New York City Museums

…many Museums are actually FREE? Yes, they are!

New York City Museums range from the world-renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC and American Museum of Natural History NYC, to the more specialized, such as The New York City Police Museum or the Museum of American Finance.

Did you know it is possible to see two NYC museums every day for a year and still not cover them all?
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NYC Insider Tip – New York City Museums
Suggested Donation vs. Admission Price

Many New York City Museums are non-profit organizations. Their goal is to make art and culture affordable to everyone. As non-profits, they ask for a “suggested donation” or contribution to access the museum, rather than an admission price. Pay attention when evaluating sightseeing passes, if the “price” is suggested donation or an actual admission cost. Please do donate as these Museums are priceless and the money donated goes back into the NYC Museums, so we can all enjoy them.

Most New York City Museums also offer Free or “Pay-What-You-Wish” days and times. Some are listed at NYC Museums and on the NYC Museums and Tours cheat sheet in the NYC Print Guide and free Mini Guide.

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Most Popular New York City Museums

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museum of Natural History NYC
Museum of
Natural History

Museum of Modern Art
Museum of 
Modern Art

Guggenheim Museum
Guggenheim
Museum


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New York City Museums -MoMA

Museum of Modern Art MOMA

Museum of Modern Art NYC
11 W. 53rd St. (5th/6th Aves)
Subway: E, V to 53rd St.–5th Ave.; F to 57th St.;
B, D, F, V to 47th–50th Sts.–Rockefeller Center

Admission included with New York CityPass, New York Pass and a choice on the New York Explorer Pass;

Admission – $25; $18 seniors; $14 students; children 16 and under free. Open: 7 Days Week

Plan your day at MOMA with the interactive MoMA tool highlighting the best days to visit and best touring plan, based on your preferences.

NYC Insider Ways to Visit the MoMA

1) MOMA Thursday Nights: see all the museum attractions with an added bonus of live music and cash bar cocktails in the The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. The summer music selection showcases Brazil and China. Performances at 5:30 and 7:00 pm. The Garden Cart sells gelato and sorbetto from Il Laboratorio del Gelato and Terrace 5 is open for light refreshments inside the Museum on the fifth floor. Regular NYC Museums admission applies.

2) The Modern – This is not a typical New York City Museum cafe. Everything from the food to the atmosphere and scenery is exquisite. The Modern is part of Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, which also owns Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park, Tabla and many other of NYC’s top rated restaurants. The dining room overlooks the sculpture garden in the middle of the museum and food itself is practically art. Of all the dining in New York City Museums, this is likely the nicest

3) UNIQLO Free Fridays: Like many New York City Museums, MOMA offers free admission every Friday evening from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Since the program launched in 2004, nearly three million visitors have enjoyed free admission and increased accessibility to MoMA’s exhibitions, film screenings and The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. 

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Which Discount Pass is best for New York City Museums?

New York CityPASS
MoMA, The Met, opt. Guggenheim
Natural History & Planetarium

New-York-City-Go-Select-Card-Discount Pass
Options for MoMA, Guggenheim
and Natural History

The New York Pass
MoMA, The Met, Guggenheim
and Natural History

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New York City Museums – The Met

New York City Musems Metropolitan Museum of ArtMetropolitan Museum of Art NYC

1000 Fifth Ave. (at 82nd St)
Manhattan, NY 10028
Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St, walk West from Lex

Suggested Contribution: $25; seniors 65 and older, $17; students, $12 (or free);
Closed Most Mondays.

NY Discount Passes | Special Events | Current Exhibits

Rooftop Garden | Weekend Music with Cocktails | Martini Bar

Info and Hours | Nearby Hotels

“Suggested Contribution” made with New York CityPass, New York Pass or a choice on the New York Explorer Pass

Read all about Jean’s Art Lovers Tour of NYC Museums

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NYC Museums – Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim Museum NYC

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum NYC
1071 Fifth Ave. (89th St)
Manhattan, NY 10128
Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St

Admission (as of 2013) – $22, $18 Students and Seniors (65+), Free children under 12. Closed Thursdays, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Admission included as a choice on New York CityPass (or Top of the Rock), included with the New York Pass or as a choice on the New York Explorer Pass

NYC Insider Ways to Visit the Guggenheim Museum

1) Art After Dark – The Guggenheim hosts really cool after hours art events with a cash bar and music centered around a special exhibition or program. Once the general public has left for the day, usually after 9pm, the museum turns into one of the city’s hottest spots. $22 guests and general public (credit card only at the door).

