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Free museum days for kids and families in NYC

Explore art, science, culture, technology and film without dropping a dime during free museum days at the city's kid-friendliest institutions


Believe it or not, there are plenty of things to do in New York City that don't require opening your wallet. When the weather permits, you can check out one of the 13 best NYC parks for families, or, if you're looking for indoor activities for kids in NYC, consider visiting one of the city's many amazing museums and cultural institutions when they're free. Many of the best NYC museums are either always gratis (or pay-what-you-wish), or offer special free museum days. They say the best things in life are free, so check out our list and get to exploring. 


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Free museum days for kids and families in NYC

2004JG21/Queens Hall Of Science/Polshek Partnership

2004JG21/Queens Hall Of Science/Polshek Partnership

New York Hall of Science

  • Price band: 1/4

Free admission on Fridays from 2pm to 5pm and Sundays from 10am to 11 am September through June. Free hours are suspended in July, August and during World Maker Faire.

  1. 47-01 111th St, (at 47th Ave), 11368
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Photo by Elsa Ruiz

Photo by Elsa Ruiz

Asia Society

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Free admission on Fridays from 6pm tp 9pm (suspended until Friday, February 13, 2015). 

  1. 725 Park Ave, (at 70th St)
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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Free admission on Tuesdays, Saturdays from 10am until 12pm (except during public programs) and weekdays between November and February. 

  1. 990 Washington Ave, (at President St)
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Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum Photograph: Wendy Connett

Brooklyn Museum

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

General admission by suggested donation. Free admission for ages 19 and under. 

  1. 200 Eastern Pkwy, (at Washington Ave)
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Brooklyn Children's Museum

Brooklyn Children's Museum Photograph: David Rosenzweig

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

  • Price band: 1/4

Free admission Thursdays from 3pm to 5pm and every third Thursday from 3pm to 7pm.

  1. 145 Brooklyn Ave, (at St. Marks Ave)
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Children's Museum of the Arts

Children's Museum of the Arts Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Children's Museum of the Arts

  • Price band: 1/4

Pay-what-you-wish on Thursdays from 4pm to 6pm.

  1. 103 Charlton St, (between Greenwich and Hudson Sts), 10014
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Children's Museum of Manhattan

Children's Museum of Manhattan Photograph: Marielle Solan

Children's Museum of Manhattan

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Free admission on the first Friday of every month from 5pm to 8pm. 

  1. 212 W 83rd St, (between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway), 10024
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El Museo del Barrio

El Museo del Barrio Photograph: Wendy Connett

El Museo del Barrio

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

General admission by suggested donation. Free every third Saturday of the month for Super Sabado. 

  1. 1230 Fifth Ave, (between 104th and 105th Sts)
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Children's Day at Japan Society

Children's Day at Japan Society Photograph: Geroge Hirose

Japan Society

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Free admission on Fridays from 6pm to 9pm. 

  1. 333 E 47th St, (between First and Second Aves), 10017
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Jewish Museum

Jewish Museum Photograph: © Peter Aaron/Esto.  All rights reserved.

The Jewish Museum

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Free admission on Saturdays; pay-what-you-wish on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm. Children 18 and under free.

  1. 1109 Fifth Ave, (at 92nd St), 10128
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Courtesy of Maya Lin Studio/MOCA

Courtesy of Maya Lin Studio/MOCA

Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

  • Price band: 1/4

Free admission on the first Thursday of the month. 

  1. 215 Centre St, (between Grand and Howard Sts)
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"Behind the Screen" at the Museum of the Moving Image

"Behind the Screen" at the Museum of the Moving Image Photograph: Stefan Hagen / Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Free admission on Fridays from 4pm to 8pm. 

  1. 36-01 35th Ave, (at 37th St), 11106
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Museum of Modern Art

Museum of Modern Art Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Free admission every Friday from 4pm to 8pm. 

  1. 11 W 53rd St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves), 10019
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New Museum

New Museum Photograph: Dean Kaufman

New Museum of Contemporary Art

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Pay-what-you-wish on Thursdays from 7pm to 9pm.

  1. 235 Bowery, (at Prince St)
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New York Aquarium

New York Aquarium Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castello

New York Aquarium

  • Price band: 2/4

Pay-what-you-wish on Fridays starting at 3pm.

