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More ways to visit New York City museums on the cheap

Viewing art at a discount

Here’s a baker’s dozen of New York museums that offer free or pay-what-you-wish admission at some point each week. But beware: The lines can get long, so arriving early is a very good idea. (For museums that offer more extended free hours, see the main story.)

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FREE ADMISSION

■Asia Society Museum, 725 Park Ave. at East 70th Street. Free Fri 6-9 p.m. (except July 1 through Labor Day). 212-288-6400, www.asiasociety.org

■El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue at East 104th Street. Free Wed 6-9 p.m. and every third Saturday of the month. 212-831-7272, www.elmuseo.org

■Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place at 1st Place. Free Wed 4-8 p.m. 646-437-4202, www.mjhnyc.org

■Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues. Free Fri 4-8:30 p.m. 212-708-9400, www.moma.org

■Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria, Queens. Free Fri 4- 8 p.m. 718-777-6888, www.movingimage.us

■New Museum, 235 Bowery, between Prince and Stanton streets. Free Thu 7- 9 p.m. (and at all times for ages 18 and under). 212-219-1222, www.newmuseum.org

■Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th St., between Sixth and Seventh avenues. Free Fri 6-10 p.m. 212-620-5000, www.rmanyc.org

■Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island. Free Tue noon-2 p.m. 718-727-1135, www.statenislandmuseum.org

PAY-WHAT-YOU-WISH ADMISSION

■Children’s Museum of the Arts, 103 Charlton St., between Hudson and Greenwich streets. Pay what you wish Thu 4-6 p.m. 212-274-0986, www.cmany.org

■Frick Collection, 1 East 70th St. at Fifth Avenue. Pay what you wish Sun 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Children under age 10 are not allowed into the museum.) 212-288-0700, www.frick.org

■Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. Pay what you wish Thu-Fri 6- 9 p.m. 212-299-7777, www.madmuseum.org

■Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave. at East 89th Street. Pay what you wish Sat 5:45-7:45 p.m. 212-423-3500, www.guggenheim.org/new-york

■Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave. at East 75th Street. Pay what you wish Fri 6-9 p.m. 212-570-3600, www.whitney.org

AND A TIP

Bear in mind, too, that some museums - including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Brooklyn Museum - charge a suggested rather than set admission price. You do have to pay something to get in, but that $25 the Met asks you to pony up? Merely a recommendation.

LAURA COLLINS-HUGHES

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