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FREE admission MASS MoCA passes donated to Holyoke Public Library thanks to Rebecca Lisi, HOLYOKE

Jayne B. Stearns

The Holyoke Public Library’s Museum Passes program lets cardholder families visit museums and zoos with a discount or free admission. This is thanks to charitable and civic groups, businesses, and thoughtful individuals like Lisi. Lisi, who was a Holyoke city councilor at large for 14 years, said in a recent press release:

“I wanted to make sure that the city's residents could easily access and enjoy art to the extent that my family and I do.”

Where to get the passes

Residents can check out the passes to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) at the library at 250 Chestnut St. by using their library cards just as they would a book or DVD. Each pass admits two adults and two children. Library Director Maria G. Pagan said in an email:

“This year, on behalf of the Holyoke Public Library, we are grateful for Councilor Rebecca Lisi’s generous donation of a one-year, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA) membership for Holyoke families to have the opportunity to visit one of the world’s liveliest centers for making and enjoying today’s most evocative art,”

Lisi previously has made Mass MoCA passes available at the library. The donated passes were used seven times in 2011, three times in 2012, and once so far this year. MassMoCA ticket prices generally are $20 for adults, $8 for children 16 and younger, and free for children 5 and younger, according to its website.

The passes to MASS MoCA are available on a first-come, first-served basis. One pass per family may be borrowed at a time. Patrons 18 and older with a valid library card from any member of the CW MARS library network may borrow a museum pass. CW MARS stands for Central and Western Massachusetts Resource Sharing and consists of over 100 member libraries.

MASS MoCA is a drive of about 1 hour and 24 minutes from the library. It is one of the largest centers for contemporary visual art and performing arts in the United States. Residents planning to visit MASS MoCA should read the museum’s website for the latest COVID-19 restrictions.

MASS MoCA COVID restrictions

All visitors to MASS MoCA over the age of 12 must show proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination (accompanied by a photo ID for visitors over 18). As of Feb. 16, the age requirement will change to 5 and older, the website said on Feb. 8, 2022.

The museum can be reached by email at info@massmoca.org or by phone at (413) 662-2111. To reach the Holyoke Public Library, the email address is library@holyoke.org and the phone number is (413) 420-8101.

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