)
  • Chanticleer Gardens: Open March-October
  • Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Elmwood Park Zoo
  • Morris Arboretum
  • Museum of the American Revolution
  • University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Wharton Esherick Museum: Closed January and February
    • Please note: Pass holders still must make an appointment at the Wharton Esherick Museum via phone

Sponsored by the Friends of Paoli Library

Participating Museums for Tredyffrin Public Library

Click on the museum name for admission terms and more information:

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University ( Print & Go)
  • Battleship New Jersey: Hours vary seasonally
    • Ship will close for tours on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • Chanticleer Gardens: Open March-October
  • Colonial Plantation: Open weekends from April-November
    • PLEASE NOTE:  Pass is NOT valid Special Ticketed Events
  • Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Elmwood Park Zoo
  • Ephrata Cloister
  • Fort Mifflin: Open March – December
  • Glencairn Museum
    • There is restricted access to the galleries on weekdays (Tues-Fri) EXCEPT FOR TOURS and during the Christmas season. TOURS ARE REQUIRED TUES-FRI (Free with Library Pass).  To make an appointment for a tour call 267-502-2600
      • Highlights Tour: Tues.-Fri. 2:30pm  Weekends 1:00, 2:30 & 3:00 pm
      • “Time Travelers”: A Family Backpack Tour – Weekends 1:45 pm
    • The Museum is closed Mondays and some major holidays.
    • Glencairn Museum reserves the right to close to the general public for special events throughout the year. Please call 267.502.2600 before your visit to see if there are any closings.
  • Grounds for Sculpture ( Print & Go)
    • Check website for holiday hours and closings.
    • Grounds For Sculpture reserves the right to close to the general public for special events throughout the year.
  • Independence Seaport Museum
    • WINTER HOURS: The Museum is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays through March 31.  Also open on select Monday holidays.  Please check the museum website for more information.
      CLOSED Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.
  • Insectarium and Butterfly Museum ( Print & Go)
  • Lancaster Science Factory ( Print & Go)
  • Magic Gardens
    • Please visit the website for changes to normal hours.
  • Morris Arboretum
  • Museum of American Jewish History ( Print & Go)
  • Museum of the American Revolution
  • Mütter Museum ( Print & Go)
    • Closed Thanksgiving, Dec. 24, Dec. 25, and New Years Day.
  • National Constitution Center
  • Pennyslvania Academy of Fine Arts
    • Closed Mondays and legal holidays.
  • Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center: Open Wednesdays through Sundays, April – October ( Print & Go)
  • Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
  • University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Wharton Esherick Museum: Closed January and February
    • Please note: Pass holders still must make an appointment at the Wharton Esherick Museum via phone

Sponsored by the Friends of Tredyffrin Public Library


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the loan period for museum passes?

For museums that participate in print-on-demand, the loan period is one day. Simply reserve, print your pass & make your visit! There is nothing to pick up or return.

All other museum passes loan for three days. Day one is the day you pick up the pass. You have the pass for the entirety of day two. On day three, the pass is due back to the circulation desk by closing time. Do not place museum pass kits in the book drops.

How often may I borrow a pass?

Patrons may borrow a pass for a specific institution only once in sixty days, however multiple passes can be borrowed within a sixty day period. Only one pass per household can be borrowed at a time.

Am I able to cancel my reservation?

You can cancel your reservation through tixkeeper or by calling the library who owns the pass.

What if I can’t pick up the pass until the next morning after the reservation date? 

If you cannot pick up your pass on the first day of your reservation, please call the library on the pick-up day.  If possible, your pass will be available for you to pick up on the following day.  Please note that you will have one fewer day to use the pass.

What happens if I do not pick up my pass on the day it is reserved? 

If you do not notify the library and do not pick up your pass, you will forfeit your reservation.  The first time you fail to pick up your reserved pass you will receive a warning notice.  The second time you fail to either cancel your reservation or pick up, you will be unable to make a reservation for six months.

How do I return the pass?

Return the pass back to the library that owns that pass during open hours. Return locations are the adult department circulation desk at TPL or the Paoli Library circulation desk. Do not place the pass in book drops.

Are advanced reservations allowed?

Yes, they may be reserved up to 60 days in advance using Tixkeeper.

Who can borrow a pass?

Only adult patrons are eligible to borrow passes.

What are the late fees?

Late passes are subject to a $25/day fee.

May I reserve a pass by phone?

Yes, staff will gladly make your reservation in TixKeeper if you do not have access to a computer or need assistance. All reservations go through the Tixkeeper system.