When to Visit these NYC Museums, Galleries, & Attractions for FREE

We all know that having fun with our kids in the City can be heavy on the wallet, so we have listed a number of places to visit which are FREE at certain times. Others have a suggested donation, so you can pay what you can afford.

If you time your visit right, you can have an amazing day out with your little ones, and not have to worry about how many dollars you are having to spend to do so.

9/11 Memorial and Museum
Free on a Tuesday from 5:00 – 8:00pm.

American Folk Art Museum
Always free admission.

American Museum of Natural History
Suggested donation.

The Bronx Zoo
Pay as you wish on a Wednesday.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Tuesday – free all day
Saturday – free from 10:00am – 12noon.
Free winter weekdays (December – February)

Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Free on a Thursday afternoon – 2:00pm – 6:00pm.

Brooklyn Museum
Suggested donation.

Children’s Museum of the Arts
Pay as you wish on a Thursday from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan
The first Friday of the month is free from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

Cooper Hewitt Museum
Pay as you wish on a Saturday from 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Under 18’s are free at all times.

El Museo del Barrio
Suggested donation.

Under 12s go free.

Lehman College Art Gallery
Always free admission.

Museum of Chinese in America
Free on the first Thursday of every month from 11:00am – 9:00pm.
Children under age 12 are free at all times.

Museum of the City of New York
Suggested donation.

Museum of Modern Art
Free on a Friday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Under 16’s are free at all times.

Museum of the Moving Image
Free on a Friday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm.

National Museum of the American Indian
Always free admission.

New York Aquarium
Admission on fall/winter/spring Fridays from 3:00pm – 3:30pm and on summer Fridays from 4:00pm – 5:00pm is by pay as you wish by donation.

New York Botanical Garden
Free grounds admission all day on a Wednesday.
Free grounds admission on a Saturday from 9:00am – 10:00am.

New York Hall of Science
Admission is free on a Friday from 2:00pm
Admission is free on a Sunday from 10:00am – 11:00am.

New-York Historical Society (including DiMenna Children’s History Museum)
Pay as you wish on a Friday from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Queens Botanical Garden
Free admission daily November through March.
Free admission on a Wednesday from 3:00pm – 6:00pm, and on a Sunday from 9:00am – 11:00am the rest of the year (except Festival days).

Queens County Farm Museum
Always free admission (except for some special events which are held throughout the year)

Queens Museum
Suggested donation.

Rubin Museum of Art
Free admission on the first Monday of the month from 11:00 – 5:00pm.
Children 12 and under are free at all times.

Suggested donation.

Staten Island Museum
Suggested donation.

Staten Island Zoo
Free admission on a Wednesday from 2:00pm – 4:45pm.

Studio Museum Harlem
Suggested donation.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Always free admission.

The Cloisters
Suggested donation.

The Jewish Museum
Free on a Saturday from 11:00am – 5:45pm
Pat as you wish on a Thursday from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.
Children 18 and under are free at all times.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Suggested donation.

The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology
Always free admission.

The Noguchi Museum
Free on the first Friday of each month from 10:00 – 5:00pm.
Children under 12 are free at all times.

Wave Hill
Free on a Tuesday and on a Saturday from 9:00am – 12noon.

Whitney Museum
Pay as you wish on a Friday from  7:00pm – 9:30pm.
Children under 18 are free at all times.


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