New York City Museums:
Secrets to Free and Discounted Entrance Fees

New York City Museums

New York City is home to an enormous collection of museums. New York City Museums are found large and small, modern and traditional, featuring art and music, fire and police!! Unlike Washington DC, where most museums are free, some New York City museums charge a lot! But, the good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot. I’ve done the important homework for you!!


Plan your visits according to my guide below. I give you the inside tips on free days/times to visit, discounts, pay-what-you wish, and saving by becoming a member at all New York City Museums. There is absolutely no reason to pay full price. Click here for great museums that your kids and family will LOVE!!


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AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM
2 Lincoln Square
Columbus Avenue at 66th Street
Telephone: 212-595-9533
folkartmuseum.org
Free Admission
Enjoy 18th- and 19th-century paintings, quilts, sculptures, and the work of contemporary self-taught artists.
Discounts/Freebies:

  • Enjoy "Free Music Fridays" from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm.
  • Free "Families and Folk Art" is held the first Saturday of every month. This program introduces children ages 4 to 12 and their accompanying adults to folk art through interactive discussion-based tours in the galleries followed by hands-on art making activities inspired by objects in the museum. Space is limited; registration required. Register by calling 212. 265.1040, ext. 381.

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY
Central Park West at 79th Street
Telephone: 212-769-5100
http://www.amnh.org
TIP: Download the free iPhone or iPod touch APP now here or borrow a preloaded iPod touch at the museum! It will help navigate, tour, highlight, find, share, teach and explore!
Discounts/Freebies:

  • Most people don't realize that the admission price is actually a 'suggested' price. Translation: pay what you wish!!! However, if you, your wife/husband, or your family plan to attend many of special exhibits, it pays to become a member. Many of the special exhibits cost about $20 a person for admission. There are many levels of membership. If you become an individual member for just $105, or a family member for $140, your admission includes unlimited admission to museum and the special exhibitions plus all sorts of extras. You will save a lot of money by becoming a member. In addition, most of the fee is tax deductible.




ASIA SOCIETY
725 Park Avenue at 70th Street
Telephone: 212-288-6400
www.asiasociety.org
Discounts/Freebies:

  • Free on Fridays from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (except July to mid- September).
  • Children under 16 enter are free at all times.
  • Show your Cool Culture Card (coolculture.org) and gain free admission!
  • If you anticipate visiting often, consider becoming a member to save money.
  • Hunter College students and faculty enjoy free admission at all times.


THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
Telephone: 718-638-5000
www.brooklynmuseum.org
Although located in the borough of Brooklyn, this is actually one of the top New York City Museums.
Discounts/Freebies:

  • Posted admission fee is "suggested only." Pay what you wish.
  • Children 12 and under are free.
  • $4 discounts for students and seniors.
  • Free entrance from 5:00 PM - 11:00 PM on the first Saturday of the month, along with free art and entertainment programs, and flat rate parking of $5 starting at 5:00 PM.
  • Check the High 5 Tix Website (high5tix.org). They almost always have $5 tickets for students and a $5 ticket for an accompanying friend or adult.
  • Show your Cool Culture Card (coolculture.org) and gain free admission!
  • If you show your New York Pass, admission is FREE! Save 5% Off Any New York Pass! Just Use Coupon Code: nyp5pc2007. Want to read my analysis of the 3 major discount cards? Click here.
  • Show your New York City Explorer Pass and admission is FREE!
  • Buy an Art & Garden ticket at the Brooklyn Museum and present your receipt for same-day admission to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
  • If you anticipate visiting often, consider becoming a member to save money and enjoy lots of perks. Log on to brooklynmuseum.org for details.
  • New York University students enjoy free admission all the time.

