Museums at a Price You Can Afford (Hint: Free)

January 6, 2012 4:00 AM

This winter is the time to take advantage of all the free and discounted admission at museums throughout the city. Flickr/Jesse Michael Nix

Don’t spend the winter months hibernating in your apartment — instead, get some culture on the cheap. Check out the list below to take advantage of the free or discounted admission days offered by museums throughout the city.

FREE

Bring the entire family to the Children's Museum of Manhattan for free Fridays on the first week of each month. The five floors of art, literature, science and media provide a learning experience for the whole family. Photo by Jim.henderson.

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
(718) 638-5000
Free the first Saturday of the month from 5 – 11 p.m.

Children’s Museum of Manhattan
212 W. 83rd St., Manhattan
(212) 721-0471 ‎
Free the first Friday of every month from 5 – 8 p.m.

El Museo Del Barrio
1230 5th Ave., Manhattan
(212) 831-7272 ‎ 
Free every third Saturday of the month.

The Jewish Museum1109 Fifth Ave., Manhattan
(212) 423-3333 ‎
Free Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.

MoMA
11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan
(212) 708-9400
Free Fridays from 4 – 8 p.m.

Participate in some of the Museum of the Moving Image's interactive exhibits during their free Fridays. Photo by NickCPrior.

The Morgan Library & Museum
225 Madison Ave., Manhattan
(212) 590-0300 ‎ 
Free Fridays from 7 – 9 p.m.

The Museum of Chinese in America
215 Centre St., Manhattan
(212) 334-1057 ‎
Free Thursdays

Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place, Manhattan
(646) 437-4202 ‎
Free Wednesdays from 4 – 8 p.m.

Museum of the Moving Image
3601 35 Ave., Queens
(718) 777-6888  
Free admission to the galleries Fridays from 4 – 8 p.m. Free admission always for the following: teachers with valid ID; active-duty military personnel; New York City families registered with “Cool Culture;” and WFUV members.

Neue Galerie New York
1048 5th Ave., Manhattan
(212) 628-6200
Free the first Friday of every month from 6 – 8 p.m.

Visit the new New Museum on the Bowery for free on Thursday nights. Photo by Moritz Schmaltz.

New Museum
235 Bowery, Manhattan
(212) 219-1222
Free Thursdays from 7 – 9 p.m.

The New York Botanical Garden
2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx
(718) 817-8700 
Grounds admission free all day Wednesdays and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Rubin Museum of Art
150 W. 17th St., Manhattan
(212) 620-5000 ‎ 
Free Fridays from 6 – 10 p.m.

The Studio Museum In Harlem
144 W. 125th St., Manhattan
(212) 864-4500 ‎ 
Free Sundays

DISCOUNTED ADMISSION

Fraunces Tavern Museum
54 Pearl St., Manhattan
(212) 425-1778 ‎ 
$1 admission: Presidents Day, Feb. 20; July 4; Flag Day, June 14

The Frick Collection
1 E. 70th St., Manhattan
(212) 288-0700
Pay what you wish Sundays from 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

International Center of Photography
1133 Ave. of the Americas # 1A, Manhattan
(212) 857-0000 ‎
Pay what you wish Fridays from 5 – 8 p.m.

Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle, Manhattan
(212) 299-7777 ‎ 
Pay what you wish Thursdays from 6 – 9:00 p.m.

Museum of Sex
233 Fifth Ave., Manhattan
(212) 689-6337 ‎
Museum of Sex website deals: Get $3.00 off your admission
Bonus: foursquare users receive $2 off any drink at the OralFix Bar upon their first check-in

Visit the Whitney Museum on Fridays and pay whatever's left in your pockets for admission. Be sure to check out the "Designing The Whitney Of The Future" ongoing exhibit to see the plans for the new Whitney Museum to be built in the Meatpacking District. Flickr/Dom Dada.

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West, Manhattan 
(212) 873-3400 ‎
Pay what you wish Fridays from 6 – 8 p.m.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Ave., Manhattan
(800) 329-6109
Pay what you wish: Saturdays 5:45 – 7:45 pm (last ticket issued at 7:15 p.m.)

Whitney Museum Of American Art
945 Madison Ave., Manhattan
(212) 570-3600
Pay what you wish Fridays from 6 – 9 p.m.

If you are a member of THIRTEEN, check out the list of additional museum discounts you are entitled to here.

  • juliette

    I think it’s grand that there are now free/pay what you wish but adopting the Met’s policy of pay what you wish all day everyday is what makes it the greatest museum in the world. Especially in these hard economic times.. and they are obviously not losing members or money…generosity begets more in the long run.
    Thank you

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