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7 Days Of Free NYC Museums

New York City is always buzzing with activity, but sometimes going out is hard on your bank account. A little known secret is that there are free museums everyday, so visit a museum on New York City’s dime!

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Museum at Eldridge Street, 10 a.m. - noon

Set in the lower east side, this museum depicts the immigrant experience in New York and explores the trials of this historic Synagogue, built in 1887. 12 Eldridge St, New York


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9/11 Memorial & Museum, 5 p.m. to close

Built in the shadow of the Twin Towers and an event that rocked the nation, the Memorial and Museum pay tribute to the lives lost in attacks on September 11, 2001 and February 26,1993. 911 Greenwich St, New York


* The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, all day, and Saturday 10 a.m. - noon, 990 Washington Ave, Brooklyn
* Wave Hill, 9 a.m. - noon, 649 W 249th St, Bronx
* Morgan Library and Museum, McKim Rooms only, 3 - 5 p.m., Friday 7 - 9 p.m. and Sunday, 4-6 p.m., 225 Madison Ave, New York


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Bronx Zoo, all day, does not include special exhibitions

The zoo is home to more than 6,000 animals from all over the globe. See the African Plains, the creatures of the Jungle and lemurs of Madagascar with just a subway ride!


* Staten Island Zoo, 2 - 4:45 p.m., 614 Broadway, Staten Island
* Museum of Jewish Heritage, 4 - 8 p.m., 36 Battery Pl, New York

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New Museum, 7 - 9 p.m.

This is New York’s home for contemporary art, an unusual structure on Bowery that reflects much of the work within in its walls. With new exhibitions, events, readings and even trivia, this is a great museum to end the day with. 235 Bowery, New York


* Brooklyn Children's Museum, 2 - 6 p.m., 145 Brooklyn Ave, Brooklyn
* Museum of Arts and Design, 6 - 9 p.m., 2 Columbus Cir, New York

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Museum of Modern Art, 4 - 8 p.m.

The MoMa celebrates modern art like no other museum, asking viewers to explore and open their minds to the work of artist expression. 11 W 53rd St, New York


* Historic Richmond Town, 1 - 5 p.m., 441 Clarke Ave, Staten Island
* New York Hall of Science, 2 - 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 - 11 p.m., 47-01 111th St, Queens
* New York Aquarium, 4 - 5 p.m., 602 Surf Ave, Brooklyn
* Museum of the Moving Image, 4 - 8 p.m., 36-01 35th Ave, New York
* The New-York Historical Society, 6 - 8 p.m., 170 Central Park West, New York
* Japan Society, 6 - 9 p.m., 333 E 47th St, New York
* Asia Society, September through June, 6 - 9 p.m., 725 Park Ave, New York
* Rubin Museum of Art, 6 - 10 p.m., 150 W 17th St, New York

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 5:45 - 7:45 p.m.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece of a building is shown in movies and shows all over and could be reason in itself to visit this famed museum. The abstract and modern art of famed artists Vasily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp fill this museum and catch the eye. 1071 5th Ave, New York


* The Jewish Museum, all day, 1109 5th Ave, New York

* New York Botanical Garden, 9 - 10 a.m., 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx

* Wave Hill, 9 a.m. - noon, 649 W 249th St, Bronx

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Studio Museum in Harlem, all day

Dedicated to the work of black artists, the Studio Museum exhibits many inspiring works of the 19th and 20th centuries. The museum archives the work of the Harlem Renaissance Photographer James Van Der Zee. 144 W 125th St, New York


* New York Hall of Science, 10 - 11 a.m., 47-01 111th St, Queens

* Frick Collection, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., 1 E 70th St, New York

* Queens Botanical Garden, April through October, 9 - 11 a.m., 43-50 Main St, Queens

Always Free

* African Burial Ground Memorial Site, Ted Weiss Federal Building, 290 Broadway, New York

* American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, New York

* BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn

* The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx

* Federal Hall National Memorial, 26 Wall St, New York

* The Federal Reserve Bank, 33 Liberty Street, New York

* General Grant National Memorial, W 122nd St & Riverside Dr, New York

* Hamilton Grange, 414 W 141st St, New York

* The Harbor Defense Museum, 230 Sheridan Loop, Brooklyn

* The Hispanic Society of America, 613 W 155th St, New York

* Irish Hunger Memorial, 75 Battery Place, New York

* Leslie–Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster Street, New York

* The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 W 27th St, New York

* National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, New York

* The New York Public Library Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 476 Fifth Avenue, New York

* New York Transit Museum Annex & Store, Grand Central Terminal, Boerum Pl & Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn

* Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park

* Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (grounds and botanical garden only), 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island

* Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City

* Soldiers and Sailors Monument, 89th Street and Riverside Drive in Riverside Park

* Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace, 28 East 20th Street, New York

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