Five Pay As You Wish Museums in NYC You Must Go
Enjoy seeing art and following seasonal exhibitions around museums in NYC? Thinking it’s too expensive to pay 25 dollars for only one visit to a museum? Jealous of European students that can have free or discounted entry to Museums in their home country? For this post, we have hopped into different museums to research about their free nights like hopping into bars that don’t require you to pay an entry cover. Though museums are not yet offering discounts for students, many of them are actually pay as you wish or free at a certain time during the week. Now no matter how old you are, you can enjoy all forms of art without paying for the entry.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Many New Yorkers know for a fact that the MET is always pay as you wish. Meaning the price of the ticket is recommended but visitors have a choice to pay however much they want, so you can choose to pay from 1 cent to $100 as you wish. One more tip, the MET has expanded to include a few other exhibition sites in NYC, such as The Met Brueur and The Met Cloisters. With the same ticket in your hand, you are able to enter all the exhibitions on the same day without having to pay again. Amazing, right?
Where: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028
Sunday–Thursday: 10 am–5:30 pm
Friday and Saturday: 10 am–9 pm
Click here to visit the official site of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum of Modern Art
Thanks to the Japanese apparel brand Uniqlo, MoMA now has its free Friday night too! Visitors may join the free museum visit on Friday afternoons from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to enjoy the contemporary art museum’s exhibitions.
Where: Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019
Saturday – Thursday – 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Friday – 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Uniqlo Free Friday – 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Click here to visit the official site of the Museum of Modern Art
With the building’s unique and modern construction, the Whitney Museum often attracts New Yorker’s attention to find out what collection this museum holds. The American art museum is dedicated to preserve, interpret, and exhibit the most outstanding contemporary American art of the twentieth century. The Whitney Museum was the first museum dedicated to the work of living American artists and the first New York museum to present a major exhibition of a video artist (Nam June Paik in 1982). The new Whitney Museum building, designed by Renzo Piano, also increased the museum’s exhibition and programming space.
Where: Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street, New York, NY 10014
Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday – 10:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday and Saturday – 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Closed on Tuesdays
Free museum Friday from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Click here to visit the official site of the Whitney Museum
Established in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim museum is dedicated to preserve and exhibit impressionist, post-impressionist, early modern and contemporary art while featuring special exhibitions throughout the whole year. Completed in 1959, the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed museum building has been celebrated as the 20th century’s most important architectural landmark.
Where: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street
Sunday to Wednesday and Friday, – 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Saturday -10 a.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Pay as you wish on Saturday night – 5:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
Closed on Thursday
Click here to visit the official site of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Museum of the Moving Image
Museum of the Moving Image promotes the understanding and appreciation of art, history, culture, technologies of film, television and digital media in the 21st century. The museum holds core exhibition, Behind the Screen, to engage visitors into the process of making moving images. Throughout the whole year, the museum also holds movie screening for more than 400 classic and contemporary films.
Where: Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, NY 11106
Wednesdays–Thursdays: 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fridays: 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m. (free admission: 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.)
Saturdays and Sundays: 11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and Tuesdays
Click here to visit the official site of the Museum of the Moving Image