Free Museums and Attractions

These New York City museums are always free or free on specific days of the week.

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TV Show Tapings

It's fun—and free—to attend the tapings of popular television shows filmed in New York City.

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Free for Kids

Spend time with the family without spending a fortune.

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Free Tours

Walk this way—there's no need to pay on these sightseeing jaunts.

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Parks and Gardens

Many of the City's green spaces are free to explore. Find out more in our leafy guide to the five boroughs.

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Free in NYC

Look hard enough in New York City, and you could easily fill your calendar with free events, museum visits or family outings. Lucky for you, you don't have to scour the web to put together an inexpensive NYC itinerary. We've gathered the best of Free in NYC for you.

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August 28, 2015

Solar Observing

At this unusual meet-up, the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York aims its telescopes at the...
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August 30, 2015

The Annual Brighton Jubilee Festival

Food, music, kids’ rides and more family fun come to this seaside neighborhood known for...
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August 30, 2015

Battle of Brooklyn Commemoration

The Battle of Brooklyn took place in late August 1776, with US forces sustaining big losses in...
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August 30, 2015

5th Annual Bed-Stuy Pride

Central Brooklyn gets its own Pride celebration on one of the last weekends of summer. Bed-Stuy...
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September 6, 2015

West Side County Fair

County meets city at the Upper West Side’s Pier 1 during this daylong family-friendly fair...
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September 6, 2015

LIC Free Concert Family Day

The LIC Concerts series wraps up its summer season with this Family Day on the Queens...
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September 7, 2015

Lower East Side Opening Night: Art + Fashion

The lively Lower East Side block party will celebrate the neighborhood’s cultural mé...
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September 9, 2015

Game On

Engage your competitive streak at the final Game On of the summer. This free outdoor block...
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September 12, 2015

Circus Amok

The members of Circus Amok treat their medium a bit differently than most: along with the...
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September 20, 2015

92Y Streetfest '15

92nd Street Y’s annual streetfest offers free dance and fitness classes, health screenings, performances and...
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September 20, 2015

Brooklyn Book Festival

Authors and bibliophiles from all over the world congregate for panel discussions and themed readings at...
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September 20, 2015

Flatbush Frolic

Celebrate this diverse, central Brooklyn neighborhood during its annual “frolic.” The 40-year-old festival features...
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September 26, 2015

Museum Day Live!

Explore some of New York City’s best museums, completely free of charge. Smithsonian magazine...
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September 26, 2015

Little Red Lighthouse Festival

Washington Heights is home to Manhattan’s last remaining lighthouse, and this annual event honors...
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October 4, 2015

Medieval Festival

Head back to the Middle Ages with family and friends at the 31st annual Medieval Festival...
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October 24, 2015

Halloween Harvest Festival

Outdoor arts space Socrates Sculpture Park hosts its seasonal artistic celebration. Prep for Halloween by crafting...
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October 25, 2015

Tour de Bronx

Pedal around the Bronx in New York State's largest cycling event. Bring a bike and...
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January 6, 2016

Three Kings Day Parade

For more than three decades El Museo del Barrio has celebrated and promoted the Three...
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March 17, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Whether you hail from the Emerald Isle is of no consequence—on St. Patrick's...
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Nov 13, 2014 through Jan 10, 2016

Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family

Over the last half-century, Native jewelers in the American Southwest-especially the Navajo-have used traditional materials and...
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Dec 12, 2014 through Sep 4, 2015

Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography

The sharing of photographs didn’t start with the advent of the Internet and social media....
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Jan 20, 2015 through Sep 22, 2015

Word for Word

Dr. Ruth, Mary Pilon and Colin Quinn are among the personalities scheduled to speak at this...
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Feb 26, 2015 through Sep 6, 2015

Mapping Brooklyn

Mapping Brooklyn features both historic maps and contemporary works of art that make use of mapping...
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Mar 4, 2015 through Sep 4, 2015

Sinatra: An American Icon

This year marks what would have been Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday, and in celebration...
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Apr 7, 2015 through Oct 27, 2015

Stargazing on the High Line

At New York's elevated park, away from the ambient light of the City's buildings,...
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Apr 18, 2015 through Jan 31, 2017

Cerámica de los Ancestros

Presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Latino Center, this major bilingual exhibit showcases select pieces from...
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May 1, 2015 through Nov 10, 2015

Leonard Ursachi, Fat Boy

That nearly 10-foot-tall Styrofoam-carved head you've seen in Prospect Park's Litchfield Villa comes courtesy...
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May 16, 2015 through Oct 12, 2015

Free Kayaking

It's free to paddle your way around the Hudson River thanks to The Downtown Boathouse,...
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May 18, 2015 through Sep 24, 2015

SummerStage

For three decades, SummerStage has been the City's preeminent outdoor concert series. A number of...
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May 30, 2015 through Nov 1, 2015

FLOW.15

FLOW is an annual summer art exhibition that features works by emerging artists along the shoreline...
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May 30, 2015 through Mar 31, 2016

Mmuseumm Season 4

This museum, located in a Cortlandt Alley elevator shaft, is only open on weekends from noon...
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Jun 1, 2015 through Jan 10, 2016

Fata Morgana

Fata Morgana, a project of Teresita Fernandez, is a 500-foot-long sculpture made of golden discs in...
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Jun 1, 2015 through Jun 1, 2016

The 75th Anniversary of the American Negro Theatre

In 1940 writer Abram Hill and actor Frederick O’Neal gathered 10 of their friends and founded...
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Jun 1, 2015 through Sep 30, 2015

