Virtual Tours and More

Libraries, Museums and More

Take virtual tours of these stunning libraries…

Top 10 virtual museum tours….

Take virtual tours of these 12 amazing museums that are currently closed due to coronavirus…

Take a virtual tour of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History…

12 famous museums offer virtual tours you can take on your couch…

8 historic sites you can virtually tour from home…

20 amazing places you can visit without leaving home…

Explore Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny…

It is unfortunate that our museum passes cannot be utilized right now, but you can still visit most of the museums we offer virtually!

Children’s Museum of Manhattan at Home

Guggenheim from Home

Hudson River Museum from Home

Intrepid Museum Education

New York Historical Society: History @ Home

New York Transit Museum

The Frick Collection

The Jewish Museum

Katonah Museum of Art

Education and Culture

Try visiting for free cultural and educational media on the web including movies and animated shorts.

45 places you can download books, plays and other literary texts for free…

Visit Harry Potter at Home for activities, articles, puzzles and more to keep Harry Potter fans busy. 

Visit the Library of Congress online to explore resources for all ages, engage with authors and even read about the history of April Fools’ Day on their blog.

How to help librarians and archivists from your living room… from Atlas Obscura

Visit for many learning activities for all ages.

MOMA is offering free online art courses…

New York Philharmonic is now offering a portal for free digital content to provide comfort and connection to millions of classical music fans worldwide at NY Phil Plays On.

Visit NASA at Home to bring the universe into your home.

Go on a virtual dive to see national marine sanctuaries made possible by NOAA.

For Children

Print Nickelodeon coloring pages for kids here…

Dav Pilkey at Home

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems!

Bedtime Stories with Dolly Parton

A Message to the Community

To Our Library Patrons,
March 16
We hope you are all safe and well, adjusting, as we must, to the new world that the coronavirus has sprung upon us. The Hastings Library will be making an ongoing effort to provide relief, however possible, from the isolation, restlessness, and anxiety of this moment. Fortunately, technology is on our side, and we are implementing it to maximize our resources.
We have been able to get into the library computer system remotely, so if your library card needs to be renewed or your password updated, please email for assistance. This will help you access our online resources from the Westchester Library System.
To those of you who are new to our online resources, go to our web page at In the banner, click on library services, then click on digital content in the drop down box. Follow the directions from there. Directions have also been posted on our facebook page: @HOHlibrary.
We are adding many more titles to the Overdrive app, offering you access to many more eBooks, both adult and juvenile, as well as eAudiobooks. When Hastings Library purchases a title, Hastings patrons go to the top of the list for that title.
We have also heard from the Director of WLS that the Kanopy app is offering many free films for adults and children for the next 30 days. The Hoopla limit has been raised to 10 titles/month (originally 5 titles/month) and up to 20 play credits/month for Kanopy (originally 10 play credits/month).
We will keep you updated with any changes or additions to services.

Book Shop Information

The library’s book shop has a donation-based selection of lightly used books for sale. We offer a wide range of genres for adults and children.

Hardcover books are priced at $2 and paperbacks are $1, with all proceeds benefiting the library.

Museum Pass Program

1) Call or visit the Hastings Library with your library card number to reserve your date in advance. You must be over 18 to reserve.

2) Pick up your museum pass at the Hastings Library on your reserved date.

3) Return the museum pass, in person, 3 days later to the Hastings Public Library during regular hours.

ChildrensFor more than thirty years Children’s Museum of Manhattan has been a destination and resource where families of all backgrounds come to learn, play and grow together. At CMOM, we take pride in our mission to prepare children to succeed in school, help families live healthy lives, and nurture a new generation of creative and global citizens. Each year, we touch the lives of more than 350,000 families—through groundbreaking exhibits, innovative programs and first class performances. We bring the joy of creativity and discovery to each child who walks through our doors on West 83rd Street, as well as thousands served beyond the walls of the Museum. Working with a network of more than 50 organizations across the City, CMOM removes barriers that keep children from accessing the rich educational resources a museum can offer. CMOM is more than a museum—we provide a continuum of experiences that give all children the intellectual, emotional, physical and social skills they need to thrive.

GuggenheimAn internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Museum is at once a vital cultural center, an educational institution, and the heart of an international network of museums. Visitors can experience special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, lectures by artists and critics, performances and film screenings, classes for teens and adults, and daily tours of the galleries led by museum educators. Founded on a collection of early modern masterpieces, the Guggenheim Museum today is an ever-growing institution devoted to the art of the 20th century and beyond.

