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Always Free (also known as "Pay-What-You-Wish" NYC Museums and Sometimes Free NYC Museums



ALWAYS FREE or "PAY-WHAT-YOU-WISH" MUSEUMS
and
MUSEUMS THAT ARE FREE (or "Pay-What-You-Wish") ON CERTAIN DAYS OR HOURS

Note: Most "pay-what-you-wish" museums list a "suggested admission" - but don't feel embarrased for not paying it. They are perfectly happy that you came to see their museum. Large visitor numbers means more contributions by billionaires. Contribute what you feel you can afford (usually $1.00 minimum) or what the value of your visit is to you. Donations are always welcome. Museums run by the U.S. Government or U.S. National Parks Service have no admission charge as they are paid for by taxes.

Closures: Many museum are closed on these 4 national holidays: New Year's Day (Jan. 1st) , Independence Day (The 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day (the 4th Thursday in November), and Christmas Day (December 25th).






1) ALWAYS FREE (or "PAY-WHAT-YOU-WISH")

(Some of these museums have a "suggested" admission price, but you don't have to pay it; you can pay nothing or make a contribution to help support the museum.)

African Burial Ground Memorial Site (always free; U.S. National Park)
American Museum of Natural History (PayWhatYouWish)
American Folk Art Museum (PayWhatYouWish)
BRIC House (PayWhatYouWish)
The Bronx Museum of the Arts (PayWhatYouWish)
The Cloisters (part of the MET: see their admission policy below)
El Museum del Barrio (PayWhatYouWish)
Federal Hall National Memorial (always free; U.S. National Park)(at Wall Street and Broad)
General Grant National Memorial (always free; U.S. National Park)(aka "Grant's Tomb"; run by the U. S. National Parks Service)
Hamilton Grange (always free; U.S. Gov't) (Alexander Hamilton's former house)
The Harbor Defense Museum (always free; U.S. National Park)
The Hispanic Society of America (PayWhatYouWish)
Irish Hunger Memorial (always free)(raised acre of grass and stone)
Leslie-Lohman Museumof Gay and Lesbian Art (PayWhatYouWish)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (PayWhatYouWish only for NY State residents and some students. See below)




NOTES ON THE MET:

• THE MET IS FREE (Pay-What-You-Wish) FOR NEW YORK STATE RESIDENTS and AND NY/CONN/NJ STUDENTS WITH ID
• AS OF 2018 ALL OUT OF STATE or FOREIGN VISITORS MUST PAY THE FULL ADMSSION FEE WHICH IS $25 FOR ADULTS ; $17 for SENIORS and $12 for STUDENTS.
• ALL CHILDREN UNDER 12 ARE FREE AT ALL TIMES.
• A TICKET AT EITHER THE MET, THE CLOISTERS, or PS1 WILL LET YOU INTO ANY OF THEM FOR THREE CONSECUTIVE DAYS.



Types of ID (identification) THAT THEY ACCEPT:

New York State driver's license
New York State identification card
IDNYC
Current bill or statement with a NEw York State address
Student ID
New York Library card



MoMa PS1 (refurbished school as art museum;part of MoMa; see their admission policy)
The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
National Museum of the American Indian (always free; U.S. National Park)
The New York Public Library (always free)(Stephen A. Schwarzman Building)
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (always free)(part of Lincoln Center)
New York Transit Museum Annex & Store (Brooklyn)
Queens County Farm Museum (Queens)
Schaumberg Center for Resarch and Black Culture (always free)(Harlem)
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (Staten Island)
Socrates Sculpture Park(always free) (Astoria, Queens)
Soldiers and Sailors Monument(always free) (Riverside Drive; Upper West Side)
Stonewall National Monument(always free; U.S. National Park) (Historic Site and Market)
Swiss Institute (always free)
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace (always free; U.S. National Park) (Flatiron District; run by the U. S. National Parks Service)




2) SOMETIMES FREE (i.e. FREE AT SPECIAL TIMES EACH WEEK)

(i.e. There is usually an admission charge, but on certain days or during certain hours each week, admission is free)

Mondays (sometimes free)

The Museum at Eldridge Street (free all day Mondays)
Yeshiva University Museum (16th Street west of 5th Avenue, Manhattan) (Free all day Mondays)

Mondays (free the 1st Monday of the month)

Rubin Museum of Art (free the first Monday of the month)


Tuesdays (sometimes free)

9/11 Memorial & Museum (free from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pm closing on Tuesdays; but get there early, at least by 3:00, to line up for tickets which usually get sold out. Once you have a ticket, you can come back later to get in)
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden (free all day Tuesdays in Dec., Jan. and Feb.)
Morgan Library and Museum (The McKim Rooms only are free 3:00-5:00 pm on Tuesdays)
Wave Hill (free 9:00 am untill 12:00 noon Tuesdays)

Society of Illustrators (free from 5:00-8:00 pm Tuesdays)

China Institute (photo ID needed for entrance) ????
Queens Botanical Garden (free all day Tues-Sunday in Nov. Dec, Jan, Feb, and March.)


