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NYC Museums With Free Admission

You don't always have to pay to see something special even in such quite a pricey city as New York. Some museums and major attractions here are free to admit all year round or want you to pay as much as you wish. Have a look at some art pieces, get to know your city and its history better with our list of free NYC museums.


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The Bronx Museum of the Arts

Founded in 1971 the Bronx Museum of the Arts helps the community by making art and education accessible to families and children through interactive programs. Easily accessible by subway the museum offers free admission for everyone.

 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10456-3999

The National Memorial Federal Hall 0+

Pay a must visit to the Federal Hall—the roots of American constitution and government. Admission is free, you can also take a free tour, either on your own or a guided one.

 Federal Hall National Memorial, 26 Wall St (at Nassau St.), Manhattan, NY 10005

National Museum of the American Indian 0+

Free admission museum dedicated to studying and preservation of culture and heritage of the Native Americans of the Western Hemisphere.

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

The New York Public Library

Read a good book in the regal setting of the New York Public Library. It has been a constant source of learning and education for the past 100 years and offers free books and information to all New Yorkers.

 Fifth Ave Midtown East, New York, NY 10036

Queens County Farm Museum 0+

A lovely corner of nature in New York City with historic farm buildings, greenhouses, an orchard and herb garden perfect to spend time with kids and enjoy a family day. Open all year round, general admission is free.

 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Queens, NY 11004

Museum at FIT 0+

The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) houses the largest collection of costumes, textiles, and apparel. It is the only NYC museum dedicated to fashion only, it regularly features innovative exhibitions, tours and talks. Admission is always free.

 560 Fashion Ave, New York, NY 10018

American Folk Art Museum

The doors opened into a fascinating world of American fantastic folk art. The museum exhibits more than 7,000 artworks of self-taught American artists of past and present starting from the 18th century. Admission is free.

 2 Lincoln Square, New York, NY 10023

American Museum of Natural History

One of the most interesting places to visit in New York is the American Museum of Natural History. With four floors of exhibits, the place is appealing for both children and adults, the main attractions are the dinosaur fossils and the great blue whale. There is an admission fee on a pay-what-you-wish basis.

 Central Park West at West 79th Street, New York, NY 10024-5192

Hispanic Society of America Museum & Library

With a vast collection of exhibitions on display as well as a library with well over half a million books to discover the Hispanic Society of America has become a must see spot for tourists to New York to visit. It opened over 100 years ago and has remained a focus for anyone wanting to discover more about Hispanic history and culture for free.

 613 W 155th St, New York, NY 10032

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10 comments about «NYC Museums With Free Admission»

I am ready for free events


However, American Museum of Natural History's admission cost is $22 when I visit the website.

in reply to comment of Hannah

Hannah, yep, that's right. It's also said there 'If you wish to pay less, you may purchase tickets at the Museum', so this one is at pay-what-you-wish basis, which is nice too.

in reply to comment of Hannah

Hannah,you pay as you wish..

in reply to comment of Hannah

Hannah, yes but u give what u can except certain good things costvadditional so I just go for free all the time. Even bring my own lunch and water. Enjoy gonna be there in an hour by blue whale


Are you allowed to bring in outside food especially with children?a


Anthea DeVincentis, I do im on a budget


That is so Amazing:-):-)


How many museum's are you allowed to vist?


Nancy Amancha,
You can visit as many as you want - or indeed the same one several times (advisable for the big museums or if there are special exhibitions). The above list is also not exhaustive. For example Moma, the Frick, the Neue Gallery and Museum of American Finance have certain hours which are free - you'll need to check the hours. Some of these have have the bonus of good cafes/restaurants or you can contribute to them by buying things in the shop.

Note that the ones where you are allowed to 'pay what you wish' may begin to get annoyed if you go there every day.