The best free museums for kids in New York City

Enjoy free museum admission for kids and pay as you wish days to explore art and culture in NYC as a family

American Museum of Natural History Rose Center for Earth and Space
Photograph: AMNH\C. Chesek American Museum of Natural History Rose Center for Earth and Space
By Hannah Doolin, Allie Early, Danielle Valente and Time Out editors |
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Free museums for kids? We're in! Many assume that free things to do with kids in NYC are few and far between, but truthfully, all you need to do is a little bit of research before embarking on an outing. These fabulous NYC musums offer pay-what-you-wish days, free museum days/hours and other great stuff for local families—you just need to read the fine print. Basically, it's an excellent way to explore the best family attractions in NYC without large fees!

Want to check out cool new exhibits like "T. rex: The Ultimate Predator"? Are your kiddos anxious to get their hands on permanent exhibits at the engaging and interactive New York Hall of Science? Stick with us, and we'll let you know how to make the most bang for your buck!

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