Art is for everyone: NYC museums with student discounts

NYC is a top destination for art and culture, thanks in large part to the many iconic museums in the city. Whether you’re an art aficionado or only go to galleries for the gram, museum visits are a must for any trip to the Big Apple.

The New York Public Library just announced that a library card can now get you free access to over 30 museums and cultural institutions in the city. Although only NYC residents can benefit from the free museum pass program through the NYPL, students everywhere can take advantage of discounts off the admission prices at some of the best museums in the city. Plus, many museums have designated hours during which admission prices are lowered significantly or waived entirely.

Next time you visit NYC, bring your student ID card and experience the best that the city has to offer without paying full price.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Student ticket: $12 ($13 off the regular $25 ticket)

Other discounts: For any students enrolled or living in a school in New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut, admission is always Pay-What-You-Wish. Just bring a valid form of student identification or proof of residence!

You may not be able to attend the Met Gala, but you can visit the Met any other time of the year for only $12. The Met is the largest museum in the United States and houses over two million pieces of art spanning the last 5,000 years. Take a tour through time by visiting the galleries at the Met, and then take a stroll through Central Park.

The Guggenheim

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Student ticket: $18 ($7 off the regular $25 ticket)

Special hours: On Saturdays from 5:00pm to 7:45pm, the Guggenheim has Pay-What-You-Wish tickets. Go before 7:15pm, as that’s when ticketing closes.

Not only does the Guggenheim house modern and contemporary art, the building itself was designed by the renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Situated on Museum Mile just a few minutes away from the Met by foot, the Guggenheim is one of the most iconic and memorable architectural destinations in the city.

Whitney Museum of American Art

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Student ticket: $18 ($7 off the regular $25 ticket)

Special hours: On Fridays from 7:00pm to 9:30pm, the Whitney has Pay-What-You-Wish tickets.

The Whitney is a modern and contemporary American art museum with an outdoor terrace that provides extraordinary views of the city. At the Whitney, you can take in both the exhibits and the sunset. Located right off the High Line, the Whitney is a perfect stop during a visit to the Meatpacking District.

Museum of Modern Art

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Special hours: On Fridays from 4:00pm to 8:00pm, admission is FREE. The MoMA recommends arriving after 6:00pm to avoid long lines.

What do Vincent Van Gogh, Andy Warhol, and Pablo Picasso all have in common? They all have famous pieces of art housed at the MoMA. The museum has modern and contemporary art as well as timeless masterpieces. Go to the MoMA to finally cross off “See the original Starry Night painting in person” off your bucket list. You could spend the whole day at the exhibits and still not see all that the museum has to offer.

American Museum of Natural History

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Student ticket: $18 ($5 off the regular $23 ticket)

Other discounts: The museum has Pay-What-You-Wish pricing at the ticket counters, where you can pay less than the $18 student price to get in. The museum offers free public tours that are included with admission.

Indulge your inner kid by going to the Upper West Side’s American Museum of Natural History, where you can stand beneath massive dinosaur fossils and listen to planetarium shows narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. The Natural History Museum is one of the most educational and interactive museums in the city for both children and adults alike. Spanning over 2 million square feet, the museum has a huge number of exhibits, including a seasonal butterfly garden.

Museum of Sex

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Student ticket: $2 off regular price ticket (regular ticket is $17.50 on Monday through Friday before 1pm and $20.50 at all other times)

NYC has a Museum of Sex, because of course it does. Known as MoSex, the museum seeks to preserve and present the history, evolution, and cultural significance of sexuality. The museum also has interactive installations with notable names, such as Jump for Joy: Bouncy Castle of Breasts. Visit MoSex without paying MoMoney by using the student discount.

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