Monday, November 9, 2015

NYC #Free Family Activities or Pay What You Want

New York has so many things to offer.  You wouldn't believe it is FREE or available at a minimal cost.  When you see venues state "Suggested Amount" or "Pay what you want" it basically means exactly that, you contribute what you can.

These Places Are FREE or Pay What You Want

Studio Museum in Harlem free every Sunday
Staten Island Museum History Center & Archives - Adm Free M-F 9-5 pm ( Closed Sat/Sun)
Socrates Sculpture Park - open to public
Bronx Museum  (pay what you want)
Waterfront Museum - open year-round on Saturday 1-5 pm for free tours when the barge is docked in Red Hook
Queens Museum of Art (suggested admission fee)
American Folk Art Museum - Admission is free
Green-Wood Cemetery -free to public
International Print Center 
Gallery Admission is FREE to the public
Metropolitan Museum of Art (pay what you want) they have a recommended fee
The Cloisters (pay what you want) they have a recommended fee 
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology -
 Free admissions to exhibitions 
Godwin–Ternback Museum at Queens College  - Free to public open M-Th 11-7 pm and Sat 11- 5 pm
Queens Botanical Garden (Free November-March)

Monthly Free Hours

Bronx Museum  Free to all
Brooklyn Museum (1st Saturday of each month 5-11 PM)
El Museo del  Barrio (3rd Saturday of each month Super Sábado 11am to 6pm)
Neue Gallerie (1st Friday 6-10 pm)
Noguchi Museum 1st Friday of each month

Weekly Free Days or Hours



9/11 Memorial Museum - Free from 5 p.m. to close last admission two hours prior to closing. Free Admission Tuesday tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the Museum starting at 4 p.m. Distribution time subject to change. Children ages 6 and under are free. 
Wave Hill 9-12 pm


Bronx Zoo  Free with donation
Museum of Jewish Heritage - Free admission every Wednesday 4 pm- 8 pm
New York Botanical Garden Grounds admission is free to everyone all day
Queens Botanical Garden  Free Adm - Nov.- March, 3-6pm
Van Cortlandt House Museum - Free with donation


Museum of Chinese in America - 1st Thursday of each month
Museum of Arts & Design 6-9 pm (pay what you want)
New Museum of Contemporary Art - 7–9 pm (pay what you want) They have a suggested min. of $2
Jewish Museum -  Children 18 and under Free (pay what you want 5-8pm)


New York Aquarium - Admission  Fall/Winter/Spring Fridays 3:00–3:30 p.m. and Summer Fridays 4:00–5:00 p.m. (pay what you want donation)
Whitney Museum of American Art 7-10 pm
Museum of Modern Art 
free for all visitors during UNIQLO Free Friday Nights 4-8 PM
Neue Gallerie 1st Fridays of every month free only 6-8 PM
New York Historical Society 6-8pm (pay what you want) 
New York Hall of Science 2-5 pm (Free hours are suspended during World Maker Faire)
Ruben Museum of Art 6-10 PM (cocktails, music & more date night)
Yeshiva University Museum  Free 11-2:30 pm


Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 5:45 to 7:45 PM (pay what you want)
Wave Hill 9-12pm
Jewish Museum (Free Adm on Sat.) 
Brooklyn Botanical Garden (Except on Sat. with public programs such as Sakura Matsuri, Chile Pepper Festival, and Ghouls & Gourds10 am to 12 noon


Studio Museum in Harlem (Free every Sunday) 
New York Hall of Science 10-11AM (Free hours are suspended during World Maker Faire)
Frick Collection 11 am -1 pm (pay what you want)
Queens Botanical Garden  
Free Adm - Nov.- March 4-6pm

Leave me your comments of some of the places that you have visited from this list.  I will be posting pictures of these places when I visit. 


  1. I need to keep this list handy for the next time I'm in NY. I know I couldn't possibly get around to all of these fun activities, but I would like to hit a few of them. Maybe I should stay longer. :)

  2. This is a great list of free activities in NYC. I love that there are so many family-friendly activities! It's a wonderful way to spend quality time together.

  3. wow! I never knew there was so many activities in NYC, let alone FREE ones! This is a great list to keep on hand!

  4. I had no idea there was so much to do for free in NYC! When I went, I only had 24 hours, and I wish I would have known about some of these!

  5. I absolutely LOVE this list. I focus my blog on Chicago family freebies but since we plan to travel to NYC in the Spring, I will definitely be saving this list!

  6. I live in NYC so I am so proud that we have so many options of things to do. Thanks so much for the list I am picking out things to do with my daughter from it.

    Michelle F.

  7. Wow, there is something to do every single day of the week. What a great list.

  8. We are planning to see a Christmas show in December in NYC I will have to check out some of these free activities when I"m there :)

  9. This is a great list and I love NYC! If I get there and have some time, I am definitely taking this list.

  10. I had no idea that there was free things like this in NYC to do!! What a great list would love to be able to visit there one day!

  11. Wow what a great list of places to visit with the kids. NYC is an amazing place with so much to do, I love it.

  12. This is a great list!!! I wish we lived close to New York - maybe if we ever visit.

  13. It's nice to see a lot of free activities in NYC. This would really save you a lot of cost on tour.

  14. Wow this is a great list. I definitely want to get back to NYC soon.

  15. We live so close to NYC and this is great for us!

  16. This is such an amazing list for families to keep in mind! I hope to take my kids to NYC one day!

  17. This is great to know I can take my family to free and low cost places for activities. My kids have been wanting to go see animals in the zoo. This is a great learning experience for the kids. Thanks for sharing.

  18. I've only been to New York City once, and to be honest, I didn't know what to do other than just look around! This would have been so helpful!

  19. Lots of free activities! Some by donation, very nice