The best New York deals: Youth and senior discounts

Both the young and old can get cheap museum admission, theater tickets and more with these youth and senior discounts.

  • 92nd Street Y

  • Photograph: Wendy Connett

    The Rubin Museum of Art

  • Photograph: Peter Mauss

    Brooklyn Academy of Music

  • Photograph: Richard Termine

    Roundabout Theatre Company

  • Symphony Space

92nd Street Y

Whether you’re a young patron or over 65, there are plenty of ways to find great deals on culture in New York. Venues such as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Rubin Museum and Symphony Space offer youth and senior discounts.

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Discounted tickets at the 92nd Street Y

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The Upper East Side cultural center regularly attracts noteworthy names for its lectures—the fall schedule includes talks with Alicia Keys, Marc Jacobs and Andy Borowitz—but tickets are often priced at $29 or higher. Patrons 35 and under can get discounted tickets for all of 92Y’s programming. This fall, snag cheaper seats to see Jimmy Kimmel (Aug 27 at 8pm; $15, regularly $29) or Zadie Smith and Michael Chabon (Oct 4 at 8pm; $10, regularly $24). • 212-415-5500,

  1. 1395 Lexington Ave, (between 91st and 92nd Sts)
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Free Seniors Day at the Rubin Museum of Art

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

On the first Monday of each month, this institution devoted to art from the Himalayas extends gratis admission to visitors 65 and older. In addition to viewing the museum’s exhibits—including “Candid,” which examines the life and work of Homai Vyarawalla, India’s first female photojournalist—take advantage of free film screenings, writing workshops or guided tours of the galleries. • 212-620-5000, First Monday of every month 11am–5pm; 65 and older free.

  1. 150 W 17th St, (at Seventh Ave)
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Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

Both the old and young can experience culture on the cheap at this Kings County space. BAM’s Senior Cinema program features one free screening of a classic flick per month for those 65 and older—the Marilyn Monroe classic The Seven Year Itch is on offer Fri 17 (10am)—which includes complimentary popcorn and soda. Meanwhile, benefactors in their twenties and thirties who purchase a Friends of BAM membership ($75) can sign up to be a BAMfan; in addition to the usual benefits, such as early access to tickets and discounts at BAMcafé, you’ll also get free invites to cool parties. (One past shindig celebrated the launch of BAM’s special collaborative beer with the Brooklyn Brewery.) • 718-636-4100,

  1. 30 Lafayette Ave, (between Ashland Pl and St. Felix St)
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Even the non-cash-strapped have trouble affording Broadway shows on the regular, but thanks to the Roundabout Theatre Company’s young patrons program—open to those between the ages of 18 and 35—there’s a slightly more affordable way to see plays. HIPTIX membership is free, and by signing up you’ll have access to two $20 mezzanine tickets at any Roundabout performance (shell out $75 for a one-year Gold membership, and you’ll get orchestra seats). The company also hosts a HIPTIX night during each production for members only. • For more information, visit

Symphony Space

Individual membership to this Upper West Side cultural complex is $50 for seniors (normally $75), and the institution offers perks beyond the standard discounts on tickets. Members also receive 20 percent off their tab at Bar Thalia, the space’s bar and café, and are eligible for discounts at dozens of neighborhood shops and restaurants. • 212-864-5400,

  1. 2537 Broadway, (At 95th St)
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