Best free museum days for kids in NYC

Learning abounds at NYC's best free museum days for kids—there's something for everyone at these epic attractions
Photograph: Marielle Solan
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There's no shortage of things to do with kids in NYC. Fortunately for families, not all excursions require hefty price tags—but a little research is required. 

The best free museum days for kids in NYC are opportunities for visitors big and small to take advantage of the greatest venues, learn about countless fields and have a ball in the process. Fortunately, we've rounded up the best of the best to make your planning even easier.

Whether your crew wants to go back in time with a historical exhibit or feels inclined to get acquainted with math and technology, there's a place for you. Have a look at our handy list of free admission and pay-what-you-wish offers before making plans.

Better start a checklist—chances are you'll be busy!

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Free museum days for kids

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Museums, Special interest

Asia Society

icon-location-pin Lenox Hill

Free admission on Fridays from 6–9pm, except July and August

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Museums, Special interest

El Museo del Barrio

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General admission by suggested donation; galleries are closed until fall 2018

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Things to do, Cultural centers

Japan Society

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Free admission on Fridays from 6–9pm, closed for the summer

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Museums, History

The Jewish Museum

icon-location-pin Central Park

Pay what you wish on Thursdays from 5–8pm, free admission on Saturdays, children 18 and under, free

Museums, Art and design

The Cloisters

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Admission by suggested donation for New York residents, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut students; children 12 and under, free

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Museums, Science and technology

Liberty Science Center

Free admission on the first full weekend of every month for Bank of America cardholders, excluding special exhibitions

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Museums, Science and technology

New York Hall of Science

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Free admission on Fridays from 2–5pm and Sundays from 10–11am; free hours suspended during World Maker Faire

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