Free Museum Days in NYС

Need some useful information about how to explore New York City without spending much? Profit now! If you have already explored our list of NYC Museums With Free Admission where you can go for free any day of the week, here is the list with fifteen curious museums, which open their doors for a few days only providing free access to different arts. It's a real unique chance to visit or revisit your favorite places, like as you were a special guest. Welcome!


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#1. 9/11 Memorial & Museum 0+

Probably one of the most tragic, terrifying, creepy places is situated at the Albany Street, just near the point of horrible incident, which caused a great shock in the whole world — the 9/11 Memorial Museum. It was on the 11th of September in 2001, and only these figures tell us everything about the fact — terroristic attack, lots of victims, a ream of consequences... After these years, the 9/11 Memorial Museum was founded paying tribute to all that happened that fateful day.

Admission is free on Tuesday evenings from 5 p.m. to close, with the last admission two hours prior to closing.

 9/11 Memorial, 1 Albany St, New York, NY 10006

#2. Museum of Jewish Heritage
A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

No less than the previous one the Museum of Jewish Heritage is a tribute place, constructed on bones and tears. Of Jewish people this time. It's probably the largest exhibition center dedicated to an eternal memory of Holocaust victims. Stone garden, two sections of permanent exhibitions and alternating expositions let us perceive and explore the life of this nation through the history line.

Free admission every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 36 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280

#3. Queens Botanical Garden
Where people, plants, and cultures meet

An absolutely magnificent place which is out of tune with huge stone and glass of Big Apple's skyscrapers represents an actual oasis filled with trees and flowers. The Queens Botanical Garden consists of different, let us say, thematic areas, such as Bee Garden and some other ones. That makes this place a lovely venue for some daydreaming, rest or making sport, where everyone can choose something to taste.

Free hours: Wednesday, 3-6 p.m. and Sunday, 4-6 p.m.

 43-50 Main St, Flushing, NY 11355

#4. Staten Island Zoo

A colorful manifold universe where more than a thousand animals live in comfort and happiness invites you for a memorable sinking into its bosom. Staten Island Zoo has grown up into this huge collection of animals from an idea of creating a reptiles’ space. The Zoo still keeps this so-called Fear Zone swarming with lizards, alligators, snakes and other species. Anyway, it’s a wonderful place for discovering the wildlife as well as sharing some bright emotions with your children!

Free Admission every Wednesday 2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

 614 Broadway, Staten Island, NY 10310

#5. Museum of Chinese in America

Got already accustomed to see America international in the highest degree, we hardly even know its story. This place will tell you in lurid colors the history of the Chinese people in America, their experience, cultural features, presenting rare documentaries and other curious details. It’s actually a small place which doesn’t ensure to impress at first sight, however, the filling is always found amazing.

Free First Thursday of the month.

 215 Centre St, New York, NY 10013

#6. The Morgan Library & Museum

If you've already seen a lot and there is nothing that could astonish you, you’re invited to visit The Morgan Library and Museum because just this very place was created exactly for art lovers and connoisseurs. The museum presents an impressive collection of rare drawings, books, artifacts, manuscripts, etc. It’s like you touch the pure history, true sources of its magnificent glow.

Free admission every Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m.

 225 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

#7. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

This place is known everywhere as the largest museum with the most thorough collection of contemporary art specimens. It represents a huge amount of the most influential works of different spheres, such as painting, sculpture, design features, architecture, illustrations, prints, photography, digital media, and many other ones. Museum of Modern Art is a treasure-house of all best creative things lately captured.

Free admission on Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m.

 11 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

#8. New York Hall of Science

Fond of science magic? Explore the New York Hall of Science with its fascinating exhibitions and workshops to feel the powers of the technologies. This place practically open up the science for you could understand it better and sensu stricto perceive its sense in practice. It is a source of a great experience, which can be easily shared with your children. Lots of possibilities and a direct access to the science world with a pinch of a good fun – enjoy it!

Free general admission on Fridays 2 – 5 p.m. and Sundays 10 – 11 a.m.

 47-01 111th St, Corona, NY 11368

#9. Rubin Museum of Art

What about some Asian art? The RMA or Rubin Museum of Art keeps a collection rich in more than two thousands of Himalayan, Indian, Tibetan art, as well as some specimens from adjoining regions. The museum is rather young, being founded only in 2004, however, it yields to none in its striving to showcase the beauty and the value of this amazing creative field.

Museum admission is free every Friday night from 6 to 10 p.m.

 150 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

#10. Neue Galerie

If the German school of art exists as an individual current, it has found its shelter at the Neue Galerie. Two floors of both German and Austrian art are fully at your disposal here. The museum captures the collection of several hundred years featuring Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gustav Klimt, and others’ stunning works. The interior deserves a special evaluation as it’s another point to be delighted with.

The museum is open to the public free from 6 to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month.

 1048 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

#11. The Noguchi Museum

Designed by Isamu Noguchi himself, the Museum took his name and became famous for its amazing Noguchi’s collection of his fantastic sculptures. The interior, the garden outside the building, the building itself shows us an incredible talent of the Japanese-American artist, who dedicated his life to art. All figures and forms are unique and affecting, hiding a peculiar sense inside.

On the first Friday of every month year-round, Museum admission is free.

 9-01 33rd Rd, New York, NY 11106

#12. Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Japanese garden or the Shakespeare garden? No matter, because these two wonderful spots both are situated at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. For more than a hundred years of existing, this place is equal to Central park or Prospect Park for its importance and fame. An amazing green oasis in the heart of a stone city – what can be better for spending a good time and getting rid of casual tiredness?

Admission to the Garden is free to the public every Tuesday (except holidays) and Saturdays until noon.

 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

#13. The Jewish Museum

Another museum proposes you to discover the history of the Jews - The Jewish Museum. Situated in the Felix M Warburg House, it gives you a possibility to sink into the world of the Jewish culture through few epochs of history and all the development during the time. It’s an important spot for the local community in New York, so this place is practically saturated with the national color.

Admission to the Jewish Museum is free on Saturdays.

 1109 Fifth Ave. (5 Av/92 St) Manhattan, NY 10128

#14. El Museo del Barrio

In addition to the multicultural set, we are glad to present here El Museo del Barrio as well. It is a great center featuring Latin American culture and history with a big amount of items in permanent and temporary collections. It captures Latino artists’ works of a wide range of styles, starting from painting, including even some specific installations and till video specimens. There is no place you could get more impression from the Latin American art, than this one.

Free every third Saturday of the month for Super Sábado.

 1230 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029

#15. Studio Museum in Harlem

One small place hiding a great heritage – it’s about the Studio Museum in Harlem. The collection of the museum opens the door to a lovely world of African-American art, which is full of various works by different artists. Apart from common installations there are lots of things to pay attention to, including several programs of poetry readings, concerts, and lectures, as well as films, shows and discussions.

The admission is free every Sunday.

 144 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027

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