Free Museum Admission to NYC Museums on Saturday, September 28: Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
The best way to see some of this fall's best museum exhibits for kids? Why for free of course. On Saturday, September 28, hundreds of museums and cultural institutions across the country will be offering free admission, including more than 30 spots right here in New York City as part of Smithsonian Magazine's annual Museum Day.
In addition to a handful of big institutions, there are lots of cool, off-the-beaten-path places participating in all five boroughs. Museum Day is the perfect time to check out a new-to-you museum or visit an old standby for at no cost. We've got the scoop on which museums are offering free admission and how to get your tickets for Museum Day.
Unlike residents of Washington DC, we New Yorkers need to pay to visit most of our city's museums, so Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day is a wonderful opportunity. In order to gain free entrance to participating institutions, you'll need to fill out the ticket form on the Museum Day website. Each ticket is good for admission for two to one museum on Saturday, September 28.
Below is a list of New York City museums offering free admission. Visit the Museum Day website for a listing of participating venues across the country.
Alley Pond Environmental Center
Bard Graduate Center
Bayside Historical Society
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine
Children's Museum of Manhattan
El Museo del Barrio
Fraunces Tavern Museum
The Jewish Museum
Historic Richmond Town
The Hispanic Society of America, Museum and Library
The Morgan Library and Museum
Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
Museum of American Finance
Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators
Museum of Arts and Design
Museum of Chinese in America
New York City Fire Museum
The Noble Maritime Collection
Queens Historical Society at the Kingsland Homestead
Rubin Museum of Art
Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian
The Skyscraper Museum
The Ukrainian Museum
U.S. Lighthouse Tender Lilac
Van Cortlandt House Museum
The Vilcek Foundation
Find more info on cool exhibits and institutions for families in our Museums Guide.
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