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Best museum memberships

Join one of these institutions and reap cultural rewards


City Reliquary Museum

4 out of 5 stars
Museums History Williamsburg

Why spend $50 on a museum as small as the City Reliquary? You’ll be supporting an utterly unique New York institution so quirky, it has a shrine to burlesque complete with vintage pasties.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museums Art and design Central Park

The Met Net Membership is the cheapest membership for one of the big three museums at $70. You’ll also get into the satellite Cloisters and unlimited opportunities to take brunch in the Members Dining Room overlooking Central Park.

Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA)

Museums Soho

A measly $40 ($30 for seniors and students) buys you access to MoCCA’s library during museum hours (the plebs can only sully the pages on Sundays). With more than 1,000 volumes, it’s a small price for hours of graphic immersion.


Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Museums Art and design Midtown West

There’s no point in paying $85 to have unlimited entry if no one will go with you; MoMA allows members to bring five guests along for $5 each. Your membership is also good for film screenings and visits to P.S.1. Contemporary Art Center.


New Museum of Contemporary Art

Museums Art and design Lower East Side

Sixty dollars buys unlimited access to contemporary art exhibitions, 10 percent off the well-curated selection of art books in the gift shop, and notable discounts on the museum’s many talks and musical events.

The Tenement Museum

4 out of 5 stars
Museums History Lower East Side

With numerous tours to take at $22 a pop, a $65 membership with free admission to most tours and reduced entry to the Museum at Eldridge Street, the Abrons Art Center and the Merchant’s House Museum pays for itself.

Whitney Museum of American Art
Photograph: Karin Jobst

Whitney Museum of American Art

Museums Art and design

In addition to the usual, a $85 membership nets you private viewings of exhibitions when the museum is closed on Saturday nights. There’s also a discount program with discounts off more than 50 high-end Upper East Side and Meatpacking District restaurants, boutiques, wine sellers and more.


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