Hudson RiverThe Hudson River Museum strives to be a center of discovery and discussion by offering an array of fresh, thought-provoking learning opportunities. Programs for the public are developed to pique visitor curiosity and encourage conversations about the role that art, history, astronomy, and ecology play in our lives. Programs include lectures, performances, tours, hands-on workshops, and regular community festivals that celebrate the creation and exchange of ideas.

IntrepidNew York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex is a dynamic, interactive and educational journey for all ages. The museum’s mission is to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth. Intrepid is dedicated to the exhibition and interpretation of history, science and service as related to its home aboard the USS Intrepid, a National Historic Landmark. As you explore the Museum you will be able to examine original artifacts, view historic video footage, and explore interactive exhibits. Visitors can also ride in the A-6 Cockpit Simulator, visit the Virtual Flight Zone, and tour the inside of the world’s fastest commercial airplane, Concorde. Intrepid’s newest exhibit, the Space Shuttle Pavilion, has been engineered to express the shuttle program’s stories of human triumph and technological feats. Dare to dream as you become immersed in this up close experience with Space Shuttle Enterprise.

MCNYThe Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.


The New York Historical Society, one of America’s pre-eminent cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research, presenting history and art exhibitions, and public programs that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical is the oldest museum in New York City. New-York Historical has a mission to explore the richly layered political, cultural and social history of New York City and State and the nation, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of issues surrounding the making and meaning of history.


Founded in 1976, the New York Transit Museum is dedicated to telling and preserving the stories of mass transportation – extraordinary engineering feats, workers who labored in the tunnels over 100 years ago, communities that were drastically transformed, and the ever-evolving technology, design, and ridership of a system that runs 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Housed underground in an authentic 1936 subway station in Downtown Brooklyn, the Transit Museum’s working platform level spans a full city block, and is home to a rotating selection of twenty vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1907. Visitors can board the vintage cars, sit at the wheel of a city bus, step through a time tunnel of turnstiles, and explore changing exhibits that highlight the cultural, social and technological history – and future – of mass transit.


In 2001, David Rockefeller and his daughter Peggy Dulany established Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture as a nonprofit organization, donating 80 acres and a complex of historic dairy barns built in the early 1930s by John D. Rockefeller, Jr. In 2004, Stone Barns Center opened to the public, welcoming visitors to learn about the sources of food and demonstrate farm-driven cuisine. Their mission is to reconnect people with food and create a healthy and sustainable food system that benefits everyone. The Center focuses on deepening student education, farmer-training programs, and farm innovation work. The Center also offers a comprehensive food studies initiative targeted at high school students nationwide.

frick-collection-photoInternationally recognized as a premier museum and research center, The Frick Collection is known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding examples of European sculpture and decorative arts. The collection was assembled by the Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick (1849–1919) and is housed in his former residence on Fifth Avenue. One of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions, it provides a tranquil environment for visitors to experience masterpieces by artists such as Bellini, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Gainsborough, Goya, and Whistler. The museum opened in 1935 and has continued to acquire works of art since Mr. Frick’s death. Along with special exhibitions and an acclaimed concert series, the Frick offers a wide range of lectures, symposia, and education programs that foster a deeper appreciation of its permanent collection.

jewish-museum-pictureThe Jewish Museum was founded in 1904 and is dedicated to the enjoyment, understanding, and preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Jewish people through its unparalleled collections, distinguished exhibitions, and related education programs. Through their exhibitions, programs, and collection of nearly 30,000 works of art, ceremonial objects, and media, visitors can journey through 4,000 years of Jewish culture from around the world. The Museum strives to be a source of inspiration and shared human values for people of all religious and cultural backgrounds while serving as a special touchstone of identity for Jewish people. The Museum also reaches out to national and international communities as it interprets and preserves art and Jewish culture for current and future generations.

katonah-museum-of-artThe Katonah Museum of Art promotes the understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts for diverse audiences. The Museum has always been committed to presenting exceptional art from all cultures and time periods. The KMA offers lectures, films, workshops, concerts and other events for a general audience. The KMA also provides an interactive space where children can come on a daily basis to explore and create art. The Museum works intensively with schools and service organizations to develop literacy and assimilation skills among the local Hispanic immigrant population as well.