WCPL can loan families free or discounted passes to several local attractions. Each of the passes gives entry to 2-5 persons in the same family!
ORCall 610-696-7985 to speak with a staff member and reserve a pass today. Passes are limited and are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
PARTICIPATING MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS:
Note: We recommend calling ahead to confirm hours and any reservation requirements.
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum! They are dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science. Explore this attraction for exhibits on wildlife, butterflies, dinosaurs, and all things natural!
PASS DETAILS:Print & Go Pass. 2 adults and up to 5 children. Please also reserve a timed ticket at https://bit.ly/ANSMuseumPass before you visit. You will need to enter the Reservation Code printed on the pass. Please bring pass and timed tickets with you to the museum.
Image courtesy of Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, www.ansp.org
Museum of the American Revolution
"When the Museum of the American Revolution opened its doors on April 19, 2017, it fulfilled a promise – made more than a century ago – to create a museum dedicated to telling the rich and complex story of our nation’s founding. Since then, we have delivered an exceptional experience to hundreds of thousands of visitors and established ourselves as a destination that brings history to life in a unique and powerful way."
PASS DETAILS:Up to 2 adults and 4 youth (ages 6 – 17); children 5 and under are free.
Image and description courtesy of Museum of the American Revolution, www.amrevmuseum.org
Chester County History Center
Founded in 1893, the Chester County History Center (formerly the Chester County Historical Society) is the official county history museum, education center, and repository of Chester County, PA. Visit their permanent and rotating exhibits in a 56,000 square foot history center in downtown West Chester, featuring locally crafted Grandfather Clocks, furniture from the early 1700s, over 200 quilts, and a historic clothing collection dating from the 1700s to today!
CCHC is a member of the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) Association. The library's CCHC membership pass offers reduced or free entry to a number of regional museums. Please note that the museum/institution must be 16 miles or farther from West Chester per NARM rules. Click here for a map and list of museums within 50 miles of West Chester. A more complete list of regional museums, including those in New York city, is available here. We strongly recommend calling the museum you are interested in visiting to verify NARM membership and any restrictions.
PASS DETAILS:Up to 2 adults, 3 children.
Image courtesy of Chester County Historical Society, www.chestercohistorical.org/
Brandywine River Museum of Art and Brandywine Conservancy
The Brandywine Conservancy & Museum of Art preserves and presents elements of art and nature that highlight the extraordinary beauty of the Brandywine region in Pennsylvania and Delaware.
PASS DETAILS:Up to 4 people, adults and/or children.
Lancaster Science Factory
An interactive Science Center for kids in grades K-8 and their families, with more than 70 hands-on STEM exhibits and a brand new maker space. VisitLancaster Science Factoryfor current hours and exhibits.
PASS DETAILS:Free general admission for up to 5 people. Print-and-Go pass. Please make your reservation and print out your pass. Bring it with you when you visit the Science Factory.
A world-famous garden attraction right here in Chester County, Longwood Gardens are a 'living expression' of what founder Pierre S. du Pont loved and found beautiful. Catch an awe-inspiring fountain show, stroll through beautiful gardens blooming differently in every season, see a holiday light extravaganza, and experience a variety of fun educational programming.
Please note - these passes are in extremely high demand. If you find you cannot pick up the pass you reserved please cancel your reservation so that someone else may use it. No-shows for picks will be blocked from making reservations for two months.
PASS DETAILS:Up to 8 people; children 4 and under are free.
Image courtesy of Longwood Gardens,www.longwoodgardens.org
Mt. Cuba Center
Mt. Cuba Center is a beautiful botanic garden in Delaware's Brandywine Valley committed to the conservation of native plants and their habitats. Gardens open spring through late fall and classes offered year-round. Gardens open for general admission April through November.
PASS DETAILS:Entry for up to 4 adults; children 5 and under are free. Admission to the gardens only; special events, programs requiring advanced registration, and classes not included.
