Last Fall Sprague Library launched its library museum pass lending program which made museum passes available for our students, faculty and staff to enjoy access to area museums for free. Unfortunately, we suspended the program when all of the museums shutdown in response to the public health crisis around the same time that we closed our campus last spring.
Today, we are pleased to announce that most of the museums in our program have reopened or plan to reopen soon thus we re-launching the program effective Monday, October 12th with some important changes:
- Each museum is limiting the number of visitors, providing plentiful hand sanitizer stations, and requiring masks and social distancing. Visitors should check the museum website for safety details and policies before going.
- For most museums in our program, timed tickets must be reserved in advance online. In order to reserve a museum ticket, you must first visit the Sprague Library Museum Reservation webpage. Once we accept your request, we’ll provide you with the details necessary to make your reservation with the museum. There is no need for you to stop by the Library to pickup or return a pass. You will simply bring a copy of your reservation/ticket (either digital or print) to the museum.
- There are some exceptions — both the Guggenheim Museum and the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) require that you stop by Sprague Library and checkout our library museum pass with your MSU ID card. Note: you must reserve these passes in advance as well. Also, the new passes for AMNH have not arrived as of 10/9/2020.
To view the list of museums in our program visit this page.
If you don’t feel comfortable going to a museum in person right now, you can still get a taste of the experience online. While temporarily shut down, many museums enhanced their online presence, putting a number of lectures, gallery tours, videos, and other resources online.