News IDNYC card gets additional free benefits in 2016 A municipal identification card on display during a press conference as Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the launch of IDNYC. Photo Credit: Uli Seit By IVAN PEREIRA firstname.lastname@example.org @IvanPer4 Updated December 14, 2015 2:08 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email New York's hundreds of thousands of municipal ID card holders will have access to a wider scope of cultural institutions and discounts for New York services come next year. The city announced that the IDNYC program will provide free one-year memberships to seven additional cultural institutions in 2016, including the MoMA, the Metropolitan Opera and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. The venues join 33 museums, art spaces and other locations that are currently offered as an incentive for geting the card. More than 670,000 people have signed up for IDNYC and about 160,000 cultural memberships have been claimed since its launch in January, the city said. Its aim was to New Yorkers, including immigrants not here legally, an easier, accessible form of identification. Applicants must be over 14, and provide proof of identity, such as a passport, visa or Social Security card; and show proof of New York City residency, such as a utility bill. "The first year of IDNYC has demonstrated the broad appeal behind one powerful idea: that all residents should have equal access to the full range of benefits that come with being a New Yorker," acting Cultural Affairs Commissioner Edwin Torres said in a statement. The card will also give users discounts to Citi Bike, tickets to the New York City Football Club, the New York Theatre Ballet and Ballet School, among other places. Representatives from NYIDC's partner programs said they were eager to continue offering the free memberships to their venues. The card is recognized by the NYPD, government offices, 75 banks and financial institutions and other locations that ask for a valid government photo ID. Log onto nyc.gov/idnyc or call 311 for more information on applying. ** The seven cultural institutions that will offer free, one-year memberships with IDNYC for the first time next year: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Museum of Modern Art The New Museum The Metropolitan Opera The Museum of Chinese in America BRIC Arts | Media Pregones Theater The other venues that will continue to offer one year memberships as well. American Museum of Natural History Bronx County Historical Society Bronx Museum of the Arts Brooklyn Academy of Music Brooklyn Botanic Garden Brooklyn Children's Museum Brooklyn Museum Carnegie Hall New York City Ballet El Museo del Barrio Flushing Town Hall Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts Metropolitan Museum of Art Museum of Jewish Heritage Museum of the City of New York Museum of the Moving Image New York Botanical Garden City Center New York Hall of Science MoMA P.S. 1 Public Theater Queens Botanical Garden Queens Museum Queens Theatre in the Park Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden Staten Island Children's Museum Staten Island Historical Society Staten Island Museum Staten Island Zoo Studio Museum in Harlem Wave Hill Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bronx Zoo Alliance of Resident Theatres / New York New York Football Club New York Pass New York Theatre Ballet Roundabout Theatre Company Big Apple RX Food Bazaar NYC Parks Department YMCA By IVAN PEREIRA email@example.com @IvanPer4 Ivan has been a staff reporter with amNewYork since May 2012 and covers breaking news, politics and enterprise stories. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.