Free Museums to Check Out in NYC

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Free Museums to Check Out in NYC

City Tales

12 January, 2017

One of the best things about New York City is the vast number of museums we have. Across the 5 boroughs, and especially in Manhattan, museums dedicated to the arts, history, science, and more. There are over 80 museums in New York City, with over 30 of them residing in Manhattan. Some of the museums, free or otherwise, will ask for donations at the door, so if you liked the museum feel free to give them support. Many of them are free daily, so be sure to take advantage of that and see as much of these as you can during your visit.

The American Folk Art Museum, located in Manhattan’s Lincoln Center, houses art pieces more from the 18th century to the present. Housing all sorts of American art, you can see everything from paintings and photographs, to tapestries and sculptures. The Museum is open daily For more information, visit

The Museum at The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is dedicated to exhibits of fashion and couture from across the globe. The museum serves as a great place for students of FIT to get inspired by designs from the past and present; with over thousands of clothing pieces and accessories. The museum is open daily. For more information, visit

The New York Federal Reserve Bank is an interesting place to learn about the banking system in America and it’s history. Within your guided tour, you will be able to visit the museum and a gold vault. Located near Wall Street, the Federal Reserve building has a rich history and is an integral part of our economy. Tour reservations here need to be made 30 days in advance for security reasons, but the tour is free. Be sure to get to the Federal Reserve building at least 30 minutes before your tour for the security check in. For more information, visit

The Hamilton Grange is the historic New York home of one of the Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton. Relocated from the Harlem neighborhood where he lived, the mansion now resides in St. Nicholas Park, where the National Park Services provides guided tours to the exhibits. You can also do a self-guided tour through the home. The exhibits show the life of Hamilton and include historically furnished rooms and his memorabilia. While visiting the Grange, be sure to see the short film they show on Hamilton’s life, which is also free. The Grange is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, visit

The Irish Hunger Memorial is a tribute to those who died during the Famine in Ireland from 1845 to 1852; when over a million people died, and there was a mass exodus to America, specifically New York City. The Memorial covers more than a half acre in Battery Park, and is home to a traditional 19th century Irish Cottage and a vast garden cultivating and growing over 60 plants native to Ireland. This beautiful garden space. The memorial space is currently closed for reconstruction purposes, but will reopen in the Spring. For more information, visit

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