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Free museum days for kids in NYC

Explore art, science, culture, technology and film at NYC museums without dropping a dime

Photograph: Angela Jimenez
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

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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 best NYC parks, or, if you're looking for indoor activities for kids, consider visiting one of many amazing NYC museums and cultural institutions. Several kid-friendly museums are always gratis (or pay-what-you-wish), and tons more offer special free museum days. Exploring cool installations is one of our favorite free things to do with kids, so check out our list and get going!

Free museum days for kids in NYC

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Free admission on Tuesdays, Saturdays from 10am–12pm (except during festivals) and weekdays between December and February.

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Prospect Park

Brooklyn Museum

General admission by suggested donation. Free admission for ages 19 and under. November through February, admission is free on weekdays.

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Prospect Park

The Jewish Museum

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

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Central Park

Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling

Children ages 8 and under free.