Spend Saturday across the East River at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn Museum & Green-Wood Cemetery. Return to Manhattan in the evening for a few hours at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
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Check out our budget itinerary below, including a list of all the Free or Pay What You Wish museums!
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Take the subway to Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum (lines 2 & 3) to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
It’s a huge park with numerous specialty “gardens within the Garden” including the Japanese Hill-and-Pond garden, the Cranford Rose Garden, the Shakespeare Garden & the Native Flora Garden.
Entrance Fee: Free (regular admission $12), 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.
Opening Hours: seasonal, approximately 8:00 am to 4:30 pm/6:00 pm.
Photo courtesy of New York Through the Lens
The Brooklyn Museum is right next to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
It’s New York City’s second largest museum with an extensive collection of Egyptian masterpieces, African art, European paintings & contemporary art.
- Pay What You Wish (suggested admission fee $16.00)
- Free on the first Saturday of every month from 5:00pm to 11:00 pm.
- Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
- Thursday – 11:00 am to 10:00 pm
Photo courtesy of Poulin + Morris
Green-Wood Cemetery is located next to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Founded in 1838, it was one of the first rural cemeteries in America.
Green-Wood Cemetery is a National Historic Landmark recognized for its national significance in art, architecture, history & landscaping.
It features hills, valleys, glacial ponds & paths alongside tombs & mausoleums. It’s a Revolutionary War site as well as a magnet for bird watchers.
Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: seasonal, approximately 7:45am to 6:00 pm
Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Brief
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Take the Subway back to Manhattan, to 86th Street (lines 4, 5 & 6) – head to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum & view its impressive collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist & early modern & contemporary art.
The cylindrical building is a sight in itself.
The Guggeheim was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright as a “temple of the spirit”. The top is wider than the bottom, with a long ramp gallery running in a spiral from the ground floor to the skylit-ceiling.
Entrance Fee: Pay What You Wish (regular admission $25), 5:45 pm to 7:45 pm
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday – 10:00 am to 5:45 pm
- Saturday – 10:00 am to 7:45 pm
Saturday in New York Wrap-Up
*** Tip of the Day: Start early to give yourself enough time for the vast attractions in Brooklyn ***
This itinerary is based around the Brooklyn Botanic Garden & Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, which both have Pay What You Wish admission on Saturdays.
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Free / Pay What You Wish on Saturday
Plan your own Saturday in New York City around these museums:
- Jewish Museum – Free (regular admission $15)
- New York Botanical Garden – Free (regular admission $13.00), 9:00 am to 10:00 am
- Wave Hill – Free (regular admission $8.00), 9:00 am to 12 noon
- Brooklyn Brewery – Free tours, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
First Saturday of the Month
Brooklyn Museum – Free art & entertainment, 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Third Saturday of the Month
El Barrio del Museo – Free art & entertainment
For a complete list of museums & attractions with Free or Pay What You Wish admissions, see our post Every Free Museum New York!
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