Visit Cultural Institutions For Free With Your Library Card

Explore New York City’s museums and attractions with Culture Pass. If you have a library card, you can get free admission to dozens of cultural institutions. Save money and discover more about your city. Culture Pass is operating with limited service and capacity due to the pandemic. Please see below for Virtual Community Programs that you can join this spring!

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Virtual Community Programming

Culture Pass is partnering with museums and theaters across the five boroughs to bring library patrons dozens of free virtual programs this spring! 

 

Events will give you and your family the chance to learn about everything from ancient Mesopotamian literature to contemporary Chinese architecture, from cooking and the cosmos to the history of air travel and stories of sunken subway cars. More programs will be added to this page as they are scheduled, so keep checking back for more opportunities to learn about all our city's cultural community has to offer.

Register in advance and you'll get an email with a direct link on the day of the event. It's as easy as signing in, kicking back, and enjoying!

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

 

APRIL
 

Goofing Around with King Manor

4/1/2021 3:00pm — REGISTER
Presented by King Manor
Explore practical jokes, riddles, and humor in the 19th century and learn how to make your own fish-themed April Fools prank game! Suitable for families and kids grades 2-6. Suggested supplies list: Craft foam, felt, fabric, or sturdy paper Clothesline clips Scissors Pens and/or pencils Markers (optional) Glue (like Elmers or Tacky glue) Decorations! (optional) Sequins, stickers, pipe cleaners -- whatever you have available!
Ages: Children, Families. Runtime: 1 hour. Language: English.

 

The Language of Art: Exploring Identity at the Jewish Museum

4/6/2021 3:00pm — REGISTER
Presented by Jewish Museum
Learn about a selection of artworks from the Jewish Museum’s stellar collection of 30,000 paintings, sculptures, and ceremonial objects. Explore the ways in which artists address themes of immigration and identity with a special focus on connections between traditional art and contemporary life.
Ages: Families / All ages. Runtime: 1 hour. Language: English.

 

Tea Time with King Manor / L'heure du thé avec King Manor

4/8/2021 3:00pm — REGISTER
Presented by King Manor
Discover 19th-century tea etiquette and learn about the beautiful patterns and designs on teaware from the 1800s -- then make your own paper teacup to display! A bilingual French/English program, suitable for families and children of all ages. Suggested supplies list: White printer paper Crayons, colored pencils, or markers Scissors Scotch tape or glue stick

Découvrir l'étiquette du thé du XIXème siècle et les jolis dessins qui décorent ses tasses et théières. Puis fait sa propre tasse de thé en 3D pour décorer sa chambre ou sa table ! Présentation bilingue anglais/français. Équipement recommandé: Papier blanc de l'imprimeur Crayons de cire ou crayons colorés Ciseaux Du scotch ou bâton de colle
Ages: Families / All Ages. Runtime: 1 hour. Language: French.

 

Intrepid Women

4/9/2021 10:00am — REGISTER
Presented by Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Women have made a significant impact on the air & space industry, from the dawn of flight, through wartime efforts, and even as pioneers in the space industry! Hear the stories of some of these brave, unsung women who paved the way for gender equality in their fields, and discover the impact their work has had on the next generation of women in STEM!
Ages: Adults, Older Adults. Runtime: 1 hour. Language: English.

 

Architectural Acupuncture: How Design and Innovation Are Saving China’s Villages—and America’s Cities, too

4/14/2021 8:00pm — REGISTER
Presented by China Institute
How can design and innovation bring life back to an ailing community? It’s a global challenge. Join us as XU Tiantian, one of China’s most innovative architects, presents inspiring projects in Zhejiang’s countryside and shares notes with Joel Mills of the American Institute of Architects about how great design can make a difference. This event is co-presented with China Institute and the American Institute of Architects.
Ages: Teens, Adults, Older Adults. Runtime: 1 hour. Language: English.

