Free times at NYC museums
When to visit these Big Apple culture hubs without spending a penny.
Mon Nov 8 2010
New York Hall of Science
Free on: Fri 5:30--7:30pm
45 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-265-1040, folkartmuseum.org). Subway: B, D, F, V to 47--50th Sts--Rockefeller Ctr; E, V to Fifth Ave--53rd St.
Pay what you wish: Wed 10am--4:30pm
Bronx River Pkwy at Fordham Rd, Bronx (718-367-1010, bronxzoo.com). Travel: 2, 5 to West Farms Sq--East Tremont Ave, then walk 2 blocks to zoo's Asia Gate; or Metro-North's Harlem Line local to Fordham, then take the Bx9 bus to the 183rd St entrance.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Free on: Tue-Fri 8am-4:30pm Nov 9-Mar 13; Sat 10am--noon
900 Washington Ave at Eastern Pkwy, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-623-7200, bbg.org). Subway: B, Q, Franklin Ave S to Prospect Park; 2, 3 to Eastern Pkwy--Brooklyn Museum.
Brooklyn Children's Museum
Free on: Third Thursday of the month 5-7pm; second and fourth weekends of the month 2-5pm.
145 Brooklyn Ave at St. Marks Ave, Crown Heights, Brooklyn (718-735-4400, brooklynkids.org). Subway: 3 to Kingston Ave.
Free on: First Saturday of the month 5--11pm
200 Eastern Pkwy at Washington Ave, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org). Subway: 2, 3 to Eastern Pkwy--Brooklyn Museum.
Children's Museum of Manhattan
Free on: First Friday of the month 5--8pm
212 W 83rd St between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway (212-721-1234, cmom.org). Subway: B, C to 81st St--Museum of Natural History; 1 to 86th St.
International Center of Photography
Pay what you wish: Fri 5--8pm
1114 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd St (212-857-0000, icp.org). Subway: B, D, F, V to 42nd St--Bryant Park.
Museum of American Finance
Free on: Tue--Sat 10--11am
48 Wall St between William and Pearl Sts (212-980-4110, moaf.org). Subway: J, M to Broad St; R, W to Rector St; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Wall St.
Museum of Arts & Design
Pay what you wish: Thu 6--9pm
2 Columbus Circle between Eighth Ave and Broadway (212-299-7777, madmuseum.org). Subway: A, B, C, D, 1 to 59th St--Columbus Circle Station.
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Free on: Wed 4--8pm36 Battery Pl between West St and 1st Pl (646-437-4200, mjhnyc.org). Subway: 4, 5 to Bowling Green.
The Morgan Library & Museum
Free on: Fri 7--9pm
225 Madison Ave at 36th St (212-685-0008, themorgan.org). Subway: B, D, F, V, N, Q, R, W to 34th St--Herald Sq; 6 to 33rd St.
The New Museum
Free on: Thu 7--9pm
235 Bowery at Prince St (212-219-1222, newmuseum.org). Subway: J, M, Z to Bowery; 6 to Spring St.
New York Botanical Garden
Free on: Wed 10am-6pm; Sat 10am-noon.
Kazimiroff Blvd at Fordham Rd, Bronx (718-817-8700, nybg.org). Subway: Travel: B, D to Bedford Park Blvd; 4 to Bedford Park Blvd--Lehman College, then take the Bx26 bus to the Garden's Mosholu Gate entrance; or MetroNorth's Harlem Line local to Botanical Garden Station.
New York Hall of Science
Free on: Fri 2--5pm, Sun 10--11am except during July and August
47-01 111th St at 47th Ave, Flushing Meadows--Corona Park, Queens (718-699-0005, nyscience.org). Subway: 7 to 111th St.
The Noguchi Museum
Pay what you wish: First Friday of the month 10am-5pm
9-01 33rd Rd at Vernon Blvd, Long Island City (718-204-7088, noguchi.org). Subway: N, W to Broadway; F to Queensbridge-21st Street.
Queens Botanical Garden
Free on: Tue-Sun 8am-4:30pm Nov1-Mar 31.
43-50 Main St between Dahlia and Elder Aves, Flushing, Queens (718-886-3800, queensbotanical.org). Travel: 7 to Flushing--Main St, then take the Q44 bus south to Dahlia Ave.
Staten Island Zoo
Free on: Wed 2--4:45pm
614 Broadway between Frost Ave and Victory Blvd (718-442-3100, statenislandzoo.org). Travel: From the Staten Island Ferry, take the S48 bus to Broadway and walk 3.5 blocks to the zoo.
