The following cultural institutions will provide free membership benefits to all eligible IDNYC card holders, regardless of when they were issued their IDNYC card:
2016 benefits at the participating institutions not listed above are available only to new cardholders who are issued their IDNYC card on or after January 1, 2016. The date of issue is exactly five years before the expiration date on the face of the card.
Cultural memberships redeemed through IDNYC will be good for one year from the date the membership benefit is redeemed. Institutions have different protocols for enrolling members; check with the participating institution for more details. For the most guaranteed cultural benefits, card holders should redeem memberships in the same calendar year that they are issued their card.
IDNYC card holders are eligible for free memberships only if they have not been a member of the particular institution they’re seeking to join since January 1, 2012. Individuals who have been members of a given institution since that date are not eligible for a free membership through IDNYC.
For each institution's discounts see the range of benefits you will receive below!
Bronx County Historical Society
The Bronx County Historical Society was founded in 1955 to preserve the heritage of this thriving community. The Society administers the colonial era Valentine-Varian House, The Bronx County Archives, and Poe Cottage, the final home of America's great 19th century poet and author, Edgar Allan Poe.Educational programs allow people of all ages to explore firsthand the history of the borough by becoming active participants in the discovery and preservation of the past and present.
Bronx County Historical Society History Buff Membership:
Bronx Museum of the Arts
The Bronx Museum of the Arts is an internationally recognized cultural destination that presents innovative contemporary art exhibitions and education programs and is committed to promoting cross-cultural dialogues for diverse audiences. Since its founding in 1971, the Museum has played a vital role in the Bronx. The Bronx Museum Permanent Collection is composed of over 1,000 artworks encompassing all media. including major pieces by artists of historical significance, including Vito Acconci, Alvin Baltrop, Elizabeth Catlett, Juan Downey, Öyvind Fahlström, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, and Martin Wong.
Bronx Museum of the Arts Membership Benefits:
New York Botanical Garden
The New York Botanical Garden is an iconic living museum and, since its founding in 1891, has served as an oasis in this busy metropolis. As a National Historic Landmark, this 250-acre site's verdant landscape supports over one million living plants in extensive collections. Each year 900,000 visitors enjoy the Garden not only for its remarkable diversity of tropical, temperate, and desert flora, but also for programming that ranges from drop in activities at the Family Garden, to a weekly Green Market and the Bronx Day festival on Daffodil Hill.
New York Botanical Garden Community Grounds Membership for an Individual or Family:
Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater
Building on mission congruence and shared arts and cultural legacy, Pregones Theater and the Puerto Rican Traveling Theater joined forces in early 2014, to become a single, multi-venue company. Now our audiences can gain expanded access to not one but two remarkable Latino stages:
Pregones/Puerto Rican Traveling Theater Membership Benefits:
Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.
Wave Hill Membership Benefits:
Wildlife Conservation Society / Bronx Zoo
The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. As the world's largest urban zoo, the Bronx Zoo features more than 600 species from around the globe.
Use your IDNYC card to join WCS, at the Bronx Zoo, and you will be entitled to:
*enrollment is ONLY available at the Bronx Zoo.
BRIC is the leading presenter of free cultural programming in Brooklyn, and one of the largest in New York City. We present and incubate work by artists and media-makers who reflect the diversity that surrounds us. BRIC programs reach hundreds of thousands of people each year.
BRIC Membership Benefits:
*Pending availability; certain media classes are only open to Brooklyn residents.
Brooklyn Academy of Music
BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) is a multi-arts center located in Brooklyn, New York. For more than 150 years, BAM has been the home for adventurous artists, audiences, and ideas - engaging both global and local communities. With world-renowned programming in theater, dance, music, opera, film, and much more, BAM showcases the work of emerging artists and innovative modern masters.
IDNYC cardholders can receive BAM Level 1 benefits:
Live Performance Benefits:
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Founded in 1910, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment. Situated on 52 acres in the heart of Brooklyn, the Garden is home to over 14,000 kinds of plants and hosts more than 800,000 visitors annually.
BBG Individual Level Membership:
Brooklyn Children's Museum
A pioneer in education, Brooklyn Children's Museum was the first museum created expressly for children when it was founded in 1899. With award-winning, hands-on exhibits and innovative use of its collections, the Museum engages children from pre-school to high school in learning adventures. It is the only children’s museum in New York City, and one of few in the country, to be accredited by the American Association of Museums.
Brooklyn Children’s Museum Individual Membership Package:
The Brooklyn Museum is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. Its roots extend back to 1823 and the founding of the Brooklyn Apprentices’ Library to educate young tradesmen. At the Brooklyn Museum you can explore an extensive and comprehensive permanent collection that includes ancient Egyptian masterpieces, African art, European painting, decorative arts, period rooms, and contemporary art.
Brooklyn Museum Individual Membership Package:
Prospect Park Zoo (ENROLLMENT IS ONLY AVAILABLE AT THE BRONX ZOO)
As a part of the Wildlife Conservation Society, access to the Prospect Park Zoo is included with the WCS IDNYC Membership.
Please refer to “Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo” listing above for further information.
