We’ve done some research to put together this nifty, one-stop-shop of the best ways you can get the most out of that student i.d. card at local arts venues in Philly—everywhere from movie theaters to museums to games at Citizens Bank Park. (Just remember to take said i.d. card.)
Student price: $8.25 weekdays and Sundays, $8.75 Fridays and Saturdays
If this price is still too steep, consider going on $5.50 Tuesdays and use the extra cash to get drinks at the Rave’s bar.
Landmark Theaters (Ritz at the Bourse, Ritz East, and Ritz Five)
Student price: $7.75 except Saturdays and holidays. $7 on “Bargain Wednesdays”
Go for the newest hipster films, stay for the intimate theater experience.
Student Price: $7
Although most screenings are free, take advantage of the cheap ticketed films to watch independent movies from around the world.
The Wilma Theater
Student price: $10
The Opera Company of Philadelphia
Student price: $10 for amphitheatre seating two hours before performance time (or half-price to sit anywhere else.)
Student price: $10 online, $8 at the door
Or check out their website for occasional free concerts.
FringeArts (from late August to Mid-September)
Student price: $20 tickets for most shows or $5 off for $15 or more tickets.
Philadelphia Theatre Company
Student price: $10 student rush available every day starting three hours before curtain, and all day Friday, in person only. Students are also invited to volunteer to usher, which will get them a free seat to the show.
Rosenbach Museum & Library
Student price: $5, free on Tuesdays
With exhibits like Sendak in the ’60s and manuscripts from authors like James Joyce, Charles Dickens, Bram Stoker, Lewis Carroll, and William Blake, this place is a goldmine for the literati. The reading room isn’t too shabby either.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Student price: $14, or an invaluable Student Membership for $40, which grants you a year’s worth of free access to the museum, entry to Art After 5, Mount Pleasant, Cedar Grove, the Perelman Building, and more.
For the truly cost conscious, there’s also pay-what-you-wish Sundays after 5 p.m.
The Barnes Foundation
Student price: $10 collection, $15 collection + exhibition
Or free first Sundays of the month.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Student price: The low, low cost of free.
National Museum of American Jewish History
Student price: Anyone 21 and under gets in for $11.
National Constitution Center
Student price: $13
Eastern State Penitentiary
Student price: $10
Creepy is the new cool.
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
Student price: $5
A Philly classic.