When Are Kids’ Museums FREE in NYC: Days and Times

A list of the most attractive Children’s Museums in NYC. Find out when are they free, the specific days and times and save your money!

What is free, is the admission to the NYC Kids Museums. Special events and exhibitions may require to pay a fee. Always check their website and their calendar! Many have family programs and seasonal workshops that are cool!

  • Museum of Natural History
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • Children’s Museum of Manhattan
  • Brooklyn Children’s Museum
  • New York Aquarium
  • Bronx Zoo


Free on Wednesdays

New York Aquarium | Coney Island, Brooklyn

3pm to 3:30pm in Fall/Winter/Spring & 4pm to 5pm in Summer (pay what you wish) | Always Free 2 & under. nyaquarium.

Bronx Zoo

All day free, pay what you wish. bronxzoo.com.

Staten Island Zoo

Free from 2pm to 4:45pm. Children 2 & under always free. statenislandzoo.org.


Free on Thursdays

Children’s Museum of the Arts | West Village

4pm to 6pm (pay what you wish). | Always free under 1 Free. cmany.org.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum 

2pm to 6pm (pay as you wish) | Age of 12 months & under always free. brooklynkids.org.

Staten Island Zoo 

Free after 2pm | Children 2 & under always free. statenislandzoo.org.


Free on Fridays

DiMenna Children’s History Museum | Upper West Side

6pm to 8pm. | Kids 4 & under always free. Website.

Museum of the Moving Image | Astoria, Queens

4pm to 8pm | Children 4 & under always free. movingimage.us.

New York Hall of Science | Corona, Queens

2pm to 5pm | Always Free up to 2 years old. nysci.org.


Free on Saturdays

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum | Upper East Side

6pm to 9pm. 18 years old & under always free. cooperhewitt.org.

New York Hall of Science | Corona, Queens

10am to 11am | Always Free up to 2 years old. nysci.org.


1st Full Weekend of Every Month

Intrepid Sea, Air & Spce Museum | Midtown West

Free for Bank of American Cardholders only. Not a guest of a cardholder | Children 4 & under always free. intrepidmuseum.org.


NYC Kids  Museums – Free All Days

American Museum of Natural History | Upper West Side

They have a SUGGESTED price. You pay what you wish at ticket counters. You can pay a dollar if you want! amny.org.

El Museo del Barrio | East Harlem

They have a suggested admission price. elmuseo.org.

Queens County Farm

Free admission every day. Some events require to pay a fee. Check here.


Links of interest:

Free Days at NYC Museums (for adults & for everyone).

Museum of Illusions

Central Park with Kids

Jane’s Carousel in Dumbo

NYC with Kids

NYC Main Events






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