American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition. The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.
American Museum of Natural History-- New York Membership Entails:
Carnegie Hall presents more than 180 concerts each year—from orchestral performances, chamber music, recitals, and choral music to folk, world, musical theater, and jazz. The venue is also home to over 500 independently produced events each year. Through the work of The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall, wide-reaching music education programs serve people in the New York City metropolitan region, across the United States, and around the world, playing a central role in Carnegie Hall's commitment to making great music accessible to as many people as possible. Continually building on its long-standing tradition of excellence and innovation, Carnegie Hall remains one of the world’s premier concert venues.
Carnegie Hall's "Friends" Membership:
Central Park Zoo (ENROLLMENT IS ONLY AVAILABLE AT THE BRONX ZOO)
As a part of the Wildlife Conservation Society, access to the Central Park Zoo is included with the WCS IDNYC Membership.
Please refer to “Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo” listing above for further information.
El Museo del Barrio
El Museo del Barrio, New York's leading Latino cultural institution, welcomes visitors of all backgrounds to discover the artistic landscape of Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American cultures. Their richness is represented in El Museo's wide-ranging collections and exhibitions, complemented by film, literary, visual and performing arts series, cultural celebrations, and educational programs.
El Museo del Barrio AMIGO Membership Benefits:
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.
Lincoln Center was envisioned as a major performing arts center that would develop and present the finest and brightest in all types of performing arts to a diverse audience drawn from all walks of life. Lincoln Center serves three primary roles: world’s leading presenter of superb artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus
IDNYC Friends of Lincoln Center Membership Benefits:
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of the world's largest and finest art museums. Its collections include more than two million works of art spanning 5,000 years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 by a group of American citizens – businessmen and financiers as well as leading arists and thinkers of the day – who wanted to create a museum to bring art and art education to the American people.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Membership Benefits:
The Museum of Modern Art is a place that fuels creativity, ignites minds, and provides inspiration. With extraordinary exhibitions and the world's finest collection of modern and contemporary art, MoMA is dedicated to the conversation between the past and the present, the established and the experimental. Our mission is helping you understand and enjoy the art of our time.
MoMA Membership Benefits:
The Metropolitan Opera is a vibrant home for the most creative and talented singers, conductors, composers, musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers, and dancers from around the world.
Metropolitan Opera Member Benefits:
Museum of Chinese in America
The Museum of Chinese in America aims to engage audiences in an ongoing and historical dialogue, in which people of all backgrounds are able to see American history through a critical perspective, to reflect on their own experiences, and to make meaningful connections between: the past and the present, the global and the local, themselves and others. Seated at the crossroads of New York City’s bustling Chinatown and SoHo neighborhoods, MOCA welcomes diverse groups of visitors from all over the world and right down Canal Street. MOCA began in 1980 as the New York Chinatown History Project, a community-based organization founded by scholar John Kuo Wei Tchen and community activist Charles Lai to promote knowledge and understanding of the history and contributions of Chinese Americans. Today, MOCA is a national cultural anchor and a global destination.
Museum of Chinese in America Membership Benefits :
*Advance registration required. Please contact the Visitor Services Department at email@example.com for more details.
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Created as a living memorial to those who perished during the Holocaust, the Museum honors those who died by celebrating their lives—cherishing the traditions that they embraced, examining their achievements and faith, and affirming the vibrant worldwide Jewish community that is their legacy today. New generations are taught how to recognize and fight contemporary instances of injustice and oppression.
Museum of Jewish Heritage Membership Benefits:
Museum of the City of New York
The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.
Museum of the City of New York Municipal ID Individual Membership Package:
Founded in 1977, the New Museum is a leading destination for new art and new ideas. It is Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum and is respected internationally for the adventurousness and global scope of its curatorial program
New Museum Membership Benefits:
New York City Ballet
New York City Ballet is one of the foremost dance companies in the world, with a roster of spectacular dancers and an unparalleled repertory. The Company was founded in 1948 by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein, and it quickly became world-renowned for its athletic and contemporary style. Jerome Robbins joined NYCB the following year and, with Balanchine, helped to build the astounding repertory and firmly establish the Company in New York.
New York City Ballet Membership Benefits:
New York City Center
New York City Center, now in its 70th year, has played a defining role in the cultural life of the city since 1943. It was Manhattan’s first performing arts center, dedicated by Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in 1943 with a mission to make the best in music, theater and dance accessible to all audiences. Today, City Center is home to many distinguished companies, including City Center's Principal Dance Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, as well as Manhattan Theatre Club; a roster of renowned national and international visiting artists; and its own critically acclaimed and popular programs.
New York City Center Members Benefits:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
An internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Museum is at once a vital cultural center, an educational institution, and the heart of an international network of museums. Visitors can experience special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, lectures by artists and critics, performances and film screenings, classes for teens and adults, and daily tours of the galleries led by museum educators. Founded on a collection of early modern masterpieces, the Guggenheim Museum today is an ever-growing institution devoted to the art of the 20th century and beyond.
Guggenheim Membership Benefits:
The Studio Museum in Harlem
The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society.
