There are a ton of awesome museums in New York City that you can see totally free, contrary to popular belief. “Meh New York is so expensive…” WELL IS IT, but there are real ways to make it cheaper for yo’self, especially when it comes to museums.
Below you will find :
- A list of cool totally free museums by borough
- “Sometimes free” museums by day (lots of museums have certain “free hours”)
- Museums with “suggested admission” (a.k.a. as long as you pay more than $0, you can get in..ahem…The Met…)
- Parks and monuments you can just walk right up to (hellooooo Alexander Hamilton!)
I’ll keep this as updated as possible for you. Be sure to check this when you visit NYC, or if you live here already, check it when you’re planning your fabulous free weekend!
Totally Free Museums:
- MoMA PS1 – New York Residents only. Through October 15, 2017.
- The Lowline Lab: (Open Saturdays and Sundays, 11:00am – 5:00pm)
- Federal Reserve Bank of New York (Museum & Gold Vault Tour, must reserve your space online)
- Theodore Roosevelt’s Birthplace (closed until Fall 2016)
Sometimes Free/Discounted Museums:
- Museum at Eldridge Street Pay what you will
- 9/11 Museum Free after 5:00 p.m.
- The Brooklyn Botanic Garden Free Tuesdays, also free Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Bronx Zoo Pay what you will
- Museum of Jewish Heritage Free from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
- New York Botanical Garden Free grounds passes Wednesdays, Saturdays 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
- Queens Botanical Garden April – October only; Free Wednesdays 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sundays 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
- Staten Island Zoo Free after 2:00 p.m.
- The Museum of Arts & Design Pay what you will 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
- New Museum Pay what you will 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
- Museum of Chinese in America Free first Thursdays of each month
- Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Free 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
- Rubin Museum Free Fridays (6:00 – 10:00pm)
- Museum of the Moving Image Free 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
- First Fridays at the Bronx Museum of the Arts! Free admission from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., and a free concert brought to you by Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts begins at 7:30 p.m.
- The Morgan Library & Museum Free 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
- Asia Society Museum Free 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
- New York Aquarium Free 3:00 or 4:00 – 8:00 p.m., depending on the season
- New York Hall of Science Free Fridays, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. and Sundays, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
- New York Historical Society Free 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
- Nueu Gallerie First Fridays 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
- The Noguchi Museum First Fridays free
- The Brooklyn Historical Society is free Fridays 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
- The Frick Collection is free the first Friday of the month from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Brooklyn Museum: Free first Saturdays of the month (5:00 – 11:00pm, except September)
-Will be free Thursdays starting in January 2017!
- Jewish Museum: Free Saturdays (some exhibits completely closed for the Sabbath)
- Cooper Hewitt: Pay what you will 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Pay what you will 5:45 – 7:45 p.m.
- Frick Collection Pay what you will 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Studio Museum Harlem Free Sundays
Suggested Admission (aka Almost Free):
- El Museo de Barrio (Suggested Daily, Free every third Saturday of the month)
Parks & Monuments (free & outdoors):