THE CLOISTERS
99 Margaret Corbin Drive
Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan
212-923-3700
www.metmuseum.org
Discounts/Freebies:

  • The admission chart says “SUGGESTED” admission. So, pay what you wish, don’t be shy! I’ve seen people pay .25 cents for this and other pay what you wish New York City Museums!
  • Children under 12 years are free when accompanied by an adult.
  • All New York City public school students, along with students from Bard Graduate Center, Barnard College, Columbia University, and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, may visit the museum for free.
  • Admission ticket includes same-day entrance to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
  • If you show your New York Pass, admission is FREE! Save 5% Off Any New York Pass! Just Use Coupon Code: nyp5pc2007.  Want to read my analysis of the 3 major discount cards? Click here.
  • Show your Cool Culture Card (coolculture.org) enjoy free admission.
  • Show your New York City Explorer Pass and admission is FREE!
  • If you intend to visit often, consider becoming a member. You'll enjoy free unlimited admission to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters museum and gardens, members-only emails with advance notice of exhibitions, programs, events, and special offers, access to the exclusive Members Dining Room, 10% discount in The Met Store, plus seasonal Double Discounts,discount on audio guides and Museum parking.

TIPUnless you are a medieval art scholar, I strongly encourage you to take advantage of the free tours. Check the tour schedule before you visit and arrange to arrive just prior to the start of the tour. As an alternative, you can rent the audiotape, but the tour is better.


The COOPER-HEWITT, NATIONAL DESIGN CENTER
2 East 91st Street (on 5th Ave)
Telephone: 212-849-8400
www.cooperhewitt.org
Discounts/Freebies:

  • Free admission on Tuesdays, from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
  • Seniors and students enjoy a $3 discount at all times.
  • Children under 12 are always free.
  • Show your Cool Culture Card (coolculture.org) and gain free admission!

THE SOLOMON R. GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM
1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street
Telephone: 212-423-3500
www.guggenheim.org
Discounts/Freebies:

  • Children under 12 enter for free always.
  • Pay what you wish on Saturdays, 5:45 - 7:45 pm!
  • Show your AAA card, Automobile Association of America and receive a $3 discount on each adult admission ticket.
  • Check the High 5 Tix Website (highfivetix.org). They almost always have $5 tickets for students and a $5 ticket for an accompanying friend or adult.
  • If you show your New York Pass, admission is FREE! Save 5% Off Any New York Pass! Just Use Coupon Code: nyp5pc2007. . Want to read my analysis of the 3 major discount cards? Click here.
  • Show your New York City Explorer Pass and admission is FREE!
  • Show your Cool Culture card (CoolCulture.org) and gain free admission!
  • If you plan on visiting often, consider becoming a member and enjoy free unlimited admission, half-price guest tickets, savings in the store and restaurant, discounted tickets for all museum programs, including artists’ talks, Works & Process, and live events, and 100% of your fee is tax-deductible.
  • Show your Bank of America card and receive FREE admission on the first full weekend of every month!

THE INTERNATIONAL CENTER OF PHOTOGRAPHY
250 Bowary
Telephone: 212-857-0001
www.icp.org
Discounts/Freebies:

  • Pay-what-you wish on Thursdays, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM!
  • Seniors and students pay less
  • Children under 14 are always free
  • Check the High 5 website (teens.artsconnection.org). They almost always have $5 tickets for students with a free ticket an accompanying friend or adult.
  • Show your Cool Culture Card (CoolCulture.org) and gain free admission!
  • Become a member (100% tax deductable) and receive unlimited free admission and many perks and discounts

THE NEUE GALERIE
1048 Fifth Avenue at 86nd Street
(212) 628-6200
neuegalerie.org
Developed to house early twentieth-century German and Austrian art and design displayed in a beautiful mansion.  Home of the famous "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer by Gustav Klimt or known as The Woman in Gold.  Watch the movie "The Woman in Gold" before you visit--it will enhance your appreciation of the painting and you'll enjoy learning about the fascinating history behind it.

Discounts/Freebies:

  • Students and seniors enjoy half-priced admission
  • Open to the public for free from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm on selected Fridays.  Check their website for a listing for free Friday.
  • Free tours are offered Friday through Monday at 2:00 pm
  • Audioguides are available at the museum and are free with admission price
  • A free app is available for download on iTunes.

TIP: Enjoy their lovely Viennese cafes: Cafe Sabarsky and Cafe          Fledermaus for lunch, dinner, coffee, wine or pastries!


