The Best Free Attractions in New York!!!

10 Apr



New York is known as one of the most expensive cities in the world, however there are ways to enjoy ever inch of the city for FREE!! Many of the city’s premier attractions, museums, galleries and performances offer free entry or ‘pay-what-you-wish’ options, be it for a select day of the month or evening hours every week.

Always FREE (or pay what you wish):

American Museum of Natural History (pay what you wish)
Bronx Museum (pay what you wish)
Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcafé live events
Brooklyn Museum (pay what you wish)
The Cloisters (pay what you wish)
El Museo del Barrio (pay what you wish)
Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College
Green-Wood Cemetery
International Print Center
Metropolitan Museum of Art (pay what you wish)
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Museum of American Illustration
Museum of Biblical Art (pay what you wish)
National Museum of the American Indian—Smithsonian Institution
New York City Police Museum (pay what you wish)
P.S.1 MoMA (pay what you wish)
Queens Botanical Garden (free Nov-March)
Queens Museum of Art
(pay what you wish)
SculptureCenter (pay what you wish)
Socrates Sculpture Park
Staten Island Museum (pay what you wish)
Storefront for Art & Architecture
Studio Museum in Harlem (pay what you wish)
Waterfront Museum

Monthly FREE Hours:

Bronx Museum (First Friday, 6-10 pm)
Brooklyn Children’s Museum (Second Weekend, before 11 am)
Brooklyn Museum (First Saturday, 5-11 pm)
El Museo del Barrio (Third Saturday, 11 am-8 pm)
Neue Gallerie (First Friday, 6-8 pm)
Noguchi Museum (First Friday, pay what you wish)
South Street Seaport Museum (Third Friday, 6-8:45 pm)

Weekly FREE Hours or Days:


Yeshiva University Museum


Brooklyn Botanic Garden
China Institute 6-8 pm
Staten Island Museum 12-2 pm
Wave Hill 9 am-noon


Bronx Zoo (pay what you wish)
Brooklyn Children’s Museum 2-5 pm
Museum of Jewish Heritage 4-8 pm
New York Botanical Garden
Queens Botanical Garden April-October, 3-6 pm
Van Cortlandt House Museum
Yeshiva University Museum
5-8 pm


China Institute 6-8 pm
Museum of Arts and Design 6-9 pm (pay what you wish)
Museum of Chinese in America
New Museum of Contemporary Art 7-9 pm
Trinity Church: Concerts at One 1-2 pm (September through May)


American Folk Art Museum 5:30-7:30 pm
International Center for Photography 5-8 pm (pay what you wish)
Japan Society 6-9 pm
Morgan Library & Museum 7-9 pm
Museum of Modern Art 4-8 pm
Neue Galerie 6-8 pm
New-York Historical Society 6-8 pm (pay what you wish)
New York Aquarium
3 pm-closing (pay what you wish)
New York Hall of Science 2-5 pm (September through June)
Rubin Museum of Art 7-10 pm
Staten Island Museum 12-2 pm
Whitney Museum of American Art 6-9 pm
Yeshiva University Museum


Brooklyn Botanic Garden 10 am-noon
Jewish Museum
New York Botanical Garden 10 am-noon
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 5:45-7:45 pm (pay what you wish)
Wave Hill 9 am-noon


Frick Collection 11 am-1 pm (pay what you wish)
New York Hall of Science 10-11 am (September through June)
Queens Botanical Garden April-October, 4-6 pm
Studio Museum in Harlem


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