I’m going to be honest. I’m not the biggest fan of museums…or really anywhere I feel I have to be quiet. I don’t know why the minute you step into a museum it feels like every word you say is echoing off every wall and everybody is mad at you for disturbing their blank stairs at art they don’t actually understand. But, New York does have some of the best museums in the world so it seemed only right to try a few out. So far, I have been to the Natural History Museum (mainly because I wanted to see the monkey from the movie), the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the MoMA.
The first one I went to was the Natural History Museum. It’s huge. The museum is actually pretty confusing to navigate and the amount of people also aimlessly wondering through the exhibits does not help. I honestly think we missed a few exhibits just because we couldn’t find them. But, it is a great museum. It’s got a lot of cool exhibits. Some are cool shows that teach you about the earth and planets and some that are just really creepy animals that we can all be thankful don’t still exist.
This museum, however, was when I learned from my much more experienced museum going friend the ultimate museum hack. I don’t know if New York City will hate me for telling you this, but I think they will survive. Listen closely, the “suggested donation” is only a suggestion. What I’m trying to say is you don’t have to pay the full amount to get in the museum. At the time, I went I was an intern. I did not have $26 to pay them to look at animals. So I paid $1. You can give them however much you think you can afford.
The second museum I went to was the Met. Again, this is a museum with “suggested donations.” Just remember that when they ask you for $25 and you are just barely affording life in the city. My advice to tackle this museum is to look up the exhibits and the museum map before going and pick a few exhibits you are interested in. It is a lot to conquer in one day. But, they do have some really amazing one-of-a-kind exhibits including an Egyptian Temple given to Jackie O. Also if you happen to be brave enough to be in the city during Christmas, they have one of the prettiest Christmas trees you’ve ever seen decorated.
But, my favorite part of the museum is bar far the roof. Everyone in New York is obsessed with a good rooftop. Especially when that rooftop hosts a bar. And what’s even better, is when that roof overlooks Central Park. The Met has one of the best rooftop bars in the city and it’s open from early May until October. Even better, their website shows it as being only $ (but who knows what they think $ means).
More recently, I visited the MoMA. It took me a while to find the time to go to the MoMA because it is normally expensive to go. But, every Friday they have UNIQLO Free Friday Nights. So naturally I left work early to get in line at 4pm. They tell you on the website to show up after 6pm, but when we showed up almost exactly at 4pm it was perfect. We got into the end of the line right as they let everyone in and we were in in about 5 minutes. It does make the museum a bit more crowded than usual, but it’s worth avoiding the $25 admission (this one is not suggested they mean it). This museum is also a much simpler setup than the others and much easier to get through all the exhibits rather quickly (unless you’re one of those people who pointlessly stares at the art pretending to understand it).
Though I am still not much of a museum person, they are definitely something you have to see when you come to New York. And, it’s good to know that there are some you can get into without breaking the bank. That may be the only time in New York you can get anything for $1 except a slice of pizza. These are the big three museums in the city, but I definitely want to try out more.
What is your favorite museum in New York? Need suggestions for future rainy days!
And, of course, pictures: