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Best museum memberships

Join one of these institutions and reap cultural rewards

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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