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Brooklyn, New York, and Queens Public Library Systems’ Culture Pass Initiative Launches Online Programming with 40 NYC Museums and Cultural Institutions Offering Nearly 70 Programs This Summer

Brooklyn, NY
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Available Free of Charge to Children and Adults Runs Through August 30, 2020

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), The New York Public Library (NYPL, serving Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island), and Queens Public Library (QPL) announced that their joint initiative Culture Pass will launch a series of online arts and culture programs in collaboration with 40 NYC museums and cultural institutions. Culture Pass was created in 2018 as a city-wide program providing free access to cultural institutions across the five boroughs to NYC library card holders.

Programs will be available free of charge throughout the summer with diverse offerings for all ages, from exploring Native American history to learning how to cook Colonial style, to understanding the census, to creating your own amusement park style games. Programs will be offered by dozens of institutions, including The Drawing Center, Museum of Chinese in America, Noguchi Museum, Brooklyn Children's Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance, Historic Richmond Town, Children's Museum of Manhattan, Bronx Music Heritage Center, New York Botanical Garden, Wave Hill, Museum at Eldridge Street, and The Frick Collection, among many others. As New York City cultural institutions develop more digital programs in collaboration with the initiative, they will be added to the platform at

While many museums and cultural institutions’ physical locations remain closed due to COVID-19, this library-led initiative provides the public with an array of new digital programs for children and adults that can be accessed from anywhere with the click of a mouse. As city and state regulations allow for cultural institutions to safely reopen, the libraries will be working closely with their partners to resume regular Culture Pass services. In the interim, Culture Pass will continue to serve library patrons through its virtual offerings. Frequently asked questions about accessing Culture Pass digital programming and status updates for in-person passes can be found here

To date, Culture Pass has provided more than 100,000 free passes to museums, gardens, historical societies, performance venues, and other cultural institutions. Through this new digital initiative, Culture Pass is providing arts programming from New York City’s most distinguished cultural institutions free of charge to people everywhere. 

Culture Pass is made possible through generous funding from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), Charles H. Revson Foundation, The New York Community Trust, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

The list of Culture Pass institutional partners follows below. For more details on Culture Pass and registration links, visit

Institutions offering digital programs through Culture Pass as of July 16, 2020. 

  • Alice Austen House Museum
  • Bronx Music Heritage Center
  • Bronx Opera Company
  • Brooklyn Children's Museum
  • Brooklyn Historical Society
  • Children’s Museum of the Arts
  • Children's Museum of Manhattan
  • Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance
  • The Drawing Center
  • Dyckman Farmhouse
  • The Frick Collection
  • Hi-ARTS
  • Historic Richmond Town
  • International Studio & Curatorial Program
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
  • Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning
  • King Manor Museum
  • Lewis H. Latimer House Museum
  • Lower Manhattan Cultural Council
  • Museum of Arts and Design
  • Museum at Eldridge Street
  • Museum of Chinese in America
  • Museum of the City of New York 
  • Museum of the Moving Image
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • New York Transit Museum
  • Noguchi Museum
  • Poster House
  • Queens Botanical Garden
  • Queens Historical Society
  • The Shed
  • Society of Illustrators
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • Swiss Institute
  • Target Margin Theatre
  • Van Cortlandt House Museum
  • Wave Hill
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Wyckoff House Museum


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