Overview to Museums & Galleries in NYC

Here is a list of times when NYC’s museums are free or pay what you wish. Assembling this is a gargantuan task. Obviously some entries lack detail; those are still in black lettering – not blue. But I wished to get this out at the start of The Season: consider this a first effort. Please send info re publications that cover the art scene, websites, corrections & additions to the institutions I’ve missed.

Weekly & Monthly online/App guides to NYC’s Museums
The key to the current gallery scene is the ArtCards.cc weekly Newsletter.  This lists all mid-level art openings there (not generally the Mad Ave, high-end, experimental or pop-up ones). It’s emailed Tu AM organizes its info by day, then neighborhood, street & street #. It’s a good way to track new art scenes in NYC. Sign up for it!

There are also the M maps; these cover principally mid-town and chelsea – and can be found in many galleries (especially the ones who pay to be listed in it). They are immensely useful for wandering around the midtown, Mad Ave & Chelsea areas. They can be consulted on the web – but there is no phone App per se yet.

There’s also the Gallery Guide (artinfo.com) now called the GlouinArtInfo.com GalleryGuide but it’s general: NY/NE and it’s published monthly at best.
         NYC MUSEUMS: Days & Times when they are free

    Museums & major nonprofits that are always free
Forbes Magazine Galleries
Features collectibles such as toy soldiers, Monopoly games and more.
62 Fifth Avenue (at 12th Street) 212-206-5548
Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology
This museum has astutely put together exhibitions. 
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street Phone: 212-217-5970
National Museum of the American Indian
This is one of sixteen Smithsonian Institution museums.
1 Bowling Green, George Gustave Heye Center Phone: 212-668-6624
Goethe Institut
German language&culture exhibits located across from the Met.
1014 Fifth Ave Phone: 212-439-8700 open weekdays
Sony Wonder Technology Lab
Entertainment and technology museum located in Midtown.
Sony Plaza Public Arcade at 56th St & Madison Ave 212-833-5414
• Sotheby’s showrooms
There’s an amazing cafe on the 10th floor run by Dean & Deluca with a huge 40×15 plaza where you can sip coffee, ponder the exhibitions you’ve just seen & watch the NYC skyline from this East River site. 
1334 York Avenue at 72nd St New York 10021 212-606-7000 Shows here are often better or larger than those of any museum.

  • Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art

The only such museum in the world. Unique.

26 Wooster St, New York, NY 10013
(212) 431-2609

  • NY Public Library Main Branch
    Tu/W 11-7:30 W-Sat 10-6 free 212/873-3400

http://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions: there are so many! go here!
     Museums With Suggested Admission
In order to make museums affordable for all, these museums have “suggested” admissions. That means you can pay the amount of admission that you can afford and still enjoy access to the museum.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Although they raised the “suggested” admission to $25, you can pay what you can afford to see one of the greatest art museums in New York City. Don’t forget to register as a member of the Met Museum library. This’ll give you access to its collection of 1 million art books – which you can reserve to have waiting for you on your next visit. 
Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue Phone: 212-535-7710
American Museum of Natural History
The “suggested” admission at the American Museum of Natural History is $15, you can make whatever contribution you see as appropriate to enter the museum (though you’ll have to pay full price for planetarium shows, etc.).
Address: Central Park West at West 79th Street Phone: 212-769-5000
• Brooklyn Museum
The entrance fee is “suggested”. The First Friday of non-summer months Target enables the museum to be free, open until 11pm, have dancing & food & drink + tours + a special free movie. A real party.
1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY Phone: 718-623-7200
Museum of the City of New York
The entrance fee of $10 is “suggested”. It enables you to free admission to El Museo del Bario one block north, a hidden gem of NYC. Also one block north across the street from that museum are the Nature Conservancy Gardens of Central Park: Italian, French, and English along with a big esplanade and fountain. This is an amazing (and free) refuge.
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street

     Tuesday Deals
Brooklyn Botanical Garden
Free admission on Tuesdays (Admission is free every weekday from mid-November through February) Admission is free to members of the NY Botanical Garden
1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY Phone: 718-623-7200
Staten Island Museum
Admission is free on Tuesdays from 12 to 2 p.m.
75 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island, NY Phone: 718-483-7114

     Wednesday Deals
Bronx Zoo
Admission by donation all day on Wednesday
1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY Phone: 718-367-1010
New York Botanical Garden
Free admission (covers grounds only) on Wednesdays
Bronx River Parkway and Fordham Road, Bronx, NY Phone: 718-817-8700

