MoMA PS1 Gives New Yorkers a Year of Free Admission

The new policy will kick off at the opening of Greater New York.

MoMA PS1. Photo: Courtesy MoMA PS1.
MoMA PS1. Photo: Courtesy MoMA PS1.

Get ready to spend some more time in Queens, art loving New Yorkers: MoMA PS1 has just announced a year’s worth of free admission for New York city residents in a post on Instagram.

The museum, the more experimental outpost of the Museum of Modern Art, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2016, is able to offer free entry thanks to a grant from the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, a New York-based philanthropic organization, although the size of the grant is not being disclosed.

The museum previously had a relatively low $10 suggested ticket price for adults, but MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach told the New York Times that he believes the eliminating the cost altogether for local residents will “help our outreach and lower the threshold to enter our art space.” He called the museum “a citizen of all five boroughs with a proud base in Queens.”

New Yorkers will still have to pay up for entry to concerts, performances, fund-raisers, and ticketed events, such as the popular Warm Up series which highlight’s the museum’s Young Architects program.

The free admission policy begins October 11, just in time for the opening of the latest edition of Greater New York, a survey of work by artists living or working in the New York area held every five years. To score a free ticket, visitors will have to offer proof of city residency, such as the recently-introduced NYC ID.


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