Free Days at New York City Museums, Zoos and Gardens

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Free Days at New York City Museums Zoos and Gardens, NYC Museums

New York City’s many and varied museums, zoos, and gardens  are among the many things that we love about New York City as do the 40 million visitors who come here every year .  We’ve compiled a list of some of the city’s favorites, many of which are “pay what you wish”, along with those that have certain days that are free, like Wednesdays at the Bronx Zoo and Sundays at the Frick Museum.

American Folk Art Museum  Free – every Friday 5:30-7:30pm.

American Museum of Natural History  Pay What You Wish – always.

Asia Society and Museum  Free Admission on Fridays from 6-9 p.m. (does not apply July 1 – Labor Day

Brooklyn Botanical Garden  Free admission on Tuesdays (Admission is free every weekday from mid-November through February)

Brooklyn Museum  Pay What You Wish – always, Free – first Saturday of every month 5-11pm.

Bronx Museum of the Arts This contemporary art museum is open late on Fridays (from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.) and visitors can explore the exhibits for free all day long.

Bronx Zoo Admission by donation all day on Wednesday

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

El Museo del Barrio  Free – third Saturday of every month.

Frick Collection  Pay What You Wish – every Sunday 11am-1pm.

Guggenheim Museum  Pay What You Wish – every Saturday 5:45-7:45pm.

Hispanic Society of America  Free – always.

International Center for Photography Admission to the frequently changing exhibitions is available with your voluntary contribution on Fridays from 5-8 p.m

Jewish Museum  Free – every Saturday.

David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center  Free – every Thursday 8:30pm, first Saturday of every month 11am.

Metropolitan Museum of Art  Pay What You Wish – always

Morgan Library and Museum  Free – every Friday 7-9pm.

Museum of Arts and Design  Pay What You Wish – every Thursday 6-9pm.

Museum of Chinese in America  Free – every Thursday.

Museum of Modern Art  Free – every Friday 4-8pm.

Museum of the City of New York  Pay What You Wish – always.

National Museum of the American Indian  Free – always.

New Museum of Contemporary Art  Free – every Thursday 7-9pm, always ages 18 and under.

New York Botanical Garden Free admission (covers grounds only) on Wednesdays

Noguchi Museum  Pay What You Wish – first Friday of every month.

Queens Museum of Art  Pay What You Wish – always.

Rose Center for Earth and Space  Pay What You Wish – always.

Rubin Museum of Art  Free – every Friday 6-10pm, first Monday of every month ages 65 and over.

Staten Island Museum Admission is free on Tuesdays from 12 to 2 p.m

South Street Seaport Museum  Free – third Friday of every month 6-8:45pm.

Studio Museum in Harlem  Free every Sunday

Tibet House Free, suggested donation $5.00

Whitney Museum of American Art  Pay What You Wish – every Friday 6-9pm.



  • The tomato behind The Three Tomatoes. Cheryl Benton, aka the “head tomato” is founder and publisher of The Three Tomatoes, a digital lifestyle magazine for “women who aren’t kids”. Having lived and worked for many years in New York City, the land of size zero twenty-somethings, she was truly starting to feel like an invisible woman. She created The Three Tomatoes just for the fun of it as the antidote for invisibility and sent it to 60 friends. Today she has thousands of friends and is chief cheerleader for smart, savvy women who want to live their lives fully at every age and every stage. She is the author of the novel, "Can You See Us Now?" and co-author of a humorous books of quips, "Martini Wisdom." Because she's lived a long time, her full bio won't fit here. If you want the "blah, blah, blah", read more.

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