SAVE $ ON MUSEUMS

moma family gallery talks

Enjoy free/low-cost culture with these tips for saving at NYC's fabulous family-friendly museums, where kids are often free or discounted everyday.

* Also see our guide to always-free gallery shows & public art.

* Follow us on Instagram & subscribe to our email list for temporary deals (like 2-for 1 NYC Must-See Week Jan 17-Feb 12).

* Consider a membership at your local favorite - usually around $100 and totally tax-deductible - for a climate-controlled spot to roam all year long plus perks like discounts at the fabulous gift shops and cafes.

* See our kid-friendly museum guide & museum map for more tips.

COMMUNITY HOURS

Check out museums for as little as a penny during certain hours. Some require advance reservations; click-though for more info.


ALWAYS PAY-WHAT-YOU-WISH

* American Folk Art Museum
American Museum of Natural History (NY, NJ & CT residents)
* Cooper Hewitt Design Museum (5-6 pm daily)
* El Museo Del Barrio
* Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York State residents)
* The Met Cloisters (New York State residents)
* MoMA Sculpture Garden & First Floor
National Museum of the American Indian
* Queens Museum
* Skyscraper Museum


MONDAY

* Museum at Eldridge Street (10 am–5pm)

Thursday

* Brooklyn Children's Museum (2 pm–5 pm)
* Museum of the Moving Image (2-6 pm)
* New Museum (7 pm–9 pm)

Friday

* Museum at Eldridge Street (10 am–5pm)
* MoMA (4 pm-8 pm first Friday of the month for NYC residents)
* New York Hall of Science (2 pm–5 pm)
* The Morgan Library & Museum (5–7 pm)
* New-York Historical Society (6 pm–8 pm)
* The Poster House (10 am–6 pm)
* Rubin Museum (6 pm–10 pm)
* Whitney Museum (7–10 pm)

SATURDAY

* MoMA (10:15 am-5:30 pm, during & after Family Gallery Talks on some Saturdays)
* Jewish Museum (11 am–6 pm)
* Guggenheim (6 pm–8 pm)

SUNDAY

* The Poster House (10:30 am-12:15 pm during Poster Kids on select Sundays)
* Rubin Museum Family Sundays (1 pm–3 pm)

PASSES

CULTURE PASS

NYC library card holders can get free admission to dozens of cultural institutions.  Reserve passes online; browse available passes by date or venue. Westchester libraries have a similar programs.

IDNYC

IDNYC cardholders are eligible for free one-year memberships or discounted tickets at a number of participating institutions.

CORPORATE MEMBERSHIPS

Many corporations and financial insitutions donate to museums, then offer free admission to employees/patrons. Check with yours; Bloomberg, American Express and Chase all have programs.