2) Pay-What-You-Wish: Saturday evenings from 5:45–7:45 pm

Guggenheim Museum Hours:
Sun-Wed, Fri: 10 am–5:45 pm*
Thursday –  Closed
Saturday –  10 am–7:45 pm*, Pay What You Wish 5:45-7:45pm


Guggenheim Museum Current Exhibits

  • Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video - January 24–May 14, 2014
    Carrie Mae Weems is a socially motivated artist whose works invite contemplation of race, gender, and class. Increasingly, she has broadened her view to include global struggles for equality and justice. Although Weems employs a variety of means to address an array of issues, all of her work displays an overarching commitment to better understanding the present by closely examining history and identity. It also contains a desire for universality: while African Americans are typically her primary subjects, Weems wants “people of color to stand for the human multitudes” and for her art to resonate with all audiences. This retrospective includes Weems groundbreaking Kitchen Table Series (1990) and Coming Up for Air (2003-04)
  • Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe – February 21–September 1, 2014
    With this major exhibition, the Guggenheim organizes the first comprehensive overview of Italian Futurism to be presented in the United States. This multidisciplinary exhibition will examine the historical sweep of the movement, from its inception with F. T. Marinetti’s Futurist manifesto in 1909 through its demise at the end of World War II. Presenting over 300 works executed between 1909 and 1944, the exhibition encompasses not only painting and sculpture, but also architecture, design, ceramics, fashion, film, photography, advertising, free-form poetry, publications, music, theater, and performance.
  • Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, Latin America – June 13–October 1, 2014
    Organized by Pablo León de la Barra, Guggenheim UBS MAP Curator, Latin America, the exhibition reconsiders what constitutes contemporary art in Latin America. It investigates the practices of a current generation of artists and examines a diversity of creative responses to shared complex realities influenced by colonial and contemporary histories, repressive governmental agendas, economic crises, and social uprisings, also taking account of concurrent periods of economic wealth, development, and modernization in the region.

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American Museum of Natural History NYC

American Museum of Natural History Planetarium

Museum of Natural History, Hayden Planetarium

Central Park West (at W 79th St.), Manhattan, NY 10024

Suggested Contribution (museum only): $19, $10.5 ages 2-12; Seniors/Students with ID: $14.50

SuperSaver Admission – Adults: $33 Children (2-12): $20.50 Seniors/Students with ID: $25.50. Include admission to Museum and Rose Center for Earth and Space plus all special exhibitions, IMAX films, and Hayden Planetarium.

Only the New York CityPASS includes the Planetarium Space Show.

Many New Yorkers think this is the best of all the New York City Museums. The Planetarium is well worth the price. Anyone who grew up in NY fondly remembers their class trips and Saturdays with their parents at the Planetarium. Check out the spectacular new Space Show, “Journey to the Stars,” narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, that premiered July 4, 2009. Show times approximately every half hour.

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New York City Museums – Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty Museum

Statue of Liberty Museum

If visiting the Statue of Liberty and getting inside the Statue of Liberty Museum and/or climbing Lady Liberty’s Crown is important to you, then stop right here and reserve your Statue of Liberty tickets (Monument Access Pass), either with or without $3.00 Crown Access now!

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9-11 Memorial

9-11 Memorial and Museum

The 9/11 Memorial was dedicated on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and open to the public on September 12, 2011. Tickets to the Memorial are FREE, and reservations are no longer required.

Read all about ways to honor the memories of the thousands of lives lost on 9-11-01 at 9-11 Memorial.

