New York City is known as an expensive city; however, it can be equally generous to its residents and tourists alike. Many premier museums and galleries offer free entry or pay-what-you-wish options. This admission list is your ticket to some of the world’s most famous institutions.

NYC Museums That Are Always Free

While all of New York museums are fun and exciting to visit, these world-class attractions offer free admission all of the time:

garrett ziegler folk art Ziegler via Flick, American Folk Art Museum

American Folk Art Museum

2 Lincoln Square / This museum features 18th and 19th century paintings, sculptures, quilts, and other works from self-taught artists.

chris ford Ford via Flickr, American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West & 79th St / This museum houses over 32 million artifacts and specimens. It’s been one of the world’s most prominent cultural institutions since its inception in 1869. Pieces focus on the natural world, the universe, and human cultures.

brooklyn mark schlemmer Schlemmer via Flickr, Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum

200 Eastern Parkway / This museum offers a diverse and creative selection of works in its unique collection. Whether Egyptian masterpieces, European paintings, decorative arts, period rooms, contemporary art, or African art, it has something for every art enthusiast of any age.

morag cloisters via Flickr, Cloisters

The Cloisters

99 Margaret Corbin Drive / The Cloisters is a part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art that is devoted to medieval Europe and art from the 12th-15th century. Housing over 2,000 works of art, the building and its gardens in northern Manhattan are pieces of art themselves.

thomas hawk Hawk via Flickr, Met

 Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 5th Avenue / Also known as the Met, it is the largest art museum in the United States. It houses over two million works in its permanent collection among 17 different departments including contemporary art, paintings, sculptures, and more.

5 Other Free Museums:

ryan budhu Budhu via Flickr, 9/11 Memorial Museum

Weekly Calendar of Free Days/Hours








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What are your favorite museums in NYC?

[Featured Image: Thomas Hawk via Flickr, Metropolitan Museum of Art]




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