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Destinations, Museums, New York City

Best free museums in New York City

Art for the people! These 28 museums in America's cultural capital are free either entirely or at specifics times.

by Emily Hughes

Who knew a date with Van Gogh could be so cheap?

1
Limited pay what you wish

Pay what you wish Sundays 11a-1p
Adults $20
Seniors (65+) $15
Students (w/ID) $10
Children under 10 are not admitted 

Tuesday - Saturday 10a - 6p
Sunday 11a - 5p

Frick Collection
2
Pay What You Wish Saturday evening
1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th St New York, NY 10128

Pay what you wish Saturdays 5:45 - 7:45p
Adults $25
Seniors & students (w/ valid ID) $18
Children under 12 Free

Sunday 10a - 5:45p
Monday 10a - 5:45p
Tuesday 10a - 5:45p
Wednesday 10a - 5:45p
Thursday Closed
Friday 10a - 5:45p
Saturday 10a - 7:45p

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
3
Pay what you wish
1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

Pay what you wish, ticket includes same-day admission to The Met Fifth Ave, The Met Breuer and The Met Cloisters.

Sunday - Thursday 10a - 5:30p
Friday & Saturday 10a - 9p

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
4
Free first Saturday of the month
200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Pay what you wish and free first Saturday of every month 5-11p
Adults $16
Students & Seniors 62+ $10
Ages 19 & under Free

Monday - Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 11a - 6p 
Thursday 11a - 10p
Friday 11a - 6p
Saturday 11a - 6p
Sunday 11a - 6p

Brooklyn Museum
5
Free Friday nights
11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

Free from 4-8p on Fridays
Protip: Arrive after 6p to avoid initial crowds

Tickets are $25
Monday 10:30a - 5:30p
Tuesday 10:30a - 5:30p
Wednesday 10:30a - 5:30p
Thursday 10:30a - 5:30p
Friday 10:30a - 8:00p
Saturday 10:30a - 5:30p
Sunday 10:30a - 5:30p

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
6

Pay what you wish

American Museum of Natural History
7
Limited pay what you wish
99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014

Pay what you wish on Fridays from 7-10p
Adults $22
Seniors/Students $18
18 and under Free

Wednesday 10:30a - 6p
Thursday 10:30a - 6p
Friday & Saturday 10:30a - 10p
Sunday 10:30a - 6p
Monday 10:30a - 6p
Tuesday Closed

Whitney Museum of American Art
8
Limited free days
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street New York, NY 10016

Free Fridays 7-9p
Adults $18
Children, seniors & students $12
Admission to the McKim rooms only (Mr. Morgan's Library, Study, Rotunda, and Librarian's Office) is free during the following times: Tuesday, 3 - 5p; Friday, 7 - 9p; Sunday, 4 - 6p

Tuesday - Thursday 10:30a - 5p
Friday 10:30a - 9p
Saturday 10a - 6p
Sunday 11a - 6p

The Morgan Library & Museum
9
Free Friday nights
150 West 17th St. New York, NY 10011

Free Fridays 6 - 10p
Adults $15
Seniors $10
Free every first Monday of the month
Students $10
Children (12 and younger) Free

Monday 11a - 5p
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 11a - 9p
Thursday 11a - 5p
Friday 11a - 10p
Saturday & Sunday 11a - 6p

Rubin Museum of Art
10
Pay what you wish
1220 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029

Pay what you wish with suggested $14 admission

Open daily from 10a - 6p. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Museum of the City of New York
11
Pay what you wish
144 West 125th Street New York, New York 10027

Free Sundays, suggested $7 donation otherwise

Thursday 12 - 9p
Friday 12 - 9p
Saturday 10a - 6p
Sunday 12 - 6p
Closed New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.

