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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March 28, 2015

Ranger’s Choice: Gravesend Cemetery Tour

Each season, NYC’s park rangers select some of their favorite City experiences and introduce...
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March 30, 2015

Elizabeth Warren: A Fighting Chance

The senior senator from Massachusetts drops by Barnes & Noble Union Square to promote her New...
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March 31, 2015

T.C. Boyle at BookCourt

T.C. Boyle is known for his strikingly intimate character portraits and use of fantastic narrative...
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April 1, 2015

Recycle-To-Art

Turn discarded materials into works of art at this weekly event. Each Wednesday afternoon, the Poe...
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April 6, 2015

Philip Glass: Words Without Music

Words Without Music marks the famed composer's first foray into memoir and, given evidence of...
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April 16, 2015

Star Rover

For their debut album, Western Winds Bitter Christians, Brooklyn-based guitarist Will Graefe and drummer Jeremy Gustin...
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April 19, 2015

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 19, 2015

Earth Day at Prospect Park

This year's Earth Day celebration in Prospect Park is particularly special, as it coincides with...
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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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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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Sep 18, 2014 through Apr 19, 2015

Mad. Sq. Art: Fall and Winter Exhibitions

This public art program—which has brought work by dozens of top contemporary artists into...
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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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Jan 29, 2015 through Apr 16, 2015

Mother Tongues: Endangered Languages in NYC and Beyond

New York City is a living language lab where there are more spoken and endangered languages...
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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 6, 2015 through Apr 18, 2015

Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the '70s

The sexy, glamorous world of 1970s designer fashion was ruled by two men—Yves Saint...
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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 19, 2015 through Apr 18, 2015

Alice Neel: Drawings and Watercolors 1927–1978

This retrospective of works by the famed American portraitist concentrates on rarely seen drawings and watercolors,...
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Feb 20, 2015 through Jun 14, 2015

Sculpture in the Age of Donatello

This exhibit of 23 masterpieces of early Florentine Renaissance sculpture—the most never seen outside Italy—is...
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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 5, 2015 through Apr 18, 2015

Keith Haring: Heaven and Hell

This exhibit, whose name comes from William Blake’s 18th century poem entitled The Marriage of...
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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 22, 2015 through Apr 4, 2015

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 27, 2015 through Mar 29, 2015

Affordable Art Fair

With a core belief that “art is for everyone”, the Affordable Art Fair showcases 70 local and...
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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 18, 2015 – 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 – 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 30, 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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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 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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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 – Mar 28, 2015

Make Music New York

Make Music happens twice a year—summer solstice and winter solstice. It’s all...
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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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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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