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10 New York City Museums You Can Enjoy For Free

10 New York City Museums You Can Enjoy For Free

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Updated: 9 January 2017
New York City is incredibly expensive, but luckily, there are plenty of things to do for free. There’s no shortage of potential weekend activities, even for those on a budget. Here are 10 New York City museums that don’t charge a set admission.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Though you might see ticket prices listed at the entrance of the museum, these are just suggestions. You can donate as much or as little you would like in order to gain entrance to the Met. It is one of the most-recognized museums in the world, and the collection here is unlike any other in New York or the United States.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 535 7710

The Hispanic Society of America

The Hispanic Society of America celebrates Hispanic culture from around the world. You’ll find items and art from Spain, Portugal, and South America. Concerts and talks are also just a few of the activities visitors can partake in several times a year. Guests find the artwork unique and a testament to the influence Hispanic culture has had on New York City.

The Hispanic Society of America, 613 West 155th Street, New York, NY, USA, + 1 212 926 2234

The Bronx Museum of the Arts

Focusing on works by contemporary artists, the Bronx Museum of the Arts has over 800 different pieces that guests can view for free. Originally founded in 1971, the museum has grown exponentially and now houses multiple exhibits, including several celebrating local artists. Visitors can also attend many of the events that they host throughout the year.

The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY, USA, +1 718 681 6000

The BRIC House

Offering contemporary art, media, and performances, the BRIC House in Brooklyn has plenty of free events throughout the year to keep visitors returning again and again. Guests will find a wide variety of different exhibits from contemporary masterpieces to art from the 20th century. There are also several programs supporting new and upcoming artists plus education in the arts.

The BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 683-5600

Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

As the only museum in New York City dedicated solely to fashion, this museum celebrates fashion culture and offers visitors many exhibits to look through and enjoy, including Global Fashion Capitals going on this fall. Tours are also available, and guests can see talks and take part in book signings while they are there. Overall, this museum gives visitors an opportunity to glimpse what is currently going on in the fashion world.

Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 217 4530

Federal Hall National Memorial

Many forget that the original location of America’s federal government was in New York, and the Federal Hall National Memorial has an excellent museum reminding visitors of where it all began. Guides are available to lead guests through this new structure, memorializing where George Washington was inaugurated and where the Bill of Rights was passed.

Federal Hall National Memorial, 26 Wall Street, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 825 6990

The Harbor Defense Museum

Housing a collection of artifacts from the Revolutionary War to World War II, the Harbor Defense Museum is the only army museum in the city proper. Volunteer positions and internships are available for those looking to learn more about Fort Hamilton and who want to lead short lectures about the military history in this area. There are also several new exhibitions throughout the year.

Harbor Defense Museum, US Army Garrison Fort Hamilton, 101st Street and Fort Hamilton Parkway, Brooklyn, NY, USA, +1 718 630 4349

National Museum of the American Indian

Celebrating Native cultures in the Western Hemisphere, the National Museum of the American Indian offers in-depth exhibits and activities for children to gain a greater understanding of new lifestyles and cultures. Public programs and special events are also available for guests to explore and visit along with an extensive list of exhibits.

National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 514 3700

Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America

Movies, exhibits, and concerts are just some of the many activities offered here. Designed to echo Scandinavian design, guests can sign up for language classes in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish if they would like, or they can stop by the café for a bite to eat or a coffee. Guests can also purchase fabulous textiles and jewelry that support modern designers.

Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America, 58 Park Avenue, New York, NY, USA, +1 212 879 9779

Socrates Sculpture Park

Once an abandoned landfill, the Socrates Sculpture Garden is now an open space for artists looking to showcase their works. The outdoor environment makes it the perfect place to take a stroll during the afternoon. Free programs for families are also available, and it includes a park, which is particularly kid-friendly, keeping the little ones happily entertained.

Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Sculpture Park at Broadway, Queens, NY, USA, +1 718 956 1819