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Museum Websites

Museums Discounts & Promotions

Check Out these Groupon deals for Discount Museum Vistis and Memberships!  

Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit card holder? Check out these museums for free the first full weekend of every month. 

Museum Day Live! Is September 27th! Free admission to these museums sponsoered by Smithsonian Magazine 

Awesome Exhibits and Museum News

Museum Images

Museum Freebies

Many museums in NYC have days or time periods where it is free to visit. The following is a comprehensive list of those museums and their respective free entrance schedules. Use these to help plan visits for class or pleasure! Keep in mind “suggested donation” is equivalent to “pay what you wish.”

American Folk Art Museum
Always Free! (also have free music Fridays from 5:30 – 7:30pm)

Asia Society Museum
Free on Fridays from 6 – 9pm (except July and August)

Bronx Zoo
Pay what you wish Wednesdays

Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Free on the Third Thursday of each month from 4–7pm and on the First Full Weekend of each month from 2–5pm, except on holiday weekends.

Brooklyn Museum
Suggested Donation & Target first Saturday- Free museum events on the first Saturday of each month.

The Cloisters
Suggested donation (free same day entrance to the MET with pin)

El Museo del Barrio
Suggested Donation
Frick Collection
Pay what you wish Sundays from 11am - 1pm

Pay what you wish Saturdays from 5:45 – 7:45pm

Hispanic Society of America Museum and Library
Always Free!

International Center for Photography
Pay what you wish Fridays from 5 – 8pm

Jewish Museum
Free on Saturdays

Morgan Library/Museum
Free on Fridays from 7 – 9pm
Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET)
Suggested donation (free same day entrance to the Cloisters with pin)

Museum of the City of NY
Suggested Donation

Museum of the Moving Image
Free Fridays from 4-8pm

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Free on Fridays from 4 – 8pm

Museum of Natural History
Suggested Donation

National Museum of the American Indian
Always Free!

Neue Galerie
Free on the First Friday of each month from 6 – 8pm

New York Botanical Gardens
Free on Wednesdays (always free for runners)

New York Aquarium
Free on Fridays after 3pm

New York Hall of Science
Free September through June on Fridays, 2 – 5pm; Sundays, 10 – 11am

New York Historical Society
Pay what you wish on Fridays from 6 – 8pm

Noguchi Museum
Pay what you wish on the First Friday of each month

Pay what you wish on Fridays from 6 – 9pm