Free Museums and Attractions

These New York City museums are always free or free on specific days of the week.

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TV Show Tapings

It's fun—and free—to attend the tapings of popular television shows filmed in New York City.

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Free for Kids

Spend time with the family without spending a fortune.

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Free Tours

Walk this way—there's no need to pay on these sightseeing jaunts.

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Parks and Gardens

Many of the City's green spaces are free to explore. Find out more in our leafy guide to the five boroughs.

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Free in NYC

Look hard enough in New York City, and you could easily fill your calendar with free events, museum visits or family outings. Lucky for you, you don't have to scour the web to put together an inexpensive NYC itinerary. We've gathered the best of Free in NYC for you.

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May 30, 2016

Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day isn’t just an excuse for springtime sales and a three-day weekend—it is,...
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June 12, 2016

National Puerto Rican Day Parade

The parade up Fifth Avenue celebrates Puerto Rican community and culture, which connects the millions of...
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June 14, 2016

Museum Mile Festival

Don't miss the annual Museum Mile Festival, which offers free access to museums along Fifth Avenue...
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June 18, 2016

Mermaid Parade

There's nothing quite like Coney Island's annual parade of quirky mermaids and sea creatures,...
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June 21, 2016

Night at the Museums

Under the umbrella of the River to River Festival, more than 10 downtown museums and historic sites...
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January 6, 2017

Three Kings Day Parade

For four decades El Museo del Barrio has celebrated and promoted the Three Kings Day...
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January 28, 2017

Lunar New Year Parade & Festival

Check out Chinatown's annual Lunar New Year celebration for stunning visuals, tantalizing treats and impressive...
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March 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Whether you hail from the Emerald Isle is of no consequence—on St. Patrick's...
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May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Parade

Memorial Day isn’t just an excuse for springtime sales and a three-day weekend—it is,...
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Apr 18, 2015 through Jan 31, 2017

Cerámica de los Ancestros

Presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Latino Center, this major bilingual exhibit showcases select pieces from...
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Jun 1, 2015 through Jun 1, 2016

The 75th Anniversary of the American Negro Theatre

In 1940 writer Abram Hill and actor Frederick O’Neal gathered 10 of their friends and founded...
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October 16, 2015

Fall Field Day

What better way to spend Election Day than to play pillow polo, tug-of-war, disc tic-tac-toe and...
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Nov 5, 2015 through Jun 16, 2016

Midtown Concerts

Take a musical break from your lunchtime routine with this series of free Thursday afternoon classical...
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Dec 19, 2015 through Mar 31, 2017

The Lowline Lab

After the success of Chelsea's High Line, a couple of Lower East Side entrepreneurs are...
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Jan 28 – May 29, 2016

Leonard Bernstein Takes Over the New York Philharmonic

Listen to the musical story of world-renowned conductor Leonard Bernstein, who first led the New York...
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Mar 12, 2016 through Dec 4, 2016

Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains

View the art narratives of Native Americans in the Great Plains area spanning the 18th ...
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Mar 12, 2016 through Aug 31, 2016

Staten Island Unlimited

This exhibition of Staten Island photos, on display at the former home of one of the...
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Mar 16, 2016 through Jun 1, 2016

Books at Noon

Skip the long lines at Chop’t and head to the New York Public Library...
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Mar 24, 2016 through Jun 18, 2016

Gods and Mortals at Olympus: Ancient Dion, City of Zeus

Among the highlights of this exhibit, which explores the relationship between the people who lived on...
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May 13, 2016 through Jun 5, 2016

Snug Harbor Borough Arts Festival

See the newest emerging youth artists at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor...
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May 16, 2016 through Jan 8, 2017

Martin Puryear: Big Bling

Madison Square Park’s 33rd public art exhibition goes on display this May and comes...
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May 25, 2016 through May 31, 2016

Fleet Week

Thousands of men and women from the US Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard will touch...
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Jun 16 – Jun 26, 2016

River to River Festival

Each summer the River to River Festival takes over downtown Manhattan for around 11 days of free...
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Jul 20 – Aug 7, 2016

Lincoln Center Out of Doors

Performers from around the world are what make Lincoln Center's summertime Out of Doors so...
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Sep 12 – Sep 18, 2016

Brooklyn Book Festival

Authors and bibliophiles from all over the world congregate for panel discussions and themed readings at...
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Dec 24, 2016 – Jan 1, 2017

Lighting of the World's Largest Hanukkah Menorahs

Celebrate Hanukkah with the lighting of the world’s largest menorah, at Grand Army Plaza (Fifth...
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Jan 10 – Apr 1, 2017

Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1963

The contemporary art world can trace its roots to a period of groundbreaking experimentation in the 195...
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Free Yoga at lululemon Union Square

Every Saturday morning, lululemon Union Square—a purveyor of yoga-inspired apparel—hosts its very own free...
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Second Saturdays Staten Island

A monthly celebration of Staten Island–made art, from the classical to the avant-garde, this event...
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Target Free Thursdays

This new weekly program presents free rock, pop, classical, jazz, Latin and swing concerts, along with...
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Flatiron District Walking Tour

Much like the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, the triangular Flatiron Building—at...
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Visit Central Park

One of New York City's most breathtaking and celebrated attractions, Central Park is a must-see...
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Visit Prospect Park

Visitors of Brooklyn shouldn’t miss Prospect Park, a beautiful green space in the middle...
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Visit Socrates Sculpture Park

Socrates Sculpture Park was once an abandoned landfill; in the 1980s, it was turned into an...
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Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum

Thanks to Target, admission to the Brooklyn Museum is free on the first Saturday of every...
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Drop-In Family Art Workshops

Drop in to the Queens Museum every Sunday with the kids for some fun and free...
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Whiplash

This free stand-up showcase is hosted by Leo Allen (who’s written for Saturday Night Live)...
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Comedy Night at the Knitting Factory

The cerebral Hannibal Buress—who’s written for Saturday Night Live and made memorable appearances on 30...
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Recycle-To-Art

Turn discarded materials into works of art at this weekly event. Each Wednesday afternoon, the Poe...
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Cinemarosa

Cinemarosa—the free LGBT film series founded by Jackson Heights filmmaker and artist Hector Canonge...
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Brooklyn, Stand Up!

Enjoy free comedy performances the first Monday of each month at Williamsburg’s Paper Box....
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Urban Colors: Photographs by Jack McDougle

While pictures of New York City are nothing new, Jack McDougle—a mostly self-taught lensman...
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Free Thursdays at the Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum's monthly First Saturday program has been such a hit that they're...
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