NYC Museums

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

Many NYC 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 New York City Passes, if the “price” is suggested donation or an actual admission cost. Please do donate as our NYC Museums are priceless and the money donated goes back into our New York City Museums, so we can all enjoy them.

Most NYC Museums also offer Free or “Pay-What-You-Wish” days and times. NYC Museums you can visit during these times include The Bronx Zoo, Children’s Museum of the Arts, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum NYC, Museum of Modern Art NYC, New-York Historical Society and many others.

The Statue of Liberty Museum is always free, but please read all the fine print so you can be guaranteed a reservation inside the most popular NYC Museum, and not just a pleasant boat tour or ferry ride.

Read more about free times to visit NYC Museums or check the New York City Museums Guide.


Which New York City Pass is best for Museums?

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

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

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

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NYC Museums

Pay as you wish and Free Days/Times

Download the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Guide

Mondays – Free and Discounted NYC Museums

Museum at Eldridge Street – 10-5pm

Tuesdays – Free and Discounted NYC Museums

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Morgan Library & Museum, McKim rooms, 3-5pm
Wave Hill, all or 9am to 12pm, depending on time of year

China Institute Gallery, 6-8pm, depending on time of year

Wednesdays – Free and Discounted NYC Museums

Museum of Jewish Heritage 4 to 8pm
Bronx Zoo, pay-what-you-wish, all proceeds support their animal care work
NY Botanical Garden

Thursdays – Free and Discounted NYC Museums

Museum of Arts and Design (formerly American Craft Museum), 6-9 pm
Children’s Museum of the Arts, 4-6pm
New Museum of Contemporary Art, 7-9pm

Fridays – Free and Discounted NYC Museums

Bronx Museum of the Arts
International Center for Photography (ICP), 5-8pm
MoMA, Uniqlo Free Fridays, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Morgan Library & Museum, McKim rooms, 7 to 9pm
New-York Historical Society – Pay-what-you-wish 6 to 8 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art – Pay-what-you-wish 6 to 9 pm

Saturdays – Free and Discounted NYC Museums

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 10am-noon
Guggenheim, 5:45-7:45 pm
Jewish Museum, 11:00 am – 5:45 pm
NY Botanical Garden, Free grounds access from 10am-Noon
Wave Hill, 9am to 12pm

Sundays – Free and Discounted NYC Museums

Frick Collection, 11:00-1:00 pm
Studio Museum in Harlem
Morgan Library & Museum, McKim rooms, 4 to 6 pm

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