 

Tiempo junto con el Guggenheim Museum Taller familiar con los abuelos Fecha

4/17/2021 10:00am — REGISTER
Presented by Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Las cuatro estaciones en el arte En este taller digital interactivo, abuelos y nietos harán un viaje juntos alrededor del sol a través de obras de arte sobre las cuatro estaciones de la Colección del Guggenheim. A medida que exploramos, recopilaremos inspiración para crear nuestras propias obras de arte multimedia con el tema de las cuatro estaciones. Materiales sugeridos: papel, materiales coloridos para dibujar, tijeras, cinta adhesiva/pegamento
Ages: Families / All Ages. Runtime: 1 hour. Language: Spanish.

 

The Evolution of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

4/20/2021 2:00pm — REGISTER
Presented by Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
In this 90-minute program, we'll explore how the Guggenheim Museum's architecture and art evolved over the decades since its founding in 1939. The founding collection championed abstract and spiritual art, with artists like Vasily Kandinsky. As the collection grew, the Guggenheim moved into its current home in the Frank Lloyd Wright building with its unique architecture that allows for inventive ways to show art. We invite participants to join the conversation as we talk about art and ideas together.
Ages: Older Adults. Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes. Language: English.

 

Creative Movement

4/22/2021 3:00pm — REGISTER
Presented by Children's Museum of the Arts
In this active remote class, children will explore storytelling and cultural connections through physical movement, dramatic play, and storytelling. Materials Needed: Comfortable clothes to move in, small space to move around, paper & favorite coloring tool (marker, colored pencil, crayon, etc.)
Ages: Children. Runtime: 40 minutes. Language: English.

 

Redbird Reef Puppets

4/24/2021 11:00am — REGISTER
Presented by New York Transit Museum
Come meet our puppet friends Cecil and Fiona and listen to a story all about Redbird Reef! Find out about retired Redbird subway cars that took a dive into the Atlantic Ocean to create a new home for fish, and make a simple hand puppet from materials we can find at home!
Ages: Children ages 4-7. Runtime: 45 minutes. Language: English.

 

Moving the Millions

4/26/2021 12:00pm — REGISTER
Presented by New York Transit Museum
Relive the experience of traveling through New York City during the early, mid, and late twentieth century! Virtually explore our collection of vintage subway and elevated cars and objects from the archive. Discover the magnitude and complexity of New York City’s public transportation system by exploring elements of construction, social history, engineering, and impact over time in this introduction to transit history.
Ages: Adults,18+. Runtime: 1 hour. Language: English.

 

Kitchen Gardening

4/27/2021 3:00pm — REGISTER
Presented by Queens Botanical Garden
In this live, virtual workshop we’ll explore the plants that are hiding in our kitchens, look for ways to grow and propagate some of them, and set up a growing chamber.
Ages: Families / All Ages. Runtime: 45 minutes. Language: English.

 

Let’s Go on an Archaeological Dig!

4/29/2021 4:00pm — REGISTER
Presented by Jewish Museum
During this hands-on, interactive program, children ages 7 through 10 will discover what happens on a real archaeological dig. They will hunt for artifacts, look closely at objects they discover, sketch what they find, and learn about the tools archaeologists use on an excavation.
Ages: Children. Runtime: 1 hour. Language: English.

 

MAY
 

Alphonse Mucha: The Paris Years

5/5/2021 4:00pm — REGISTER
Presented by Poster House
Join Poster House's Chief Curator as she explores the dawn of this legendary graphic designer's career. Learn how a serendipitous commission for Sarah Bernhardt led to making him the most in-demand commercial artist of his generation, bringing Art Nouveau to the streets.
Ages: Adults, Older Adults. Runtime: 70 minutes.. Language: English.

