Museum Passes

Museum passes provide free or reduced general admission to museums and other places of interest.

Museum passes come in two forms: physical, which must be returned to the library, or disposable facsimile, depending on the rules of the museum. When a patron picks up a pass, they will be alerted by Circulation staff if it needs to be returned to the Athenaeum. See Museum Passes: Policies & Procedures

We thank The Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum for funding our museum pass program!

The Berkshire Athenaeum offers the following passes:


Arrowhead is a Pittsfield farm that was once owned by Herman Melville. Now run by the Berkshire Historical Society and offering guided tours to visitors from late May to late October. | Pittsfield

Berkshire Botanical Garden

The Berkshire Botanical Garden showcases horticulture and garden design, with educational, ornamental, and functional display areas. The 15 acres of land in Stockbridge can be toured from May through Columbus Day. The Botanical Garden is open year round for workshops, lectures, and other events. | Stockbridge

Berkshire Museum

The Berkshire Museum’s collections contain art and artifacts of ancient history, natural science, and objects owned or associated with figures from American history, such as the writing desk of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Close to the Library in Downtown Pittsfield, the museum is family-friendly, accessible, and open year-round. | Pittsfield

Bidwell House

The Bidwell House Museum is an authentic colonial house in Monterey. It is open from Memorial to Columbus Day and provides visitors with a personal experience of the eighteenth century. | Monterey


Daniel Chester French’s former summer home Chesterwood in Stockbridge is open for visitors late May through mid-October. The house includes the studio and fine arts collection owned by the sculptor. | Stockbridge

Forest Park Zoo

Featuring a variety of animals, the Forest Park Zoo in Springfield is open beginning in late March. | Springfield

Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio

The Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio is an estate in Lenox, once owned by artists George L.K. Morris and Suzy Frelinghuysen. The house contains original furnishings and art, available to tour late June through Columbus Day weekend. | Lenox

Hancock Shaker Village

Hancock Shaker Village is a museum consisting of gardens, a farm, exhibits, and galleries, that brings the Shaker experience to life. Their annual Baby Animal festival is always a hit. Open from mid-April through October. | Hancock

Jacob’s Pillow

Jacob's Pillow is a dance center, school and performance space located in Becket, Massachusetts, in the Berkshires. The organization is known for the oldest internationally acclaimed Summer dance festival in the United States. | Becket

Mass MoCA

Stop by the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams to view all types of art by well-known and emerging artists. Open year round for visitors to view visual arts or see a performance. | North Adams

Massachusetts State Parks Pass

The Massachusetts State Parks system has locations for hiking, fishing, camping, and other outdoor activities for year round enjoyment. Take this pass to any of the parks for free parking. | State Parks (various locations)

Pioneer Valley Symphony

The Pioneer Valley Symphony of Greenfield is one of the oldest community orchestras in the country. The pass can be used to attend select concerts. | Greenfield

Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

Explore the trails at Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox. There are a variety of trails ranging in difficulty, which can be hiked year round. | Greenfield

Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute

The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown is an art museum and research center. The museum showcases American and European art with rotating exhibitions and permanent collections. Open year round. | Williamstown


Each season at Tanglewood offers a wide range of high-quality orchestral music, all presented with a regard for artistic excellence that makes the festival unique. Patrons may reserve and check out one pass per summer. Library pass is exchanged at the Tanglewood box office for four Lawn tickets to a BSO Koussevitsky Music Shed concert. | Lenox

USS Constitution Museum

The USS Constitution Museum includes displays and artifacts related to the war ship. The museum is located in Boston and open year round for exploration of interactive exhibits and programs. While you’re there, take a tour of the ship in the Charlestown Navy Yard. | Boston

USS Slater Destroyer

Open early April through late November, the USS Slater Destroyer in Albany, New York is experienced through a guided tour taking visitors back to 1945, when the ship was part of the Allied Forces. | Albany, New York

Ventfort Hall

A mansion in Lenox, Ventfort Hall is open year round. It is considered a museum of the Gilded Age, the period between the Civil War and World War I, showcasing the furniture and architecture of the time period. | Lenox