New Yorkers get Free Admission to Museums with IDNYC card

New Yorkers get Free Admission to Museums with IDNYC card

New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio rolled out a new identity card for residents of New York city called IDNYC which became available to the public in January, 2015.

The best part about getting the IDNYC Card is that it gives you a one-year FREE membership package at 33 of New York City’s leading cultural institutions, including world class museums, performing arts centers, concert halls, botanical gardens, and zoos in all five boroughs. These membership packages are comparable to each institution’s standard one-year membership package and will give IDNYC card holders a range of benefits including free or discounted admission, and access to special events, and to museum shops and neighborhood businesses.

As an IDNYC cardholder, you also have access to exclusive discounts on movie and Broadway tickets, as well as special offers to top attractions, sporting events, theme parks and more, in New York City and across the country. After you receive your IDNYC card, sign up here to see all the discounts and special offers that you will be eligible for.

How to apply for an IDNYC card

To apply for the New York Municipal ID card, commonly known as the IDNYC card, you will need to provide proof of identity as well as proof that you are a resident of New York City. The full list of acceptable documents can be found here.

There are 12 Enrollment Centers across all five boroughs where you can apply for your IDNYC card. They can be seen on an interactive map here.

Full List of Museums and Cultural Institutions that offer FREE Admission with IDNYC card


Bronx County Historical Society

Bronx Museum of the Arts

New York Botanical Garden

Wave Hill

Wildlife Conservation Society / Bronx Zoo


Brooklyn Academy of Music

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Brooklyn Museum


American Museum of Natural History

Carnegie Hall

El Museo del Barrio

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Museum of the City of New York

New York City Ballet

New York City Center

The Studio Museum in Harlem

The Public Theater


Flushing Town Hall

Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning


Museum of the Moving Image

New York Hall of Science

Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Museum

Queens Theatre in the Park

Staten Island

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden

Staten Island Children’s Museum

Staten Island Historical Society and Historic Richmond Town

Staten Island Museum

Staten Island Zoo

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