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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July 9, 2015

Cast of Beatlemania

It ain't Shea Stadium in 1965—the Beatles and Shea, after all, are both no...
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July 11, 2015

Celebrate Brooklyn!: The New Pornographers

Neko Case, Dan Bejar, A.C. Newman and the rest of their Canadian indie-rock brethren play...
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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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July 11, 2015

Fourth Annual WitchsFest USA

NYC’s East Village has traditionally been home to all kinds of fringe folks&mdash...
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July 18, 2015

City of Water Day

Organized by the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, the City of Water Day Festival is a daylong celebration...
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July 19, 2015

Swedish Festival

Celebrate the longest day of the year, Swedish style. Head to Battery Park in Lower Manhattan...
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July 25, 2015

Water Fight

Load up your water guns and head over to Central Park’s Great Lawn to...
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August 1, 2015

Hindu Aarti Lamp Ceremony

Brooklyn-based dancer Aeilushi Mistry—who specializes in ancient Indian dance style Bharatanatyam—is set...
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August 8, 2015

Brooklyn Music Festival

This free, ticketed event attempts to capture the spirit of Brooklyn music through a diverse lineup...
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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 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 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 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 11, 2015 through Aug 7, 2015

Women Make History: A March Through the Archives

Women in New York City have played a key role in the fight for the same...
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Mar 26, 2015 through Jul 5, 2015

When the Curtain Never Comes Down

A key theme among self-taught artists is their perception as performance artists. Among the regularly-seen elements...
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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 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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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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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 3 – Jun 28, 2015

Classic NYC Movies at the Palace

The United Palace Theater continues its monthly Classic NYC Movies at the Palace series with a...
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May 13, 2015 through Jul 4, 2015

Lucia Chase: A Legacy of Dance

American dancer, actress and ballet director Lucia Chase was a member of—and financial backer...
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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 21, 2015 through Aug 8, 2015

Head Shots: Performer Portraits from Daguerreotype to Digital

From an archive of more than a million head shots collected from the 1800s to the...
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May 27, 2015 through 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, 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 4, 2015 through 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 5 – Jun 28, 2015

Hudson Warehouse Henry IV, Part 1

Get fresh air and a Shakespeare fix at Hudson Warehouse's production of Henry IV, Part 1....
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Jun 6, 2015 through Jul 12, 2015

Meditation Summer

Looking for a way to relax this summer for free? Visit Governors Island on weekends through...
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Jun 7, 2015 through Aug 9, 2015

2015 Family Days

On eight Sundays throughout the summer, the City Parks Foundation presents these free programs that feature...
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Jun 15, 2015 through Jun 30, 2015

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series

Each summer the Metropolitan Opera decamps from Lincoln Center for greener pastures in all five boroughs,...
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Jun 16, 2015 through Jun 30, 2015

LOFT Summer Movies

Yes, it's a women's clothing brand. But this summer, LOFT is getting into the...
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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 18 – Jun 28, 2015

River to River Festival

Each summer the River to River Festival takes over downtown Manhattan for around 10 days of free...
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Jun 20, 2015 through Aug 22, 2015

RECESS: Badminton and Bocce

NYC sporting club Recess brings competitive badminton (June 20) and bocce (August 22) to Governors Island. For each...
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Jun 21, 2015 through Sep 6, 2015

Family Performance Festival

Bring the kids to the Great Hill on Sundays all summer long for this series of...
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Jun 22, 2015 through 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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Jun 26 – Jun 28, 2015

Cribles/Wild Governors

In this site-specific performance created by French choreographer Emmanuelle Hyunh, New York City dancers will...
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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 – 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 2 – Aug 7, 2015

Skippyjon Jones Snow What (& the 7 Chihuahuas)

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the bravest chihuahua of them all? America's favorite...
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Jul 4 – 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 5 – Jul 26, 2015

Summergarden: New Music for New York

MoMA's long-running, Sunday-evening concert series returns for another year. This season's participants include The...
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Jul 6 – Aug 10, 2015

Books Beneath the Bridge

Enjoy an evening of literary enlightenment on the Granite Prospect (the official name for the granite...
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Jul 8 – Jul 19, 2015

128th Giglio Italian Feast Spectacular

This Brooklyn Italian Festival is second in size to Manhattan's San Gennaro, but 40 years older....
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Jul 17 – Jul 18, 2015

Come Out & Play Festival

Families are encouraged to run wild and enjoy the fields on Governors Island as part of...
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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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Jul 23 – 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 25 – Jul 26, 2015

The 5th Annual New York City Poetry Festival

This literary event includes more than 250 poets reading and performing on three stages, including big names...
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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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Aug 25 – 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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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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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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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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