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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February 13, 2016

Central Park Ice Festival

Ice sculpting gives way to a silent disco party (naturally) in this pre–Valentine's...
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February 13, 2016

Chinese New Year Family Celebration

Bring the kids to the China Institute, which kicks off the Chinese New Year with a...
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February 14, 2016

Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

Check out Chinatown's annual Lunar New Year celebration for stunning visuals, tantalizing treats and impressive...
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February 14, 2016

Love in Times Square

Valentine’s Day is probably the only excusable day for grand, romantic gestures. And what...
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February 18, 2016

Audre Lorde Birthday Celebration!

Come celebrate what would be the 82nd birthday of former New York State poet laureate Audre...
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February 19, 2016

Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels

As part of programming for Black History Month, the film Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps...
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February 20, 2016

Free Family Day

Visit New York City's oldest extant building (circa 1652)  with the whole family. The scheduled...
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February 20, 2016

The Night Sky

If you have big questions about the cosmos this event may provide the answers. Spend a...
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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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March 24, 2016

The Queen of the Night: A Reading and Conversation with Alexander Chee

Alexander Chee will read from his new novel, The Queen of the Night, an epic story...
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March 24, 2016

Campfire! Queer Storytelling Time

The popular trend of live storytelling gets an LGBTQ twist with this continuing monthly event at...
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April 14, 2016

NY TechDay

With more than 500 exhibitors and 30,000 attendees, this is one of the biggest tech events in the...
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April 17, 2016

Earth Day in Union Square

The City celebrates Earth Day a few days early this year, with a full day of...
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April 17, 2016

New York Persian Parade

Celebrate spring in the City with the 12th annual Persian Parade down Madison Avenue. Timed to...
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May 30, 2016

Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day isn’t just an excuse for springtime sales and a three-day weekend—it is,...
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June 12, 2016

National Puerto Rican Day Parade

The parade up Fifth Avenue celebrates Puerto Rican community and culture, which connects the millions of...
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June 14, 2016

Museum Mile Festival

Don't miss the annual Museum Mile Festival, which offers free access to museums along Fifth Avenue...
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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 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 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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October 16, 2015

Fall Field Day

What better way to spend Election Day than to play pillow polo, tug-of-war, disc tic-tac-toe and...
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Nov 4, 2015 through 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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Nov 5, 2015 through Jun 16, 2016

Midtown Concerts

Take a musical break from your lunchtime routine with this series of free Thursday afternoon classical...
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Nov 14, 2015 through Feb 21, 2016

New York Transit Museum Holiday Train Show

The New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex and Store in Grand Central Terminal hosts an impressive...
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Nov 14, 2015 through May 16, 2016

100 Years of the Picture Collection: From Abacus to Zoology

See more than 100 pictures at this exhibition celebrating the New York Public Library's Picture Collection'...
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Dec 1, 2015 through May 7, 2016

Denim: Fashion's Frontier

This exhibition explores the history of one of the most adored fabrics in the world, from...
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Dec 5, 2015 through Feb 27, 2016

Whimsical Winter Wonder Art Opening

On Saturday December 5, the Poe Visitors Center at the Edgar Allan Poe House in the Bronx...
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Dec 19, 2015 through Mar 27, 2016

The Lowline Lab

After the success of Chelsea's High Line, a couple of Lower East Side entrepreneurs are...
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Jan 15, 2016 through Apr 16, 2016

Fairy Tale Fashion

Inspired by fairy tales from authors including the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, this exhibition...
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Jan 23, 2016 through Apr 7, 2016

Robert A. Caro's The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York

Robert A. Caro used New York Public Library’s extensive collections to write his renowned...
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Jan 28 – Feb 13, 2016

Leonard Bernstein Takes Over the New York Philharmonic

Listen to the musical story of world-renowned conductor Leonard Bernstein, who first led the New York...
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Feb 13 – Feb 27, 2016

Union Square: Crossroads of New York Walking Tour

For three Saturdays in February, you can tour the lively, funky and dynamic Union Square neighborhood...
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Feb 17 – Mar 23, 2016

Vice Media Watch & Learn

The team behind the boundary-pushing Vice Media, which runs vice.com, Vice magazine and Vice News,...
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Feb 18 – May 27, 2016

Shakespeare's Star Turn in America

We love Shakespeare. We read his plays, use his stories for films and even attend his...
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Mar 3 – Mar 6, 2016

Clio Art Fair

Tagged as the "anti-fair for independent artists," this art expo features independent artists who do not...
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Mar 13 – Mar 20, 2016

NYC Teen Author Festival

More than 100 authors will participate in a series of YA book readings, panel discussions and even...
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Mar 20 – Apr 3, 2016

Macy's Flower Show

For two weeks, the clothing and accessories at Macy's won't be the only colorful...
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Mar 24 – Jun 18, 2016

Gods and Mortals at Olympus: Ancient Finds from Dion, City of Zeus

Among the highlights of this exhibit, which explores the relationship between the people who lived on...
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May 14 – May 15, 2016

Ninth Avenue International Food Festival

This two-day, springtime celebration is a gastronome’s dream come true. Ninth Avenue in Hell...
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May 24 – Aug 14, 2016

Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park is a consummate New York City institution, one that has drawn more...
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Jun 16 – Jun 26, 2016

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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Dec 24, 2016 – Jan 1, 2017

Lighting of the World's Largest Hanukkah Menorahs

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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Flatiron District Walking Tour

Much like the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, the triangular Flatiron Building—at...
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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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Free Thursdays at the Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum's monthly First Saturday program has been such a hit that they're...
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