New York City Museums On A Budget / by Shane Henderson

Met Museum

New York City has some of the best museums in the world, but with a lot of $20+ admission fees, a day of museum hopping can be pretty rough on a budget! Fortunately, by taking advantage of some great free museums, pay-what-you-want admission, and free admission days, it's possible to have a museum-filled week without breaking the bank. We have compiled a list of some of the best options that can be enjoyed on a budget. Take a look below and plan out your own low-cost museum day!

Free Museums

American Folk Art Museum
Bronx Museum
International Print Center
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Waterfront Museum
National Museum of the American Indian

Pay-What-You-Wish Admission
(These museums have a suggested admission, but you have the option to pay as little as you want, as long as you pay something.)

American Museum of Natural History ($22 Suggested Admission)
Brooklyn Museum ($16 Suggested Admission)
P.S.1 MoMA ($10 Suggested Admission)
Queens Museum  ($8 Suggested Admission)
Metropolitan Museum of Art ($25 Suggested Admission includes same-day admission to Met Breuer and Met Cloisters)
The Met Breuer
The Met Cloisters

Free Admission Hours and Pay-What-You-Wish Hours
(These museums offer free or pay-what-you-wish admission one day a week during certain times. The lines are usually very long but can be better towards the end of the time block.)

9/11 Memorial Museum ($24 Admission, Free Tuesdays 5PM-7PM)
Frick Collection  ($22 Admission, Free First Friday of Month 6PM-9PM, Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesdays 2PM-6PM)
Guggenheim Museum ($25, Pay-What-You-Wish Saturdays 5:45PM-7:45PM)
International Center of Photography ($14 Admission, Pay-What-You-Wish Thursdays 6PM-9PM)
Museum of Arts and Design ($16 Admission, Pay-What-You-Wish Thursdays 6PM-9PM)
Museum of Modern Art ($25 Admission, Free Fridays 4PM-8PM)
New Museum ($18 Admission, Free Thursdays 7PM-9PM)
Whitney Museum ($25 Admission, Pay-What-You-Wish Fridays 7PM-9:30PM)