NYC for Free

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Whilst doing my research for my New York City trip mid year, I came across a bucket full of free things that you can do in the city – who knew?! Some of the attractions are free all year round, whilst others are during only certain parts of the day.  Definitely a few places you should add to your list whilst in NYC. NYC for Free – Who would of thought??

All Year NYC for Free

  • African Burial Ground Memorial Site
  • BRIC House
  • The Bronx Museum of the Arts
  • Federal Hall National Memorial
  • The Federal Reserve Bank
  • General Grant National Memorial
  • The Harbor Defense Museum
  • Hamilton Grange
  • The Hispanic Society of America
  • Irish Hunger Memorial
  • Leslie–Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
  • Museum of American Illustration
  • Museum of Biblical Art
  • The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • The New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
  • New York Transit Museum Annex & Store, Grand Central Terminal
  • Queens County Farm Museum
  • Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America
  • Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (grounds and botanical garden only)
  • Socrates Sculpture Park
  • Soldiers and Sailors Monument
  • Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace

Certain Times NYC for Free


  • Museum at Eldridge Street (tours, 10am to noon)


  • The Brooklyn Botanic Garden
  • Morgan Library and Museum (The McKim Rooms only)
  • Wave Hill (free all day, November through April and July and August; 9am to noon in May, June, September and October)


  • Bronx Zoo – Pay what you will for grounds access. Does not include admission to special exhibitions like Butterfly Garden, Congo Gorilla Forest and JungleWorld.
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage (4 to 8pm)
  • New York Botanical Garden – Free grounds access all day.
  • Staten Island Zoo (after 2pm)


  • Museum of Arts and Design (pay what you will, 6 to 9pm)
  • New Museum (7 to 9pm)
  • Museum of Chinese in America


  • Museum of Modern Art (4 to 8pm)
  • Whitney Museum of American Art (pay what you will, 6 to 9pm)
  • Morgan Library and Museum (7 to 9pm)
  • The New-York Historical Society (pay what you will, 6 to 8pm)
  • New York Aquarium (pay what you will, after 3pm)
  • International Center of Photography (pay what you will, after 5pm)
  • Museum of the Moving Image (4 to 8pm)
  • Japan Society (6 to 9pm)
  • New York Hall of Science (2 to 5pm, September through June)
  • Rubin Museum of Art (6 to 10pm)
  • Asia Society (September through June, 6 to 9pm)
  • Historic Richmond Town (1 to 5pm)


  • The Brooklyn Botanic Garden (10am to noon)
  • Museum of American Finance
  • New York Botanical Garden (free grounds pass, 10 to 11am)
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (pay what you will, 5:45 to 7:45pm)
  • The Jewish Museum
  • Wave Hill (9am to noon)


  • Frick Collection (pay what you will, 11am to 1pm)
  • The Morgan Library and Museum (The McKim Rooms only, 4 to 6pm)
  • New York Hall of Science (10 to 11am, September through June)
  • Queens Botanical Garden (4 to 6pm through October 31)
  • Studio Museum in Harlem (noon to 6pm)Museum of the Moving Image – 4–8Pm
  • Queens Botanical Garden – Free Sundays, 4–6pm, March 30–October 31

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