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9-11 Memorial Museum Open (New in 2014)

9-11 Memorial Museum Learn all about the new 9-11 Memorial Museum including facts, fees, free admission night and Insider Tips. Review 9-11 in depth, commemorate those we lost and see WTC artifacts.

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Ground Zero Museum Workshop

Ground Zero Museum Workshop

Ground Zero Museum Workshop – The first Museum created to memorialize the tragedies of 9-11-01. Since it was founded in 2005, before Ground Zero was reconstructed, it resides in the Meatpacking District, and not downtown, where the 9-11 Memorial and future 9-11 Museum are located.

420 West 14th St (9th Ave and Washington Street)
$25 adults, $19 seniors, $19 kids (under 4 free)

Included as a choice on the New York Explorer Pass, the Ground Zero Museum Workshop is a non-profit state museum with artifacts, photos, history, stories, remnants and more. Ticket proceeds are used to cover the museum’s operating costs and also shared with FDNY and 9/11 charities.

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Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

Pier 86, 12th Ave. & 46th Street (Midtown West)
www.intrepidmuseum.org

$19.50 adults, $15.50 seniors, $14.50 kids (under 2 free).
Included in New York Pass and a choice on New York Explorer Pass.

The Intrepid is a such a great New York City Museum attraction – and not to stereotype – but especially for boys and men. However, the Intrepid offers something for the whole family and was one of my favorite NYC things to do as a kid. The Museum is centered on the aircraft carrier Intrepid (CVS-11), one of the most successful ships in US history and features a range of interactive exhibits and events providing a snapshot of heroism, education, and excitement and one of the most unique attractions in New York City. With outdoor movies in the summer, Kids Week in February and special Veteran’s Day activities, the Intrepid has something for everyone all year round.

Best For: Kids or anyone really interested in War history and transportation.  (PS – this is my Dad’s all-time favorite thing to do in NYC, except eating, of course).

NYC Insider Way: Sorry, but private events, such as weddings and charity balls, are the true insider way to have this spectacular museum to yourself for a night.


More New York City Museums

The Paley Center for Media (formerly Museum of Television and Radio)

The New York City Police Museum – The NYPD’s tribute to 165 years of service features exhibits on its history and the tools of its trade, including vintage uniforms, squad cars and firearms. More notorious artifacts are also on view, including a gun used by one of Al Capone’s minions in the 1928 murder of Frankie Yale. Visitors can participate in a simulated police gunfight, see a model jail cell and a 9/11 memorial.

Museum of American Finance

Museum of the City of New York

The New Museum – Founded in 1977, the New Museum is a leading destination for new art and new ideas. It is Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum and is respected internationally for the adventurousness and global scope of its curatorial program. Lower East Side

Like the rest of New York City, many of our less famous Museums are some of the best kept secrets. Examples include, The Frick Collection, The Morgan Library, The Cooper Hewitt, The New York Historical Society, The Museum of The City of New York and International Center for Photography.

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New York City Museum Updates

UNIQLO Free Fridays: Like many New York City Museums, MOMA offers free admission every Friday evening from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Since the program launched in 2004, nearly three million visitors have enjoyed free admission and increased accessibility to MoMA’s exhibitions, film screenings and The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. 

Art After Dark July 2012 | Guggenheim Museum  Art After Dark is a series of seasonal events at the Guggenheim Museum for members and their guests, centered around a special exhibition or program at …

Free NYC Museum Admission for Military Families Summer
Free NYC Museum Admission for Military Families is being offered all summer at more than 40 New York City Museums and gardens. The program, sponsored by Blue Star, allows all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military…

NYC Holiday Candlelight Tours at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum   Step back into the holiday season of 1830 and take a tour of this 200+ year-old treasure by the warm glow of candlelight. Sample traditional confections …

Posadas y Pastorelas Mexican Celebration at Museum of the City of New York  Get into the holiday spirit a la mexicana. Join Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders for its ninth annual presentation of Posadas y Pastorelas,…

Halloween Murder Mystery at Mount Vernon Hotel Museum  Halloween Murder Mystery!. Based on the real mystery surrounding a reported discovery in the building, this fictional game begins with an unidentified …