Wednesdays (sometimes free)

Bronx Zoo (free all day Wednesdays for zoo grounds only; not for special exhibits like Jungle World)
Frick Collection (pay-what-you-wish from 2:00-5:00 pm Wednesdays; galleries close at 5:45)
Museum of Jewish Heritage (free from 4:00-8:00 pm)
New York Botanical Garden (free all day for ground access only, not for special exhibits like the Haupt Conservancy)
Queens Botanical Garden (free all day Tues-Sunday in Nov. Dec, Jan, Feb, and March; also free 3-6pm and Sundays 9-11 am all other months)
Van Cortlandt House Museum(PayWhatYouWish all day Wednesday)
Staten Island Zoo (free admission from 2:00 to 4:45 Wednesdays)(Note: The zoo's groundhog named Staten Island Chuck is New York's answer to Pixatawney Phil, the groundhog who "determines" spring)
Yeshiva University Museum

Brooklyn Botanical Garden (free all day Wednesdays in Dec., Jan. and Feb)



Thursdays (sometimes free)

Brooklyn Children's Museum (free from2:00 to 6:00 pm)
Museum of Arts and Design (pay-what-you-wish from 6:00 to 9:00 pm)
New Museum (pay-what-you-wish from 6:00 to 9:00 pm)
International Center of Photography (pay-what-you-wish from 6:00 to 9:00 pm)

Queens Botanical Garden (free all day Tues-Sunday in Nov. Dec, Jan, Feb, and March.)
First Thursday of the Month (sometimes free)

Museum of Chinese in America


Fridays (sometimes free)

Asia Society (free September through June from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Historic Richmond Town (free from 1:00 to 5:00)
Japan Sociaety (free from 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Morgan Library and Museum (free from 7:00 to 9:00 pm)
Museum of Modern Art (free from 4:00 to 8:00 pm)
Museum of the Moving Image (free from 4:00 to 8:00 pm)
New York Aquarium (pay-what-you-wish from 3:00 pm until closing

"Admission on fall/winter/spring Fridays from 3:00 to 3:30 pm is free; and on SUmmer Fridasys from 4:00 to 5:00 pm there is a pay-what-you-wish donation" The Aquarium Hours: are from September 5th 2017 - May 25, 2018 from 10:am to 4:30 (closing); last tickets sold at 3:30. Then, from May 26, 2018 - September 1, 20128 the Aquarium is open from 1):00 top 6:00 pm with the last tickets sold at 5:00."

New York Hall of Science (free from 2:00 - 5:00)
The New York Historica Society (pay-what-you-wish from 6:00 to 8:00 pm)
Rubin Museum of Art (free from 6:00 to 10:00 pm)

Queens Botanical Garden (free all day Tues-Sunday in Nov. Dec, Jan, Feb, and March.)
First Friday of the Month(sometimes free)

Children's Museum of Manhattan(free from 5:00 to 8:00 pm)
Frick Collection (free from 6:00 to 9:00 pm; except September and January)(museum for ages 10 and up only)
Neue Galerie(free from 6:00 to 8:00 pm)
The Noguchi Museum (free all day)


Saturdays (sometimes free)

The Broolyn Botanic Garden (free from 10:00 to Noon)
The Jewish Museum
New York Botanical Garden (grounds are free if you enter from 9:00 to 10:00)
Solomon R Guggenheim Museum (pay-what-you-wish from 5:45 to 7:45)
Wave Hill (free from 9:00 to Noon)

Queens Botanical Garden (free all day Tues-Sunday in Nov. Dec, Jan, Feb, and March; .)
First Saturday of the Month (sometimes free)

Brooklyn Museum (free from 5:00 to 11:00 pm)

Third Saturday of the Month(sometimes free)

El Museum del Barrio


Sundays (sometimes free)

The Morgan Library and Museum (McKim rooms only free from 4:00 to 6:00 pm)
New York Hall of Science(free from 10:00 to 11:00 am)
Queens Botanical Garden (free all day Tues-Sunday in Nov. Dec, Jan, Feb, and March.)
Studio Museum in Harlem


Free in Certain Seasons (sometimes free)

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (free November through February on weekdays)
Queens Botanical Garden (free all day Tues-Sunday in Nov. Dec, Jan, Feb, and March; also free 3-6pm and Sundays 9-11 am all other months)




SOURCES

• NYCGo.com
• NYC & Company
• tripsavy.com