Free/Discounted NYC Museums

As many of you have noticed, winter is finally upon us. This means walks in the park suck, Starbucks will be overcrowded, and staying home seems like your only option.

Well… why don’t you try some museums? Museums are a perfect winter day activity. It’s warm inside, you can spend all day there, perfect date place… and it’s cheap. For CUNY students especially.

Check out this list of free/cheap/discounted museums you can go to (taken from http://gonyc.about.com/cs/museums/a/museumdeals.htm)

Everyday Deals

  • Forbes Magazine Galleries
    Admission is always free to this interesting museum featuring collectibles such as toy soldiers, Monopoly games and more.
    62 Fifth Avenue (at 12th Street)
    212-206-5548
  • Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology
    Admission to the museum displaying articles from the permanent collection, as well as changing exhibits on fashion, is always free.
    Seventh Avenue at 27 Street
    Phone: 212-217-5970
  • National Museum of the American Indian
    Admission to the the sixteenth museum in the Smithsonian Institution is always free.
    1 Bowling Green, George Gustave Heye Center
    Phone: 212-668-6624
  • Goethe Institut
    Weekdays you can experience German language and culture exhibits for free at the Goethe Institut, which is conveniently located across from the Met.
    1014 Fifth Ave
    Phone: 212-439-8700
  • Sony Wonder Technology Lab
    Admission is always free to this entertainment and technology museum located in Midtown.
    Sony Plaza Public Arcade at 56th Street and Madison Avenue
    Phone:212-833-5414

Museums With Suggested Admission
In order to make museums affordable for all, these museums have “suggested” admissions. That means you can pay the amount of admission that you can afford and still enjoy access to the museum.

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Although they raised the “suggested” admission to $20, you can pay what you can afford to see one of the greatest art museums in New York City.
    Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue
    Phone: 212-535-7710
  • American Museum of Natural History
    The “suggested” admission at the American Museum of Natural History is $15, you can make whatever contribution you see as appropriate to enter the museum (though you’ll have to pay full price for planetarium shows, etc.).
    Address: Central Park West at West 79th Street
    Phone: 212-769-5000

Tuesday Deals

  • Brooklyn Botanical Garden
    Free admission on Tuesdays (Admission is free every weekday from mid-November through February)
    1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
    Phone: 718-623-7200
  • Staten Island Museum
    Admission is free on Tuesdays from 12 to 2 p.m.
    75 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island, NY
    Phone: 718-483-7114

Wednesday Deals

  • Bronx Zoo
    Admission by donation all day on Wednesday
    1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY
    Phone: 718-367-1010
  • New York Botanical Garden
    Free admission (covers grounds only) on Wednesdays
    Bronx River Parkway and Fordham Road, Bronx, NY
    Phone: 718-817-8700

Thursday Deals

  • American Craft Museum
    Pay What You Wish from 6 – 8 p.m. to see the decorative and functional pieces showcased here.
    40 W 53rd St
    Phone: 212-956-3535
  • Children’s Museum of the Arts
    Free fun for the kids–from 4 – 6 p.m. you can pay what you wish on Thursdays.
    182 Lafayette Street
    Phone: 212-274-0986
  • Museum of Arts and Design
    Pay What You Wish from 6 – 9 p.m.
    2 Columbus Circle
    Phone: 212-299-7777

Friday Deals

  • American Folk Art Museum
    Free Admission on Fridays from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    45 West 53rd Street
    Phone: 212-265-1040
  • Asia Society and Museum
    Free Admission on Fridays from 6-9 p.m.
    725 Park Ave. at 70th St.
    Phone: 212-288-6400
  • Brooklyn Botanical Garden
    Free admission for Seniors on Fridays
    1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
    Phone: 718-623-7200
  • Bronx Museum of the Arts
    This contemporary art museum is open late on Wednesdays (from 12 – 9 p.m.), so visitors can explore the exhibits for free.
    Fordham Road and the Bronx River Parkway, Bronx, NY
    Phone: 718-681-6000
  • International Center for Photography
    Admission to the frequently changing exhibitions is available with your voluntary contribution on Fridays from 5-8 p.m.
    1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd St.
    Phone: 212-857-0000
  • The Morgan Library
    Admission is free on Fridays from 7-9 p.m.
    225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street
    Phone: 212-685-0008
  • Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
    Free Admission on Target Fridays from 4 – 8 p.m.
    11 West 53 Street
    Phone: 212-708-9400
  • Museum of the Moving Image
    Free to gallery Fridays from 4 – 8 p.m. (does not include film screenings)
    35 Avenue at 36 Street in Astoria, NY
    Phone: 718-784-0077
  • New York Historical Society
    Free admission Fridays, 6-8 p.m. courtesy of American Express Company.
    170 Central Park West between 76th & 77th Street
    Phone: 212-873-3400
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
    Pay what you wish on Fridays from 6 – 9 p.m.
    945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
    Phone: 212-570-3676

Saturday Deals

  • Brooklyn Botanical Garden
    Free admission from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturdays
    1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
    Phone: 718-623-7200
  • First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum of Art
    Evening admission (5-11 p.m.) on the first Saturday of every month is free. Includes most exhibits, music and movie screenings.
    200 Eastern Pkwy Brooklyn, NY 11238-6052
    Phone: 718-638-5000
  • Guggenheim Museum
    Pay what you wish on Saturdays from 5:15 – 7:45 p.m. (last ticket issued at 7:15)
    1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street
    Phone: 212-423-3500
  • The Jewish Museum
    Free admission on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5:45.
    1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street (between Fifth and Madison)
    Phone: 212-423-3200
  • New York Botanical Garden
    Free admission to the grounds from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturdays
    Bronx River Parkway and Fordham Road, Bronx, NY
    Phone: 718-817-8700

Sunday Museum Admission Discounts

  • The Frick Collection
    On Sundays, pay what you wish from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    1 East 70th Street
    Phone: 212-288-0700
  • Museum of the City of New York
    Free admission on Sundays between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
    1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St
    Phone: 212-534-1672

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