     Thursday Deals
Children’s Museum of the Arts
Free fun for the kids–from 4 – 6 p.m. you can pay what you wish on Thursdays.
182 Lafayette Street Phone: 212-274-0986
Museum of Arts and Design
Pay What You Wish from 6 – 9 p.m.
2 Columbus Circle Phone: 212-299-7777 Tu-Sun 10am-6pm $16; Th&Fr 10am-9pm
Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Pay-What-You-Wish
KLM Fridays from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Pay-What-You-Wish
*Daheesh 601 5th 6-8pm
*Jewish Museum 5-8pm pay what you wish
*New Museum of Contemporary Art 7-9pm free
*Society of Illustrators 128 E 63rd 212/838-2560 free 9-5pm; 3rd Thursday $20 sketch class with buffet:5:30-6pm-10:30pm good crowd; packed-come early to get a seat, some tables available, bring drawing materials; check out model drawing on Tues with bar, $15

     Friday Deals
American Folk Art Museum in a temporary location; unsure as to what the policy is now
Asia Society and Museum
Free Admission on Fridays from 6-9 p.m.
725 Park Ave. at 70th St. Phone: 212-288-6400
Bronx Museum of the Arts
This contemporary art museum is open late on Fridays (from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.) and visitors can explore the exhibits for free all day long.
1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY Phone: 718-681-6000
International Center for Photography
Admission to the frequently changing exhibitions is available with your voluntary contribution on Fridays from 5-8 p.m.
1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd St.  Phone: 212-857-0000
The Morgan Library
Admission is free on Fridays from 7-9 p.m.
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street Phone: 212-685-0008
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Free Admission on Target Fridays from 4 – 8 p.m.
11 West 53 Street Phone: 212-708-9400
Museum of the Moving Image
Free to gallery Fridays from 4 – 8 p.m. (does not include film screenings)
35 Avenue at 36 Street in Astoria, NY Phone: 718-784-0077
New York Historical Society
Free admission Fridays, 6-8 p.m. courtesy of American Express Company.
170 Central Park West between 76th & 77th Street Phone: 212-873-3400
Whitney Museum of American Art
Pay what you wish on Fridays from 6 – 9 p.m.
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street Phone: 212-570-3676

     Saturday Deals
Brooklyn Botanical Garden
Free admission from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturdays
1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY Phone: 718-623-7200
• First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum of Art
Evening admission (5-11 p.m.) on the first Saturday of every month is free. Includes most exhibits, music and movie screenings.
200 Eastern Pkwy Brooklyn, NY 11238-6052 Phone: 718-638-5000
Guggenheim Museum
Pay what you wish on Saturdays from 5:15 – 7:45 p.m. (last ticket issued at 7:15)
1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street Phone: 212-423-3500
The Jewish Museum
Free admission on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5:45.
1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street (between Fifth and Madison) Phone: 212-423-3200
New York Botanical Garden
Free admission to the grounds from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturdays
Bronx River Parkway and Fordham Road, Bronx, NY Phone: 718-817-8700

     Sunday Museum Admission Discounts
The Frick Collection
On Sundays, pay what you wish from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
1 East 70th Street Phone: 212-288-0700

Must Pay
*Cooper Hewitt 2E91: grand reopening Dec 12, 2014 Smithsonian membership=free
also includes the Harlem Design Center
*Holocaust Museum
*Holography Museum
*NY Historical Society
*Sex Museum; often $5 coupons only – not worth it at all
*Society of Illustrators 128 E 63rd 212/838-2560

 By Area
Manhattan Nearly all the embassies have special programs, especially the German, Swiss, and Austrian embasses. Pick your country. Check it out. Do not neglect this, especially the Austrian Embrassy, Czech, FIAF (French Institute), German, Scandinavia house and the Caravan Institute. Get on their alert email lists. You’d be amazed at the depth of the offerings.
Italian Academy at Columbia 1161 Amsterdam Ave 212-854-1623 Thurs 9-5pm Many cultural events http://www.italianacademy.columbia.edu/events_calendar.html
ScandinaviaHouse 58 Park
Grolier Club 60th and Madison ->2/14 10-5pm 47e60th 838-6690 grolierclub.org free
British Club:  serves tea
Alliance Francaise 60th and Madison; FIAF.org; has 2nd Saturdays often, open late, for members, with parts open to the public
www.carlschurzparknyc.org 212/459-4455
Parliamo Italiano language school & Caravan Institute (near Columibia)
Brooklyn
*Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Bronx We’ve a list of all the stores we go to weekly at the Arthur Avenue (at 187th) area. Such high quality! Most stores owned for four generations. Prices so inexpensive it more than pays for the trip.
Visit the NY Botanical Garden five blocks directly north. Grounds are free Sat from 10-12. Membership so inexpensive definitely worth getting. Members here do get great privileges. It includes free admission to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.
Queens
*Fisher Landau center for art – free th-m,12-5 38-27 30th Street LIC
*Noguchi Museum – Long Island City, Queens, offers shuttle-bus service on Sundays between the Museum and the Asia Society and Museum, Manhattan. Bus may be delayed due to traffic, weather. Call the Museum (718) 204-7088 to confirm that the bus is running on time. http://www.noguchi.org/directions.html.