Free Times at NYC Museums

museum free days


Here’s a list of Museums off Staten Island!

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Click here for a list of awesome museums you may not have tried with your family!


Children’s Museums, Zoos and Gardens with Free Times

The Bronx Zoo – General admission is free on Wednesdays. Visitors are asked to donate what they wish to support the zoo’s mission. Total Experience activities cost extra.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Free all day on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10am-noon. Free on winter weekdays November-February.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Free Thursday afternoons from 2-6pm.

Children’s Museum of the Arts
Pay-what-you-wish Thursdays, 4-6pm.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Free the first Friday of every month, 5-8pm.

New York Aquarium
Pay-what-you-wish on Fridays, 3-3:30pm, during the fall, winter and spring; in the summer, free Friday hours run from 4pm-5pm.

New York Botanical Garden
Free grounds admission all day on Wednesdays, and Saturdays, 9-10am. Special exhibits cost extra.

New York Hall of Science
Free admission on Fridays, 2-5pm, and Sundays, 10-11am.

New-York Historical Society
Pay-what-you-wish Fridays 6-8pm, which includes the DiMenna Children’s History Museum.

Queens Botanical Garden
Free admission daily November through March. Free admission Wednesdays, 3-6pm, and Sundays, 4-6pm the rest of the year.

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling
Admission for children 8 and younger is always free. Children ages 9-17 enter for $4; adult admission is $7.

The Staten Island Children’s Museum
Although this museum doesn’t have regularly scheduled free times, it often hosts “Cool School Holiday” free admission days during public school holidays. Check our calendar for more info.

Staten Island Zoo
Free Wednesdays, 2-4:45pm.

Wave Hill
Free Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9am-noon. The garden also hosts special free arts events throughout the year.


Free Family Programs at Museums

Several museums offer regularly scheduled free programs. In addition to no-cost admission, visitors are treated to special tours and activities. Sometimes these events require tickets (which are free), and they’re all either aimed at families or are kid-friendly.

Brooklyn Museum First Saturdays
First Saturday of every month, 5-11pm, and every Thursday from 6-10pm beginning January 21. But kids ages 19 and under are always free.

El Museo del Barrio Super Sábado
Free at all times for children under 12 and for everyone on the third Saturday of every month, 11am-6pm. A visit here also gets you free admission to the Museum of the City of New York.

Museum of Modern Art
General admission is always free to ages 16 and under and parents can score a free pass on Friday nights from 4-8pm. MoMA also offers multiple free programs for families, including Tours for Fours, A Closer Look for Kids and Family Films. Tickets are required and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the Education and Research Building entrance at 4 West 54th Street.

New Museum First Saturdays for Families
Children under 18 are always free. In addition, on the first Saturday of every month, from 10am-noon, the museum offers free admission for up to three adults per family. On Thursdays from 6-9pm, it’s pay what you wish for all visitors.

Studio Museum Free Sundays – Sundays, noon-6pm


Museums with Suggested General Admission

American Museum of Natural History – Special exhibits and experiences cost extra.

Brooklyn Museum

The Cloisters

El Museo del Barrio

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museum of the City of New York

Queens Museum

SculptureCenter

Staten Island Museum

Studio Museum Harlem


Museums That Are Always Free

American Folk Art Museum

The Bronx Museum of the Arts

Lehman College Art Gallery
Admission is always free. The gallery also hosts educational workshops and family art workshops free of charge.

MoMA PS1
Through October 15, 2017 all residents of New York’s five boroughs receive free entrance to all exhibitions during regular museum hours.

The Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology

National Museum of the American Indian

Sony Wonder Technology Lab
ertain workshops cost extra.

Queens County Farm Museum
The museum does charge admission during large, public events.


Adult Museums with Free Hours

9/11 Memorial and Museum
Free on Tuesdays from 5-8pm.

Asia Society Museum
Free on Fridays, 6-9pm, from Labor Day through June. Children under 16 are always given free admission.

Cooper Hewitt Museum
Pay-what-you-wish on Saturdays from 6-9pm. Kids 18 and under are always free.

