New York City Museums on a Budget
Getting cultured in the Big Apple can be an expensive undertaking. Most museums charge US$15-$20 admission per person, but on certain days, you can pay what you want to see some of Manhattan’s top exhibits.
Pay What You Wish Days:
- The Museum of Jewish Heritage -- Wednesdays 4 - 8 p.m.
- Museum of Arts and Design -- Thursdays 6 - 9 p.m.
- Modern Museum of Art -- Fridays 4 - 8 p.m.
- Guggenheim Museum -- Saturdays 5:45 - 7:45 p.m.
- The Frick Collection -- Sundays 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Technically, you can donate whatever amount you’d like at the following museums. Just be warned -- the cashiers know how to make you feel guilty!
- The Metropolitan Museum (the Met) -- $20 suggested. This also includes admission to the Cloisters Museum & Gardens
- Museum of Natural History -- $16 suggested
- The Museum of the City of New York -- $10 suggested
Put your wallet and your conscience at ease -- these museums are always free:
- National Museum of the American Indian
- Federal Hall (where George Washington was inaugurated)
Note: Please check individual museum websites beforehand as these times/prices are subject to change.
Make sure to combine your museum visit with a New York City hotel deal and a show on Broadway to get the most out of a Big Apple vacation.