The newest branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened in the landmark former Whitney Museum building (designed by Marcel Breuer; there's an architecture tour you can listen to on the Met's website) in 2016. Exhibits are dedicated to 20th- and 21st-century art, with sculpture, photographs, video, design and paintings from the likes of American and international figures such as Edvard Munch, Claes Oldenburg and Robert Smithson. Your three-day admission includes the main museum, and medieval exhibits at the Cloisters.

Students from CT, NY and NJ can pay as you wish. On the lower-ground floor, Flora Bar is one of the nicest museum drinking spots in New York.

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2. Frick Collection

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3. Bethesda Fountain

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This neoclassical fountain is one of New York’s largest. It’s capped by the Angel of the Waters, who is supported by four cherubim. The fountain, created…

4. Bethesda Terrace

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The arched and frescoed walkways of Bethesda Terrace, crowned by the magnificent Bethesda Fountain, have long been a gathering area for New Yorkers of all…

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6. Ramble


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7. Temple Emanu-El

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8. The Mall

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