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Museum Discounts

​Get free and discounted admission to museums around NYC with our flagship Passport to Museums program and more.

Passport to Museums (for current undergraduate & graduate students)

Get free admission to over 30 incredible museums in New York City through our Passport to Museums program. Browse the list of museums at the bottom of this page who generously provide free admission to Columbia students.

All you need for admission is your CUID with a current semester validation sticker.

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Columbia University & Barnard 204 Kent Hall
Teacher’s College 160 Thorndike Hall
Columbia University Medical Center 1-405C P&S

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Cloisters (students and faculty)

In addition to their participation in Passport to Museums, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cloisters also provide free admission to Columbia University faculty who present a current CUID at the admission desk.

Free admission is available only to the faculty member (does not extend to family members or guests).

El Museo del Barrio (students, faculty, and staff)

As a current Columbia University student, faculty, or staff member, you and a guest will receive free admission to the galleries when you present your valid CUID at El Museo.

ArtsLink (for faculty: class visits)

Complement your curriculum with vibrant arts experiences around New York City. ArtsLink is a concierge service for University faculty through which our team can help arrange group orders and manage the logistics of outings to performances, exhibitions, or other arts events around the city.

We can often subsidize the cost of tickets or museum admission, and can sell tickets directly to students through the Ticket and Information Center.

Browse Passport to Museums Partners:

The Africa Center

While the exhibits are currently closed because of its relocation, check their website to find out where their off-site venue exhibits are being showcased and where you can see their wide range of public programs for adults, families, and schoolchildren, held at locations throughout New York City. The Africa Center aims to transform the international understanding of Africa and promote direct engagement between African artists, business leaders and civil society and their counterparts from the United States and beyond.


Closed for renovations

American Folk Art Museum

The American Folk Art Museum is the premier institution devoted to the appreciation of traditional folk art and creative expressions of contemporary self-taught artists from the United States and abroad. The museum preserves, conserves, and interprets a comprehensive collection of the highest quality, with objects dating from the eighteenth century to the present. Visit for its changing exhibitions, its engaging public programs, and for its award-winning museum shop. Be sure to stop by on a Friday evening for the museum’s ‘Free Music Fridays.’ Each week, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, you can enjoy live folk music in the atrium surrounded by the artworks on view.

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Tuesday-Thursday 11:30am-7pm, Friday 12pm-7:30pm, Saturday 11:30am-7pm, Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00pm Monday closed

The American Numismatic Society

The American Numismatic Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the study of coins, currency, medals, tokens, and related objects from all cultures, past and present. Founded by a group of collectors in New York City in 1858, the Society has the distinction of being the second oldest museum in Manhattan. Besides displays of its holdings, the Society’s headquarters maintains the foremost research collection and library specialized in numismatics in the United States. These resources are used to support research and education in numismatics, for the benefit of academic specialists, serious collectors, professional numismatists, and the interested public. To this end the Society also has an active publications program that oversees the production of journals, monographs, and a magazine, in addition to various online publications and research tools.


Monday – Friday 9:30am to 4:30pm

Asia Society

Asia Society is the perfect place to spend a hour or two. Its collection includes art from all over Asia, from the Middle East to the Far East. The Museum presents exhibits of both traditional Asian works as well as cutting-edge contemporary art of videos and new media art by Asian and Asian American artists from India, Cambodia, China, and many other nations. Be sure to take advantage of the ‘Cell Phone Audio Tour,’ which offers useful commentary directly through your own phone! The Museum Shop offers a great collection of books, arts & crafts, and jewelry.

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Tuesday – Sunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Closed Monday and all major holidays

The Bronx Museum of the Arts

The Bronx Museum of the Arts presents contemporary art exhibitions and a wide range of free public programming that reflect and serve the diverse surrounding communities. Located on Grand Concourse just a few blocks from Yankee Stadium, the museum is only about a 20-minute ride on the B or D train from Columbia. Admission is free for everyone, so bring a friend!

