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- If you’re planning to take in the sights in New York City, it’s important to know exactly how much each of the popular attractions will cost you.
- Many sights and activities in New York City are completely free. Others, however, could cost you upwards of $100 per person.
- We rounded up a list of how much 10 of New York City’s most popular tourist attractions cost.
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Whether it’s your first time to New York City or your millionth, the city’s famous sights truly never lose their splendor.
However, something that many visitors don’t consider when planning their trip to the Big Apple is the number of hidden costs to visit some of New York’s most popular attractions.
Certain beloved tourist destinations are completely free of charge — you can stroll through Central Park or take in the lights and billboards in Times Square without dropping a dime.
However, other tourist attractions may cost you.
Here’s exactly how much it costs to visit 10 of New York City’s most popular tourist attractions.
The Met Museum
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, fondly referred to as "The Met," is perhaps New York City’s most well-known museum. Its grandiose steps and impressive art collection attracted more than 7 million visitors in 2017. Some of the most famous pieces of art you can see at The Met include "Washington Crossing the Delaware" (1851) by Emanuel Leutze, "Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat" (1887) by Vincent van Gogh, and "Bridge over a Pond of Water Lillies" (1889) by Claude Monet.
Cost to enter: For New York State residents as well as New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut students, admission is "pay as you wish" or suggested — meaning, you could technically pay one penny to enter the museum. General admission for visitors not from those states is $25 for adults, $17 for seniors, $12 for students, and is free for patrons and children under 12.
A membership to the museum is $100 per year for New York City residents and $80 for people who live outside a 200-mile radius of New York City. If you’re an out-of-stater who goes to the museum often enough, this membership could pay for itself in just over three visits!
The Empire State Building
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The Empire State Building is undoubtedly one of New York’s most recognizable tourist attractions. On the 86th floor, you can find a wraparound viewing deck that offers 360-degree views of the city and beyond. Some sights you can see from the Observation Deck include Central Park, Times Square, The Statue of Liberty, and more.
Cost to enter: Tickets for the main viewing deck are $38.00 for adults, $32.00 for children, and $36.00 for seniors.
The Whitney Museum of American Art
The Whitney Museum of American Art was founded in 1930 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American artworks. May famous people have supported the Whitney over the years, including Jackie Onassis and Bob Dylan.
Cost to enter: Tickets cost $25 for adults and $18 for seniors, students, and visitors with disabilities. Admission is free for those 18 and under and members of the museum, who pay $90 per year. Pay-what-you-wish tickets are also available on Fridays, 7–9:30 pm. These tickets cannot be purchased ahead of time and should be requested at the admissions desk.
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