Cheap Broadway Tickets & Discounts on Museums and Attractions
New York City isn’t as expensive as students might think. Here’s where to find student discounts on Broadway shows, museums, and cultural attractions.
For college students considering a trip to New York City, the price of tourist attractions might make a trip to the Big Apple feel out of reach. Fortunately, New York is a city with thousands of college students who attend 30 local schools – including Columbia, NYU, Hofstra, and Hunter College – so the city is much more student-friendly than travelers may realize.
At many attractions, student discounts can be obtained through using a valid student ID from any college or university, or by obtaining a discount card from the International Student Travel Confederation (ISTC). Here’s where a student can save a bundle during a trip to New York City:
Student Discounts on Broadway Tickets
Broadway tickets can cost hundreds of dollars, but generous student discounts are frequently available. These discounts usually mean a trip to the nosebleed seats, but an inexpensive opportunity to see a play in a Broadway theater makes it worth it. One of the cheapest ways to see Broadway is through student rush tickets, which are often available when the box office opens or a few hours before the beginning of the show. Students can find out if rush tickets will be available, and how competitive it will be to get tickets, by calling the box office.
Student Discount Tickets at Museums
It’s the norm for museums in New York City to offer student discounts. Usually, these prices are good for any day at any time. Many museums also offer free days or “pay as you wish” days, which are great times for students to visit. Also, some museums – like the Metropolitan Museum of Art – offer free admission to students at some local schools. Students should check their school’s admissions office to find out if there are deals like this – or ask other students, as the word is probably out!
Here are some of the many museums in New York City that offer a student discount:
- American Craft Museum – $4.00
- American Museum of Natural History – $7.50 suggested donation
- American Museum of the Moving Image – $5.50
- Brooklyn Museum of Art – $3.00
- Guggenheim Museum – $7 .00
- Jewish Museum – $7.50
- Lower East Side Tenement Museum – $7.00
- Metropolitan Museum of Art – $10.00
- Museum for African Art – $2.50
- Museum of Chinese in the Americas – $1.00
- Museum of Jewish Heritage – $5.00
- Museum of Modern Art (MoMa) – $12.00
- Museum of Television and Radio – $4.00
- Museum of the City of New York – $4.00
- New York City Fire Museum – $2.00
- South Street Seaport Museum – $4.00
- Whitney Museum of American Art – $8.00
Student Discounts on Other Cultural Attractions
New York City is the place to go for opera, dance, and all kinds of cultural attractions. Many offer student discounts or student rush tickets. Here’s a sampling of student bargains.
- Brooklyn Academy of Music: – $10 student rush tickets
- Brooklyn Botanical Gardens – $1.50
- Carnegie Hall – $10.00 student rush tickets
- The Cloisters – $5.00 suggested donation
- Metropolitan Opera – $25.00 and $35.00 tickets to select performances
- New York City Ballet – $12.00 student rush tickets
- New York Botanical Gardens – $2.00
- New York City Opera – $16.00 student rush tickets, and half-price tickets on select performances
- New York Historical Society – $3.00
- New York Philharmonic Orchestra – limited numbers of $10.00 student tickets
The Big Apple for Students
New York City has more attractions than anyone could possibly see in one vacation. Fortunately, students can see their fair share with generous student discounts on many of the city’s most famous landmarks and attractions.