Photo: Columbia Students explore the MoMA as part of a Columbia Night event | Credit: Fadi Kheir
Art shown: Henri Matisse – Dance (I) & Jeannette (IV)
Current & Upcoming Exhibits
Discover the rich arts landscape of Columbia and throughout New York City.
During Fall 2020, we focus our event listing on virtual events which can be attended remotely from wherever you are.
Discover Passport to Museums Partners
Get free admission to the museums below who generously provide this experience to current Columbia students.
All you need for admission is your CUID with a current semester validation sticker.
Get your validation sticker from the Student Service Center in 205 Kent Hall [more info]
September 2020 Update
In light of current social distancing protocols due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many of our partner museums are temporarily closed to in-person visitors. Please check individual museums' websites for the most up-to-date reopening information.
1280 Fifth Avenue (at 109th Street)
New York, NY 10029
Explore facets of contemporary Africa, its diaspora, and people of African descent through performances, installations, talks, readings, and film screenings. The Africa Center does not always have exhibitions on view, so check their events calendar before heading over.
75 Varick St, Floor 11
New York, NY 10013
The American Numismatic Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the study of coins, currency, medals, tokens, and related objects from all cultures, past and present. Founded by a group of collectors in New York City in 1858, the Society has the distinction of being the second oldest museum in Manhattan.
Discover what’s currently on display from their vast collection of coins, medals, and paper currency from every part of the globe.
1040 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10456
Check out the Bronx Museum of the Arts for innovative contemporary art with a focus on artists of color and NYC-based artists. Located on Grand Concourse just a few blocks from Yankee Stadium, the museum is only about a 20-minute ride on the B or D train from Columbia.
Fort Tryon Park
New York, NY 10040
Escape the city without leaving the city. At the top of scenic Fort Tryon Park, you’ll find the Met Cloisters, the branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. The building itself—a 1930s reconstruction featuring elements of medieval French cloisters—is a highlight, as are the serene gardens.
1230 Fifth Avenue (between 104th and 105th street)
New York, NY 10029
Discover the arts of Latino, Caribbean, and Latin American cultures through El Museo’s wide-ranging exhibitions and exciting public programs. As a current Columbia student, faculty, or staff member, you’ll receive free admission for yourself plus a guest with your valid CUID.
79 Essex Street
New York, NY 10002
Take a deep dive into the medium of photography. ICP’s acclaimed exhibitions cover the full spectrum of photography, from early daguerreotypes, documentary images, and contemporary photography to multimedia installations that employ both traditional and digital techniques.
333 East 47th Street
New York, NY 10017
For a crash course in Japanese arts and culture (past and present), get yourself to Japan Society, a true hidden gem in the neighborhood of two major NYC landmarks—Grand Central Station and the U.N. Headquarters. Its gallery regularly features expertly curated and designed exhibitions, and its auditorium hosts one-of-a-kind performances from Japan’s leading theater and dance artists. And don’t forget to take a moment to savor the calm of the lobby’s indoor garden.
1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
New York, NY 10028
What’s your pleasure: art from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania? Painting, sculpture, drawings, photographs, artifacts? Historical fashion, musical instruments, interior design, arms and armor? The Met Museum has it all, and more. Whether it’s your first visit or your five hundredth, with its immense collection containing over 5,000 years worth of art from around the world, there is always something new to be found.
22-25 Jackson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
Want to see today’s most experimental, thought-provoking contemporary art? Then MoMA P.S.1 is your destination. P.S.1 isn’t your typical “white cube” museum—it’s housed in a Neo-Romanesque building that was once home to Queens Public School No. 1. Much of the school’s interior architecture was preserved, with the original classrooms and hallways now serving as gallery spaces.
36 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280
Spend a contemplative afternoon at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, which serves as a living memorial to the Holocaust. Explore Jewish history, culture and experience through audio and video testimony of Holocaust survivors, Judaica, Nazi propaganda, and other visual materials. The museum also offers stunning views of New York Harbor, including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. Take a moment to reflect on your visit in the Garden of Stones, a peaceful outdoor installation by artist Andy Goldsworthy.
