Visit NYC’s Best Museums for Free

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Cool Culture provides complimentary entry to nearly 90 Art and Cultural institutions in New York City. We do this via our Family Pass Program that is administered through Headstart programs and Title 1 schools.

If your school is not part of the Family Pass program, many New York City museums and cultural institutions still offer free admission to all families. Check the list below to see what days and times you can explore for free!

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Museums with Free Admission
African Burial Ground Memorial Site
BRIC House
The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Federal Hall National Memorial
The Federal Reserve Bank
General Grant National Memorial
The Harbor Defense Museum
Hamilton Grange
The Hispanic Society of America
Irish Hunger Memorial
Leslie–Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
Museum of American Illustration
Museum of Biblical Art
The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
National Museum of the American Indian
The New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Queens County Farm Museum
Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
 (grounds and botanical garden only)
Socrates Sculpture Park
Soldiers and Sailors Monument
Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace

Museums with Specific Times for Free Admission

The list below shows museums that are free on specific days. Some of the free admissions are only for general museum areas and the may charge for specific exhibitions. Be sure to visit the museums’ website or call for updated information.

Museum at Eldridge Street: Tours, 10am to noon

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Morgan Library and Museum: The McKim Rooms only
Wave Hill: Free all day, November through April and July and August; 9am to noon in May, June, September and October.

Bronx Zoo: Pay what you wish for grounds access. Does not include admission to special exhibitions like Butterfly Garden, Congo Gorilla Forest and JungleWorld.
Museum of Jewish Heritage: 4pm to 8pm
New York Botanical Garden: Free grounds access all day. Does not include access to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, special exhibitions (such as The Orchid Show), Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, Rock and Native Plant Gardens (April–October) or Tram Tour.

Staten Island Zoo: After 2pm
Queens Botanical Garden: April through October, free hours on Wednesdays from 3pm to 6pm and Sundays from 4pm to 6pm. November through March, admission is free at all times.

Museum of Arts and Design: Pay what you wish, 6 to 9pm
New Museum: 7pm to 9pm
Museum of Chinese in America

Museum of Modern Art:  4pm to 8pm
Whitney Museum of American Art: Pay what you wish, 6pm to 9pm
Morgan Library and Museum: 7pm to 9pm
The New York Historical Society: Pay what you wish, 6pm to 8pm
New York Aquarium: Pay what you wish, after 3pm
International Center of Photography:  Pay what you wish, after 5pm
Museum of the Moving Image: 4pm to 8pm
Japan Society: 6pm to 9pm
New York Hall of Science: 2pm to 5pm, September through June
Rubin Museum of Art: 6pm to 10pm
Asia Society: 6pm to 9pm, September through June
Historic Richmond Town: 1pm to 5pm

First Friday of the Month
Neue Galerie:  6pm to 8pm 
Children’s Museum of Manhattan:  5pm to 8pm 
The Noguchi Museum: Pay what you wish, 10am to 5pm

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden: 10am to noon
Museum of American Finance
New York Botanical Garden: Free grounds pass, 10am to 11am
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: Pay what you wish, 5:45pm to 7:45pm
The Jewish Museum
Wave Hill: 9am to noon

First Saturday of the Month
Brooklyn Museum:  Free admission and programs, 5pm to 11pm

Third Saturday of the Month
El Museo del Barrio

Frick Collection: Pay what you wish, 11am to 1pm
The Morgan Library and Museum: The McKim Rooms only, 4pm to 6pm
New York Hall of Science: 10am to 11am, September through June
Queens Botanical Garden: 4pm to 6pm through October 31
Studio Museum in Harlem: Noon to 6pm


This list was compiled from the NYCGo website. For hours and prices of more NYC museums and institutions, visit the schedules and admissions page.