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Many NYC Museums are actually FREE?

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.

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Pay attention when evaluating New York City Attractions 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. NYC Museums you can visit during these times include The Bronx Zoo, Whitney Museum, 9-11 Museum, Children’s Museum of the Arts, Guggenheim Museum, Museum of Modern Art, 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 for insider tips on visiting all our Museums.

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9/11 Museum✔ 9/11 or Intrepid
Natural History✔ Admission✔ Admission✔ Admission✔ Admission
✔ Planetarium
Guggenheim✔ TOTR or Guggenheim
Intrepid✔ 9/11 or Intrepid
MET
MoMA 
Liberty/ Ellis✔ Cruise
✔ Grounds
✔ Ellis Island/Immigration
✔ Secret Tour
✔ Cruise
✔ Grounds
✔ Ellis Island/Immigration
✔ Cruise
✔ Grounds
✔ Ellis Island/Immigration
✔ Secret Tour
✔ Ferry/Grounds or Circle Line
Whitney 

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NYC Museums Free Days Calendar

Pay as You Wish and Free Days/Times

Free Download: NYC Department of Cultural Affairs Guide

Mondays – Free and Discounted NYC Museums

Tuesdays – Free and Discounted NYC Museums

Wednesdays – Free and Discounted NYC Museums

Thursdays – Free and Discounted NYC Museums

Fridays – Free and Discounted NYC Museums

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 – 9am – 10 am
  • Wave Hill, 9am to 12pm
  • MoMA A Closer Look for Kids – Saturdays and Sundays, 10:20–11:30 a.m. Engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. A new theme is introduced each month.

Sundays – Free and Discounted NYC Museums

  • Frick Collection, 11:00-1:00 pm
  • Morgan Library & Museum, McKim rooms, 4 to 6 pm
  • New York Hall of Science – 10 am to 11am
  • MoMA A Closer Look for Kids – Saturdays and Sundays, 10:20–11:30 a.m. Engage in lively discussions and fun activities while looking closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art. A new theme is introduced each month.

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UNIQLO Free Fridays

UNIQLO Free Fridays (formerly “Target Free Fridays”) at the Museum of Modern Art is every Friday, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. Admission is free for all visitorsand the line for tickets begins at 54th Street entrance. To avoid long lines, visitors are strongly encouraged to arrive after 6:00 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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Best New York City Museum for Kids

Best NYC Attractions Pass for Museums

 

Sightseeing Pass
NYC Sightseeing Pass

New York Pass
New York City Pass Discounts

Go New York Explorer
New York City Explorer Pass

CityPASS
New York CityPASS


9/11 Museum✔ 9/11 or Intrepid
Natural History✔ Admission✔ Admission✔ Admission✔ Admission
✔ Planetarium
Guggenheim✔ TOTR or Guggenheim
Intrepid✔ 9/11 or Intrepid
MET
MoMA 
Liberty/ Ellis✔ Cruise
✔ Grounds
✔ Ellis Island/Immigration
✔ Secret Tour
✔ Cruise
✔ Grounds
✔ Ellis Island/Immigration
✔ Cruise
✔ Grounds
✔ Ellis Island/Immigration
✔ Secret Tour
✔ Ferry/Grounds or Circle Line
Whitney 

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