As more museums open, COVID-19 restrictions are in place. Each museum has its own requirements to visit safely. This page will give you the following information:
- A list of museums that are open
- COVID-19 rules and requirements for a safe visit
- Timed ticket entry information
- Timed ticket CODES you will need when making a reservation
IMPORTANT: Library patrons do not have to pay for timed tickets when visiting a museum. This page will provide the CODES needed to bypass any fees museums may be charging.
PLEASE NOTE: All museums are limiting the number of people to 25% of their maximum capacity. Face masks and social distancing required for each museum even when not noted on this page.
For assistance with all things museum pass related, please contact the Library at 516-883-4400. Our museum pass lending program is funded by the Friends of the Library (FOL).
- CMOM – Children’s Museum of Manhattan (Print-on-Demand)
Visitor Hours: Wednesday—Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Members-only hours 9am to 10am every Sunday and Wednesday. Timed entry tickets are required and must be booked in advance online by clicking here. Please enter the following MEMBERSHIP ID# 24751. IMPORTANT: Patrons must bring both the eTicket and the Library pass to the Museum. Admissions staff will check for both documents upon arrival. Please click here to reserve your Library Print-on-Demand pass.
- Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium (Print-on-Demand)
Visitor Hours: Open daily 10am to 5pm. Advance reservations and timed ticket entry not required.
- Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum (Print-on-Demand)
Visitor Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 12pm to 4pm. In addition to reserving the museum pass, patrons must reserve FREE tickets through the museum’s website using the code MEMBER20. Click here to reserve tickets.
- Cradle of Aviation (Grab-and-Go at the Library)
Visitor Hours: Thursday—Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Museum galleries are open. Theater, Planetarium, Junior Jet Club and Nunley’s Carousel are closed.
- Empire Pass (Grab-and-Go at the Library)
New York State Parks are currently open. If you plan on visiting, please wear a face covering and maintain social distance. Park density limits are in effect, so have an alternate plan ready in case the park you are visiting reaches capacity. For additional information about camping, swimming, and other activities, visit https://parks.ny.gov/covid19/
- Garvies Point Museum & Preserve (Print-on-Demand)
Visitor Hours: Tuesday—Saturday, 10am to 4pm. One family group are allowed in foyer, gift shop, and exhibit alcove at a time. 3-4 family groups in museum at a time for a duration up to 1.5 hours. Call the museum at 516-571-8010 ahead of time to check for availability. If museum is at maximum capacity, please utilize the nature trails on the preserve, relax in the picnic area (bring a bag lunch), bring binoculars for birdwatching, visit the bird & butterfly friendly gardens and Native American Herb Garden, or visit the shoreline. Interactive “Woodland Village” will be closed until further notice.
- Guggenheim Museum (Grab-and-Go at the Library)
Visitor Hours: Thursday—Monday, 11am to 6pm; Members-only hours are Monday 6pm to 8pm. Closed Tuesday. Visitors using a library museum pass do not need to make a timed ticket reservation. Due to capacity restrictions, parties over four may have their entry staggered. The coat check is temporarily closed; large bags are not permitted. Baby backpacks are not permitted; soft, front-facing carriers and strollers are welcome. The Wright restaurant and the café are closed at this time. Outside food and drink are not permitted except personal water bottles; drinking fountains are not available.
- Heckscher Museum of Art (Print-on-Demand)
Visitor Hours: Thursday—Sunday, 12pm to 5pm; Closed Monday – Wednesday. Visits are limited to 45 minutes, up to 20 individuals at one time. Patrons must reserve FREE tickets through the museum’s website. When booking your visit, select the Port Washington Public Library. Then show your library card during check-in at the Museum. BOOK NOW or call 631-380-3230
- Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center (Print-on-Demand)
Garden Tours, available through November 15, will explore the history of the Holocaust in our Children’s Memorial Garden. This tour is entirely outdoors and does not have any public restrooms available. Participants should be comfortable walking and standing for an hour, although our garden is wheelchair accessible. Self-guided one-hour tours are available inside of the museum. Tours are limited to one household/family unit at a time. All participants must be masked for the entirety of the tour and socially distanced. Both tours are available at select times on Monday, Thursday, and Sundays. All tours must be scheduled at least three days in advance. Visitors can schedule a tour by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 516-571-8040 ext. 103
- Intrepid (Print-on-Demand)
Visitor Hours: Friday—Sunday, 10am to 5pm. The majority of the 350,000 square foot Intrepid Museum will be available and accessible to visitors, including most exhibitions, the entire collection of aircraft outside on the flight deck and in the spacious hangar deck, as well as the Space Shuttle Pavilion, which houses the space shuttle Enterprise. Library patrons must reserve FREE tickets by clicking here. You will need to show your Port Washington Public Library card along with your tickets to enter the museum. Please note: Effective January 4, 2021, the Museum will temporarily close to the public and plans to reopen in late March 2021.
