Shannon Brady
Writer & Editor

New York has plenty of entertaining spots to check out, from sunny beaches to beautiful national parks to sporting events and theaters. But some of our most unique and interesting attractions are the many museums, both in New York City and around the state. Some potential visitors are put off by the possibility of expensive ticket prices, but if you’re one of them, you’re in luck this month. 

Saturday, September 17, is Free Museum Admission Day, hosted by Smithsonian Magazine (not to be confused with International Museum Day, which is an annual themed event held on May 18 by the International Council of Museums). On this day, participating museums and other cultural institutions across the nation will allow anyone holding a Museum Day ticket to enter for free.

Participating museums in New York City include:


●     The AKC Museum of the Dog (Murray Hill, Manhattan)

●     Asia Society Museum (Lenox Hill, Manhattan)

●     Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx)

●     Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (Upper East Side, Manhattan)

●     Derfner Judaica Museum + The Art Collection at Hebrew Home at Riverdale (Riverdale, the Bronx)

●     Dyckman Farmhouse Museum (Inwood, Manhattan)

●     Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum (Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan)

●     The Jewish Museum (Upper East Side, Manhattan)

●     Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust (Battery Park City, Manhattan)

●     Poster House (Chelsea, Manhattan)

Participating museums elsewhere in New York State include:


●     Albany Institute of History and Art (Albany)

●     All Things Oz Museum (Chittenango)

●     Alley Pond Environmental Center, Inc. (Oakland Gardens)

●     Antique Wireless Museum (Bloomfield)

●     The Buffalo History Museum (Buffalo)

●     Burchfield Penney Art Center (Buffalo)

●     Chenango County Historical Society & Museum (Norwich)

●     Empire State Aerosciences Museum (Glenville)

●     Frederic Remington Art Museum (Ogdensburg)

●     George Eastman Museum (Rochester)

●     Greater Oneonta Historical Society (Oneonta)

●     H. Lee White Maritime Museum at Oswego (Oswego)

●     The Heckscher Museum of Art (Huntington)

●     Heritage Square Museum (Ontario)

●     Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum (North Tonawanda)

●     Hicksville Gregory Museum (Hicksville)

●     Hudson River Maritime Museum (Kingston)

●     Hudson River Museum (Yonkers)

●     Katonah Museum of Art (Katonah)

●     The Long Island Museum (Stony Brook)

●     Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission (Buffalo)

●     Nassau County Museum of Art (Roslyn Harbor)

●     National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame (Saratoga Springs)

●     Nautical Museum at Horton Point Lighthouse (Southold)

●     Phelps Mansion Museum (Binghamton)

●     Rose Hill Mansion (Geneva)

●     Southold Historical Museum Maple Lane Complex (Southold)

●     Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site & Interpretive Center (Huntington Station)

●     World Awareness Children’s Museum (Glens Falls)

Each ticket provides free general admission for two (2) people. Learn more and download your tickets here.

Museum Day is not a federal holiday; it’s more of an informal event. Participating institutions will be operating on their regular hours and you can expect all other venues to be operating on their regular hours as well. Prepare for larger crowds than usual when you go: it is advisable to check the hours and parking arrangements of your destination before you leave.

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