When To Visit NYC's Museums, Zoos, and Gardens Admission Free
A little cultural and educational family fun at a discount (or free!) is always a good idea.
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Brooklyn Children’s Museum – Pay-what-you-wish on Thursdays, 2-6pm, and Sundays, 4-7pm.
New York Aquarium – Pay-what-you-wish on Wednesdays from 3pm to last entry.
The Staten Island Children’s Museum – Free admission on Wednesdays, 5-7pm July and August, 3-5pm September-June.
Staten Island Zoo – Free Wednesdays, 2-4:45pm.
New York Hall of Science – Free admission on Fridays, 2-5pm and Sundays, 10-11am.
Queens Botanical Garden – Free admission daily November through March. Free admission Wednesdays, 3-6pm, and Sundays, 9-11am the rest of the year.
Queens County Farm Museum - Free admission daily except for special events.
Wave Hill – Free on Thursdays
The Bronx Zoo – General admission is free on Wednesdays. Visitors are asked to donate what they wish to support the zoo’s mission. Total Experience activities cost extra.
New York Botanical Garden – Free grounds admission all day on Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 9-10am. Special exhibits cost extra.
Bronx Museum of the Arts - Free admission
The Barnum Museum - Though temporarily closed, the museum is free. Donations are accepted.
The Bruce Museum - Free admission on Tuesdays
Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum - Free admission on the third weekend of each month.