- Jewish Museum of Art (Print-on-Demand)
Visitor Hours: Thursday, 1pm to 8pm; Friday—Monday, 11am to 4pm; Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Library members should reserve their tickets in advance by clicking here. In order to reserve a ticket, patrons will need to enter the Library Membership ID number, which is TJM394719744, and enter LibraryMembership as the last name for verification. Passes are for use by Port Washington card holders only.
- Long Island Children’s Museum (Grab-and-Go at the Library)
Visitor Hours: Thursday—Sunday, 10am to 3pm. 10am to 11am reserved for Members only. Library passes are redeemed at the box office and patrons do not need to purchase or reserve online tickets with this pass. To prepare your family for a visit to the LICM, please click on this link to read a story about playing safe at the museum.
- Merchant’s House Museum (Grab-and-Go at the Library)
Visitor Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 12:30pm to 4:30pm. by appointment only. Tours are for groups of 6 or fewer from the same household/bubble. Tours are docent or self-led, depending on museum staffing, and take place at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30 pm. Library pass members, email email@example.com to schedule a tour.
- Museum of the City of New York (Grab-and-Go at the Library)
Visitor Hours: Thursday—Monday, 10am to 6pm. Library patrons can book their complimentary timed tickets online using the discount code MCNYLIB2020. This will guarantee your entry when you visit. Reserve timed tickets here. Enter the date and time of your visit and during checkout, please enter MCNYLIB2020 in the discount code box to activate the free ticket price. The code is valid for up to 2 adults, and admission is FREE for anyone under the age of 20.
- Museum of Modern Art (Grab-and-Go at the Library)
Visitor Hours: Open daily, 10:30am to 5:30pm. Mondays are reserved exclusively for members and their guests. Library patrons may simply present the MoMA membership card upon arrival for the next available entry slot.
- Nassau County Firefighters Museum (Print-on-Demand)
Visitor Hours: Wednesday–Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Disposable masks will be available at the entrance for those who are not wearing one. Museum Galleries are open, some exhibits have been adjusted for safety.
- Nassau County Museum of Art (Print-on-Demand)
Visitor Hours: Tuesday—Sunday, 11am to 4:45pm. Closed Monday. Visitors using a library museum pass do not need to make a reservation. Upon arrival, if there are no reservations left for that time slot, visitors will need to wait for the next available opening.
- New-York Historical Society (Print-on-Demand)
Visitor Hours: Friday, 11am to 8pm (Members and age 65+ and immunocompromised can visit Friday from 10am to 11am); Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 5pm; closed Monday–Thursday. Timed entry tickets are required and must be booked in advance online by clicking here. Please enter the following membership code: PORTWASH2020. IMPORTANT: Patrons must bring both the eTicket and the Library pass to the Museum. Admissions staff will check for both documents upon arrival. Please click here to reserve your Library Print-on-Demand pass.
- Old Bethpage Village Restoration (Print-on-Demand)
Visitor Hours: Friday—Sunday (weather permitting), 10am to 2:30pm through November 15, 2020. Patrons must pre-register to visit by calling 516-572-8409. All patrons must be New York State residents and will be required to show photo identification. Masks are mandatory even within the village.
- Old Westbury Gardens (Print-on-Demand)
Visitor Hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 11am to 6pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 5pm. Old Westbury Gardens is closed on Tuesday. Library passes that are valid for the day of admission are accepted. No advance reservations or timed tickets are required.
- Rubin Museum of Art (Grab-and-Go at the Library)
Visitor Hours: Friday—Monday, 11am to 5pm; Thursday from 10am to 11am is reserved for seniors and high-risk patrons. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Visitors using a library museum pass do not need to make a timed ticket reservation. Capacity is limited throughout the Museum. There may be a short wait to enter the Museum and select spaces. Café Serai is currently closed.
- Sands Point Preserve Conservancy (Grab-and-Go at the Library)
Visitor Hours: Wednesday—Saturday, 11am to 6pm (Members Only: 9am to 11am); Sundays, 9am to 6pm; Latest entry is 5:30pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday. The Great Lawn, Rose Garden, Woodland Playground, forest trails, and pond area are accessible, however, the mansions, Welcome Center, and dog run will remain closed for the health and safety of all visitors. The number of cars will be limited to avoid crowding in the parking areas and on the grounds. Social distancing is required: Please keep 6 feet apart. Wear face masks. Passive use of park only. No congregating or parties. No sports or group games. No swimming on beach. No camping. No fishing. No drones. No bicycles, mopeds, or motorcycles. Dogs must always be kept on leashes.
- Vanderbilt Mansion, Museum & Planetarium (Print-on-Demand)
Visitor Hours: Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 12pm to 5pm. Advance reservations and timed ticket entry not required. The Mansion living quarters and Planetarium remain closed. Facial coverings and social distancing are required. All visitors must carry out everything they bring with them to the property, including picnic/food waste, and water or beverage containers.
- Walt Whitman Birthplace (Print-on-Demand)
Open for tours Wednesday—Friday, 1pm to 4pm; Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 4pm. No advance reservations or timed tickets are required.
The following museums remain closed until further notice:
Children’s Museum of the Arts
The Frick Collection
New York Hall of Science
New York Transit MuseumReserve now . . .