Take in a Jackson Pollock or one of the other masters when The Met reopens Saturday, August 29. Photo by the author
Take in a Jackson Pollock or one of the other masters when The Met reopens Saturday, August 29. Photo by the author

NYC Museums Reopen With Free Admission Deals and New Exhibits

After a nearly six-month hiatus, New York City's world-class museums are reopening to the public. So, if you've been missing your dose of local culture, anxiously awaiting your chance to mark The Met's 150th anniversary, or really want to reacquaint yourself with the newly renovated MoMA, the time has come to explore these cultural gems once again.

We've rounded up nearly two dozen museums that have reopened their doors or are preparing to do so soon. In general, museum capacity is capped at 25 percent, and most venues require reservations, so book your visit soon to take advantage of the chance to wander the halls crowd-free. Don't forget to pack your mask; you'll have to wear them no matter which of these venues you flock to first. Another word to the wise: Most institutions are closing their coat check rooms for the time being, so travel lightly! Be prepared, too, as some museums require temperature checks. But, it's not all new rules and reservations: Some of our favorite museums are offering FREE admission or other deals to lure New Yorkers back, and there are tons of new exhibitions to explore, too. You'll find all the details below.

While the museums on our list cater to all ages, many of our favorite kid-friendly haunts are taking an extra-cautious approach and have yet to reopen. Some, like the New York Hall of Science, have made it clear they aren't opening anytime soon.

One thing that's been constant in 2020 is change, so we'll do our best to add new reopening plans to this list as they're announced, and you can always find the latest museum news in our Museums, Galleries, and Exhibits Guide for NYC Kids.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York, NY

American Folk Art Museum
2 Lincoln Square
New York , NY 10023

The Bronx Museum of the Arts
1040 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10456

Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY

The Noguchi Museum
32-37 Vernon Boulevard
Queens, NY

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128

Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building
New York, NY

The Whitney Museum
99 Gansevoort Street
New York, 10014

The Cloisters
99 Margaret Corbin Dr. Fort Tryon Park
New York, NY 10040

Rubin Museum of Art
150 W. 17 St
New York, NY 10011

MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue
Queens, NY

The Noguchi Museum
32-37 Vernon Boulevard
Queens, NY

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10128

The American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, NY

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

Museum of Ice Cream
558 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum
Pier 86 (46th and 12th Avenue) Allison & Howard Lutnick Theatre
Manhattan, NY 10036

Queens Museum New York City Bldg
Flushing Meadows Corona Park Studio A
Queens, NY 11368

Spyscape
928 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Brooklyn Children's Museum
145 Brooklyn Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Children's Museum of Manhattan
212 West 83rd St Tisch Building
New York, NY 10024

The Morgan Library and Museum
225 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016

Museum of Illusions
77 8th Avenue
New York, NY 10014

Museum of Jewish Heritage
36 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280

The 9/11 Memorial Museum
180 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10007

El Museo del Barrio
1230 5th Avenue Bet. 104th and 105th Street
New York, NY 10029

The ArtBridge Drawing Room
526 West 26 Street, 502a
New York, NY 10001

ARTECHOUSE NYC
439 W 15th Street
New York, NY 10011

The New Museum
235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002

Staten Island Museum
000 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301
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