Free Days at New York City Museums, Zoos and Gardens
New York City’s many and varied museums, zoos, and gardens are among the many things that we love about New York City as do the 40 million visitors who come here every year . We’ve compiled a list of some of the city’s favorites, many of which are “pay what you wish”, along with those that have certain days that are free, like Wednesdays at the Bronx Zoo and Sundays at the Frick Museum.
American Folk Art Museum Free – every Friday 5:30-7:30pm.
American Museum of Natural History Pay What You Wish – always.
Asia Society and Museum Free Admission on Fridays from 6-9 p.m. (does not apply July 1 – Labor Day
Brooklyn Botanical Garden Free admission on Tuesdays (Admission is free every weekday from mid-November through February)
Brooklyn Museum Pay What You Wish – always, Free – first Saturday of every month 5-11pm.
Bronx Museum of the Arts This contemporary art museum is open late on Fridays (from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.) and visitors can explore the exhibits for free all day long.
Bronx Zoo Admission by donation all day on Wednesday
Children’s Museum of Manhattan Free – first Friday of every month 5-8pm.
El Museo del Barrio Free – third Saturday of every month.
Frick Collection Pay What You Wish – every Sunday 11am-1pm.
Guggenheim Museum Pay What You Wish – every Saturday 5:45-7:45pm.
Hispanic Society of America Free – always.
International Center for Photography Admission to the frequently changing exhibitions is available with your voluntary contribution on Fridays from 5-8 p.m
Jewish Museum Free – every Saturday.
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center Free – every Thursday 8:30pm, first Saturday of every month 11am.
Metropolitan Museum of Art Pay What You Wish – always
Morgan Library and Museum Free – every Friday 7-9pm.
Museum of Arts and Design Pay What You Wish – every Thursday 6-9pm.
Museum of Chinese in America Free – every Thursday.
Museum of Modern Art Free – every Friday 4-8pm.
Museum of the City of New York Pay What You Wish – always.
National Museum of the American Indian Free – always.
New Museum of Contemporary Art Free – every Thursday 7-9pm, always ages 18 and under.
New York Botanical Garden Free admission (covers grounds only) on Wednesdays
Noguchi Museum Pay What You Wish – first Friday of every month.
Queens Museum of Art Pay What You Wish – always.
Rose Center for Earth and Space Pay What You Wish – always.
Rubin Museum of Art Free – every Friday 6-10pm, first Monday of every month ages 65 and over.
Staten Island Museum Admission is free on Tuesdays from 12 to 2 p.m
South Street Seaport Museum Free – third Friday of every month 6-8:45pm.
Studio Museum in Harlem Free every Sunday
Tibet House Free, suggested donation $5.00
Whitney Museum of American Art Pay What You Wish – every Friday 6-9pm.