Free and cheap museums

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Always free | Free at select times | Suggested donation

 

These museums offer select suggested donation (hey, pay a penny!):

American Museum of Natural History
Suggested adult admission $16

The Cloisters
Suggested adult admission $20

Children's Museum of the Arts
Pay-what-you-wish Thu 4--6pm

Grey Art Gallery NYU
Suggested adult admission $3

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Pay-what-you-wish Sat 5:45--7:45pm

International Center of Photography
Voluntary contribution Fri 5--8pm

King Manor Museum
Suggested adult admission $5

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Suggested adult donation $20

Museum of Arts and Design
Pay-what-you-wish Thu 6--9pm

Museum of Biblical Art
Suggested adult admission $7

Museum of the City of New York
Suggested adult admission $10; if you live or work in East Harlem, visit the Museum free of charge. Simply walk in the entrance, say "I'm a neighbor," and the suggested admission charge will be waived.

Museum of the Moving Image
Suggested adult admission $7

Newark Museum
Suggested adult admission $10

New York City Fire Museum
Suggested adult admission $5

New-York Historical Society
Pay-what-you-wish Fri 6--8pm

The Noguchi Museum
Pay-what-you-wish on the first Friday of every month

MoMA PS1
Suggested adult admission $5

Queens Museum of Art
Suggested adult admission $5

Staten Island Museum
Suggested adult admission $2

Whitney Museum of American Art
Pay-what-you-wish Fri 6--9pm

 

Always free | Free at select times | Suggested donation

 


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