319 West 107th Street
New York, NY 10025
Take a short stroll down Riverside Drive or Broadway to enjoy the quietly spiritual paintings by Russian artist Nicholas Roerich, displayed in a historic house museum setting. The easy distance and small size of the Roerich Museum make an easy place to walk from campus. If you’re looking for some low-key evening entertainment, check out their calendar of free concerts and poetry readings.
25 W 52nd Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10019
The Paley Center for media is a museum dedicated to television, radio, and film, examining the intersections between media society. Visit and watch any piece of media from its seemingly limitless collection of television and radio shows, commercials, news broadcasts, performing arts programs, and more. Before you go, check their calendar to see what’s playing in their theaters—maybe a David Bowie performance, Jim Henson’s work, or the short films from Saturday Night Live.
515 Malcolm X Boulevard (at 135th Street)
New York, NY 10037
Explore the richness of global Black history, arts, and culture through the Schomburg Center’s exhibitions and dynamic public programs, including live music, film screenings, discussions, and more. One of the New York Public Library’s research libraries, it was initially established in 1925 as the Division of Negro Literature, History and Prints with the collections of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, a Puerto Rican-born Black scholar and bibliophile.
429 West 127th Street
New York, NY 10027
The Studio Museum in Harlem has been a hub for artists of African descent and work inspired and influenced by Black culture since its founding in 1968. Its home on 125th Street is currently being rebuilt from the ground up. In the meantime, you can still engage with issues in contemporary art and black culture through their wide-ranging programs and exhibitions at their temporary space Studio Museum 127 and at partner sites around Harlem and the rest of the city.
2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street)
New York, NY 10023
Delight yourself with authentic, inspired, unconventional, and compelling works by self-taught artists from four centuries across the globe. The American Folk Art Museum is just a short trip down to 66th Street, across from Lincoln Center. Behind its unassuming facade you’ll find a diverse lineup of exhibitions and programs, including live music, film screenings, talks, and more.
725 Park Avenue (between E 70th and 71st Streets)
New York, NY 10021
Savor Asia Society’s intimate and diverse collection of both traditional and contemporary Asian and Asian-American art. With artworks from over a dozen countries spanning an astonishing 3,100 years, you are sure to find inspiration. Enjoy a free guided tour, or take advantage of their Friday late-night hours for a memorable evening out.
128 Pierrepont Street (at Clinton Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
The Center for Brooklyn History (formerly Brooklyn Historical Society) has been a cultural hub for civic dialogue and community outreach since 1863. Located in Brooklyn Heights and housed in a magnificent landmark building designed by George Browne Post, Brooklyn Historical Society has a long history of thoughtful engagement and community outreach.
120 East 125th Street (between Park Ave and Lexington Ave)
New York, NY 10035
Connect to Caribbean culture both past and present at CCCADI, where you can enjoy music, dance, and art from renowned artists as well as emerging artists from the local community. Dedicated to advancing cultural equity and social justice for African descendent communities, CCCADI explores the effects of the African Diaspora and makes invisible histories visible.
30 Irving Place
New York, NY 10003
A cultural center for all things German, the Goethe-Institut offers everything from language lessons to jazz concerts to readings of contemporary literature. In addition to housing a film archive and a library of art, literature, and film, the Goethe-Institut also offers many off-site arts events. Check their website to find upcoming events, and treat the Teutonophile in you with a German film series, art exhibition, music concert, or theater performance.
West 46th Street & 12th Avenue (Pier 86)
New York, NY 10036
Did you ever dream of sailing the open seas, piloting a supersonic jet, or blasting into outer space? Reconnect to those childhood aspirations at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, where you can explore the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets, and a guided missile submarine. Dedicated to promoting awareness and understanding of history, science, and service, the museum’s interactive exhibitions will foster a new appreciation of American innovation.
1109 5th Avenue (at 92nd Street)
New York, NY 10128
Take a deep dive into Jewish art, history, and culture with the Jewish Museum’s stunning collection of nearly 30,000 works of art, ceremonial objects, artifacts, and media reflecting the global Jewish experience over more than 4,000 years. Housed in the historic Warburg mansion, the museum offers education programs for people of all backgrounds, from talks and lectures, to performances, to hands-on art making and more. Works from Marc Chagall, Man Ray, Eva Hesse, and Eleanor Antin are the crown jewels of the museum’s collection of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and photographs.
