The New Museum on the Lower East Side is the only dedicated contemporary art museum in Manhattan.
With seven storeys of galleries housing temporary exhibitions. The New Museum has a reputation for championing cutting edge art across all mediums.
Expect less big names and fewer tourists than you’ll see uptown in MoMA and Guggenheim.
Where is the New Museum?
The New Museum is located at 235 Bowery, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The closest Subway station is Bowery.
The New Museum is one of 35 museums located in Manhattan. If you’re looking for other museums to visit nearby, it is within easy walking distance of the Tenement Museum and the Museum of Chinese in America.
How much does it cost to visit the New Museum?
General admission costs $18, with discounts for Seniors ($15), Visitors with disabilities ($15) and students ($12). Under 18’s get free entry as do serving military personnel and their families.
If you want the cheapest admission, the New Museum offers Pay What you Wish entry 7pm – 9pm on Thursday evenings.
What is there to see at the New Museum?
The New Museum runs a program of frequently changing temporary exhibitions which showcase lesser known artists.
These include works that are sculpture, painting and film. You can find out what’s currently showing at the museum and what they’ll have in the future on the New Museum website, here.
Tips for visiting the New Museum
Pay What You Want Thursday
For discounted entry to the New Museum visit on a Thursday evening. That’s when the museum offers Pay What you Wish entry from 7pm – 9pm.
Take a tour
The New Museum offers forty-five minute tours Tuesday – Sunday at 3pm as well as 12:30pm Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Meet in the Museum lobby five minutes prior to the tour start time.
Explore the Neighbourhood
The New Museum is located in one of the hippest neighbourhoods in Manhattan. Make time to explore the boutiques on Elizabeth Street and grab some lunch in Tacombi.
Visit the Tenement Museum
Located five minutes from the New Museum, the Tenement Museum offers a unique museum experience taking you back in time.