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    Free Museum Days Guide in NYC

    February 28, 2019

    Any New Yorker can tell you, Manhattan is covered in some the greatest museums the world over. There’s a gallery to suit everyone’s tastes from canvas to sculpture and even breaching into the realms of history and science. A trip to these renowned museums can sometimes be a little expensive, which is why it helps to know which ones participate in Free Museum Days. From your home in the Manhattan apartments, there are plenty nearby.

    About Free Museum Days

    Despite the name, there is no one-size-fits-all rule for entry to museums in New York City. Some allow guests inside their walls completely free of charge throughout the day, while others may only offer specific hours when you can enter their doors without admission. There are also those that charge a significantly reduced rate instead of a free pass.

    This list highlights the cost, if any, to get into each place. It also has information pertaining to the type of works you can expect to find inside, as well as the neighborhood the museum is located in.

    American Folk Art Museum

    • The country’s top collection of folk, outsider, and visionary art.
    • 100% free, always.
    • Located on the Upper East Side.

    Asia Society

    • Major exhibitions from various regions, cultures, and time periods from ancient India to contemporary Japan.
    • Free on Fridays, 6-9 p.m., from Labor Day through June.
    • Located in Lenox Hill.

    Bronx Museum of the Arts

    • Over 1000 works of multicultural art from the 20th and 21st century. Artists are Bronx-based or feature Asian, Latino, or African ancestry.
    • 100% free, always.
    • Located in (you guessed it) The Bronx.

    Brooklyn Museum

    • 560,000-square-feet of history’s greatest paintings, historic artifacts, and modern art. There are regular art shows and music nights throughout the year, as well as artisan wares in the museum’s shop.
    • Free on the first Saturday of each month, 5-11 p.m.
    • Located in Brooklyn.

    Cooper Hewitt

    • Part of the Smithsonian, this is the only museum in America dedicated to historic and modern design.
    • Pay what you wish on Saturdays, 6-9 p.m.
    • Located on the Upper East Side.

    El Museo del Barrio

    • This 6,500-piece permanent collection is dedicated to the work of Latino artists in the U.S.
    • Pay what you wish on the third Saturday of every month.
    • Located in East Harlem/Spanish Harlem.

    The Frick Collection

    • Housed in Henry Clay Frick’s former home, these galleries feature world-class sculptures, paintings, and furniture by history’s greatest.
    • Free admission on the first Friday of each month, 6-9 p.m.
    • Located in Lenox Hill.

    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

    • Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, this museum holds a unique collection of modern art.
    • Pay what you wish on Saturdays, 5:45-7:45 p.m.
    • Located on the Upper East Side

    The Hispanic Society of America

    • This historic building contains the largest collection of Spanish art in the world next to Spain, along with 16th-century tombs, religious artifacts, and 19th century photography.
    • 100% free, always.
    • Located in Washington Heights

    The Jewish Museum

    • Housed in the 1908 Warburg Mansion, contemporary and modern art make their home at the Jewish Museum. You’ll also find an extensive collection of Judaica artwork.
    • Free all day on Saturdays
    • Located next in Central Park

    The Met Breuer

    • Contemporary and modern pieces are in abundance here, ranging from sculptures to paintings.
    • Pay what you wish for New York residents only
    • Located in Lenox Hill

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    • Over 5,000 years of art from all over the world can be found in this 13-acre complex. From ancient mummies to last year’s runway fashions, The Met has it all.
    • Pay what you wish for New York residents only
    • Located in Central Park

    The Morgan Library Museum

    • Michelangelo, Rembrandt, and Picasso paint the walls, while shelves are lines with manuscripts from the likes of Twain, Poe, and Dickens.
    • Free every Friday from 7-9 p.m.
    • Located in Murray Hill

    Museum of Arts & Design

    • This is the cutting edge of contemporary craft designs.
    • Pay what you wish on Thursdays, 6-9 p.m.
    • Located in Hell’s Kitchen

    Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

    • This world-renowned museum houses the greatest collection of contemporary and modern art in existence.
    • Free on Fridays, 4-8 p.m.
    • Located in Midtown West.

    Museum of the Moving Image

    • State-of-the-art cinema seating and expanded gallery spaces allow you to explore the art of filmmaking. Artifacts from timeless productions are also on display.
    • Free on Fridays, 4-8 p.m. No groups.
    • Located in Astoria.

    National Museum of the American Indian

    • An official branch of the NMAI in D.C., which means the Smithsonian as well, you can expect to find an extensive collection of Native American artifacts from archaeological digs as well as those leading into the 1800s.
    • 100% free, always.
    • Located in the Financial District.

    New York Historical Society

    • Built in 1804, this museum dedicates itself to the rich history of the state with over 1.6 million works, exhibits, and artifacts.
    • Pay what you wish on Fridays, 6-9 p.m.
    • Located on the Upper West Side.

    New Museum of Contemporary Art

    • Cutting edge, new age art on the fringes of the contemporary and modern movements.
    • Pay what you wish on Thursdays, 7-9 p.m.
    • Located on the Lower East Side.

    Queens Museum

    • Come for the 9,335-square-foot model of NYC’s boroughs, stay for the wide variety of galleries.
    • Every day is pay what you wish, with suggested donations.
    • Located in Queens.

    Rubin Museum of Art

    • Works and displays center around the cultures of Tibet and India, both ancient and modern.
    • Free on Fridays, 6-10 p.m.
    • Located in Chelsea.

    Studio Museum

    • In transition to a new home, the museum is hosting a gallery of African-American art in the now temporary space where this museum resided.
    • 100% Free until 2021.
    • Located in Harlem.

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