WJML is pleased to to offer you FREE admission passes to more than 20 museum and cultural attractions located nearby, in Philadelphia and surrounding counties, as well as New Jersey. There is something for everyone: race cars and helicopters, gardens and zoos, archaeology, history, and the fine arts.
– Are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To check the status of a pass, you may search the catalog under “Museum Pass” (click here) or call the library at 610-828-0441.
– If the pass you are looking for is in, we will hold it for you for one hour (due to demand.)
– May be checked out with an ADULT library card for 3 days.
– There is a limit of one pass per family.
– Must be picked up and returned to the William Jeanes Memorial Library.
– The number of guests admitted with each pass will vary, but each pass admits at least 2 adults and 2 children to the general exhibits only, not special exhibits or classes.
Following is a list of the locations for which we have passes, as well as a description of each attraction taken from their website, along with the address and phone number.
“A leading natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science. Philadelphia’s natural history museum offers surprises for all ages, from changing interactive science exhibits to a children’s discovery center, a fossil dig, and opportunities to interact with real science experts.” Location: 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Phone (215) 299-1000. Visit ansp.org or call for hours.
“Tells the story of African Americans in all its permutations: family life, the Civil Rights movement, arts and entertainment, sports, medicine, architecture, politics, religion, law and technology.” Location: 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Phone (215)574-0380. Visit www.aampmuseum.org or call for hours.
AMERICAN HELICOPTER MUSEUM AND EDUCATION CENTER
The Helicopter Museum Pass program has been discontinued as of 12/31/16.
“America’s most decorated Battleship is now the area’s most exciting museum, open for tours, events and overnight encampments. Exploring ‘BB62’ is experiencing history in a whole new way. Not only do you see exhibits of artifacts from the ship’s past, but you are put into the exhibit as you go through the tour route.” Location: 62 Battleship Place, Camden, NJ 08103. Phone (866) 877-6262. Visit battleshipnewjersey.org or call for hours.
“Houses dozens of automobiles, trucks, and motorcycles that were manufactured right here in Pennsylvania while the industry was still in its infancy. Prior to that time, the region produced multitudes of horse-drawn vehicles, of which many examples can be found at the Museum.” Location: 85 South Walnut Street, Boyertown, PA 19512. Phone (610)367-2090. Visit boyertownmuseum.org or call for hours.
“A fun, interactive and educational environment for children, parents and schools with exhibits that reflect Bucks County’s unique history and culture.” Location: 500 Union Square Drive, New Hope PA 18938. Phone (215)693-1290. Visit buckskids.org or call for hours.
“Chanticleer has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America. The garden is a study of textures and forms, where foliage trumps flowers… It is a garden of pleasure and learning, relaxing yet filled with ideas to take home.” Location: 786 Church Road, Wayne, PA 19087. Phone: (610) 687-4163. Visit chanticleergarden.org or call for hours.
“Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America’s most notorious criminals, including ‘Slick Willie’ Sutton and ‘Scarface’ Al Capone.” Please note: this pass does not include admission to The Terror Behind the Walls attraction. Location: 2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130. Phone: (215) 236-3300. Visit www.easternstate.org or call for hours.
“Currently maintains a collection of over 100 species primarily indigenous to the Americas. Highlights of the collection include bald and golden eagles, Chacoan peccaries, howler monkeys, bighorn sheep and timber wolves.” Location: 1661 Harding Blvd, Norristown, PA 19401. Phone: (800) 652-4143. Visit elmwoodparkzoo.org or call for hours.
“Serves as a museum of religious art and history. Visitors explore beliefs and practices through renowned art collections, including ancient Egyptian, ancient Greek and Roman, medieval Christian, Islamic, Asian, and American Indian. [The founder]’s collection of medieval stained glass and sculpture is considered to be one of the country’s finest.” Location: 1001 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania, 19009. Phone (267) 502-2600. Visit glencairnmuseum.org or call for hours.
Please Note: GLENCAIRN MUSEUM has changed their visitor policy. All visitors must now make a (free) tour reservation in advance. See this page of their website for more details: https://glencairnmuseum.org/visiting-the-museum
“Please contact the Museum for reservations. Tour size is limited. If you arrive without a reservation and the tour is full you will be turned away. To avoid disappointment we strongly recommend making a tour reservation. Please call 267.502.2990 when you are ready to schedule your tour or click here to book a tour via email.“
“An evolving permanent outdoor collection, seasonal exhibitions, and educational programs designed to facilitate the understanding of and appreciation for contemporary sculpture.” Location: 80 Sculptors Way, Hamilton, NJ 08619. Phone (609)586-0616. Visit groundsforsculpture.org or call for hours.
“Primary repository of art, artifacts and archival materials documenting the diverse maritime history of the Greater Delaware Valley.” Location: 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106. Phone (215)413-8655. Visit phillyseaport.org or call for hours.
