By Allie Beam

Here at Teachers College, all students are able to visit museums in the city of New York for a free or lowered cost. All you have to do is get a “Museum Passport” sticker for your ID from the Graduate Student Life and Development office (GSLD). New York can be expensive, so it’s fun to have options that are cost-free. You may be thinking, “Where do I even start? There are so many great museums in the city!” If you are having these thoughts, this is the article for you. I will be ranking my top five museums in NYC to visit as a student.

5. The Morgan Library Museum

What once was the private library of JP Morgan is now a museum open to the public. If you are a fan of books, you can find a First Edition of Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, drawings by Michelangelo, and three Bibles printed on the Guttenberg press. If you’re a bookworm like me, this is definitely an option for you.

4. The Met

The Met is a New York City staple. As a result, there will be many tourists present but fear not. The museum is big enough for New Yorkers and tourists alike. The Met currently has exhibitions on topics like art in the renaissance, cubism, kimono style, ancient sculpture, Dutch art, and many, many more.


3. The Studio Museum in Harlem

If you like the MoMA but are looking for something closer to campus and more enriched in the community, the Studio Museum is the place for you. A short 17-minute walk from TC, this incredible museum uplifts works by artists of African descent that are inspired by Black culture. On November 17, 2022, a new exhibit by The Studio Museum’s artists-in-residence opened at the MoMA PS1. This exhibition is entitled “It’s time for me to go.”

2. The Brooklyn Museum

This museum is a bit further from campus, but if you’re a commuter student, this may be perfect for you. Coming from campus, simply transfer from the 1 to the 2 at Times Square, and you will be there in under an hour. The Brooklyn Museum is another beautiful art museum in the city that will astonish you with incredible exhibitions.

1. The MET Cloisters

This is my favorite museum in all of New York City. A lovely friend took me here during my first week in NYC, and I fell in love with its beauty and the stunning Fort Trion Park it calls home. The Cloisters are an extension of the Met that is focused on renaissance art and artifacts. My favorite parts of this museum are the gardens and open-air spaces, so I recommend checking it out before it gets too cold.

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