THE JEWISH MUSEUM
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street
(212) 423-3200
thejewishmuseum.org
Discounts/Freebies:

  • Admission is free on Saturdays!
  • Pay what you wish on Thursdays from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
  • Children/kids under 18 are always free!
  • Seniors enjoy a $2 discount always.
  • Check the High 5 Tix Website. They almost always have $5 tickets for students and a $5 ticket for an accompanying friend or adult.
  • Show your Cool Cultre Card (coolculture.org) and gain free admission!
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THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82 Street
Telephone: 212-535-7710
www.metmuseum.org
One of the world's largest museums.
Discounts/Freebies:

  • The admission chart says “SUGGESTED” admission. So, pay what you wish, don’t be shy! I’ve seen people pay .25 cents for this and other pay what you wish New York City Museums!
  • Children under 12 years are free when accompanied by an adult.
  • All New York City public school students, along with students from Bard Graduate Center, Barnard College, Columbia University, and the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, may visit the museum for free.
  • Admission ticket includes same-day entrance to The Cloister Museum & Gardens.
  • If you show your New York Pass, admission is FREE! Save 5% Off Any New York Pass! Just Use Coupon Code: nyp5pc2007. .
  • Want to read my analysis of the 3 major discount cards? Click here.
  • Show your Cool Culture Card (coolculture.org) and gain free admission!
  • Show your Bank of America card and receive FREE admission on the first full weekend of every month!
  • Show your New York City Explorer Pass and admission is FREE!
  • If you intend to visit often, consider becoming a member. You'll enjoy free unlimited admission to The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters museum and gardens, members-only emails with advance notice of exhibitions, programs, events, and special offers, access to the exclusive Members Dining Room, 10% discount in The Met Store, plus seasonal Double Discounts,discount on audio guides and Museum parking.

TIP: Take advantage of all the free daily museum tours led by art historians! Most of the tours last an hour and will enhance your enjoyment and understanding of art and any special exhibit. I just took the introductory museum tour and found it to be fascinating. After the historian explained each piece, I came away with a much greater understanding and appreciation of what we viewed together.


THE MET BREUER
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
Telephone: 212-731-1675
www.metmuseum.org

Discounts/Freebies: same as The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's modern and contemporary art program, housed at the old Whitney Museum site,  includes a new series of exhibitions, performances, artist commissions, residencies, and educational initiative. The Met Breuer provides additional space for the public to view the art of the 20th and 21st centuries.



THE MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE
36 Battery Place
Battery Park City, Lower Manhattan
Telephone: 646-437-4202
www.mjhnyc.org
Discounts/Freebies:

  • Free admission every Wednesday from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
  • Children under 12 are always free.
  • Seniors enjoy a $2 discount.
  • Students enjoy a $5 discount.
  • Click on the link above and request a $2 admission discount for anyone!
  • Show your Cool Culture Card (www.coolculture.org) and gain free admission!
  • If you show your New York Pass, admission is FREE! Save 5% Off Any New York Pass! Just Use Coupon Code: nyp5pc2007. . Want to read my analysis of the 3 major discount cards? Click here.
  • Show your Downtown Pass and admission is free.

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (MOMA)
11 West 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues
Telephone: 212-708-9400
www.moma.org
Discounts/Freebies::

  • Visit for free on Friday nights, from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
  • Children 16 and under are free always.
  • Seniors enjoy a $4 discount.
  • Students enjoy an $8 discount.
  • Free admission for full-time students with current ID from the CUNY, SUNY, Parsons, Pratt, SVA, Columbia University and The New School.
  • Check the High 5 Tix Website. They almost always have $5 tickets for students and a $5 ticket for an accompanying friend or adult.
  • If you show your New York Pass, admission is FREE! Save 5% Off Any New York Pass! Just Use Coupon Code: nyp5pc2007. Want to read my analysis of the 3 major discount cards? Click here.
  • Show your New York City Explorer Pass and admission is FREE!
  • Show your Cool Culture Card (coolculture.org) and gain free admission!


THE MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
Telephone: 212-534-1672
www.mcny.org
Discounts/Freebies:

  • They post “suggested” admission prices, so pay what you wish.
  • Seniors and students enjoy a $4 discount,
  • children under 12 are free always.
  • There is a flat $20 admission fee for families.
  • If you live or work in East Harlem (above 103rd Street), admission is free.
  • If you show your New York Pass, admission is FREE! Save 5% Off Any New York Pass! Just Use Coupon Code: nyp5pc2007. Want to read my analysis of the 3 major discount cards? Click here.
  • If you have an Optimum Rewards card, save 50% off admission tickets.

