Museum Guide

What follows is your guide to all of the indoor fun that you could possibly want (and some outdoor fun, too). Please do remember, however, that these are institutions worthy of financial support. If you can afford to pay full price, please do. If you’d rather go on a day when you can decide what you’d like to pay, please see below. Please note that this information is subject to change. Have fun!


Always Free/Pay-What-You-Wish

American Folk Art Museum
American Museum of Natural History
Brooklyn Academy of Music’s BAMcafé Live Events
Brooklyn Museum
The Cloisters
El Museo del Barrio
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Museum of American Illustration
Museum of Biblical Art
National Museum of the American Indian
New York City Police Museum
Socrates Sculpture Park
Studio Museum in Harlem

Monthly Free Hours

Neue Gallerie (First Friday, 6-8pm)
Noguchi Museum (First Friday, pay-what-you-wish)
South Street Seaport Museum (Third Friday, 6:00pm-8:45pm)

Weekly Free Days or Hours

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
China Institute 6:00pm-8:00pm
Wave Hill 9:00am-12:00pm

Bronx Zoo (pay-what-you-wish)
Museum of Jewish Heritage 4:00pm-8:00pm
New York Botanical Garden
Van Cortlandt House Museum

China Institute 6:00pm-8:00pm
Museum of Arts and Design 6:00pm-9:00pm (pay-what-you-wish)
Museum of Chinese in America
New Museum of Contemporary Art 7:00pm-9:00pm
Trinity Church: Concerts at One 1:00pm-2:00pm (September through May)

International Center for Photography 5:00pm-8:00pm (pay-what-you-wish)
Japan Society 6:00pm-9:00pm
Morgan Library & Museum 7:00pm-9:00pm
Museum of Modern Art 4:00pm-8:00pm
New York Historical Society 6:00pm-8:00pm (pay-what-you-wish)
New York Aquarium 3:00pm-closing (pay-what-you-wish)
New York Hall of Science 2:00pm-5:00pm (September through June)
Rubin Museum of Art 7:00pm-10:00pm
Whitney Museum of American Art 6:00pm-9:00pm

Brooklyn Botanic Garden 10:00am-12:00pm
Jewish Museum
New York Botanical Garden 10:00am-12:00pm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 5:45pm-7:45pm (pay-what-you-wish)
Wave Hill 9:00am-12:00pm

Frick Collection 11:00am-1:00pm (pay-what- you-wish)
New York Hall of Science 10:00am-11:00am (September through June)
Studio Museum in Harlem