  1. Surf Ave, (at 8th St)
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New York Botanical Garden

New York Botanical Garden Photograph: Michael Kirby

New York Botanical Garden

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Free grounds admission all day on Wednesdays and on Saturdays from 9am to 10am. 

  1. Bronx River Pkwy, (at Fordham Rd), 10458
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Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Botanical Garden

  • Price band: 1/4

Free admission on Wednesdays from 3pm to 6pm and Sundays from 4pm to 6pm. 

  1. 43-50 Main St, (at Dahlia Ave)
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Queens Museum of Art "Panorama"

Queens Museum of Art "Panorama" Photograph: Courtesy of the Queens Museum of Art

Queens Museum

  • Price band: 1/4

Admission by suggested donation. Children under 12 free. 

  1. Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, (, enter at 111th St and 49th Ave)
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Queens County Farm Center

Queens County Farm Center Photograph: Courtesy QCFM Staff Photographer

Queens County Farm Museum

  • Critics choice
  • Free

General admission is free except during public events. 

  1. 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, (between 73rd Rd and 74th Ave)
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The Rubin Museum of Art

The Rubin Museum of Art

The Rubin Museum of Art

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Free admission on Fridays from 6pm to 10pm. 

  1. 150 W 17th St, (at Seventh Ave), 10011
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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Pay-what-you-wish on Saturdays from 5:45pm to 7:45pm. 

  1. 1071 Fifth Ave, (at 89th St), 10128
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Staten Island Children's Museum

Staten Island Children's Museum

Staten Island Museum

  • Price band: 1/4

Free admission on Tuesdays from 12pm to 2pm. 

  1. 75 Stuyvesant Pl, (at Wall St), 10301
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Waterfront Museum and Showboat Barge

  • Price band: 1/4

Free tours on Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm (year–round) and Thursdays from 4pm to 8pm (starting in spring). 

  1. 290 Conover St, (at Pier 44)
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Wave Hill

Wave Hill Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nels

Wave Hill

  • Price band: 1/4

Free admission on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9am to 12pm.

  1. W 249th St, (at Independence Ave), 10471
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Lefferts Historic House

Lefferts Historic House Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Lefferts Historic House Museum

  • Free

Admission by suggested donation. 

  1. Ocean Ave, (at Empire Blvd)
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Museum of the American Indian

Museum of the American Indian

  1. 1 Bowling Green, (between Broadway and Whitehall St)
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9/11 Memorial

9/11 Memorial Photograph: Tova Carlin

National September 11 Memorial & Museum

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Free museum admission on Tuesdays from 5pm to 8pm. Memorial admission free. 

  1. Enter at Albany St at Greenwich St
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Sony Wonder Technology Lab

Sony Wonder Technology Lab

Sony Wonder Technology Lab

  • Free

Free admission. 

  1. 550 Madison Ave, Sony Plaza, (at 56th St)
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Photograph: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Admission by suggested donation. 

  1. 1000 Fifth Ave, (at 82nd St), 10028
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Photograph: Gavin Ashworth

American Folk Art Museum

  • Critics choice

Free admission. 

  1. 2 Lincoln Sq, Columbus Ave, (at 66th St)
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Studio Museum of Harlem

Studio Museum of Harlem

Studio Museum in Harlem

  • Price band: 1/4

Free admission every Sunday.  

  1. 144 W 125th St, (between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Seventh Ave) and Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave)), 10027
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Photograph: Alex Strada

New-York Historical Society

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Pay-as-you-wish on Fridays from 6pm to 8pm. 

  1. 170 Central Park West, (between 76th and 77th Sts)
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Museum at Eldridge Street

Museum at Eldridge Street Photograph: Wendy Connett

Museum at Eldridge Street

  • Price band: 1/4

Free admission on Mondays. 

  1. 12 Eldridge St, (between Canal and Division Sts), 10002
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Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park Photograph: Bilyana Dimitrova

Socrates Sculpture Park

  • Free

Free admission. 

  1. 32-01 Vernon Blvd, (at Broadway)
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The Cloisters

The Cloisters Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

The Cloisters

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Admission by suggested donation. 

  1. Fort Tryon Park, 99 Margaret Corbin Dr
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