New York City Travel

List of Museums in NYC That are Free or Have Suggested Prices

Living in New York City is expensive. High cost of living, taxes, tolls, and a great restaurant on every corner hit my bank account daily. Fortunately, there are many great places to visit on the cheap. Throughout the boroughs, you can find museums that offer visitors the opportunity to pay a suggested price or open the doors free to the public.

If you are resident of New York City or visiting, here’s a list of places that won’t hurt your pocketbook.

Suggested Donation:

Alice Austin House:

  • $5 Suggested Donation
  • 2 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, NY

American Museum of Natural History

  • Pay what you wish
  • Central Park West & 79th St, New York, NY

Brooklyn Museum

  • $16 suggested (adults)
  • 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY

King Manor

  • $5 suggested
  • 153 ST. and Jamaica Ave., Jamaica, NY

Lefferts Historic House

  • $3 suggested
  • 452 Flatbush, Ave., Brooklyn, NY
At the Cloisters

The Metropolitan Museum of Art/ The Cloisters

  • Pay what you wish (NYC residents only)
  • 99 Margaret Corbin Dr., New York, NY


  • $10 Suggested (adults)
  • 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, NY

El Museo del Barrio

  • $9 suggested (adults)
  • 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street, New York, NY

Museum of the City of New York

  • $18 Suggested
  • 1220 Fifth Ave., New York, NY

Queens Museum of Art

  • $8 suggested (adults)
  • My review
  • New York City Building, Queens, NY

The Sculpture Center

  • $5 suggested
  • 44-19 Purves St., Long Island City, NY

Staten Island Museum

  • $8 Suggested (adults)
  • 1000 Richmond Terrace, Building A, Staten Island, New York


American Folk Art Museum

  • 2 Lincoln Square, NY, NY

Bric Rotunda Gallery

  • 647 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY

Bronx Museum

  • 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, New York

The Center for Book Arts

  • 28 West 27th St, 3rd Flr, New York, NY

Kentler International Drawing Space

  • 353 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY
Museum of the American Indian

National Museum of the American Indian

Queens County Farm Museum

  • 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, New York

Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden

  • There is a charge for the Newhouse Center and the Chinese Scholar’s Garden
  • 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY

Taller Boricua

1680 Lexington Ave., New York, NY

More things to do with Kids in NYC:

Visiting the 9/11 Memorial with Kids
Visiting the Guggenheim with my Toddler
National Geographic Encounter in Times Square Entertains and Teaches
Visiting Ripley’s Believe It Or Not: Times Square
Visiting the MoMA with Kids 
History of New York City’s Liberty Pole in City Hall Park
New York City’s Bowling Green Fence Tells a Historical Story
Visiting the Hamilton Dueling Grounds
Visiting Hamilton Grange
Visiting Grant’s Tomb
Unmarked Slave Burial Ground in the Bronx
Visiting St. Paul’s Chapel

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