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In the fall of 2013, my cousin Chris who owns a gallery in Melbourne planned on visiting New York. He was going for work and had all the big museums on his trip itinerary. Because he lives all the way in Australia, I don’t get to see him very much. This was a perfect opportunity to meet up with him since he was going to be on my side of the world. Since I love museums as well, I asked if I could tag along with him. And NYC CityPASS came in handy for our Big Apple explorations. 

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**Please note that this post has been updated in June 2019. The prices of the attractions and CityPASS have gone up but the savings are still great. Also, you can now use a Mobile Voucher instead of having a pass mailed to you.**

Many cities like New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Toronto, Seattle, and Tampa have CityPasses. The passes allow you to visit many popular tourist attractions and save money. (Please note the Hollywood program ended at the end of February 2014). 

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NYC CityPASS is fantastic! It’s perfect for art lovers like myself. Besides museums like the MET, the MOMA, the Guggenheim, and the American Museum of Natural History, you can also head over to Ellis Island to see the Statue of Liberty, go to the Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center), and to the Empire State Building Observatory.

In all of the times I have visited NYC and including the time I lived there, I had never been to the top of the Empire State nor the Top of the Rock.  I had to cross all of these things off my NYC to do list! I did have time to go to the Statue of Liberty or the Museum of Natural History (I’d already visited before) but here is savings breakdown for what I did do:

Admission prices

Empire State Building – $45
Top of the Rock – $41
Guggenheim – $25
The Met – $25
MOMA – $25

NYC CityPASS costs $133. Even though I didn’t go to every site, I still would have saved $28. That’s a budget meal right in NYC or a lot of coffees! Yay for savings! Please note that you must use your pass within 9 consecutive days after your first visit to one of the sites.

Some photos from the venues I visited using my NYC CityPASS:


The MET Museum CityPass NYC

Outside of the MET

John Chamberlain - The MET

Sculpture by John Chamberlain

Eero Saarinen Tulip Chair

Tulip chair by Eero Saarinen

Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock


While we were at the MOMA, we were able to see a special exhibit of paintings by Rene Magritte. The coolest thing was one of the pieces was on loan from the National Gallery of Australia which was framed by my cousins’ framing company, Fini Frames.

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Said Magritte piece framed by FINI!

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Starry Night by Van Gogh

Monet City

Agampanthus by Claude Monet

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Campbell’s Soup Cans by Andy Warhol


Picasso Sculpture, baby

The Guggenheim

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What a beautiful building

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Ceiling at the Guggenheim

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Christopher Wool

Top Of The Rock (Rockefeller Center)

I went at night so I was able to see an incredible sunset over New York City!

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This sunset was insane!

View From The Top Of The Rock - CityPass NYC

The amazing NYC at night and oh look it’s the Empire State Building!

Top of the Rock

Myself at the Top of the Rock with the Empire State in the background

The Empire State Building Observation Deck

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View of NYC! You can see the Chrysler Building!

View From Empire State Building

Oh NYC I love you!

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