Cheap Ways to Experience World Class Culture in New York (Part 2)

This is the second post detailing how to experience world class culture in NYC. In this post I’ll list my favorite museums and galleries, which are either free or have a suggested donation as well as museums that have cheap nights.

Free/Recommended Admission (I recommend paying this if you can afford it but just know that you don’t have to):

The Met (1000 5th Ave) is one of the best art museums in the world. I especially love the sculpture gallery at the Met. It is just astonishing how realistic and emotive a piece of marble can be. 

The American Museum of Natural History (Central Park West and 79th St) is one of my favorite museums. I remember coming here on many school trips and being amazed by the life-like exhibits. The best thing about this place remains the giant full-size blue whale that hangs above the main gallery.

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Madrid, Spain (or My Fave City in Europe)

My favorite city ever! Jamon sandwiches for 1 euro and Churros con chocolate for breakfast (at Chocolateria San Gines). Also, tapas galore; we ate at Mercado de San Miguel (more of an indoor market where you can get all kinds of different croquetas, jamon, oysters, and fresh juice), Taberna Tempranillo (great wine selection for a few euros a glass and many diffferent kinds of toasts with tomatoes, mushrooms, or cod), and Juanalaloca (tortilla espanola to die for and a really great sirloin fillet with quail egg). What more could you ask for? Oh yeah, a couple of the best museums in the world are free during weekends; I’m looking at you El Prado on Friday night and Queen Reina Sofia on Saturday. Also, handmade espadrilles for low tens of euros at Casa Hernanz (on Calle de Toledo). Add in a huge park (Parque del Retiro) which hosts a bookselling street and you have the perfect city. One interesting thing is that people are literally out at all hours (except morning ones). You will see children playing at 11pm on the playground and seniors chilling out at the cafe at 5am.

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