(Photo courtesy The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Lehman College Art Gallery and © Norman McGrath, courtesy Arquitectonica)

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Wednesday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Brooklyn Historical Society

The Brooklyn Historical Society connects the past to the present and makes the vibrant history of Brooklyn tangible, relevant, and meaningful for today’s diverse communities. Founded in 1863, the Brooklyn Historical Society is a nationally recognized urban history center dedicated to preserving and encouraging the study of Brooklyn’s extraordinary 400-year history. Located in Brooklyn Heights and housed in a magnificent landmark building designed by George Post and opened in 1881, today’s BHS is a cultural hub for civic dialogue, thoughtful engagement, and community outreach.

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Wednesday – Sunday 12pm-5pm

Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO

Brooklyn Historical Society is now in two locations! BHS DUMBO is located in the Empire Stores in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

About Empire Stores
Situated in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Empire Stores is one of the few remaining 19th century warehouses that once lined Brooklyn’s waterfront. Erected between 1869 and 1885, Empire Stores housed countless tons of coffee, sugar, jute, animal hides, and many other commodities when Brooklyn was one of the largest commercial waterfronts in the world. Redeveloped and reopened in 2017, Empire Stores is now a hub of food, culture, and tech with BHS DUMBO as the sole cultural institution in the complex.

Note: Brooklyn Historical Society DUMBO is temporarily closed for the installation of their next long-term exhibition. Waterfront, opening in January 2018, will explore the interwoven stories of workers, artists, industries, activists, innovators, families, neighborhoods, and ecosystems to tell the global and local history of Brooklyn’s waterfront.


Monday – Friday 12pm-6pm
Saturday – Sunday 10am-7pm

Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute

CCCADI presents music, dance, and art of Caribbean influence with programs and events featuring emerging locals from the community, along with renowned artists. Their art gallery features contemporary, themed, or historical exhibits that explore the effects of the African Diaspora. Check their website for events taking place while they are moving to a new location.


Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 11AM – 3PM
Wednesday – 11AM – 3PM
Thursday – 11AM – 8PM
Friday – 11AM – 3PM
Saturday – Closed
Sunday -Closed

The Cloisters

The Cloisters are located in Fort Tryon Park, at the northern tip of Manhattan. To get there, just take the M4 to the end of the line, or the A train to the beginning of the park, from which the short stroll to the museum includes a stunning view of the river. The main attraction at The Cloisters is the building itself. With no rotating exhibit, The Cloisters is one permanent exhibition of artwork from the Middle Ages. The museum resembles a medieval church where you will find dozens of religiously themed sculptures, furniture, paintings, and, of course, the mysterious Unicorn tapestries. On Saturday afternoons, the museum offers gallery talks, and during the spring and December season, it offers its popular series of concerts in its chapel. For a serene trip away from the heart of the city, the gardens and stained glass of The Cloisters are the perfect escape.

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March–October: 10:00 a.m.–5:15 p.m.
November–February: 10:00 a.m.–4:45 p.m.

Dahesh Museum

Devoted to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting works by Europe’s academically trained artists of the 19th and early 20th centuries, the Dahesh Museum’s collections include a vast array of traditional paintings and sculptures. Their new salon space features monthly programs and check their website for traveling exhibitions.


Tuesday – Saturday 11am-7pm

El Museo del Barrio

El Museo del Barrio is situated at the intersection of Spanish Harlem (aka El Barrio) and Museum Mile, in a location that perfectly suits its marriage of Latino spirit and New York museum culture. Housed on the lower level of a building it shares with other organizations, El Museo boasts an extensive collection of some of the finest Caribbean and Latin American artwork from all over the world, from South America and Spain to Mexico and El Barrio itself. Inspired by the revolutionary spirit of its history, the museum offers a mix of rotating exhibits and a robust variety of public programs that are not to be missed. El Museo is also home to El Café, a Latino restaurant serving up tasty homemade food.

*As a current Columbia student, faculty, or staff member, you and a guest will receive free admission to the galleries when you present your valid CUID at El Museo.*

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Tuesday – Saturday 11am-6pm, Sunday 12-5pm


A cultural center for all things German, the Goethe-Institut (30 Irving Place) offers everything from language lessons to jazz concerts to readings of contemporary literature. Although it does house a film archive and library of art, literature, and film, many of the Goethe-Institut’s arts offerings take place off site. Be sure to check their website for the most recent information on German film series, art exhibitions, and music and theater performances.

