Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley are rife with enrichment opportunities, and some of the best places for these experiences take place in our area museums. While frequent visitation can get costly, all of the museums on this last have FREE days or times. Some programs still require registration, so we suggest you check with the museum before you head out.
Reminder: In addition to the days and times listed here, many libraries hold a number of free museum passes as well. Are we missing one on our list? Let us know!
Neuberger Museum of Art – Purchase
While children under 12 are always free, everyone can visit for free the first Saturday of every month.
Hudson River Museum – Yonkers
The Hudson River Museum does hold free days, but they’re sporadic and you’ll have to check for the next upcoming one. At the time of this writing, the next date is May 14, 2016, for the Kite Festival. Bank of America card holders can also visit for free the first weekend of every month.
Katonah Museum of Art – Katonah
The museum holds free and discounted admission days with each new show. At the time of this writing, the next free date is April 17, 2016, for Family Day, and a Pay What You Wish Day is June 17. Children under 12 are always free.
Dia:Beacon – Beacon
Although admission is always free for Beacon residents, other residents of Dutchess County and those of Westchester, Columbia, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster can take advantage of quarterly Community Free Days.
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art – Peekskill
Children under 8 are always free, and free days for everyone are typically held about twice a year.
Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum – Poughkeepsie
Family Free Night is held from 5-8pm on the third Saturday of each month at the MHCM.
Orange County Farmers Museum – Montgomery
This farm-focused museum is always free, although it’s only open on weekends from May until October.
FASNA Museum of Firefighting – Hudson
Free Super Saturdays are held once a month, providing free attendance to the museum until noon. Registration is required for some of the programs.
Image credit: Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum