Living in the greatest city in the world is all well and good, but our chances of getting in to see “Hamilton” are the same as everyone else: next to none. Still, it’s a thrill to have the chance at front-row seats through the online ticket lottery, even if the email at 4 p.m. just lets us down gently every day.
Don’t hit the delete button yet though — that email is actually good for a consolation prize. Bring it to the Museum of the City of New York within two days of the lottery, and they’ll waive the admission fee ($14 adults, $10 students). Younger “Hamilton” fans can stop by anytime: Visitors under 20 years old always get in free.
The “Hamilton” free pass is good through the fall, and the museum has several ongoing exhibits that would appeal to fans of the show, from "Picturing Prestige," a history of American portraiture including John Turnbull's painting of Alexander Hamilton that served as the template for the $10 bill, to past and modern activism in the city.
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If you just can’t resist the spring weather this Thursday, May 12, join curator Bruce Weber for a Hamilton-focused Talk & Walkthrough of "Picturing Prestige” at 1 p.m.; tickets are $20.