“A National Historic Landmark maintained as a ‘working history’ museum. Handmade tiles are still produced in a manner similar to that developed by the pottery’s founder and builder, Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930). Mercer was a major proponent of the Arts & Crafts Movement in America.” Location: 130 E Swamp Rd, Doylestown, PA 18901. Phone: (215) 348-6098. http://buckscounty.org/government/MoravianPotteryTileworks/MoravianPotteryandTileWorks or call for hours.
“A historic public garden and educational institution. It promotes an understanding of the relationship between plants, people and place through programs that integrate science, art and the humanities.” Location: 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Phone (215) 247-5777. Visit business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum or call for hours.
“From the early stirrings of unrest in Boston to the opening shots of the War of Independence, and from signing of the Declaration of Independence to the creation of the American Republic, the Museum’s core exhibition explores the ideas, events, and legacies of America’s revolutionary beginnings.” Location: 101 South Third Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Phone: (215) 253-6731. Visit https://www.amrevmuseum.org/ or call for hours.
America’s finest museum of medical history, the Mütter Museum displays its beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a 19th-century “cabinet museum” setting. The museum helps the public understand the mysteries and beauty of the human body and to appreciate the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease. Location: 19 S. 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Phone (215) 560-8564. Visit http://muttermuseum.org/ or call for hours.
“Brings the United States Constitution to life by hosting interactive exhibits and constitutional conversations and inspires active citizenship by celebrating the American constitutional tradition.” Location: 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Phone (215)409-6600. Visit constitutioncenter.org or call for hours.
Check out their interactive Constitution here!
“Dedicated to preserving America’s heritage of freedom by encouraging people to find their own place in the story of liberty. Visitors to the Museum enjoy an inspiring and entertaining experience, as they interact with incredible stories of heroes and a collection of contemporary art.” Location: 321 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Phone: (215) 925-2800. Visit libertymuseum.org or call for hours.
“Its purpose is to connect Jews more closely to their heritage and to inspire in people of all backgrounds a greater appreciation for the diversity of the American Jewish experience.” Location: 101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, PA. 19106. Phone: (215)923-3811. Visit www.nmajh.org or call for hours.
“The national historic landmark home is open for guided tours which feature her Nobel and Pulitzer prizes on display; the desk where Ms. Buck penned her novel The Good Earth, gifts from luminaries like the Dali Lama and President Richard Nixon; photos of President John F. Kennedy and Eleanor Roosevelt; paintings from renowned artists, and so much more.” Location: 520 Dublin Road, Perkasie, PA 18944. Phone: (215) 249-0100. Visit pearlsbuck.org/pearlbuckhouse or call for tour information.
“One of the world’s great archaeology and anthropology research museums, and the largest university museum in the United States. With roughly one million objects in our care, the Penn Museum encapsulates and illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from.” Location: 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. Phone (215) 898-4000. Visit www.penn.museum or call for hours.
“PAFA’s museum is internationally known for its collections of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. Its archives house important materials for the study of American art history, museums, and art training.” Location: 118 North Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102. Phone (215) 972-7600. Visit pafa.org/museum or call for hours.
“Philadelphia’s newest science museum showcase(s) one of the most diverse living arthropod collections in the United States. With two floors of new museum exhibits, a 7,000 square foot tropical butterfly pavilion, and Next Generation aligned educational programming, we offer a unique and interactive experience for all to enjoy. We are fully committed to educating the public about the environmental importance of arthropods. Our community events, classes, and free programs help us to teach individuals about the ecology of the most important group of animals in the world: insects!” Location: 8046 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19136 Phone (215) 335-9500
“Spanning half a block on Philadelphia’s famous South Street, the museum includes an immersive outdoor art installation and indoor galleries. Zagar created the space using nontraditional materials such as folk art statues, found objects, bicycle wheels, colorful glass bottles, hand-made tiles, and thousands of glittering mirrors.” Location: 1020 South Street, Philadelphia, PA. 19147. Phone: (215)733-0390. Visit phillymagicgardens.org or call for hours.
“A dynamic center of lifelong learning and discovery, is to educate, enlighten and engage current and future generations through the collection, preservation and interpretation of objects of art, science and civilization.” Location: 500 Museum Road, Reading, PA 19611. Phone: (610)371-5850. Visit readingpublicmuseum.org or call for hours.
“Home to a collection of nearly 400,000 rare books, manuscripts, and ﬁne and decorative art objects, including some of the best-known literary and historical objects in the world, the Rosenbach serves everyone from school children and families to scholars and casual visitors from around the corner and around the globe.” Location: 2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Phone: (215)732-1600. Visit www.rosenbach.org or call for hours.
“One of the world’s greatest collections of racing sports cars. Through our theme, ‘The Spirit of Competition,’ we celebrate the history and evolution of these magnificent machines.” Location: 6825 Norwitch Drive, Philadelphia PA 19153. Phone (215) 365-7233. Visit simeonemuseum.org or call for hours.
“Tells the story of Philadelphia’s art and artists through a broad range of exhibitions, music events, classes, lectures, and programs.” Location: 9201 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Phone (215) 247-0476. Visit woodmereartmuseum.org or call for hours.
*Indicates passes purchased with funds from The Friends of the William Jeanes Memorial Library.