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New York City Museums with Free Days

Part of our New York City on a Budget series

LOOKING TO VISIT NYC MUSEUMS THAT WON'T BREAK YOUR BUDGET?
New York museums - they come in all varieties: big & small, artistic & scientific, cultural & historical and, yes, free and not-so-free. Here we will focus on the FREE MUSEUMS and help you decide where you want to visit and when you should go to save money. As you’ll see below, there are several museums that are free every day. Many are free on a certain day of the week, some at certain hours of the day and some on a certain day of the month. Note that some museums rely on donations and although admission is free, they may suggest a “pay as you wish” donation.

Our listing of museums includes those dedicated to the arts, such as the well-known Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum, and some more specialized, such as the Museum of Biblical Art and the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. New York’s cultural museums are dedicated to various ethnicities, such as American Indians, Japanese, Chinese, Jewish, Africans and Scandinavians. Take a look back in time at the New York Historical Society or check out the historical weaponry at the Harbor Defense Museum. There are also museums that cater to children, offering more hands-on and interactive exhibits. Peruse our list below and see what peaks your interest.

One final reminder: Before heading out to one of these museums, be sure to double-check their hours of operation and the admission information at their official website by using the links below. See our map of these museums.

Notes
1.
Click on the column heading Name, Category, Location or Free Day to sort this list accordingly.
2.Point your mouse at the marker to view additional museum information.

Name Info Category Location Free Day Web

Alice Austen House Museum ($3 donation)

Arts

Staten Island

Everyday

Website

American Folk Art Museum

Cultural

Midtown West

Everyday

Website

Asia Society Museum

Cultural

Upper East Side

Fri. 6-9 PM

Website

Bronx Museum of the Arts

Arts

Bronx

Everyday

Website

Brooklyn Children's Museum

Kids

Brooklyn

Thurs. 2-6 PM

Website

Brooklyn Museum

Arts

Brooklyn

1st Sat. 5-11 PM

Website

Children's Museum of Manhattan

Kids

Upper West Side

1st Friday PM

Website

Children's Museum of the Arts

Kids

Lower Manhattan

Thurs. 4-6 PM

Website

China Institute Gallery

Cultural

Upper East Side

Tue/Thu. 5-8 PM

Website

Dyckman Farmhouse Museum (Donation)

History

Inwood

Everyday

Website

Frick Collection

Arts

Upper East Side

Sun. 11a-1 PM
1st Fri. 6-9 PM

Website

Harbor Defense Museum

History

Brooklyn

Everyday

Website

Hispanic Society of America

Cultural

Washington Heights

Everyday

Website

Japan Society Gallery

Cultural

Midtown

Fri. 6-9 PM

Website

Jewish Museum (Limited exhibits on Sat.; Donation on Thurs.)

Cultural

Upper East Side

Thu. 5-8 PM
& Sat.

Website

John A. Noble Museum for Maritime History (donation)

History

Staten Island

Everyday

Website

Leslie–Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

Arts

SoHo

Everyday

Website

Martime Industry Museum

History

Bronx

Everyday

Website

Morgan Library and Museum

Arts

Murray Hill

Fri. 7-9 PM

Website

Museum at Eldridge Street (donation)

Cultural

Lower East Side

Monday

Website

Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Arts

Garment District

Everyday

Website

Museum of Arts and Design (donation)

Arts

Central Park South

Thurs. 6-9 PM

Website

Museum of Chinese in America

Cultural

Lower Manhattan

1st Thursday

Website

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Cultural

Financial District

Wed. 4-8 PM

Website

Museum of Modern Art

Arts

Midtown

Fri. 4-8 PM

Website

Museum of the Moving Image

Arts

Queens

Fri. 4-8 PM

Website

National Museum of the American Indian

Cultural

Financial District

Everyday

Website

New Museum ($2 donation)

Arts

Downtown

Thurs. 7-9 PM

Website

New York Hall of Science

Science

Queens

Fri. 2 – 5 PM
Sun. 10 – 11 AM

Website

New York Historical Society (donation)

History

Upper West Side

Fri. 6-8 PM

Website

New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex & Store

History

Midtown

Everyday

Website

Noguchi Museum

Arts

Long Island

1st Friday

Website

Queens County Farm Museum

History

Queens

Everyday

Website

Rubin Museum of Art

Cultural

Chelsea

Fri. 6-10 PM
Seniors 1st Mon.

Website

Scandinavia House

Cultural

Murray Hill

Everyday

Website

Society of Illustrators

Arts

Lenox Hill

Tues. 5-8 PM

Website

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum ($10 donation)

Arts

Upper East Side

Saturday
5:45-7:45 PM

Website

Sony Wonder Technology Lab

Science

Midtown

Everyday

Website

Studio Museum at Harlem

Cultural

Harlem

Sunday

Website

Van Cortlandt House Museum

History

Bronx

Wednesday

Website

Whitney Museum of American Art (donation)

Arts

Meatpacking Distr.

Fri. 7-10 PM

Website

Yeshiva University Museum

Cultural

Flatiron

Mon/Wed 5-8 PM
Fri. 11-2:30 PM

Website

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Map of New York Museums with Free Days

NOTES
1. Marker colors distinguish the types of museums
on the map, Blue = Kids, Green = Science, Red = Arts, Yellow = History and Purple = Cultural. Click a type at the map top to turn the appearance of that type on or off the map.

2. Click on a map marker or on a name in the listing for detailed information on each museum & its free day program,  including street address, phone number, and a brief description plus links to the official website and free day info.



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