Want some culture on the cheap? Check our museums during their free hours. See our museum guide for lots of tips and info, plus our family programs guide – many museum kids programming includes free admission for the family (MoMA even gives you a free pass for the future).

More free art available in public art, gallery & library exhibits.


Always pay-as-you-wish:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art | American Museum of Natural History


Always free:

The American Folk Art Museum | National Museum of the American Indian – New York



Wednesday, August 22


10:00 am–5:00 pm Bronx Zoo Pay-As-You-Wish Hours (2300 Southern Blvd)
10:00 am–6:00 pm New York Botanical Garden Pay-As-You-Wish Hours (2900 Southern Boulevard)

Thursday, August 23


4:00 pm–6:00 pm Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) Pay-As-You-Wish Hours (102 Charlton Street)
5:00 pm–8:00 pm Jewish Museum Pay-What-You-Wish Hours (1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street)
7:00 pm–9:00 pm New Museum Pay-As-You-Wish Hours (102 Charlton Street)

Friday, August 24


1:00 pm–4:00 pm Rubin Museum Free Hours (150 West 17 Street)
2:00 pm–5:00 pm New York Hall of Science Free Hours (Flushing Meadow-Corona Park)
4:00 pm–8:00 pm Museum of Modern Art Pay-As-You-Wish Hours (4 West 53rd Street)
4:00 pm–8:00 pm Museum of the Moving Image Pay-As-You-Wish Hours (36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) )
6:00 pm–8:00 pm New-York Historical Society Pay-As-You-Wish Hours (70 Central Park West at 77th Street)
7:00 pm–10:00 pm Whitney Pay-As-You-Wish Hours (99 Gansevoort Street)

Saturday, August 25


5:45 pm–7:45 pm Guggenheim Free Hours (1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street)
6:00 pm–9:00 pm Cooper Hewitt Pay-As-You-Wish Hours ( 2 East 91st Street)

Sunday, August 26


10:00 am–11:00 am New York Hall of Science Free Hours (Flushing Meadow-Corona Park)
1:00 pm–4:00 pm Rubin Family Sundays: Togetherness Tapestry (150 West 17 Street)