Cheap New York: Affordable New York museums and exhibits

Even starving-artist types can afford admission to these inexpensive shows on view at New York museums.

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So you’d rather not drop $25 to peruse art? Hey, us too! Discover affordable shows currently on view at New York museums in our guide.


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"Mac Conner: A New York Life"

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The career of illustrator McCauley (“Mac”) Conner helped to define the look of midcentury America. One of the original Mad Men, Conner's style was crisp and refined and very urban; life in the big city was a frequent theme. His work, which was published in such magazines as Redbook and McCall’s, owed a lot to the influence of Norman

  1. Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Ave, between 103rd and 104th Sts
  2. Wed Sep 10 - Mon Jan 19
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Science Playground

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Tots learn about technology as they slide and seesaw, climb a giant spiderweb, romp in sand pits and wind their way around big trees. Ages 1 to 6.

  1. New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St, at 47th Ave, 11368
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Wed Dec 31
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"ElectriCity: Powering New York’s Rails"

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Commuters who take the subway for granted got a taste of the system’s complexities during Hurricane Irene, when the MTA revealed that it would take eight hours to power down the system, and another substantial chunk of time to get the trains back up and running. The massive effort to keep mass transit moving is explored in this exhibit, where

  1. New York Transit Museum Boerum Pl, at Schermerhorn St, 11201
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Wed Dec 31
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  1. Prospect Park Zoo 450 Flatbush Ave, at Empire Blvd
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Mon Dec 15
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"Gilded New York"

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The phrase more money, more problems would not have sat well with upper-class early-20th-century New Yorkers, who flaunted their wealth in the form of jewelry, furs and elaborate houses. This exhibit, the first in the newly christened Tiffany & Co. Foundation Jewelry Gallery, displays 100 glamorous costumes, portraits and household objects,

  1. Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Ave, between 103rd and 104th Sts
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Wed Dec 31
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Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao's New York: "Assembled Realities"

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Artist Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao came to the States at age 19 from Taiwan to study photography, but few could imagine the wildly vivid panoramic images he’d grown to be known for. “Assembled Realities” showcases Liao’s work over the past decade, during which he’s focused on capturing the unique spirit of New York City, including spots like

  1. Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Ave, between 103rd and 104th Sts
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sun Feb 15
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"Behind the Screen"

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At the museum’s core exhibit (which was completely updated during renovations), you can put sound effects into film scenes, insert your voice into a part of The Wizard of Oz, or even make a short animated film and e-mail it to yourself. Learn about live video editing in the TV control room, where 14 different camera feeds from a Mets game help

  1. Museum of the Moving Image 36-01 35th Ave, at 37th St, 11106
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Wed Dec 31
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"African Innovations"

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This long-term installation draws on the museum's impressive collection of African art, which spans 2,500 years and the entire continent. Approximately 200 works, arranged chronologically, will show the progression of ancient art to contemporary works in themes such as protection and beauty.

  1. Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy, at Washington Ave
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Wed Dec 31
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“Brooklyn Abolitionists/In Pursuit of Freedom”

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Most New Yorkers know about the draft riots of 1863, but here’s a side of Gotham’s Civil War history you might not be familiar with. This long-term exhibit examines Kings County’s antislavery movement in the 19th century. Slated to run through December 2018, it’s part of a larger collaboration between Weeksville Heritage Center and

  1. Brooklyn Historical Society 128 Pierrepont St, at Clinton St
  2. Wed Nov 26 - Sun Dec 28
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Rocket Park Mini Golf

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Beneath the shadow of two retired NASA rockets, kids can tee off at this real outdoor course that mimics the path of a complete space flight. As they play the nine holes, little ones must take careful aim to avoid gravity wells, wormholes, warped space and asteroids; they'll also learn about the laws of motion that move spaceships through the air.

  1. New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St, at 47th Ave, 11368
  2. Sat Nov 29 - Sun Dec 28
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