There is no denying that New York is an expensive city, especially for those who love take advantage of all of its artistic offerings. How can you experience all of the museums, performances, and gallery openings while still being kind to your wallet? Happily, many of NYC’s most renowned arts institutions offer reduced admittance and deals periodically throughout the week! As NYC-ART explains, “Those seeking a bargain can use the no-cost or low-cost admittance to take a chance on the unknown or to return to a favorite art work, exhibit or gallery again and again.”
Not every museum offers by-donation or reduced-cost admittance every day, so you’ll have to be strategic when planning trips to museums and other arts venues. On Monday, go to the Yeshiva University Museum, it’s free! On Tuesdays, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the China Institute, and the Staten Island Museum are all free for selected parts of the day.
Wednesdays, pay what you wish at the Bronx Zoo, and get in for free at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, New York Botanical Garden, and the Museum of Jewish Heritage during selected hours. On Thursday, you should visit the Museum of Arts and Design, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the free Trinity Church concerts at 1:00pm.
On Friday, the International Center for Photography offers a pay what you wish admittance, and the Whitney Museum, MoMA, and the Neue Gallery are all free at selected times. The weekend is also a great time to check out reduced-fare museums and galleries. On Saturday, you can pay what you wish at the Guggenheim Museum from 6:00 to 8:00, and both the New York and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens are free of charge from 10:00am until noon. On Sunday, make sure to check out the Frick Collection, the New York Hall of Science, and Studio Museum in Harlem.
Other museums and galleries that are always free or pay what you wish include the American Folk Art Museum, the International Print Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Museum of American Illustration, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Bronx Museum, among others.
For the full list of places to experience the arts on a budget, visit NYC-ART’s free museum days or pay what you wish page.