New York City is wonderful place to visit. When visiting try these New York City museums which are either always free, free on specific days of the week or free for select hours. Find one near you, and take advantage of their generosity. Please look at these following:

Note that this considers general admission only; certain events and special exhibitions may still require a fee.


  • African Burial Ground Memorial Site
  • American Folk Art Museum
  • BRIC House
  • The Bronx Museum of the Arts
  • Federal Hall National Memorial
  • The Federal Reserve Bank
  • General Grant National Memorial
  • Hamilton Grange
  • The Harbor Defense Museum
  • The Hispanic Society of America
  • Irish Hunger Memorial
  • Leslie–Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
  • The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • The New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
  • New York Public Library for the Preforming Arts
  • New York Transit Museum Annex & Store, Grand Central Terminal
  • Queens County Farm Museum
  • Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (grounds and botanical garden only)
  • Socrates Sculpture Park
  • Soldiers and Sailors Monument
  • Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace


  • The following museums typically require paid admission but open their doors for free on specific days or times—though again, some do charge for admission to specific events or sections. Be sure to consult their websites or call ahead if you hope to see a specific exhibition.


  • Museum at Eldridge Street (10am to noon, tours)


  • 9/11 Memorial & Museum (5pm to close)
  • The Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • Morgan Library and Museum (McKim Rooms only, 3 to 5pm)
  • Wave Hill (9am to noon)


  • Bronx Zoo (pay what you will for grounds access; does not include admission to special exhibitions like the Butterfly Garden, Congo Gorilla Forest and Jungle World)
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage (4 to 8pm)
  • New York Botanical Garden (free grounds access; does not include entry to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, special exhibitions like the Orchid Show and Holiday Train Show, Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, Rock and Native Plant Gardens or Tram Tour)
  • Queens Botanical Garden (April through October, 3 to 6pm; all day rest of year)
  • Staten Island Zoo (2 to 4:45pm)


  • Brooklyn Children’s Museum (2 to 6pm)
  • Museum of Arts and Design (pay what you will, 6 to 9pm)
  • New Museum (pay what you will, 7 to 9pm)
  • International Center of Photography (pay what you will, 6 to 9pm)
  • First Thursday of the Month
  • Museum of Chinese in America


  • Asia Society (September through June, 6 to 9pm)
  • Historic Richmond Town (1 to 5pm)
  • Japan Society (6 to 9pm)
  • Morgan Library and Museum (7 to 9pm)
  • Museum of Modern Art (4 to 8pm)
  • Museum of the Moving Image (4 to 8pm)
  • New York Aquarium (pay what you will, 3pm to close; 4pm to close in summer)
  • New York Hall of Science (2 to 5pm)
  • The New-York Historical Society (pay what you will, 6 to 8pm)
  • Rubin Museum of Art (6 to 10pm)

First Friday of the Month

  • Children’s Museum of Manhattan (5 to 8pm)
  • Neue Galerie (6 to 8pm)
  • The Noguchi Museum


  • The Brooklyn Botanic Garden (10am to noon)
  • The Jewish Museum
  • New York Botanical Garden (free grounds pass, 9 to 10am)
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (pay what you will, 5:45 to 7:45pm)
  • Wave Hill (9am to noon)

First Saturday of the Month

  • Brooklyn Museum (5 to 11pm)

Third Saturday of the Month

  • El Museo del Barrio


  • Frick Collection (pay what you will, 11am to 1pm)
  • The Morgan Library and Museum (McKim Rooms only, 4 to 6pm)
  • New York Hall of Science (10 to 11am)
  • Queens Botanical Garden (April through October, 4 to 6pm)
  • Studio Museum in Harlem


  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden (November through February, weekdays)
  • Queens Botanical Garden (November through March, Tuesday through Sunday)

Enjoy New York City!!! Use

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