Many museums in New York offer Free or Pay What You Wish admission days – see the complete list here with all the information you need to know… save $$$ & start planning your Big Apple vacation now!

For first-timers in New York City, we’ve created the ultimate guide based on the best museums & times to visit – check out our post 7 Days in New York: Top Budget Itinerary!

You can also see most Broadway productions for around $30. Want to know how?  Look no further than our post How to Score Cheap Tickets on Broadway Rush.

So scroll through the list below & take advantage of these incredible offers for free or almost-free history, culture & art in New York City!

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Don’t pay $25 for The Met, Pay What You Wish!

Always Free

Federal Hall in Wall Street

Visit Federal Hall where George Washington was inaugurated as the first presented of the US

Always Pay What You Wish

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Pay What You Wish admission to The Met gets you entrance to The Cloisters & The Breuer too!

Monday: Free / Pay What You Wish

Free or Pay What You Wish museums/attraction on Monday only are:

Photo courtesy of Museum at Eldridge Street:

Museum at Eldridge Street

Entrance to the Museum at Eldridge Street includes a free tour of the synagogue

Tuesday: Free / Pay What You Wish

National September 11 Memorial

Pay your respects at the National September 11 Memorial

Wednesday: Free / Pay What You Wish

Bronx Zoo Free on Wednesday

Get out of the Big Apple & back to nature at Bronx Zoo

Thursday: Free / Pay What You Wish

First Thursday of the Month

Jewish Museum New York

Visit the Jewish Museum

Friday: Free / Pay What You Wish

First Friday of the Month

Monet Water Lillies at MOMA

Get up-close & personal with Monet’s “Water Lillies” at MOMA

Saturday: Free / Pay What You Wish

Guggenheim Museum

Admire art & architecture at the Guggenheim

Sunday: Free / Pay What You Wish

Frick Collection Itinerary

Visit the Frick Collection