 

Celebremos el Cinco de Mayo

5/6/2021 3:30pm — REGISTER
Este taller de manualidades se dará en español para niños mayores de 7 años. Se utilizarán materiales de uso común en casa para crear piezas de arte y celebrar el significado histórico de esta fecha. This workshop for kids ages 7+ will be a hands-on program lead in Spanish. The project will utilize common household materials to create an artwork that will celebrate this holiday and highlight its historical significance.
Ages: Children. Runtime: 1 hour. Language: Spanish.

 

Multigenerational Family Storytelling Workshop

5/6/2021 7:00pm — REGISTER
Presented by Center for Jewish History
Bring multiple generations of your family together, no matter the distance, for a lively evening of guided storytelling. Participants will learn the importance and how-to’s of family storytelling before breaking off into family groups to explore a list of fun, meaningful questions together.
Ages: Teens, Families. Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes. Language: English.

 

It's Electric! The History Of Computers

5/8/2021 12:00pm — REGISTER
Presented by Queens Historical Society
It's Electric! The History Of Computers: Come learn about the history of early computers, their mechanical origins and the people who helped make them possible. We will also highlight the many women who contributed to the early mathematical foundations of computers, and even a few Queens residents helped establish early analog computation! You'll also get to see what it is like to be a computer processor, with a mathematical activity.

电力魔法之计算机的历史: 快来和我们一起了解一下早期计算机的历史 -- 它们的机械起源,以及让计算机成为现实的人们。 我们将重点介绍为计算机的早期数学基础做出重要贡献的许多女性,以及骄傲的皇后区居民!在他们的共同努力下,建立起了早期的模拟计算! 您还将了解到具有超强计算能力的电脑处理器到底是如何运行以及成为可能的。
Ages: Teens, Families. Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes. Language: Bilingual English & Mandarin.

 

星期四, 5月13日 傍晚6点

5/13/2021 6:00pm — REGISTER
Presented by Lewis Latimer House Museum
星期四, 5月13日 傍晚6点 线上参观路易.拉提玛故居 (中文, 45-60 分钟) 路易.拉提玛 (1848-1928) 是一位非裔美国发明家,他设计的炭质灯丝对上世纪电灯照明技术的发展起了重要的创新推动作用。 拉提玛同时还是一名逃亡奴隶之子,一位自学成才的工业制图师,专利法专家,诗人,以及画家。 在本次中文线上导览中,我们会通过视频、历史照片、实时讲解来讨论路易.拉提玛极具历史代表性的家族背景,他事业背后不为人知的故事,以及他对电气照明领域的独特贡献。我们还会了解拉提玛故居在1989年被迁址保护的奇妙历程。 
Ages: Families / All Ages. Runtime: 1 hour. Language: Mandarin.

 

Air Fair: The History of Airports in Queens

5/15/2021 12:00pm — REGISTER
Presented by Queens Historical Society
Queens currently has two incredibly busy airports, La Guardia, and JFK International. These were not the only options that Queens residents have had since the turn of the century. Queens has long been a bustling center of aviation, and travel for NYC, now more than ever. We'll go over how the Jet Age shaped Queens tourism, and what travel has been like over the decades, and the historic spaces associated with it.

Actualmente, Queens posee dos aeropuertos increíblemente ocupados: La Guardia y JFK International. Pero estos no han sido las únicas opciones que los residentes de Queens han tenido desde el siglo XX. Por un largo tiempo, Queens ha sido un bullicioso centro de aviación y para el viaje a NYC, ahora más que nunca. Hablaremos de como la Era de los Jets dio forma al turismo en Queens, y como los viajes en avión han cambiado a través de las décadas, al igual que los espacios históricos asociados a la aviación.
Ages: Families / All Ages. Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes. Language: Bilingual English & Spanish.

 

Farm-To-City

5/18/2021 6:00pm — REGISTER
Presented by Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance
Connecting the past to the present through the farming life experience in colonial times; learn about the life of the people who helped build Upper Manhattan.
Ages: Families / All Ages. Runtime: 1 hour 15 minutes. Language: English.

