Free museum passes for Penn State Abington students, faculty, staff

Grant funds library pilot program
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Isaiah Zagar, founding artist at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens.

Credit: Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Thanks to the new Chancellor's Grants initiative, the Penn State Abington library now lends museum passes to faculty, staff and students.

Passes are free and can be checked out for up to five days at the Woodland Building library. Each pass admits a specific number of guests and some offer discounts at museum shops and for dining and special programs. The library guide provides specific information on each pass. 

Nine institutions, most of which are easily accessible by public transportation, agreed to participate:

  • Academy of Natural Sciences

  • African American Museum

  • Battleship New Jersey

  • Elmwood Park Zoo

  • Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

  • National Constitution Center

  • National Liberty Museum

  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

  • Philadelphia's Magic Garden

Jennifer Hunter, reference and instruction librarian at Abington, proposed the pilot and funded it through the inaugural Chancellor's Grants competition. 

Abington Chancellor Damian J. Fernandez awarded a total of $20,000 from the Albert and Suzanne Lord Chancellor Endowment in the fall for efforts that include programs targeting freshman and first-generation students for success in college.  

The grants fund new programs, activities and initiatives that are innovative and sustainable. The winning proposals support student engagement, retention and graduation; fresh approaches to academics and teaching; seed funding for larger projects; and robust community partnerships for service learning and civic education.


Penn State Abington, formerly the Ogontz campus, offers baccalaureate degrees in 18 majors at its suburban location just north of Philadelphia. Nearly half of our 4,000 students complete all four years at Abington, with opportunities in undergraduate research, the Schreyer honors program, NCAA Division III athletics, and more. The Lion’s Gate residence hall will open in August 2017.