How to Enjoy Museums in New York for Free + Secret Tricks


New York is a very attractive city not only for tourists but also for New York residents.

The COVID-19 pandemic has long reduced the number of tourists in New York, but its popularity has gradually returned as vaccinations have spread.

There are countless museums and attractions in New York, but it can be expensive to get around them all, right?

There is good news for those who like deals and discount, including me!

There are many museums and sightseeing spots in New York that can be visited for free or for any amount of money, so this time, I will introduce specific museums and sightseeing spots where you can visit for free or any amount of money. Then, I introduce two secret tricks.

Visit Museums and Attractions That Are Free or Available with Pay-What-You-Wish Tickets

The following are the museums and attractions available in New York for free or with What-You-Wish tickets.

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Secret Trick 1: Bank of America’s Museums on US

If you have a Bank of America debit or credit card, you can enter the following museums for free on the first weekend of each month using a system called Museums on US.

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Arts
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
  • El Museo del Barrio
  • New York Transit Museum
  • New York Historical Society
  • Rubin Museum of Art
  • The Jewish Museum

In addition to the above museums, Museums on US are available all over the U.S., so please check the following website to see if your favorite museums are eligible!

Museums on Us Map & Location Finder - Bank of America
Bank of America's Museums on Us offers cardholders free admission to select museums the first weekend of the month. Use our map to locate participating museums.

Secret Trick 2: Culture Pass Issued by Public Libraries in New York City

You can visit various museums with the Culture Pass issued by public libraries in New York City.

If you have a library card from the Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Public Library, or New York Public Library, you can enter museums and other sightseeing places that participate in the Culture Pass for free.

Frequently Asked Questions | Culture Pass

A wide variety of museums participate the Culture Pass program, including Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Museum of Modern Art, and New York Botanical Garden which are not included in the other methods.

For detailed participating facilities, please check the following URL.

Partner Organizations | Culture Pass

Secret Trick 3: IDNYC Issued by New York City

If you are a New York City resident, you can also use IDNYC to apply for a free one-year pass for the museums participating in the program.

IDNYC is a public identification card issued by New York City and can be obtained by a New York City resident over the age of 10.

Please check the URL below for details on how to obtain it:

How to Apply - IDNYC

The museums participating in the IDNYC program are as diverse as those participating the Culture Pass program.

Please check the URL below for detailed program participating facilities:

Museums and Cultural Institutions - IDNYC


Did you find any museum and other sightseeing place you want to visit for free?

There are countless museums in New York, so be sure to visit them that suit your tastes with good deals!

If you are also interested in free public arts, please check the following page as well!