 

Discover China Through Art: An Online Experience

5/19/2021 4:00pm — REGISTER
Presented by China Institute
Discover China Through Art (DCTA) is China Institute Gallery’s innovative art education program. Make an introduction to Chinese art and culture through interactive docent-led Gallery Tours accompanied by informative video presentations and hands-on art workshops. Our newly launched online service will include Virtual Tours and Online Workshops.
Ages: Teens, Families. Runtime: 40 minutes. Language: English.

 

Literary Posters and Advertising

5/24/2021 7:00pm — REGISTER
Presented by Poster House
Has an image ever inspired you to read? Expand your literary poster horizons with a visual tour of historical advertisements aimed at inspiring people to read. Join poster expert and Poster House Advisory Board member Nicholas Lowry of Swann Auction Galleries as he explores and celebrates how books, reading, booksellers, publishers, and literacy itself have been promoted graphically in posters since the late 1800s.
Ages: Adults, Older Adults Runtime: 1 hour. Language: English.

 

Artists at Work: Daniel Ramos in Conversation with Monica Espinel

5/27/2021 4:00pm — REGISTER
Presented by International Studio & Curatorial Program
En diciembre del 2020, el artista estadounidense Daniel Ramos, llegó a la residencia ISCP en Brooklyn manejando una camioneta cargada con cientos de negativos fotográficos, madera recuperada y objetos encontrados en la casa de su familia en México. Para este evento, Daniel estará acompañado de la curadora independiente, Monica Espinel, quien lo entrevistará sobre la trayectoria de su práctica artística y la dirección experimental que ha tomado su trabajo desde su llegada a ISCP.
Ages: Families. Runtime: 1 hour. Language: Spanish.

 

Travel Kitchen / Cocina Movil

5/28/2021 6:00pm — REGISTER
Presented by Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Alliance
El registro arqueológico más antiguo de cacao data del año 3000 a.C. en América del Sur. Conozca más sobre los orígenes de este alimento sagrado y su uso por parte de la élite de los pueblos indígenas de mesoamérica. El cacao era un alimento exótico y caro, considerado una materia prima en el comercio global de alimentos en tiempos de la colonia, y un alimento básico en los hogares holandeses como la Granja Dyckman. En este taller, prepararemos tres bocadillos a base de cacao con un ingrediente secreto: ¡Maca! Sobre la Maca, se sabe que es una raíz peruana, un adaptógeno que ayuda con el estrés y eleva los niveles de energía. Estas recetas son deliciosas, saludables, fáciles y rápidas de preparar. ¡Lo dejarán satisfecho y lleno de energía!

The earliest archeological record of cacao dates 3,000 BCE in South America. Learn more about the origins of this sacred food and its use by the elite indigenous people of Mesoamerica. Cacao was an exotic and expensive food —considered a commodity in the colonial global food trade and food staple in Dutch households like the Dyckman Farmhouse. Come ready to make three cacao-based snacks with an unusual secret ingredient —Maca!. A Peruvian root is known to be an adaptogen; it helps with stress and raises energy levels. These delicious, healthy, easy-and-quick to make energy booster snacks will leave you satisfied and full of energy!
Ages: Teens, Adults, Older Adults. Runtime: 1 hour 30 minutes. Language: Bilingual English & Spanish.

 

JUNE
 

Ciencia Planetaria

6/4/2021 10:00am — REGISTER
Presented by Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Entre las estrellas fijas se encuentran puntos de luz en movimiento que ahora conocemos como planetas. Desde los anillos de Saturno hasta los cráteres de Mercurio, cada planeta tiene una composición única. ¡Únase a nosotros en este viaje mientras exploramos los planetas de nuestro sistema solar y más allá!
Ages: Families. Runtime: 1 hour. Language: Spanish.

