Free Museum Days In NYC

It is a little-known fact that dozens of New York's coolest cultural institutions offer free museum days all throughout the week and all over the city. Whether it's pay-as-you-wish or a free day of perusing museums, there are tons of opportunities to visit a museum free of charge, all seven days a week. Give your wallet a break with our guide to free museums days in NYC in different boroughs of the city.  


The Met 

1000 5th Ave New York, NY 10028  

Pay as you wish entry for New York residents and NY, NJ, and CT students.

photo via the met's facebook

The Guggenheim 

1071 5th Ave New York, NY 10128   

Free Saturdays on September 4, October 23, November 6, and December 4. Pay as you wish on other select Saturdays.

The Museum of the City of New York 

1220 5th Ave New York, NY 10029   

Pay as you wish available at the ticket counter.

The Morgan Library and Museum  

225 Madison Ave New York, NY 10016   

Free Fridays.

The Museum at FIT 

227 West 27th Street New York City 10001  

Free entry.

via the museum at FIT's facebook

American Folk Art Museum 

2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street) 

Free Admission.  

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House One Bowling Green New York, NY 10004  

99 Gansevoort Street New York, NY 10014   

Pay as you wish Friday 7PM-10PM.

via the whitney's website

Frick Collection  

1 East 70th Street New York, NY 10021  

Pay as you wish Thursday 4PM-6PM. 

9/11 Memorial Museum 

180 Greenwich Street New York, NY 10007  

Free Mondays.

The Jewish Museum 

1109 5th Ave at 92nd St New York, NY 10128   

Free Saturdays. 

The Rubin Museum of Art

150 W 17th New York, NY 10011 

Free Friday Nights. 

New York Historical Society 

170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th Street) New York, NY 10024   

Pay as you wish 6PM-8PM Fridays.

via NYHS's facebook

Museum of Chinese in America 

215 Centre Street New York, NY 10013  

Free admission each first Thursday.

International Center of Photography  

79 Essex Street New York, NY 10002 between Delancey Street and Broome Street   

Pay as you wish 6-9 on Thursdays.

International Print Center 

508 West 26th Street, #5A (between 10th and 11th Avenues) New York, N.Y. 10001  

Always free, appointment necessary.

El Museo del Barrio 

1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street New York, NY 10029  

Pay as you wish. 

Museum at Eldridge Street 

12 Eldridge Street New York, NY 10002

Pay as you wish on Mondays.


Brooklyn Children’s Museum

145 Brooklyn Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11213  

Free Thursdays 2PM-5PM.

New York Aquarium  

602 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

Free Wednesdays.

via new york aquarium's facebook

Waterfront Museum 

290 Conover Street Pier 44 Brooklyn, N.Y. 11231  

Always free.


Queens Botanical Garden 

43-50 Main Street Flushing, NY 11355   

Free November through March.

via queens botanical garden's facebook

New York Hall of Science

47-01 111th Street Corona, New York 1368

Temporarily Closed, but when back in action, Fridays are free from 2PM–5PM.

Queens Museum of Art 

New York City Building Flushing Meadows Corona Park Queens, NY 11368 

Always free.


44–19 Purves Street Long Island City, NY 11101 

32-01 Vernon Boulevard Long Island City, NY 11106   

Always free.

via socrates sculpture park's facebook

Noguchi Museum  

9-01 33rd Road (at Vernon Boulevard) Queens, N.Y. 11106 

Free first Friday of each month.


Bronx Museum of the Arts 

1040 Grand Concourse Bronx, New York 10456   

Free admission.

Wave Hill 

4900 Independence Ave Bronx, NY 

Free Thursdays.