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Sunday, February 27, 2011

NYC Museums: Free or Pay-What-You-Wish

After my most recent posts, How to do NYC in 3 Days: Day 1, How to do NYC in 3 Days: Day 2, and How to do NYC in 3 Days: Day 3, I listed 25 rules I believe you should follow to have a fantastic New York experience. Rules #12 and #20 mentioned some tips and hints about visiting museums. To refresh your memory:

First Time Visiting NYC Rule #12: NYC is all about the museums so if you're going to go, find out their free day!  Most museums have a free day or night!

First Time Visiting NYC Rule #20: Legit museum goers, visit MOMA, MET, The New Museum, Whitney and Guggenheim. But, if you're more interested in galleries, visit the Galleries in Chelsea! Twenties between 9th and 11th Avenues!

I thought I would now list all the NYC museums that offer free days or pay-what-you-wish-hours because, I really like you guys and want to thank you for reading my blog. You can also find this list on NewYorkology. Enjoy!

Museums with free or pay-what-you-wish hours



Mondays



Museum at Eldridge Street - Free tours every half hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (normally $10)
Yeshiva University Museum - Free 5 to 8 p.m. (normally $8)



Tuesdays



Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Free all day, from Nov. 9 – March 13 (normally $8)
Museum of American Finance - Free 10 to 11 a.m. (normally $8)
Wave Hill - Free all day, from November through April (normally $8)
China Institute Gallery - Free 6 to 8 p.m. (normally $7)
Queens Botanical Garden - Free all day, November through March (normally $4)Staten Island Museum - Free noon to 2 p.m. (normally $3)




Wednesdays



Bronx Zoo - Pay-what-you-wish donation all day (normally $16)
Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust- Free 4 to 8 p.m. (normally $12)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Free all day, from Nov. 9 – March 13 (normally $8)
Museum of American Finance - Free 10 to 11 a.m. (normally $8)
Staten Island Zoo - Free 2 to 4:45 p.m. (normally $8)
Yeshiva University Museum - Free 5 to 8 p.m. (normally $8)
NY Botanical Garden - Free grounds access all day, but excludes the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, Rock and Native Plant gardens and tram tour (grounds-only access normally $6)
Van Cortlandt House Museum - Free all day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (normally $5)Queens Botanical Garden - Free all day, November through March (normally $4)




Thursdays





Museum of Arts & Design - Pay-what-you-wish 6 to 9 p.m. (normally $15) 
New Museum - Free 7 to 9 p.m. (normally $12)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Free all day, from Nov. 9 – March 13 (normally $8)
Museum of American Finance - Free 10 to 11 a.m. (normally $8)
Museum of Chinese in America - Free all day, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (normally $7)
China Institute Gallery - Free 6 to 8 p.m. (normally $7)
Queens Botanical Garden - Free all day, November through March (normally $4)
Third Thursdays onlyBrooklyn Children’s Museum - Free 5 to 7:30 p.m. (normally $7.50)



Fridays

Museum of Modern Art - Free 4 to 8 p.m. (normally $20)
Whitney Museum of American Art - Pay-what-you-wish 6 to 9 p.m. (normally $18)
New York Aquarium - Pay-what-you-wish 3 p.m. until closing (normally $13)
Morgan Library & Museum - Free 7 to 9 p.m. (normally $12$15)
International Center of Photography - Voluntary contribution admission 5 to 8 p.m. (normally $12)
Folk Art Museum - Free 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (normally $12) Closed until Nov. 11: 
New-York Historical Society - Pay-what-you-wish from 6 to 8 p.m. (normally $12) 
NY Hall of Science - Free 2 to 5 p.m., from September through June (normally $11)
Rubin Museum of Art - Free 6 to 10 p.m. (normally $10)
Museum of the Moving Image - Free 4 to 8 p.m. (normally $10)Suspended Jan. 7 to Feb. 4: Asia Society - Free 6 to 9 p.m. (normally $10)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Free all day, from Nov. 9 – March 13 (normally $8)
Museum of American Finance - Free 10 to 11 a.m. (normally $8)
Yeshiva University Museum - Free 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (normally $8)Bronx Museum - Free 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (normally $5 suggested)
Queens Botanical Garden - Free all day, November through March (normally $4)
First Fridays only Neue Galerie - Free from 6 to 8 p.m., through 2010 only (normally $15) First Fridays only: The Noguchi Museum - Pay-what-you-wish 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (normally $10)
First Fridays only: Children’s Museum of Manhattan - Free the first Friday of each month 5 to 8 p.m. (normally $10)
Third Fridays only: Seaport Museum - Free 6 to 8 p.m. (normally $15)