The Studio Museum in Harlem
Free on: Sun noon-6pm
144 W 125th St between Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd and Malcolm X Blvd (212-864-4500, studiomuseum.org. Subway: A, C, B, D, 2, 3 to 125th St.
Free on: Thu 4--8pm, Sat 1--5pm
290 Conover St at Pier 44, Red Hook, Brooklyn (718-624-4719, waterfrontmuseum.org). Travel: A, C, F to Jay St--Borough Hall; M, N, R to Court St; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall. then take the B61 bus to Van Brunt St at Beard St; or F, G to Smith--9th St, then take the B77 bus to Conover St at Coffey St.
Free on: Tue 9am--4:30pm Nov-Apr, Sat 9am--noon
675 W 249th St, enter from Independence Ave at 249th St, Bronx (718-549-3200, wavehill.org). Travel: 1 to 242nd St--Van Cortlandt Park (free hourly shuttle service between 242nd St station at Broadway and the garden); or Metro-North's Hudson Line local to Riverdale.
Museums that are always free
American Numismatic Society
Exhibits held at the Federal Reserve Bank, 33 Liberty St between Nassau and Williams Sts (212-571-4470, numismatics.org). Subway: J, M, Z to Broad St. Mon--Fri 10am-4pm.
BRIC Rotunda Gallery
33 Clinton St between Pierrepont St and Cadman Plaza W, Brooklyn (718-875-4047, bricartsmedia.org). Subway: M, R to Court St--Borough Hall; 2, 3 to Borough Hall. Tues--Sat noon--6pm.
The Drawing Center
35 Wooster St between Broome and Grand Sts (212-219-2166, drawingcenter.org). Subway: A, C, E to Canal St. Wed, Fri--Sun noon--6pm; Thu noon--8pm.
Harbor Defense Museum
Fort Hamilton Army Base, 101st St at Fort Hamilton Pkwy, Brooklyn (718-630-4349, harbordefensemuseum.com). Subway: R to Bay Ridge--95th St. Mon--Fri 10am--4pm; Sat 10am--2pm.
The Hispanic Society of America Audubon Terrace
Broadway between 155th and 156th Sts (212-926-2234, hispanicsociety.org). Subway: 1 to 157th St. Tues--Sat 10am--4:30pm; Sun 10am--4pm.
International Paper Museum
31 Grand St at Kent Ave, Brooklyn (718-599-7858, papermakinghistory.org/exhibitions.htm). Subway: L to Bedford Ave. Thu 2--6pm.
Lefferts Historic House Museum
Prospect Park enter park from Flatbush Ave near Empire Blvd, Brooklyn (718-789-2822, prospectpark.org). Subway: Q, S, B to Prospect Park. March: Sat--Sun noon--4pm; April, May: Sat--Sun noon--5pm; June: Thu--Sun noon--5pm; July, August: Thu--Sun noon--6pm.
11 E 61st St between Fifth and Madison Aves (212-826-0320, lubinhouse.syr.edu). Subway: N, R, W to Fifth Ave--59th St. September--June: Mon--Thu 9am--9pm; Fri 9am--5pm; July, Aug: Mon--Fri 9am--5pm. For the Pulitz Gallery: Mon--Sat, 11am--6pm.
Museum of American Illustration
128 E 63rd St btwn Park and Lexington Aves (212-838-2560, societyillustrators.org). Subway: F to Lexington Ave--63rd St. Tue--Fri 10am--5pm; Sat noon--4pm.
Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology
Seventh Ave at 27th St (212-217-4558, fitnyc.edu). Subway: 1 to 28th St. Tues--Fri noon--8pm; Sat 10am--5pm.
The New York Earth Room
141 Wooster St between Houston and Prince Sts (212-473-8072, earthroom.org). Subway: N, R, W to Prince St. Wed--Sun noon--3pm, 3:30--6pm.
Sony Wonder Technology Lab
50 Madison Ave between 55th and 56th Sts (212-833-8100, sonywondertechlab.com). Subway: 4, 5, 6, N, R to Lexington Ave--59th; E, V to Fifth Ave; F to 57th St. Tue-Sat 10am--5pm; Sun noon--5pm.
Taipei Cultural Center
1 E 42nd St between Fifth and Madison Aves (212-682-9388, tpecc.org). Subway: B, D, F, V to 42nd St--Bryant Park; 4, 5, 6 42nd St--Grand Central. Mon--Fri 8:30am--5:30pm.
Williamsburg Art & Historical Center
135 Broadway between Bedford and Driggs Aves (718-486-7372, wahcenter.net). Subway: L to Bedford; J, M, Z to Marcy Ave. Wed-Fri 1pm-5pm; Sat--Sun noon--6pm.