A Guide to the Museums Open During COVID and How to Visit Them

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Known for its vast array of art and sculpture derived from antiquity to the late-renaissance, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is now open with new COVID safety-measures put in place. NYU students can attend the Met at a discounted price but must reserve a time slot online then purchase a ticket in-person at the admission desk. The admission fee for students is $12 and includes access to exhibitions and same-day entry to both Met locations.

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The Museum of Modern Art features world-famous works from artists of the modern era including Vincent Van Gough, Alfred H. Barr, and a personal favorite of mine, René Margritte. NYU students can receive free admission to the MoMA with a valid student-ID. Tickets cannot be bought in advance and must be picked up at the ticketing desk in the museum’s main lobby. Time slots only last an hour, so make sure to research which exhibits you want to see in advance!

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Coined as the museum where “radical art and architecture meet,” this New York gem is back in business! The Guggenheim asks all visitors to visit their “Before Your Visit” page and review the new modified hours and safety precautions for the exhibit. With a reduced capacity of 25%, timed-tickets are required for entry but discounted for students with a valid student-ID.

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Looking for something different from your typical art museum? Go check out the American Museum of Natural History, full of out-of-this-world exhibits about space, 21st-century science, and dinosaurs! Tickets must be purchased online and include access to permanent museum halls and at least one special exhibition (dependent on the tier of ticket you purchase). For general admission, students receive a discounted ticket at $18 with a valid student-ID and New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut residents receive free admission with valid ID.

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For a mix of both art and history, go check out the Museum of the City of New York. Exhibits highlight important cultural-events like the Black Lives Matter Movement and the life of Former-Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, all tied together with fantastic artwork and commentary relevant to the events. Students receive a discounted ticket at $14 which can be purchased online or in-person, including an hour and a half time slot and access to all exhibits.

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