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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April 24, 2015

5th Annual Shakespeare's Birthday Sonnet Slam

Though there's no official record of William Shakespeare's birth, it is traditionally celebrated along...
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April 25, 2015

Queens Jazz OverGround

Flushing Town Hall hosts this free daylong music festival, featuring 10 hours of jazz performances. Musicians from...
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April 29, 2015

Dystopian Fiction Panel

Explore literature's current obsession with End Times, featuring a panel discussion between authors who have...
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May 2, 2015

Holi Hai

The annual Holi Hai festival celebrates love, friendship and diversity with a dash of color. Literally....
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May 2, 2015

Whitney Block Party

To celebrate the opening of its new home in the Meatpacking District, the Whitney will offer...
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May 3, 2015

Hike to the Alley Pond Giant

Deep in the forest of Alley Pond Park, just off the Long Island Expressway, stands what...
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May 3, 2015

Classic NYC Movies at the Palace: On the Town

The United Palace Theater continues its Classic NYC Movies at the Palace series with a screening...
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May 7, 2015

Viet Thanh Nguyen Presents The Sympathizer

This remarkable debut novel by author Viet Thanh Nguyen is about a Vietnamese expat living in...
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May 9, 2015

LIC Springs!

The second annual LIC Springs! community festival runs along Vernon Boulevard between 50th Avenue and 46th...
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May 9, 2015

Kite-Making Workshop

The Socrates Sculpture Park, a unique NYC space focused on fine art, launches its summer season...
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May 12, 2015

Ari Gold, The Gold Standard: Rules to Rule By

Ari Gold, patron saint of the bros from Entourage (and around the world), is promoting his...
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May 14, 2015

One Story Literary Debutantes

The Brooklyn-based literary fiction magazine hosts this reading by authors whose fiction has appeared in the...
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May 16, 2015

A Place to Bury Strangers

A Place to Bury Strangers have been fixtures on New York City's indie rock and...
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May 16, 2015

Red Bull Music Academy Festival: Brooklyn Flea Record Fair

Featuring more than 50 independent record labels, treats from Smorgasburg and music from DJs including Justin Miller,...
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May 18, 2015

Richard Foreman Filmmaker

Known for his body of avant-garde work, Foreman established the ever-provocative Ontological-Hysteric Theater in the late 196...
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May 20, 2015

Reflections from Hell: Richard Lewis' Guide on How Not to Live

Richard Lewis' darkly comic new tome is filled with the sort of satirical humor that made...
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May 21, 2015

Fleet Week Ship Tours, Staten Island and Manhattan

The fleet is coming in…and will be open for tours. Three of the US...
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June 3, 2015

Chaka Khan at Celebrate Brooklyn!

Chaka Khan kicks off this always anticipated 2015 concert series with an opening night performance. The star...
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June 6, 2015

LIC Bike Parade

The Long Island City Bike Parade is a blend of events at Socrates Sculpture Park. Families...
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June 13, 2015

Brooklyn Pride Parade and Festival

Brooklyn Pride Week pips Manhattan’s by a fortnight, with the celebration on June 13 the...
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June 21, 2015

Solstice in Times Square: Athleta Mind Over Madness Yoga

Find your inner Zen right in the middle of the most hectic spot in New York...
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July 11, 2015

Free Fashion on the Hudson

This all-day show, presented by Fashion Avenue News Magazine, will feature two dozen designers and 150 models...
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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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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 2, 2014 through Apr 25, 2015

Faking It: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits

Long before the Louis Vuitton Speedy bag was being knocked off by the thousands, counterfeiters in...
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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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Feb 4, 2015 through May 2, 2015

Harlem Is...Theater

An exhibition celebrating the rich tradition of the theater in Harlem from the founding of the...
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Feb 10, 2015 through May 29, 2015

Sam Falls, Light Over Time

This outdoor exhibition, located in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn, features various sculptures that take the...
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Feb 10, 2015 through Aug 15, 2015

Curators' Choice: Black Life Matters

On the 90th anniversary of this specialized branch of the NYPL, the Schomburg Center exhibits an...
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Feb 12, 2015 through May 23, 2015

Prague Functionalism: Tradition and Contemporary Echoes

The US premiere of this exhibit also marks the Center for Architecture’s first major exhibit...
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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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Mar 18, 2015 through Apr 29, 2015

Farmy Flicks

The barn at Queens County Farm Museum plays host to free screenings of animal-related movies. March...
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Mar 19, 2015 through Jun 21, 2015

Cuba Libre!

In connection with the new re-engagement policy between the US and Cuba, the Bronx Museum celebrates...
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Mar 27, 2015 through Jun 30, 2015

William Meyers: Outer Boroughs

Known early in his career for his work preferring Manhattan, William Meyers spent nearly 20 years, between 1990...
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Apr 16, 2015 through Jun 4, 2015

Carnegie Kids

Carnegie Kids allows children and their parents to interact with music through free concerts, at which...
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Apr 18, 2015 through Feb 29, 2016

Cerámica de los Ancestros

Presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Latino Center, this major bilingual exhibit showcases select pieces from...
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Apr 21, 2015 through Jul 11, 2015

Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera

Tseng Kwong Chi is best known for his witty, playful, performance-based photography that captured the globalized...
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Apr 21, 2015 through Apr 30, 2015

Art Without Borders: Seven Inspiring Art Stories of Female Artists

This exhibition is based around the works and stories of seven Eastern European female artists, whose...
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Apr 24 – Apr 25, 2015

A Night of Philosophy

If NYC never sleeps, why not pull an all-nighter to tackle life's biggest questions? Held...
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May 2 – Jun 20, 2015

Christopher Wool

Best known for his word paintings—dropping vowels in pieces like "TRBL" and "DRNK"&mdash...
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May 6 – Jun 17, 2015

Dancing in Bryant Park

The park’s Fountain Terrace will be transformed into an outdoor dance studio for this...
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May 7 – Jun 20, 2015

Brancusi: Pioneer of American Minimalism

The work of famed sculptor Constantin Brancusi goes on display at this Chelsea gallery, in a...
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May 15 – Jun 20, 2015

Drifting in Daylight: Art in Central Park

This exhibition of eight site-specific artworks throughout the north end of Central Park offers a dizzying...
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May 18 – 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 27 – Aug 23, 2015

Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park is a consummate New York City institution, one that has drawn more...
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May 30 – 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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Jun 1, 2015 – 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 4 – Jul 25, 2015

Kim Gordon

Although details at press time are scant, this Chelsea Gallery plans to showcase the former Sonic...
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Jun 21 – Apr 24, 2015

Make Music New York

Make Music happens twice a year—summer solstice and winter solstice. It’s all...
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Jun 22 – Aug 24, 2015

HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival

Free outdoor film screenings are one of the joys of New York City summers, and the...
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Jul 22 – Aug 9, 2015

Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Performers from around the world are what make Lincoln Center's summertime Out of Doors so...
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Aug 7 – Aug 8, 2015

Jamaica Arts & Music Summer (JAMS) Festival: Under the Stars Concert

This two-day festival kicks off with the Under the Stars Concert from 6 to 10pm, which pays...
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Aug 21 – Aug 23, 2015

Charlie Parker Jazz Festival

In the early '50s, Charlie Parker made his home in Alphabet City, and though Bird has...
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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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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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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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