The Frick Collection
Pay-what-you-wish on Sundays from 11am-1pm. Must be 10 years old and up to visit.

Guggenheim Museum
Pay what you wish Saturdays, 5:45-7:45pm. Children under 12 are always free.

Historic Richmond Town
Free Fridays, 1-5pm. Ages 3 and under are free.

The Jewish Museum
Free on Saturdays, 11am-5:45pm; pay-what-you-wish on Thursdays from 5pm-8pm. Children 18 and under are free.

The Morgan Library & Museum
Free on Fridays, 7-9pm. Children 12 and under are free.

Museum of Arts and Design
Pay what you wish Thursdays, 6-9pm. Children ages 18 and under are free.

Museum of Chinese in America
Free on the first Thursday of the each month, 11am-9pm. Children under age 12 are free.

Museum of Jewish Heritage
Free on Wednesdays, 4-8pm. Ages 12 and under are always free.

Museum of Modern Art
Free on Fridays, 4-8pm. Ages 16 and under are always free.

Museum of the Moving Image
Free on Fridays, 4-8pm. Children under age 3 are free.

The Noguchi Museum
Free on the first Friday of every month, 10am-5pm. Children under 12 are free.

Rubin Museum of Art
Free on the first Monday of every month, 11am-5pm. Children 12 and under are free.

Whitney Museum
Pay what you wish Fridays, 7-9:30pm. Children under 18 are always free.



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  1. Stargazing in Great Kills

    April 21 @ 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
    April 21, 2018  |  8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
    Great Kills Park
    Spring Astronomy Day. Go stargazing with the S.I. Amateur Astronomer’s Association. Inclement weather will cancel this program.
  2. NYRR Open Run

    April 22 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
    April 22, 2018  |  9:00 am - 10:00 am
    Conference House Park
    Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the run and to leave their valuables at home – bag check is not provided. No need to do anything before the run, just show up. Open to all
  3. St. George Day

    April 22 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
    April 22, 2018  |  11:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Tompkinsville Park
    Earth Day & Arts Festival celebrating community….and dragons! This free, North Shore event will include kids’ activities, family oriented fun, outdoor art installations, live music, street performance, crafts, and Earth Day demonstrations. Click here to learn more!
  4. Earth Day: Citizen Science Fair at Greenbelt Nature Center

    April 22 @ 11:00 am
    April 22, 2018  |  11:00 am - 11:00 am
    Greenbelt Nature Center
    Citizen Science projects are programs in which ordinary citizens volunteer to work to help scientists to answer real-world questions. Join us for an informative session to find out what projects are happening locally, and learn how you can become a
  5. Earth Day at the Zoo

    April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    April 22, 2018  |  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    Staten Island Zoo
    Explore the different ecosystems that make up our amazing planet with hands-on education stations, eco-crafts throughout the zoo, and scheduled tours of our rainforest, African savannah, North American Aviary and desert habitats. Meet animals from all over the world and
  6. Weekend Art Studio

    April 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    April 22, 2018  |  1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    SI Children's Museum
  7. Earth Day: Senses Walk

    April 22 @ 1:00 pm
    April 22, 2018  |  1:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex
    Discover nature by using your senses with the Rangers on this nature walk.
  8. Historic Richmond Town’s Sensory Sundays

    April 22 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    April 22, 2018  |  1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
    Historic Richmond Town
    This new program broadens the site’s accessibility and enhances the visitor experience for people on the Autism Spectrum. The Grace Foundation is partnering with HRT’s historical interpreters as co-tour leaders for this special series of sensory tours.
  9. Joys of Composting

    April 22 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    April 22, 2018  |  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    SI Children's Museum
    Don’t toss out your old food scraps! Discover how our planet benefits from composting in this special Earth Day workshop. Sponsored by Con Edison At 2pm & 3pm
  10. Richmond County Orchestra Celebrates Motown

    April 22 @ 3:00 pm
    April 22, 2018  |  3:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    The Great Hall at Snug Harbor
    Richmond County Orchestra (RCO) is celebrating Motown music with a Side-By-Side production with Curtis High School band members on Sunday, April 22 at 3 p.m. at the Music Hall at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden. RCO, in collaboration