Culture at a discount

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For older Manhattan residents, the city’s cultural institutions offer discounts to walking tours, museum exhibits and more. Some benefits of being a NYC senior:


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Metropolitan Museum of Art

Address: 1000 Fifth Ave.

At The Metropolitan Museum of Art, seniors 65 or over from outside New York State pay $17 admission as opposed to the $25 general admission price. However, all NYS residents can pay as they wish, though the Met urges them to be as generous as possible. According to the museum’s website, tickets are valid for three consecutive days at the Met’s Fifth Avenue location, The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters.

The Guggenheim

Address: 1071 Fifth Ave.

At The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, admission is $18 for seniors 65+ and $25 for adults.

It’s also pay as you wish for everyone on Saturdays during 5-7:45 p.m., so that’s the best time to bring your family.

The Morgan Library & Museum

Address: 225 Madison Ave.

The Morgan features exhibitions devoted to fine art, literature and music. After checking those out, visitors can dine at the Morgan Café, shop or attend a concert or film. Seniors who are 65 and up pay a discounted admission fee of $13 instead of the standard $20.

Central Park Zoo

Address: East 64th St. & Fifth Ave.

Penguins, snow leopards, sea lions, grizzly bears, emerald tree boas, poison dart frogs and lemurs are just some animals you could encounter at a trip to the Central Park Zoo. Check out various attractions from the Polar Circle to the Tropic Zone. Seniors 65+ pay $15, saving $3 off the general charge.

Carnegie Hall Tour

Address: 881 Seventh Ave.

The tour of Carnegie Hall allows visitors to get an in-depth look at some of the most prominent musical performances in the concert hall and learn about the background of the building itself. The Hall’s website says tour guides will shine a light on the building’s 125-year history over the course of a 60-75 minute tour that includes checking out the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Composers Alley and the Rose Museum, where over 400 Carnegie Hall artifacts are on display. Anyone who is 62 or older pays $12, which is $5 less than the adult fee.

United Nations Tour

Address: 405 East 42nd St.

Visitor Check-in Office: 45th St. and First Ave.

The United Nations guided tours include a visit to the General Assembly Hall, the Security Council Chamber, the Trusteeship Council Chamber and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Chamber. The tour will also teach people about how the United Nations looks at issues like disarmament, peace and security and human rights. Those 60 and above are eligible for the ticket discount — $15 instead of the adult $22 price.

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