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CUNY ID Provides a Free Pass to Many NYC Cultural Institutions

  • By Newmark J-School Staff
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© NYC & Co.

A new program, CUNY Arts, will vastly expand opportunities for CUNY J-School students and other ID holders to connect with the arts in New York City.

The initiative has multiple components:

  • Many of the city’s most prestigious cultural venues will provide free admission or suggested admission prices to CUNY students, faculty and staff
  • Academic courses at CUNY campuses will be augmented through wider access to performances and cultural exhibitions, and to the individuals who make those events happen
  • New degree and certificate programs will be designed to provide CUNY students with skills and education that match the employment needs of the cultural institutions
  • Cultural organizations will provide dozens of paid internships to CUNY students, thereby creating job and career opportunities

Here’s a listing of institutions with free* or suggested admission prices for CUNY ID holders:

American Folk Art Museum*
American Museum of Natural History

Bronx County Historical Society

Bronx Museum

Bronx Zoo (CUNY Students enter for free)

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Brooklyn Museum

The Cloisters
El Museo del Barrio
Green-Wood Cemetery

International Print Center*

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art*

Metropolitan Museum of Art


Museum of the City of New York

Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology*

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Museum of the Moving Image

National Museum of the American Indian—Smithsonian Institution*

New York Hall of Science

The Public Theatre’s New York Shakespeare Festival*

Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Museum of Art

Sculpture Center*

Socrates Sculpture Park

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden

Staten Island Historical Society

Staten Island Children’s Museum

Staten Island Museum

Staten Island Zoological Society

Storefront for Art & Architecture*

Studio Museum in Harlem

Wave Hill

Waterfront Museum