Image courtesy of Mt. Cuba Center,mtcubacenter.org
HOW IT WORKS:
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Reservationscan be placed up to 60 days in advance. You can make your reservation online, or call the library to make one over the phone. (610-696-7985)
“Pick-Up Passes” must be picked up and returned to the West Chester Public Library main or Children’s circulation desk during regular business hours. Do not drop the passes in the outside book drops, or at any other Chester County library. Check out a pass at the Children’s circulation desk on Day 1. Return the pass to the main or Children’s circulation desk before closing on day 3.
The late fee for “Pick-Up Passes” is $25 per day. Passes need to be returned on time so others may use them. Thank you for your consideration of others who are waiting to use the pass.
Lost pass fees depend on the price of the museum pass. The cost for each pass ranges from $100 to $300.
“Print and 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. 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.
You can cancel a reservation via the MY ACCOUNT link in the top right corner. Use your barcode (or username works too) and PIN to log in. You can also cancel a reservation by calling the library.
There is no charge to reserve a museum pass, and some passes provide discounts at museum shops and restaurants!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is there a charge to reserve a pass? There is no charge.
Who can reserve a pass? Valid Chester County Library System card holders who are 18 years or older, and with unexpired library accounts with no fines, can reserve a pass. You will not be able to reserve a pass if you have any library fines, an expired card, or are under 18 years old.
How do I reserve a museum pass? You can reserve a museum pass online through TixKeeper, or by calling the library at 610-696-1721.
Do I need my library card to pick up the museum pass? Yes, you will need to present the library card that you used when reserving the museum pass to pick it up, unless your record indicates that someone else is authorized to pick up your materials.
What is the loan period for museum passes? Physical museum passes (i.e. not “print-and-go” passes) loan for three days. Day 1 is the day that you pick up the pass. You have the pass for the entirety of day 2. On day 3, the pass is due back to the main or Children’s circulation desk by the library’s closing time. Do not drop the pass kit into the book drops or return it to any other Chester County library. Print-and-go passes must be reserved for the “day of use,” meaning you must reserve, print out, and use the pass on the day you’d like to visit the museum. The printed out pass is not valid on any other day.
How far in advance can I reserve a pass? Reservations can be made up to 21 days in advance.
How many people are admitted to a museum per pass? The membership conditions of each museum vary and are listed next to each museum on the TixKeeper website. Reports from a museum of pass misuse by a library patron will result in a suspension from the Museum Pass Program.
How many passes can I reserve per day/month? One museum pass can be reserved per day per library card. Note: Additional limits may be imposed to ensure equitable use during times of anticipated high usage like holidays or school vacation breaks.
What are the late fees? Late passes are subject to a $20/day fee. You will be responsible for the replacement cost for any lost, or damaged, museum passes. The cost for each pass ranges from $100 to $300. Passes need to be returned on time so others may use them. Thank you for your consideration of others who are waiting to use the pass.
What if I can’t pick up the museum pass until after the reservation date? You can cancel your museum pass reservation on TixKeeper. If you cannot pick up your reserved pass, but don’t want to cancel your loan, please call the library on the first day of your reservation. If you choose to continue with your loan, please note that you will have one less day of total checkout time for the museum pass.
Where do I return my museum pass? Please return the museum pass to the West Chester Public Library main or Children’s circulation desk during business hours. Do not drop the pass into the outside book drops or return it to any other Chester County Library. Note: this does not apply to any passes that are Print-and-Go.
Can I cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation via TixKeeper, under the My Passes tab, or by calling the library at 610-696-7985.
What if I reserve a museum pass, but don’t check it out? If you do not notify the library that you cannot pick up on the day of your reservation or simply do not pick up your museum pass, you will forfeit your reservation. If you repeatedly reserve museum passes and do not pick them up, your ability to make reservations may be blocked for a period of time as these items are in high demand by community members.
Sponsorship Opportunities: Interested in becoming a sponsor of the Museum Pass Program? Please contact our Development Manager at email@example.com
Regular hours: Mon-Thurs 10am - 7pm; Fri-Sat 10am - 5pm.
Library closing 5pm, Wed. 11-23-22; CLOSED Thurs., 11-24-22; open Fri-Sat, 10am -5pm