NYC Museums Free Days Calendar

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 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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Which New York City Pass is best for Museums?

New York CityPASS
The Met, opt. Guggenheim
Natural History & Planetarium, 9/11 Memorial & Museum OR Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

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

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