Ludlow 38 is the Goethe-Institut New York’s contemporary art space, made possible with the generous support of MINI, located at 38 Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side. Its mission is to introduce new international perspectives to the downtown art community and to foster dialogue within the aesthetic and sociopolitical context of New York and the United States.

Photo: Goethe-Institut New York © Eduard Hueber / archphoto.


Library Hours: Monday – Friday 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm, 1st & 3rd Saturdays of the month 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Ludlow 38 Hours: Thursday – Sunday 1:00 – 6:00 pm

International Center of Photography

The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. The new ICP Museum opened on June 23, 2016 at 250 Bowery, where visitors can explore image-making’s legacy and its future through dynamic exhibitions and events.

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Monday: CLOSED
Tuesday-Wednesday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday-Sunday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a nonprofit, educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine. Through exhibitions, educational programming and the foremost collection of technologically groundbreaking aircraft and vessels, visitors of all ages and abilities are taken on an interactive journey through history to learn about American innovation and bravery. The mission of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is to promote the awareness and understanding of history, science and service through its collections, exhibitions and programming in order to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth.

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April 1 – October 31: Monday – Friday 10AM – 5PM, Saturday, Sunday & Holidays 10AM – 6PM. November 1 – March 31: Daily 10AM – 5PM. Last ticket sold one hour prior to closing

Japan Society

Japan Society is the leading U.S. organization committed to deepening mutual understanding between the United States and Japan in a global context. Explore Japan and its culture through art exhibitions, dance, theater, film, family programs, language classes, and more. Japan Society’s Gallery is among the premier institutions in the U.S. for the exhibition, research and publication of Japanese art. Visit the gallery exhibitions on your own or enjoy docent-led walk-in tours in the gallery conducted Tues.-Sun. at 2:30 PM. Japanese Language tours are conducted Friday nights at 6 PM.

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Gallery hours: Tuesday -Thursday 11am-6pm; Friday 11 am-9 pm; Sat. & Sun. 11 am-5 pm; closed Mon. & major holidays

The Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum is the preeminent museum in the United States devoted exclusively to over 4,000 years of art and Jewish culture. Whether you visit the elegant Warburg mansion on New York City’s Museum Mile, or enjoy the collections and exhibitions online, you will find yourself on a journey through time and across continents. The Museum’s collection has over 26,000 objects including paintings, sculpture, archaeological artifacts, Jewish ceremonial art, and many other pieces important to the preservation of Jewish history and culture. Artists included in the collection include Marc Chagall, George Segal, Eleanor Antin, and Deborah Kass. Explore collections, exhibitions and more online at

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Saturday through Tuesday 11:00am – 5:45pm
Wednesday – Closed
Thursday – 11:00am – 8:00pm
Friday – 11:00am – 4:00pm

The Met Breuer

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s modern and contemporary art program includes a new series of exhibitions, performances, artist commissions, residencies, and educational initiatives in the landmark building designed by Marcel Breuer [BROY-er] on Madison Avenue and 75th Street.

Photo credit: Ed Lederman


Closed Monday
Tuesday and Wednesday: 10 am–5:30 pm
Thursday and Friday: 10 am–9 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10 am–5:30 pm

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

A favorite of the Core department, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is practically a required stop for any student, professor or human being living in or visiting New York. Located at the edge of Central Park on 5th Ave, the largest museum in New York stretches across 4 blocks from 84th to 80th Street and is an easy 30-minute ride down from 116th and Broadway on the M4 (even if it takes you several trips to get through the whole museum). The Met is arguably the centerpiece of Museum Mile, with an immense permanent collection of modern and classical painting, sculpture, and photography. The Met also houses artifacts from a variety of ancient cultures, in addition to its rotating special exhibits, including rooftop displays. In 2007 the Met opened several new galleries, featuring Hellenistic, Etruscan, and Roman art, to name a few. Also, be sure to check out the Met’s calendar of special events, including toga parties and mixers thrown by the College Group. Finally, if you are looking for a great way to spend a weekend evening, don’t forget the Met is open until nine both nights!

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