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Old 10-05-2011, 10:15 AM
 
Location: Nassau/Queens border
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I wouldn't call a natural history museum the arts. The suggested donation seems to be for people actually struggling financially, or students. It's not just for cheap jerks.

If you want to goto the museum more than a couple times a year, then a membership is a great way to spend a nice fixed amount of money, and still supporting the museum. You also get nice discounts on the special exhibits, which are rarely free.
Some of us really CAN'T afford the full admission price.
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Old 10-05-2011, 11:12 AM
 
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Suggested donations are for anyone who don't feel like paying the outrageous prices. Not just the poor or whomever. As someone who has worked in a museum for years and dealt heavily with their finances, I can tell you most of their money comes from private donations and government funding anyway. Your entry fee is just an added bonus that they will most likely spend on renovations, not on art. That's not to say all museums are this way, but the biggest museum in NYC certainly is. I suspect this is also the case for AMNH.
I always thought most of their money came from private donations and government grants/subsidies. That being said, I took "suggested" as completely voluntary. I usually end up giving a buck just so that I can get a pin and go through security without having anyone grimmace at me.

I think most folks who pay the actual suggested price are tourists domestic and international. They are the only ones that I know that actually stand in line and hand over 20 bucks or more because they haven't read the signs carefully enough. As for me, I don't feel the least bit guilty--NYC already gets a ton from me in taxes.
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Old 10-05-2011, 06:32 PM
 
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As far as I can tell, the membership is totally worth it if you have interested kids. You can feel comfortable that you're "supporting" the museum in some way, don't have to be embarrassed at the desk when you hand in your .24c donation, and a discount on special exhibits is probably worth it on its own. What NY-er goes to this museum not wanting to see the specials? I've seen the rest already, it's the frogs and IMAX that make it worthwhile!

Speaking of the sciences I'm a member at the Botanical Garden in the Bronx and for anyone taking classes there or visiting a few times a year (not so crowded there!), it has been totally worth the money. AMNH membership fee is comparable, and there is also plenty to see in a year's time.

Ooh! Botanical Gardens is a good idea too!

Nudetypist, suggested donations doesn't get you into the special exhibits or IMAX.

As a single mom that doesn't make much money, I think memberships are the way to go. You pay a one time price, and you can go whenever you want and not have to worry about coming up with cash every time you go. I've been to the zoo many times without spending a dime (become a member and bring your own food.) I actually think it's very economical. The important thing is to go enough times so that your trips equal the cost of the membership price (if that makes sense).

I think I will become a member. Thanks for the replies!
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Old 10-05-2011, 07:38 PM
 
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There is free admission with some corporate IDs and its the same if you are a SUNY/CUNY student.
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Old 10-06-2011, 01:20 AM
 
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Isn't this museum "suggested donation" anyway? Means you can give them $0.25 and ask for 25 tickets. Why waste your money on a membership when it's free anyway? If you really are about supporting the arts, then you shouldn't want to save money and donate full price every time.
I could've sworn the price was mandatory. I thought the "suggested donation" was for the East Side museums.

So when my family bought a membership last year, we wasted our money? Well, in that case, we won't be renewing it.

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There is free admission with some corporate IDs and its the same if you are a SUNY/CUNY student.
Damn it!!! I attend College Now, so I have a CUNY ID even though I'm only 16.
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Old 10-06-2011, 06:41 AM
 
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I could've sworn the price was mandatory. I thought the "suggested donation" was for the East Side museums.
It varies by museum and telly the only "suggested admission" on the East Side is the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

MOMA is PAY $25...they just bumped it up from $20, but they will take corprate ID. The Guggenheim is also a set price but they'll take ID. Jewish Museum will take nothing but a fixed price, but they're free on Saturdays.

Cooper-Hewitt...admission only, no corporate.

J.P. Morgan Museum...admission only, no more corporate.

New York Academy of Art...free. (Hooray)

Neue Galley...admission only, no corporate but FREE first Friday of the month.

As far as I know, the only "pay what you wish" every day on the East side is the MET!
But the FRICK is pwyw on Sundays.


I think that the Natural History Museum's policy of "pay what you wish" for basic admission, no frills, is something new.
I distinctly remember that nothing worked unless you got an annual teaser for membership that was good for one visit to "look around." I knew someone who worked there who sent me the occasional pass.

(Gee, with all this talk I guess I'll go over one day next week, it's been several years.)

Botanic Garden in Brooklyn is a set fee and no corporate...a free day for seniors.
NY Botannical Garden in Bronx is very happy with corporate ID...4 people.
Neither is pwyw.

Brooklyn Museum is both pwyw and they happily take corporate ID.

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Old 10-06-2011, 10:52 PM
 
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The Jewish Museum still accepts certain corporate IDs.

The Met and MOMA are free to SUNY and CUNY students.
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Old 10-07-2011, 07:04 AM
 
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The Jewish Museum still accepts certain corporate IDs.

Coney,

Have you personally tried lately with your corporated ID card at the Jewish Museum? It had worked in the past but stopped working about 4-6 months ago although the company is prominantly still listed under "MEMBERS" on there website.
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Old 10-07-2011, 09:47 AM
 
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It varies by museum and telly the only "suggested admission" on the East Side is the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

MOMA is PAY $25...they just bumped it up from $20, but they will take corprate ID. The Guggenheim is also a set price but they'll take ID. Jewish Museum will take nothing but a fixed price, but they're free on Saturdays.

Cooper-Hewitt...admission only, no corporate.

J.P. Morgan Museum...admission only, no more corporate.

New York Academy of Art...free. (Hooray)

Neue Galley...admission only, no corporate but FREE first Friday of the month.

As far as I know, the only "pay what you wish" every day on the East side is the MET!
But the FRICK is pwyw on Sundays.


I think that the Natural History Museum's policy of "pay what you wish" for basic admission, no frills, is something new.
I distinctly remember that nothing worked unless you got an annual teaser for membership that was good for one visit to "look around." I knew someone who worked there who sent me the occasional pass.

(Gee, with all this talk I guess I'll go over one day next week, it's been several years.)

Botanic Garden in Brooklyn is a set fee and no corporate...a free day for seniors.
NY Botannical Garden in Bronx is very happy with corporate ID...4 people.
Neither is pwyw.

Brooklyn Museum is both pwyw and they happily take corporate ID.
Re the Museum of Natural History, the 'pay what you wish' is nothing new at all. I was there when my daughter was a toddler and that was at least 17 years ago. We paid something like $1 each (at the time they asked us what we could pay).
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Old 10-08-2011, 11:32 AM
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I went there yesterday. I enjoyed the exhibits but I was disappointed in the space show. It was about stars. I do not find stars interesting. There is too much to see in one visit. I hope to go again in the near future.

It's a great place to take the family and hang out. I thought it was interesting that no one spoke English. I guess The Museum of Natural History is a favorite amongst tourists.
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