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. Escape Room – Kids edition

    December 14
    December 14, 2017  |  12:00 am - 11:59 pm
    Mariners Harbor Library
    Follow clues and solve riddles to escape the room before the time runs out! Limited space, please call for the exact time and to register in advance.
  2. Greenbelt Peepers

    December 14 @ 9:45 am
    December 14, 2017  |  9:45 am - 9:45 am
    Greenbelt Nature Center
    Mighty oaks from little acorns grow. Through hands-on activities, crafts, and stories, two year-olds and their caregivers will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. Space is limited. Registration required. Fee: $3 per child/Free for Greenbelt Conservancy
  3. Toddler/Preschool Story Time

    December 14 @ 10:30 am - 11:15 am
    December 14, 2017  |  10:30 am - 11:15 am
    St. George Library
    Songs, rhymes, picture book stories, & a craft activity are all part of this story time. Registration required.
  4. Tot’s Time Plus

    December 14 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    December 14, 2017  |  11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    SI Children's Museum
    Your pre-schooler will create artwork, sing along and listen to stories.
  5. Greenbelt Tree Tots

    December 14 @ 11:00 am
    December 14, 2017  |  11:00 am - 11:00 am
    Greenbelt Nature Center
    Mighty oaks from little acorns grow. Through hands-on activities, crafts, and stories, three and four year-olds and their caregivers will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest. Space is limited. Registration required. Fee: $3 per child/Free for
  6. Baby Storytime: Baby & Me

    December 14 @ 11:00 am
    December 14, 2017  |  11:00 am - 11:00 am
    Tottenville Library
    Songs, rhymes, stories and playtime for infants ages 0-18 months along with a parent or caregiver. Meet other babies in the neighborhood!
  7. Bouncing Babies

    December 14 @ 11:15 am
    December 14, 2017  |  11:15 am - 11:15 am
    West New Brighton Library
    Come for playtime, stories and songs for babies and their caregivers.
  8. Staten Island Babywearers

    December 14 @ 12:00 pm
    December 14, 2017  |  12:00 pm - 12:00 pm
    West New Brighton Library
    Want to learn the skills to being a good babywearer? Join us as we host Staten Island’s first peer to peer babywearing group, led by a certified babywearing educator! For parents and caregivers. Feel free to bring your babies!
  9. Baby/Toddler Social

    December 14 @ 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
    December 14, 2017  |  12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
    St. George Library
    Playground is too cold or it’s rainy? Do you and your baby need to get out of the house? Come to the library! A safe, indoor space for babies 0-23 months and their caregivers to play and socialize. Baby toys
  10. Paint Day

    December 14 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    December 14, 2017  |  1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
    SI Children's Museum
    Plenty of time for experimenting with paints and other media.