New York City Cultural Venues

New York Cultural Venues
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Fordham's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences presents this list of art and culture venues to give you the opportunity to explore the city's rich cultural life. The City of New York is home to more than 700 galleries, 380 nonprofit theater companies, 330 dance companies, 131 museums, 96 orchestras, 40 Broadway theaters, 15 major concert halls, five zoos, five botanical gardens, and an aquarium.

Please confirm details with the host organization before planning your visit. The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs is not responsible or liable for the delay and/or cancellation of events or modification of admission policies at the institutions listed below.

Venues with Free or Suggested Admission Fees

Venues with Free Admission during specific hours

Asia Society and Museum

  • Free admission on Fridays from 6 – 9 p.m. (does not apply from July 1 through Labor Day).

Bronx Zoo

  • Free admission on Wednesdays.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

  • Free admission on Saturdays from 10 a.m.– noon, all day Tuesdays, winter weekdays (Nov – Feb), and Fridays for seniors.

    Brooklyn Children’s Museum

    • Free admission every Thursday 3 – 5 p.m., every third Thursday extended free hours from 3 – 7 p.m.

      Children’s Museum of the Arts

      • Pay what you wish Thursdays 4 – 6 p.m.

      Guggenheim Museum

      • Pay what you wish on Saturdays, 5:45 – 7:45 p.m.

      Historic Richmond Town

      • Free admission on Fridays, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

      International Center of Photography

      • Voluntary contribution every Friday, 5 – 8 p.m.

      Jewish Museum

      • Free admission on Saturdays. Pay as you wish on Thursdays 5 –  8 p.m.

      Lincoln Center David Rubenstein Atrium

      • Free performances every Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

      Morgan Library and Museum

      • Free admission on Fridays, 7 – 9 p.m.
      • Admission to the McKim Building rooms is free only on: Tuesdays 3 – 5 p.m., Fridays 7 – 9 p.m., and Sundays 4 – 6 p.m.

      Museum of Arts and Design

      • Pay what you wish on Thursdays and Fridays from 6 – 9 p.m.

      Museum of Chinese in America

      • Free every Thursday, 11 a.m.– 9 p.m.

      Museum of Jewish Heritage

      • Free admisison on Wednesdays 4 – 8 p.m.

      Museum of Modern Art

      • Free admission on Friday nights, 4 – 8 p.m.

      Museum of the Moving Image

      • Free admission on Friday nights, 4–8 p.m.

      New Museum

      • Free admission on Thursday evenings, 7 – 9 p.m.

      New York Aquarium

      • Suggested donations Fridays after 3 p.m., in the summer after 4 p.m.

      New York Botanical Garden

      • Free all day Wednesdays, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

      New York Hall of Science

      • Sept - June, Free Fridays 2–5 PM and Sundays 10 – 11 a.m.

      New York Historical Society

      • Pay what you wish on Fridays, 6 – 8 a.m.

      Noguchi Museum

      • Pay what you wish the first Friday of every month.

      Old Stone House

      • Suggested donation on weekends. 

      Queens Botanical Garden

      • From April 1 through October 31, Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) has free hours on Wednesdays 3 – 6 p.m. and Sundays 4 – 6 p.m. From November 1 through March 31, QBG is open from Tuesday to Sunday with free admission.

      Staten Island Children’s Museum

      • Free admissions for grandparents on Wednesdays 5 – 8 p.m.

      Staten Island Zoo

      • Free admission on Wednesdays 2 – 4:45 p.m.

      Van Cortlandt House Museum

      • Free admission on Wednesdays.

      Waterfront Museum

      • Free open boat tours: Saturdays 1 – 5 p.m. and Thursdays 4 – 8 p.m.

      Wave Hill Cultural Center

      • Free admission on Saturdays and Tuesdays, 9 a.m.– noon.

      Whitney Museum

      • Pay what you wish on Fridays 6 – 9 p.m.

      Organizations that provide free programs

      For additional free, low cost, and family friendly events taking place across the five boroughs visit the NYCulture calendar at

      For questions or comments please send a message to with “Cultural Discounts Document” in the subject line.