Saturdays

Guggenheim - Pay-what-you-wish 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. (normally $18)
Jewish Museum - Free all day, from 11 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. (normally $12)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Free 10 a.m. to noon (normally $8) 
Museum of American Finance - Free 10 to 11 a.m. (normally $8)
Wave Hill - Free 9 a.m. to noon (normally $8)
NY Botanical Garden - Free grounds access 10 a.m. to noon, but excludes the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Everett Children’s Adventure Garden, Rock and Native Plant gardens and tram tour (grounds-only access normally $6)
Queens Botanical Garden - Free admission all day, November through March (normally $4)
First Saturdays onlyBrooklyn Museum - Free admission and programs from 5 to 11 p.m. on the first Saturday of most months (normally a suggested $10)
Third Saturdays onlyEl Museo del Barrio - Free 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (normally a suggested $9)





Sundays

Frick Collection - Pay-what-you-wish 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (normally $18)
NY Hall of Science - Free 10 to 11 a.m., from September through June (normally $11)
Studio Museum in Harlem - Free noon to 6 p.m. (normally $7 recommended)
Queens Botanical Garden - Free admission all day, November through March (normally $4)



(All listed prices are the regular adult admission rates.)

NewYorkology overhauls this list twice each year (with periodic changes as needed.) Since the prior list in May 2010, the following price changes have popped up: The Seaport Museum, which recently re-branded itself from the South Street Seaport Museum, raised its admission to $15 from $10. It also reduced its monthly third-Friday free hours.

El Museo del Barrio raised its suggested-admission to $9 from $6.
The Bronx Zoo admission went up to $16 from $15.
Staten Island Museum raised its admission to $3 from $2.

Recent Updates from NewYorkology:



In addition, the Rubin added a free hour to its Friday free admission; Queens Botanical added free hours through the week for winter, and the Morgan cut its limited, free access to the historic McKim rooms now that their renovation is complete.

Update as of Nov. 5: Although it’s not on their website, the official N-Y Historical Society twitter feed confirms the museum has resumed pay-what-you-wish hours on Fridays. Update as of Feb. 18: N-YHS is closed until Nov. 11 due to renovations.

Update as of Jan. 7: The Morgan increased regular admission on Dec. 1 to $15 from $12. It also reinstated free admission to its McKim rooms on Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. and Sundays 4 to 6 p.m. Asia Society announced a suspension to its Free Friday hours from Jan. 7 through Feb. 4.

Update as of Jan. 21: Added Friday free hours for the newly reopened Museum of the Moving Image.

Update as of Feb. 12: The Neue Galerie has updated its free first Fridays through 2011.

3 comments:

  1. Cute blog!

    Where did you get your gold wire heart ring? I want to get one similar for my sis, but can't seem to find it.

    Thanks!!

    Jennifer

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  2. Wow, if you do some advanced planning, you could hit a lot of NYC museums for free! If I ever make it out to New York, I'll have to print this out as a handy-dandy reference guide. :)

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  3. Jennifer,

    My friend got it for me for my birthday. I believe it is from Old Hollywood. The website is http://shop.oldhollywoodmoxie.com/ !

    They have some great things!

    Thank you for reading!

    Alexis

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