Studio Museum Membership Benefits:
The Public Theater
The Public Theater is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare, the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure. The Public continues the work of its visionary founder, Joe Papp, by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, and leading and framing dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day.
Public Theater Membership Package:
Flushing Town Hall
Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, located at historic Flushing Town Hall, was founded in 1979 to be a revitalizing force for its community, a catalyst for developing and promoting the visual and performing arts in Queens, and a bridge to promote intercultural understanding through the arts in the most culturally diverse county in the United States.
Flushing Town Hall Membership Benefits:
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning (JCAL) is a non-profit organization that offers visual, performing and literary arts, arts education and artists’ programs to encourage participation in the arts and to contribute to the cultural enrichment of Queens and the Greater Metropolitan area. The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning is a multidisciplinary urban arts center located in the diverse community of Southeast Queens.
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning Benefits Package:
MoMA PS1 is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the United States. An exhibition space rather than a collecting institution, MoMA PS1 devotes its energy and resources to displaying the most experimental art in the world. A catalyst and an advocate for new ideas, discourses, and trends in contemporary art, MoMA PS1 actively pursues emerging artists, new genres, and adventurous new work by recognized artists in an effort to support innovation in contemporary art.
MOMA P.S. 1 Membership Benefits:
*Not including special ticketed events and programs
Museum of the Moving Image
Museum of the Moving Image advances the understanding, enjoyment, and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media by presenting exhibitions, education programs, significant moving-image works, and interpretive programs, and collecting and preserving moving-image related artifacts. The Museum maintains the nation's largest and most comprehensive collection of artifacts relating to the art, history, and technology of the moving image—one of the most important collections of its kind in the world.
Museum of the Moving Image Individual Membership Benefits:
New York Hall of Science
New York Hall of Science presents 450 exhibits, demonstrations, workshops and participatory activities that explain science, technology, engineering, and math. NYSCI was founded at the 1964–65 World’s Fair and has evolved into New York’s center for interactive science, serving a half million students, teachers, and families each year.
New York Hall of Science Individual Pass Benefits:
Queens Botanical Garden
Queens Botanical Garden is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and demonstrations of environmental stewardship.
Queens Botanical Garden Basic Membership Benefits:
The Queens Museum is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse, ethnic, cultural, and international community.
Queens Museum Family Membership Benefits:
Queens Theatre (QT) is the premier performing arts venue in Queens. QT's mission is to provide quality and diverse performing arts activities that are economically and geographically accessible to the 2.2 million residents of Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the nation, and the surrounding metropolitan region. To foster greater cultural awareness and appreciation, the Theatre presents and produces programs that reflect this diversity and features international, national and local artists.
Queens Theatre Membership Benefits:
Queens Zoo (ENROLLMENT IS ONLY AVAILABLE AT THE BRONX ZOO)
As a part of the Wildlife Conservation Society, access to the Queens Zoo is included with the WCS IDNYC Membership.
Please refer to “Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo” listing above for further information.
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is the result of more than three decades of restoration and development to convert the first home for retired sailors in the United States to a regional arts center. It is a place where history, architecture, visual arts, theater, dance, music and environmental science come together to provide a dynamic experience for all ages. One of the largest, ongoing adaptive reuse projects in America Snug Harbor consists of 26 historic buildings, nine distinctive botanical gardens, a two-acre urban farm, and 10 acres of wetlands on a unique 83-acre, park-like campus.
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden Individual Membership Benefits:
Staten Island Children's Museum
The Staten Island Children’s Museum, located on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens in lovely downtown Staten Island, offers an almost 40,000 square foot facility, with nine exhibits, several classrooms, plus a four acre Meadow. The mission of the Staten Island Children’s Museum is to nurture the creativity and curiosity natural to all children, to recognize and celebrate different learning styles, and to demonstrate vividly that learning can be exciting and fun.
Staten Island Children's Museum Membership Package:
NOTE: All children must be accompanied by an adult. Unaccompanied adults are not admitted to the Museum. Photo ID required for all members upon Museum entry.
Staten Island Historical Society and Historic Richmond Town
Historic Richmond Town is a completely authentic, real and original town and farm museum complex featuring unique treasures dating all the way back to the mid-1600s. The museum's focus is to create opportunities for the public to explore the diversity of the American experience from the colonial period to the present.
Staten Island Historical Society Membership Benefits:
Staten Island Museum
Founded in 1881, the Staten Island Museum, New York City's only general interest museum, engages visitors with interdisciplinary exhibitions and educational programs that explore the dynamic connections between natural science, art and history based on its diverse collections. The Museum is dedicated to making its current and future collections broadly accessible for educators, students, researchers and the general public by providing authentic experiences in the field and at the Museum.
Staten Island Museum Membership Benefits
Staten Island Zoo
The Staten Island Zoological Society was the first zoo in the country to specifically dedicate itself to fulfilling an educational mission. Through effective wildlife exhibitions, promotion of species conservation, educational programs and community outreach the Society has become a powerful instrument for influencing and informing the public about the beauty, value and vulnerability of nature.
Staten Island Zoo Membership Benefits:
NOTE: All children must be accompanied by an adult.