Feedback we got from the last year is that a lot of students wanted ISAC to organize trips during the semester. We are still working on that and after talking to a number of graduate students we also thought it might be a good idea to also start sharing information about the cultural opportunities around us. The first in this series of Travel related posts will focus on museum sightseeing in New York City (NYC). More reasons for this series is that we have noticed that a number of students want to visit NYC when they can but think that the cost of access to a lot of places and travel is expensive. These posts will also address some of the ways you can affordably do it. These posts will be tips that you can use. So here goes. Museums in NYC
1. Getting to New York
The cheapest (best) way to get to New York from New Brunswick is to take the bus. Yes the bus. Suburban Transit (Coach USA) Line 100 goes from Princeton to NYC, passing through New Brunswick. As a Rutgers student you can get discounted bus tickets from New Brunswick to NYC (Stops at Port Authority, a block away from Times Square). You can purchase tickets from the Student Activities Business Office (SABO) for $15 Roundtrip. Purchases must be made during the week, check the SABO website for business hours. SABO is located at the Student Activities Center on the College Ave campus.
Travel Cost (NB to NYC): $15 Roundtrip (To and Back)
2. The Museums
New York is the largest city in the United States. With that New York has the best opportunities in visiting a number of museums. The ones highlighted in this post will be the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met). Many museums in NYC ask for a suggested donation for admission, some museums are free, while others always charge a fee(some of these have free days or times). AMNH and The Met are suggested donation museums. They ask you pay the suggested price but you can pay what you can. The Met for example allows you to pay a penny as a donation. AMNH also allows you to pay what you can to access the museum. This makes access to the museums affordable. This means you can access these museums for a $1. The only drawback is that you wont have access to the special exhibits. These special exhibits, are normally a small fraction of the rest of the museum. For example at AMNH you will not be able to access the IMAX or Planetarium presentation.
Cost: Pay as you can for AMNH or The Met
3. Other things to do
As stated before NYC is large and there is a lot to do. You can make your visit more affordable by packing a picnic and enjoying a picnic lunch in Central Park. There a number of guides online on how to experience NYC for cheap. One notable is the NewYorkology Guide.
You can also take other trips to places near New Brunswick like Princeton. Vukosi has a blog post about Princeton: http://beyond.vima.co.za/2011/05/princeton-a-day-in/, you can take a bus to Princeton for less than $5 roundtrip.
We hope to have more of these posts (maybe monthly) so that we can expand the experiences students have. If you would like to share your travel experiences around the area we also would like to hear from you. If you have suggestions of places or would like to submit a post to share with others we also want to hear from you. In general we want to hear from you
Thats it for this short post. We would really like feedback on these posts so you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can comment below.
Update(09/21/2011) : Sep 24 is National Museum Day: entry to most museums will be free. http://bit.ly/mOINvb
Another Update (09/22/2011): From Reshma Nayyar,
MoMA (Museum of Modern Art): www.moma.org
ABOUT: Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world. 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.
FREE/CHEAP ADMISSION DETAILS: FREE admission on Friday evenings from 4-8.30pm: Admission is free for all visitors during Target Free Friday Nights, held every Friday evening from 4:00 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets for Target Free Friday Nights are not available in advance. Your Target Free Friday Night ticket permits you to all other Museum galleries, exhibitions, and films.
LOCATION: 11 West 53 Street New York, NY 10019 (MoMA is located in midtown Manhattan, New York City, at 11 West Fifty-third Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues.)
- Getting to MoMA from the east side of Manhattan: 6 train to 51st Street, transfer to the E or M train; one stop to 53rd Street and Fifth Avenue
- Getting to MoMA from the west side of Manhattan: E or M train to 53rd Street and Fifth Avenue, or B, D, or F train to 47-50 Street Rockefeller Center
The Frick Collection: www.frick.org
ABOUT: The Frick Collection includes some of the best-known paintings by the greatest European artists, major works of sculpture (among them one of the finest groups of small bronzes in the world), superb eighteenth-century French furniture and porcelains, Limoges enamels, Oriental rugs, and other works of remarkable quality.
FREE/CHEAP ADMISSION DETAILS: On Sundays, pay what you wish from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The price of admission includes Acoustiguide audio tour.
1 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
The Onassis Cultural Center: http://www.onassisusa.org/
ABOUT: The Onassis Cultural Center is the main exhibition space of the Foundation located in the Olympic Tower. The Onassis Cultural Center, opened in fall 2000, carries out the mission of the Onassis Foundation (USA) by presenting cultural and artistic activities concerning ancient, Byzantine and modern Hellenic civilization.
FREE/CHEAP ADMISSION DETAILS : FREE Admission for ALL events/exhibitions at the Onassis Cultural Center.
The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA) and the Onassis Cultural Center are located in Olympic Tower in the heart of midtown Manhattan, at 645 Fifth Avenue, entrances on 51st and 52nd Streets, between Madison and Fifth Avenues.