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The best free museums in New York

Do you like to visit museums on your travels? In New York there are countless museums for all tastes.

There are many museums in New York that do not have a fixed price for admission. All of them are publicly owned and, to make culture available to everyone, they have this “pay what you wish” system. They usually recommend donating a certain amount, but it is not required. You have to go to the ticket office to collect the tickets and there they will ask you how much you want to pay. Don't worry, if you decide to donate less than what is recommended, or even nothing, nobody will tell you anything.

In this post I tell you about museums that always have free access and about other museums that you can access without paying anything, only on specific days of the week.

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The Cloisters

The first museum on the list, The Cloisters, is a subsidiary of the Metropolitan, so you can visit both museums on the same day with a single ticket. This place stands out for its architecture from Medieval Europe in the heart of New York City. Between 1934 and 1938 parts of various cloisters were disassembled to send them to the Big Apple. Among them are that of Sant Miquel de Cuixà and part of the Fuentidueña chapel.

American Museum of Natural History

This museum is one of the most essential to visit in New York, and perhaps you will remember it from the movie "Night at the Museum".

In it you can enjoy its galleries, where it deals with various aspects of the animal world and science.

It is a good option if you are traveling with children, who will surely love it.

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Bronx Museum

The Bronx Museum focuses on works of art created by American artists during the 20th century. It has a permanent collection of more than 800 paintings, sculptures, and photos. But it also hosts exhibitions of Latin American, African and Asian art and design.

I have told you about it in the post about 10 great plans to visit in the Bronx, and if you visit this district, the visit to the museum will not take you more than 40 or 60 minutes.

Brooklyn museum

It is the second largest museum in the city. It opened at the end of the 19th century and was one of the first art institutions in the world. It has a very wide collection that goes from works of Ancient Egypt and African art to paintings of contemporary art and local painters.

I include this museum in the essential visits to do in Brooklyn.

You can continue reading more information about Brooklyn in the post: What to see and do in Brooklyn