The Studio Museum in Harlem
12
Always free
One Bowling Green New York, NY 10004

10a-5p daily and Thursday to 8p

National Museum of the American Indian
13
Limited pay what you wish
9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard), Long Island City, NY 11106

Pay what you wish on the first Friday of every month
Admission $10
Senior $5
Student (w/valid ID) $5
NYC public high school students Free

 

Wednesday - Friday 10a - 5p
Saturday & Sunday 11a - 6p
Monday & Tuesday Closed

14
Pay what you wish
New York City Building Flushing Meadows Corona Park Queens, NY 11368

Pay what you wish with a suggested admission of $8 and $4 for seniors. Free for students of New York colleges and universities with current ID.

Wednesday - Sunday 12 -6p

15
Free days, pay what you wish
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St New York, NY 10128

Saturdays free, Pay what you wish Thursdays 5-8p
Adults $15, Seniors 65+ $12, Students $7.50, Children 18 and under are always free

Sunday 11a - 5:45p
Monday 11a - 5:45p
Tuesday 11a - 5:45p
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 11a - 8p
Friday 11a - 5:45p
Saturday 11a - 5:45p

16
Limited pay what you Thursday evenings
2 Columbus Circle New York, NY 10019

Pay what you wish Thursdays 6-9p
Tuesday - Sunday 10a - 6p
Thursday & Friday 10a - 9p
Monday Closed
Closed on major holidays

Adults $16
Seniors $14
Students $12
18 and under Free

17
Pay what you wish
1230 5th Ave New York, NY 10029

Pay what you wish with $9 ($5 for students & seniors) suggested admission, every third Saturday is free.

Tuesday - Saturday 11a - 6p
Sunday 12 - 5p

El Museo del Barrio
18
Always free
12 Fulton St, New York City, NY 10038

Wednesday - Sunday 11a-5p
Closed Monday and Tuesday

South Street Seaport Museum
19
Pay What You Wish Mondays
12 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002

Mondays are pay what you wish, otherwise entry is $14 for adults, $10 for students and seniors and $8 for kiddos 5-17

Sunday - Thursday 10a - 5p
Friday 10a - 3p
Saturday Closed

20
Always free
1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456

Wednesday 11a - 6p
Thursday 11a-6p
Friday 11a-8p
Saturday  11a - 6p
Sunday  11a - 6p
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed

Bronx Museum of the Arts
21
Limited pay what you wish
235 Bowery New York, NY 10002

Pay what you wish Thursdays 7-9p with $2 suggested minimum
General admission is $16
Seniors $14
Students $10

Wednesday 11a - 6p
Thurseday 11a - 9p
Friday - Sunday 11a - 6p
Monday & Tuesday Closed

22
Limited free days

First Thursdays are free
General Admission $10
Seniors and students with ID $5
Children under 12 Free

Tuesday - Sunday 11a - 6p
Thursday 11a - 9p

Museum of Chinese in America
23
Always free
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, New York City, NY 10001

Tues - Fri 12 - 8pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Closed Sundays, Mondays, and legal holidays

The Museum at FIT
24
Always free
613 W 155th St, New York, NY 10032

Tuesday 10a-4:30p
Wednesday  10a-4:30p
Thursday  10a-4:30p
Friday  10a-4:30p
Saturday  10a-4:30p
Sunday 1-4p
Monday Closed

Hispanic Society of America
25
Limited free days
212 W 83rd St, New York, NY 10024

Free first Friday of every month 5-8p
Children & Adults $12
Seniors (65+) $8

Tuesday - Friday 10a - 5p
Saturday 10a - 7p
Sunday 10a - 5p
Monday Closed
 

26
Always free
26 Wooster St, New York, NY 10013

Tuesday 12-6p
Wednesday 12-6p
Thursday 12-8p
Friday  12-6p
Saturday 12-6p
Sunday 12-6p
Monday Closed

27
Pay what you wish
Central Park West at 79th Street New York, NY 10024-5192

Pay what you wish
Suggested General Admission ($22) required to see special exhibits

Open daily from 10a - 5:45p except Thanksgiving and Christmas

Rose Center for Earth and Space
28
Free Tuesdays and Thursdays
100 Washington St, New York, NY 10006

Free admission every Tuesday and Thursday 6p - 8p.

Open daily from 10a - 5p

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