There are so many amazing museums in New York City and lots of ways to see them for little or no cost. Last week I had a day off and headed uptown to Fort Tryon Park to visit one of my new favorite pay what you wish  museums, The Met Cloisters (part of the Metropolitan Museum).

The Cloisters, NYC

Filled with a Medieval European art collection, the best part was just exploring the building space. The Cloisters name refers to the covered walkways surrounding the many courtyards indoor and outdoor filled beautiful gardens throughout the museum. The most impressive piece of art in the collection (in my opinion), the hand-painted miniature books in the Treasury Room.

The Cloisters, NYC

Check out some photos from my visit below and see some of my other favorite free/pay what you wish museums in New York City. I’ve made a quick reference list for you below.

Free or Pay What You Wish Museums

Metropolitan Museum of Art – Pay what you wish everyday
The Cloisters – Pay what you wish everyday
Natural History Museum – Pay what you wish everyday
MoMA Ps1 – Pay what you wish everyday
Brooklyn Botanical Garden – Tuesdays, Saturdays 10am-12pm
9/11 Memorial & Museum – Tuesdays, 5pm-close
Bronx Zoo – Wednesdays
The Frick Collection – Wednesdays, 2-6pm
Museum of Arts & Design – Thursdays, 6-9pm
Whitney Museum of American Art Fridays, 7–9:30pm
MoMA – Fridays, 4-8pm (and until 9pm July 1–Sept 2)
The Frick Collection – First Friday evening of the month, (except January) from 6-9pm.
The Rubin – Fridays, 6-10pm
The Morgan Library & Museum – Fridays, 7-9pm
Guggenheim – Saturdays, 5:45–7:45pm

These are just my personal favorites. For a complete list of Free NYC Museums visit the NYC website.

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