Remembering 9-11 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art  On Sunday, September 11th at 3:30 p.m., listen to the Wordless Music Orchestra, in The Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing, as they premiere the live …

Candlelight Tours at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum  Experience the magic of the mansion by candlelight – decorated for the holidays. Christmas trees inspired by children’s holiday stories adorn rooms throughout …

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Recent New York City Museums News

Kids Week at the Intrepid Museum

Kids Week at the Intrepid Museum

February 15-24, 2014

The Intrepid Museum offers dynamic, interactive exhibits in the Exploreum Hall and a host of fun-filled, hands-on activities for every member of your family – every day of the week. From special guests and activities galore to flight simulators and multimedia technology, Kids Week at the Intrepid is action packed and filled with excitement.


Two for One Admission at Eight New York City Museums

Get Two for One Admission at Eight New York City Museums through May 31, 2011. The New York City Museum Discovery Pass includes 2 for 1 admission to American Folk Art Museum, Asia Society Museum, International Center of Photography, Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art, Museum of Arts and Design, Museum of Chinese in America, Noguchi Museum and Rubin Museum of Art. Download your New York City Museum Discovery Pass today and start saving!

New York City Museums Pass


See 9 (Nine) New York City Museums for $25

Museum of American Finance NYC

Get $50 of Museum Entries for just $25 with the Downtown Culture Pass!

See how the Brooklyn Bridge was made at the Skyscraper Museum, uncover what makes the NYPD New York’s finest at the New York City Police Museum, find out just exactly what default swaps are at the Museum of American Finance (in photo at left).

Must sees include the Tribute WTC Visitor Center and the 9/11 Memorial Preview Site.

Also included: Museum of Jewish Heritage and National Museum of the American Indian.

How It Works: For a limited time, spend $25 (regularly $50) and get two adult passes to explore eight of Lower Manhattan’s museums. Or, $30 gets you two adult and two children’s tickets (an $80 value). Each pass gives you access to eight of the Financial District’s treasured cultural institutions. You can head straight to the Downtown Culture Pass or, if you missed the limited time deal, the Downtown Culture Pass is always a bargain.


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NYC Museums free days and times for every New York City Museum

New York Museums free days and times downloadable chart.


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  1. NYC Insider Guide, May 1, 2013 4:22 pm - New York City Museums

    UNIQLO Free Friday Nights at the Museum of Modern Art
    Fridays – 4:00 to 8:00 p.m

    UNIQLO Free Friday Nights at the Museum of Modern Art launches on May 3, 2013, and the first 1,000 visitors that night will receive a special, complimentary UNIQLO tote bag. UNIQLO is now the proud, exclusive sponsor of MoMA’s Friday night free admission program which takes place 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., every Friday, throughout the year. Since the program launched in 2004, nearly three million visitors have enjoyed free admission and increased accessibility to MoMA’s exhibitions, film screenings and The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. Also in May, the Museum will begin extending its public schedule to seven days per week.

    More Info: Museum of Modern Art (this series was previously known as “Target Free Fridays”)
    NEW YORK, April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and UNIQLO announced today that UNIQLO, the global clothing retailer, will be the exclusive, multi-year, corporate sponsor of the Museum’s Friday night free admission program, which provides free access to the public to the Museum and all exhibitions from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., every Friday, throughout the year.
    “UNIQLO Free Friday Nights” will provide increased accessibility to the Museum’s exhibitions, collection and film programs for New Yorkers and visitors from around the world. Since the Free Friday Night Program launched in 2004, nearly three million visitors have enjoyed free admission to MoMA’s exhibitions, film screenings and The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, making the Museum one of New York’s favorite Friday night social scenes.
    “Providing free Museum admission year-round helps MoMA fulfill its mission of developing new audiences and making art accessible to a wider public,” said MoMA Director Glenn D. Lowry. “As a major corporate partner, UNIQLO plays an essential role in helping the Museum bring the very best in modern and contemporary art to our diverse national and international audience.”

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