American Museum of Natural History

The American Museum of Natural History is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world’s cultures. We will raffle off a set of 4 tickets to one lucky winner each month. Here's how it will work: -- Stop by or call (973) 334-5095 to enter your name between the first and last business day of the month -- We'll draw a winner on the first business day of each month. Your 4 tickets may be used any time before FEB 1, 2024. -- Once you win, you must also go online to get a timed entry from the museum website. (Go to the Tickets page and check the box at the bottom that says "Passholders or IDNYC and Corporate Member." Bring this timed ticket from AMNH with you as well as the library vouchers. You will need both to enter.

Morris Museum

Founded in 1913, the Morris Museum is home to an eclectic mix of collections focusing on fossils, local wildlife, model trains, minerals, Native Americans, and paintings and sculpture, among other things. The jewel of the museum, however, is the Murtogh D. Guinness Collection of mechanical musical instruments and automata, a demonstration of which is conducted every Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Part of the museum is in a Georgian-style mansion designed by Stanford White. There is a museum shop on the premises. The Morris Museum pass admits 2 adults and 3 children. The pass is not printable and must be picked up and returned to the library.

Museum of Modern Art

Founded in 1929, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) was the first museum devoted to the modern era. Collection highlights include Claude Monet’s Water Lilies, Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night, and Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, along with more recent works by Andy Warhol, Elizabeth Murray, Cindy Sherman, and many others. The MoMA pass admits 5 people per reservation, and discounted admission ($5/each) for 3 more guests available at the Members Services Desk in the lobby. You do not need to reserve a timed-ticket with MoMA, just present the library pass at the entrance.

Fosterfields in Morristown

Find out about farm life as it was 100 years ago. On a self-guided tour with interpreters in historic costume along the way, help the farmers with chores such as feeding the chickens and churning butter, meet the Jersey cows and other barnyard animals, and enter the historic 1915 farmhouse where the Woods family lived. On Fridays and Saturdays, take a guided tour inside The Willows 1854 mansion (11am & 2 pm) built by Gen. Joseph W. Revere, a grandson of patriot Paul Revere.

Historic Speedwell

Experience life during the Industrial Revolution and the dawn of modern communication. This historic site includes the 1860s Vail House, and the Factory Building where the telegraph was first publicly demonstrated by Samuel F.B. Morse and Alfred Vail. The Factory Building features 30 interactives about the mechanics of the telegraph and its influence on modern communication.

Cooper Gristmill in Chester

The 1826 Cooper Gristmill is one of the last operational historic mills in teh area. Visitors experience simple machines, renewable power, and industrial progress as educators demonstrate how the site operated over a century ago. The History of the Black River Gorge exhibit about the natural and industrial history of Milltown, the community that sprung up around the Mill, sets the stage for a pleasant walk along Patriots Path whose trailhead is by the Visitor Center.

Museum Passes

Museum Passes are available for Mountain Lakes Library cardholders in good standing. AMNH passes will be available monthly by raffle. MoMA and Morris Museum Passes may be reserved in advance online or by calling (973) 334-5095.

  •  Lending period is 3 days (2 nights). They may not be renewed.
  • $25 late charge per day
  • A lost or damaged pass will incur the full replacement charge of the pass.

Picking Up & Returning Passes

To pick up museum passes, bring your library card and/or driver’s license with you to the front desk. We will ask you to sign for receipt.

  • MoMA and Morris Museum passes may be picked up after 3:00 p.m. the day before your reservation date.
  • Passes must be returned by 2:00 p.m. the day after your reservation date.
  • Do not return passes in the book drop.
  • AMNH tickets are one-time use and do not need to be returned.

Please be considerate of other patrons by picking up and returning all passes on time. If you need to cancel, please do so on the reservation page or by calling us at (973) 334-5095.

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