225 Madison Avenue (between 36th and 37th Streets)
New York, NY 10016
Immerse yourself in a world of rare manuscripts, musical scores, and examples of fine bookbinding. Always on display is the Gutenberg Bible, the book that ushered in the age of printed books in the West, and rotating exhibitions present wonders such as the only extant manuscript of Milton’s Paradise Lost, one of 23 copies of the original Declaration of Independence, and Mozart’s handwritten score of the Haffner Symphony. A museum, independent research library, musical venue, architectural landmark, and historic site, The Morgan offers unprecedented access to scholarly treasures.
11 W 53rd Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)
New York, NY 10019
Expand your horizons and lose yourself in a world of new art and ideas. Newly renovated in 2019, MoMA has added even more gallery space to exhibit pieces from its collection of over 150,000 artworks, including masterpieces such as Monet’s Water Lilies, van Gogh’s The Starry Night, and Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. Not just a still-life experience, MoMA also offers over 1,000 film screenings per year, a summer concert series in their sculpture garden, and a drop-in studio space where visitors can participate in hands-on projects. Whether it’s showing you something you’ve never seen before, or showing you how to see something familiar in a new way, MoMA is always an eye- and mind-opening adventure.
99 Schermerhorn Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Embark on a subterranean adventure at the New York Transit Museum, housed underground in a retired 1930s subway station that spans a full city block. The jewels of the museum’s collection are the 20 vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1907. Visitors can board these cars, step through a time tunnel of turnstiles, discover a working signal tower, and view exhibits dedicated to the stories of NYC’s mass transit system– the extraordinary engineering feats, the workers who labored in the tunnels over 100 years ago, and the communities that were drastically transformed.
32-37 Vernon Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11106
Escape the din of city life at this intimate indoor/outdoor garden museum dedicated to the category-defying, cross-disciplinary works of Isamu Noguchi. With works in stone, metal, wood, and clay, as well as models for public projects and gardens, dance sets, and Akari Light sculptures, there is something for everyone. Noguchi preferred for his pieces to be displayed unaccompanied by titles or text, so you can visit and find your own meanings, or join one of the museum’s guided tours for a wealth of information on this polymath’s creations.
New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368
A museum that embodies its overarching philosophy of openness, the Queens Museum is also a historic site, a community center, and an educational space for all. View the entirety of NYC all at once with its “Panorama of the City of New York,” a 9,335 square foot scale model of the city’s 320 square miles, with every street and park and 895,000 buildings represented. Situated in the famous NYC building that housed the U.N.’s General Assembly from 1946-1952, the Queens museum is steeped in local and international history. After you take in the museum’s current exhibition offerings, enjoy a picnic under the crape myrtle trees on their extended outdoor seating area, integrated with Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
32-01 Vernon Boulevard at Broadway
Long Island City, NY 11106
Find rejuvenation at the Socrates Sculpture Park, a cultural anchor in Queens that displays topical exhibitions of large-scale contemporary public art. Formerly an illegal dumpsite, the scenic 5-acre waterfront landscape is a testament to the reclamation, revitalization, and creative expression that is possible when artists and community members join forces. As the vast majority of the sculptures and multimedia installations exhibited at Socrates are built on-site, visitors have the unique opportunity to witness the art-making process, kindling an appreciation for this labor-intensive work and encouraging interaction between artists, artworks, and the public.
Lenfest Center for the Arts
615 West 129th Street
New York, NY 10027
Connect with your fellow students at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia’s premier visual arts space. Located in the dynamic new Lenfest Center for the Arts, the Wallach presents projects that are organized by graduate students and faculty at Columbia. These exhibitions focus on the contemporary artists of our campus and communities and offer new scholarship on University special collections, offering diverse approaches to the arts and advancing Columbia’s historical, critical, and creative engagement with visual media.
For Faculty & Staff
The Metropolitan Museum of Art &
In addition to their participation in Passport to Museums, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cloisters also provide free admission to Columbia University faculty who present a current CUID at the admission desk.
Free admission is available only to the faculty member (does not extend to family members or guests).
El Museo del Barrio
Complement your curriculum with vibrant arts experiences around New York City. ArtsLink is a concierge service for University faculty through which our team can help arrange group orders and manage the logistics of outings to performances, exhibitions, or other arts events around the city.