Weekday Guided Tours to the Roof of Castle Williams

The newly renovated Castle Williams, which protected New York City in the War of 1812, is now...
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Jun 17, 2015 through Sep 30, 2015

Meditation on the High Line

The High Line, a great place for a meditative stroll above the streets of Chelsea, is...
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Jun 21, 2015 through Sep 6, 2015

Central Park Family Performance Festival

Central Park is a beautiful and bustling place in the summer, and any reason to bring...
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Jul 1 – Aug 26, 2015

Lincoln Square Lunchtime Summer Concert Series

Grab a sandwich or salad and head to Richard Tucker Park at Broadway and West 66th...
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Jul 1, 2015 through Aug 28, 2015

Accordions Around the World

Fans of accordions, bandoneons and concertinas are sure to squeeze into Bryant Park for these free...
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Jul 4, 2015 through Sep 27, 2015

Revolution: NYC & the War for Independence

This pop-up exhibition illuminates the lives of New Yorkers (solider and civilian), during the Revolutionary War....
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Jul 20, 2015 through Oct 20, 2015

Everything by Hanna Liden

Aside from pizza, there’s perhaps no food more "New York" than bagels. So much...
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Jul 21, 2015 through Sep 1, 2015

Sessions at the Circle Concert Series

The Shops at Columbus Circle and Jazz at Lincoln Center organize this live concert series on...
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Jul 23, 2015 through Aug 29, 2015

The Genius of Geoffrey Holder

Geoffrey Holder began his career in America as a principal dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet...
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Jul 29, 2015 through Aug 28, 2015

Living Landmarks

This year New York City celebrates the 50th anniversary of its landmarks preservation law. As part...
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Aug 25, 2015 through Aug 29, 2015

Central Park Conservancy Film Festival

The free Central Park Conservancy Film Festival screens classics just north of the Sheep Meadow (enter...
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Aug 28 – Sep 7, 2015

Metropolitan Opera Summer HD Festival

Opera's biggest stars get their close-ups on the big screen during the Met's annual...
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Sep 5 – Sep 13, 2015

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

Explore the diverse work of artists and craftsmen from New York City and around the world...
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Sep 5 – Sep 27, 2015

Governors Island Art Fair

See the old army barracks of Governors Island transformed into an immersive art exhibition space on...
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Sep 10 – Sep 20, 2015

Photoville

Gaze at thought-provoking snapshots presented in more than 60 shipping containers on the Brooklyn waterfront. Featuring work...
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Sep 12 – Oct 10, 2015

Madison Square Park Studio Series 2015

Madison Square Park provides a beautiful respite from the Midtown neighborhood in which it’s...
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Sep 16 – Nov 18, 2015

NYPL Books at Noon

Listen to renowned authors discuss their latest works at this series of 30-minute lunchtime talks hosted...
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Sep 26 – Sep 27, 2015

Best of France

What started as a French culinary festival in Bryant Park two years ago has now expanded...
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Sep 27 – Oct 4, 2015

Orchestra of St. Luke's Subway Series

The Orchestra of St. Luke’s Subway Series makes one stop in each borough this...
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Oct 7 – Oct 11, 2015

Art in Odd Places: Recall

Walk along 14th Street from the Hudson River to Avenue C and experience this public art...
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Oct 17 – Oct 18, 2015

Open House New York

Get a glimpse of NYC's rarely seen spaces—from boardrooms to bedrooms, crypts to...
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Oct 17 – Oct 18, 2015

People en Español Festival

This annual celebration from People en Español—the Spanish version of the celebrity...
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Nov 8, 2015 – Feb 14, 2016

Martin Wong: Human Instamatic

The first museum retrospective of Martin Wong's work since his death, Human Instamatic follows the...
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Dec 6 – Dec 13, 2015

Lighting of the World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah

Celebrate Hanukkah with the lighting of the world’s largest menorah, at Grand Army Plaza (Fifth...
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Jan 10 – Apr 1, 2017

Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1963

The contemporary art world can trace its roots to a period of groundbreaking experimentation in the 195...
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Free Yoga at lululemon Union Square

Every Saturday morning, lululemon Union Square—a purveyor of yoga-inspired apparel—hosts its very own free...
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Second Saturdays Staten Island

A monthly celebration of Staten Island–made art, from the classical to the avant-garde, this event...
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Target Free Thursdays

This new weekly program presents free rock, pop, classical, jazz, Latin and swing concerts, along with...
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Visit Central Park

One of New York City's most breathtaking and celebrated attractions, Central Park is a must-see...
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Visit Prospect Park

Visitors of Brooklyn shouldn’t miss Prospect Park, a beautiful green space in the middle...
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Visit Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park was once an abandoned landfill; in the 1980s, it was turned into an...
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Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum

Thanks to Target, admission to the Brooklyn Museum is free on the first Saturday of every...
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Drop-In Family Art Workshops

Drop in to the Queens Museum every Sunday with the kids for some fun and free...
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Whiplash

This free stand-up showcase is hosted by Leo Allen (who’s written for Saturday Night Live)...
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Comedy Night at the Knitting Factory

The cerebral Hannibal Buress—who’s written for Saturday Night Live and made memorable appearances on 30...
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Recycle-To-Art

Turn discarded materials into works of art at this weekly event. Each Wednesday afternoon, the Poe...
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Cinemarosa

Cinemarosa—the free LGBT film series founded by Jackson Heights filmmaker and artist Hector Canonge...
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Brooklyn, Stand Up!

Enjoy free comedy performances the first Monday of each month at Williamsburg’s Paper Box....
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Urban Colors: Photographs by Jack McDougle

While pictures of New York City are nothing new, Jack McDougle—a mostly self-taught lensman...
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