For information about our health and safety guidelines, including our face covering requirements, please see our Plan Your Visit page. Please note: if you don't adhere to our health and safety requirements, you won't be allowed into the building and your ticket will be void. Tickets are nonrefundable.
Do I need to book tickets in advance to visit the Museum?
We strongly recommend booking tickets online ahead of time. A limited number of same-day timed tickets will be available for purchase on-site each day, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Members are strongly encouraged to reserve tickets in advance; this will help you plan your visit and guarantee you a specific time slot. A limited number of same-day tickets will also be reserved for Members.
How much are tickets? What is included with each ticket?
Please see our Tickets page for information on our ticket types and pricing.
Members are entitled to a number of complimentary tickets per visit based on Membership level:
- Individual: 1 ticket per visit
- Dual: 2 tickets per visit
- Insider: 2 tickets per visit
- Trendsetter: 4 tickets per visit
- Groundbreaker: 6 tickets per visit
- Director's Circle: 6 tickets per visit
Complimentary tickets can be used for general Museum admission or special ticketed exhibitions. Members may purchase additional full-price tickets for their guests, excluding Members-only hours and previews.
Do I need to print my tickets?
No. For health and safety reasons, we're unable to collect printed tickets, so please be prepared to show them on your mobile device. We're not able to hold tickets on-site for pickup.
What time should I be at the Museum? What happens when I arrive?
For General Admission, please arrive at the Museum no more than a few minutes before the time on your ticket, as your ticket reflects your entry time into the building. A staff member will scan your ticket and invite you inside at your designated time.
For General Admission PLUS, the time on your ticket reflects the time to be at the entance to the special ticketed exhibition. Please arrive at the Museum at least 15 minutes prior to the time on your ticket, in order to allow enough time to get inside and upstairs to the exhibition entrance. A staff member will scan your ticket at the exhibition entrance.
We ask all ticket holders to get in the line outside the Museum designated for their ticket time. Please be prepared for building entry to take time, as it may take us a little while to make sure everyone is adhering to the new guidelines and to scan everyone’s ticket. We ask for your patience.
Please use the entrance off Eastern Parkway near the subway stop. The parking lot entrance will be reserved for visitors with disabilities.
I booked multiple tickets online, but only received one email and QR code from Showclix. Are my tickets all there?
Yes. All tickets purchased in a single transaction will be included in one QR code (black and white pixelated square) for us to scan.
Are tickets timed? What if I miss my time slot?
Yes. All tickets, including Member tickets, are timed to help control traffic flow and limit building capacity.
If you're late for your ticket time, you will be asked to wait in the standby line. Entry will be permitted as space allows.
Will tickets be available for purchase in person?
Yes. A limited number of same-day, timed tickets will be available on-site each day. Same-day tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Are children required to have tickets to enter? What if my child doesn't have a ticket?
Yes. Everyone ages 4 and up must have a ticket to enter.
All Members at the Dual level and above are entitled to 4 complimentary child admission tickets per visit.
Can I change my ticket time after my reservation is made?
Tickets are nonrefundable, but can be exchanged once with no fees, up to 72 hours prior to the date, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and new requested date. Exchange is based on availability and may take up to 72 hours.
Can I give my ticket to someone else?
Tickets are transferable, so feel free to give your unused ticket to someone else.
For Members, however, benefits are nontransferable, so if you're unable to attend, a friend or family member won't be able to use your complimentary tickets. If you're unable to use your reserved tickets, please email email@example.com or call 718.501.6326 to cancel your order.
Online tickets are sold out, but I’m a Member. Are there additional tickets for Members?
If advance tickets are sold out online, they're sold out for both Members and the general public. We'll have a limited number of same-day tickets available at the Member Services Desk on a first-come, first-served basis, but we cannot guarantee availability.
Do Corporate and University Members, reciprocal Members through the Museum Alliance Reciprocal Program (MARP), and staff from other cultural institutions receive free admission?
Corporate and University Members, reciprocal Members, and staff from other cultural institutions receive free General Admission only.
For General Admission PLUS, reciprocal Members should purchase full-price tickets in advance online, available through Showclix.
Discounted General Admission PLUS tickets are available for purchase on-site for same-day entry for employees of institutions that belong to the Museums Council of the City of New York and current members of AAM or ICOM (must show staff I.D./membership card). Same-day tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and we cannot guarantee availability.
What happens if my Membership expires before my ticket date?
Your Membership must be current on the date of your visit in order to redeem your tickets. If your Membership expires before the date of your visit, you'll need to renew in order to redeem your tickets, or they'll be cancelled.
Will the Museum be open on additional days for Members?
In addition to regular Museum hours, Members can enjoy exclusive previews and viewing hours on select dates. Members can reserve complimentary tickets for these time slots through Showclix. Standard Member admission benefits apply, and additional tickets are not available to purchase. Check our Member Events listing for upcoming events and additional information.
How many times can Members visit ticketed exhibitions?
As a Member, you’re welcome to visit as many times as you’d like, for free!
I’m interested in becoming a Member and reserving special exhibition tickets at the same time. How do I do this?
We can’t wait to welcome you as a Member! You can purchase a Membership and ticket bundle directly on Showclix, and receive both a Membership and ticket reservation in one transaction. You can also become a Member by calling 718.501.6326 or by joining online. Please note: If you join over the phone or online, your Membership will take one full business day to activate, and you'll need to wait until your Membership is active to access online tickets. Please consider the Membership and ticket bundle mentioned above if you'd like immediate access to online tickets.
How do I log in to my account to reserve tickets?
Members can log in to their account on the ticketing site, Showclix, by using the email address associated with their Membership. Please note that, for the purposes of Member tickets and other discounts, there can only be one email address per Membership. Memberships with two cardholders will only have one login email address. To update the email address associated with your Membership, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718.501.6326 (Mondays–Fridays, 9 am–5 pm). Note that any changes to your login will take one full business day to take effect.
I’m getting an error message on the Showclix ticketing site. What should I do?
Please email email@example.com or call 888.718.4253.
If you're a Member and just joined or renewed after a lapse in your Membership, please note that it will take one full business day for your ticketing account to become activated. You'll be able to reserve tickets after one business day or purchase same-day tickets at the Member Services Desk. Be sure to bring your Membership confirmation email and a photo I.D. with you. If you're a Member and experiencing another issue with your ticketing account, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718.501.6326 (Mondays–Fridays, 9 am–5 pm).
I have a question that isn't answered here. What should I do?
Check our general FAQ for additional information about your visit.
If you still have questions not answered here, please feel free to call us at 718.501.6484 or email us at email@example.com.