Julie Willmot

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J.—Are you looking for something entertaining and free to do with your family this weekend? Why not view the awesome, 65-million-year-old bones of a Tyrannosaurus rex at the American Museum of Natural History, experience modern art at the landmark Guggenheim Museum, learn the history of New York City at the New York Historical Society, or explore, play and learn with your children at the Garden State Discovery Museum.

Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes is proud to announce that free passes to these and four other museums are available for Mercer County Library System (MCLS) patrons to borrow through the Museum Pass Programs offered at the Hopewell, Lawrence Headquarters and West Windsor branches.

The Museum Pass Program is free to Mercer County Library System card holders and is generously supported by the Friends of the Library at the Hopewell, Lawrence and West Windsor branches. Library patrons can reserve passes that allow the whole family to visit a variety of unique museums in New York and New Jersey, including the American Folk Art Museum, and Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms. Two additional museums, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia Mutter Museum will be added later this summer.

MCLS patrons with a valid library card can borrow museum passes for three days. Patron response to the inaugural program at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch has been overwhelmingly positive and four additional museums were recently added to their program. The Hopewell and West Windsor branches began their Museum Pass Programs this summer. Don’t be disappointed, book your museum pass well in advance. Start planning your museum trip today by visiting www.mcl.org to reserve a pass. Passes to all the museums can be reserved up to 90 days in advance online or in person at the branches’ Reference Desk.

After your museum visit, continue exploring science, history, or art with the audio, visual and printed resources available at your local branch of the Mercer County Library System.

For more information about the Museum Pass Program please contact the Reference Department at the Lawrence Headquarters Branch at (609) 989-6922.