 

She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia - Exhibition Preview and Art Exploration

6/6/2021 2:00pm — REGISTER
Presented by The Morgan Library & Museum
Join Culture Pass for an exclusive sneak-peek at the upcoming Morgan exhibition, She Who Wrote: Enheduanna and Women of Mesopotamia, which opens Friday June 18, 2021 and continues through January 9, 2022. Participants will explore ancient artworks in the exhibition and discover Enheduanna, the first writer identified by name in human history, as well as the mythology of Ishtar, the goddess of love and war.
Ages: 10 and Up. Runtime: 1 hour. Language: English.

 

CMA: Hacer Arte es la Mejor Forma de Vivir 

6/17/2021 3:00pm — REGISTER
Presented by Children's Museum of the Arts
CMA - Hacer Arte es la Mejor forma de Vivir - La actividad es inspirado por Sam Durant, quien tiene una práctica artistica y politica. Se realiza su trabajo a través de fotografías, dibujos, textos y esculturas. Exploraremos la imagen y la escultura a través de esta clase de arte de 30 minutos. ¡Traiga sus piedras, botellas y colores para este divertido taller interactivo! Materiales: Lápiz 2 hojas de papel blanco (se prefiere papel grueso o multimedia) Roca, botella o plato Pintura acrílica brillante o tempera Pincel para pintar 
Ages: Children. Runtime: 45 minutes. Language: Spanish.

 

Alice Austen House Tour with Executive Director Victoria Munro

6/18/2021 12:00pm — REGISTER
Presented by Alice Austen House
To commemorate the 4th anniversary of the amendment of the Alice Austen House national landmark designation to include LGBTQ history as an area of significance, Executive Director Victoria Munro will lead a virtual tour through the rooms of Austen’s historic home.You will hear about important themes in Austen’s work and tour the new permanent exhibition and see Austen’s darkroom.
Ages: All ages. Runtime: 1 hour. Language: English.

 

Fastidiando al Bicho

6/19/2021 10:00am — REGISTER
Presented by Queens Botanical Garden
En este taller exploraremos las características del cuerpo de los insectos y sus funciones. Los participantes aplicarán sus conocimientos para crear uno o varios insectos modelo.
Materiales que necesitan los participantes: Hojas de papel, Colores y/o pintura, Tijeras, Pegamento o cinta adhesiva, Opcional y extra: plastilina o arcilla y materiales naturales como ramitas y hojas
Ages: Children. Runtime: 45 minutes. Language: Spanish.

 

MOCAKIDS Storytime at Home! Paddle Away with Us/欢迎参与华人博物馆讲故事时间活动。

6/23/2021 4:00pm — REGISTER
Presented by Museum of Chinese in America
MOCAKIDS Storytime is a lively, bilingual 30-45-minute combination of fun activities and language exploration designed to enhance your young child’s word skills and vocabulary. Best for ages 3-6, younger & older siblings welcome. 欢迎参与华人博物馆讲故事时间活动。这是一个为时三十分钟的现场互动活动。届时,您的孩子将有机会参与一系列互动游戏,探索并提高儿童的词汇量及语言能力,为日后流利的中文阅读能力打下坚实的基础。本活动针对3-6岁的儿童设计,同时也欢迎各个年龄段的幼儿及以上儿童参与。 MOCAKIDS Storytime at Home! Paddle Away with Us Time to row and go, go, go! Grab your paddles and drums as we learn about the legends, foods, and traditions of the Dragon Boat Festival. We’ll read books about a family celebration and a dramatic boat race before we practice some rowing moves and work together to row ourselves across a finish line!
Ages: Children ages 3-6. Runtime: 45 minutes. Language: Bilingual English & Mandarin.

 

Music, Arts & Protest in the Bronx

6/24/2021 7:00pm — REGISTER
Presented by Bronx Music Heritage Center
In the Bronx artists have lent their voices to support the issues that affect their communities from bilingual education, voting rights, cultural appropriation and gentrification. This program will look at key figures and actions in the last few decades of the Bronx which demonstrate how the arts are inextricably linked to making change.
Ages: Adults. Runtime: 1 hour 15 minutes. Language