The New York City Fire Museum
278 Spring Street, SOHO
Telephone: 212-691-1303 www.nycfiremuseum.org
Discounts/Freebies:

  • Seniors and students enjoy a $3 discount.
  • Children under 12 pay just $1!
  • Show your Cool Culture card (coolculture.org) and gain free admission!
  • Admission if free for FDNY/NYPD/DSNY/PANYNJ members and Active US Military service members and Merchant Marine.
  • If you plan to visit often, consider becoming a member to save money and enjoy other perks.

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THE NEW YORK CITY POLICE MUSEUM
25 Broadway, 2nd Floor
Between Morris and Bowling Green
Telephone: 212-480-3100 www.nycpm.org
Discounts/Freebies:

  • Seniors, students and children enjoy a $2 discount.
  • Children under 2 are free always.
  • If you show your New York Pass, admission is FREE! Save 5% Off Any New York Pass! Just Use Coupon Code: nyp5pc2007. Want to read my analysis of the 3 major discount cards? Click here.
  • Show your Cool Culture card (coolculture.org) and gain free admission!
  • Show your Downtown Pass and admission is free.
  • Show your AAA (Automobile Association of America) card and receive a discount.

THE WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART
99 Gansevoort Street in the Meatpacking District
Telephone: 212-570-3600
whitney.org
Discounts/Freebies:

  • Pay-what-you-wish admission on Friday nights from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
  • Free admission for New York City public school students with valid ID.
  • Free admission for for children under 12 year’s old.
  • Full-time students, seniors, and young adults (ages 19-25) enjoy a $6 discount.
  • Show your Cool Culture (CoolCulture.org) and gain free admission!
  • Show your Bank of America card and receive FREE admission on the first full weekend of every month!
  • If you show your New York Pass, admission is FREE! Save 5% Off Any New York Pass! Just Use Coupon Code: nyp5pc2007. Want to read my analysis of the 3 major discount cards? Click here.
  • Show your Bank of America card and receive FREE admission on the first full weekend of every month!.

TIP: Purchase your ticket online to avoid the massive lines!
TIP: Go on one of their free public tours.  (Check the webiste for information on these.)  It will really help you to understand this kind of modern art.


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Virtual Museum Tours

Wanted to visit a NYC museum but didn't have time? Want to RETURN to a museum to take another peak at a gorgeous work of art? No worries. Log on to googleartproject.com for free and take a virtual, self-guided walk through museums worldwide including New York City's Museum of Modern Art.


New York City Museums present amazing opportunities for you and your family. With so many free and discounted admissions, take a day or evening and enjoy! Click on any of the links above above to check for changing exhibits, shows, lectures, and special events at all New York City Museums!


New York City Museums:
Membership Opportunities

If you frequent any of the New York City museums, check out their membership opportunities. Most offer single, family, and other memberships. Many New York City museums extend discounts into their gifts shops, restaurants, special exhibitions, provide guest passes and advance notice of new programs. So, if you frequent a particular museum, look into becoming a member. 


Best Transportation to
New York City Museums

By Subway:
Need help in determining how to best route out your trip? Use this subway map or automatic trip planner!

For information on subway fares,Metrocards and more Click here!

By Bus:
If you'd like to use the bus to get to any New York City museums, Use this bus map to help!

By Car:
Need parking deals near New York City museums? You'll be amazed at the deals I've found. Click here for the best ones around.

By Foot:
Use your handy street map and follow the easiest route to New York City museums.


What To Bring To
New York City Museums

When you venture out for an outing at any of the New York City museums, be sure to pack the essentials. This will help to enhance your day! Be prepared by checking out my tips in the "what to place in your backpack" section of my packing list! You'll be glad you did!


Traveling with Kids to
New York City Museums?

If you are traveling with children, check out my best tips for keeping crankiness to a minimum! I guarantee that there is AT LEAST one tip that will help you during your holiday. Click here and scroll down to the very bottom of the page.


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