7 Free Museums in NYC That Your Kids Must Visit - Kid 101

7 Free Museums in NYC That Your Kids Must Visit


New York City is one of the biggest cities in the world that can provide many places to visit and have fun. There are a lot of museums that you can find and visit for free, depending on the day. You can explore free museums about art, culture, technology, and science, and have a day of fun with your kids at these kid-friendly places.

Here are few of museums that you can visit without spending a dollar:

New York Hall of Science

New York Hall of Science

Here you can find hundreds of activities about science and technology, or math and engineering. There is a section with robots and outer space. Rock Climbing at the massive Science Playground. Design Lab, a place where visitors can learn about design and engineering process through games. This cool museum has free entry on Fridays from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM, and Sundays from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Location: 47-01 111th St, Corona, NY 11368

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

Brooklyn Childrens Museum

Country’s first museum made for children. There you can find a collection of 30,000 objects like musical instruments, funny toys, dolls, fossils, masks and other fun things. Here kids can pretend to work at Mexican bakery or to make some Turkish candy in International Grocery. It’s a great place for toddlers, preschoolers, older children and even adults. In fact, it’s a cool place for every child. The water play, blue sand, pizza parlor or maybe the animal exhibits for sure will provide you a ton of entertainment and a great day to enjoy with your little ones. Free admission is on Thursdays from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM.

Location: 145 Brooklyn Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Children’s Museum of the Arts

Childrens Museum of the Arts

Here children can explore and learn more about the world of art because this museum is designed just for them. In this vast gallery, you can find more than 2,000 pieces of international children’s art collection. Here kids can take art programs that cost $395 per semester or enroll in Art camps for children ages 6 to 15, where they learn about drawing and sculpting. On Thursdays from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM this museum has “pay what you wish” entry.

Location: 103 Charlton St, New York, NY 10014

New York Aquarium

New York Aquarium

This aquarium is the oldest one in the United States and is one of the must-see destinations in New York. Here you can see a living re-creation of the Pacific coastline, lively sea lion show, or some sharks and sea jellies. Here kids can learn about the ocean, mammals, and fish that live there. It’s a great place for the whole family to spend time and see the wonders our deepest places have to offer. There is an excellent gift shop with lots of stuffed toys and T-shirts that make awesome souvenirs for friends and family. And don’t forget to take a picture with a giant walrus or maybe the sharks. Come on Friday from 3:00 PM and enjoy “pay what you wish” entry.

Location: 602 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

Museum of the Moving Image

Museum of the Moving Image

Only 15 minutes from midtown, the Museum of the Moving Image is one of the city’s most dynamic institutions. Rubbing elbows with Kaufman Astoria Studios, the revamped space offers a state-of-the-art 264-seat cinema and improved galleries. The museum’s “Behind the Screen” display examines every step of the filmmaking process, with artifacts from in excess of 1,000 different productions, and 14 classic (playable!) video games, including Asteroids, Ms. Pac-Man, and Space Invaders. Free admission on Fridays from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Location: 36-01 35th Ave, New York, NY 11106

Lefferts Historic House Museum

Lefferts Historic House Museum

Outfitted as a Prospect Park destination for kids, Lefferts House depicts Brooklyn family life in the 1820s to the present. The entry is free.

Location: 452 Flatbush Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11225

LEGO Flagship Store

LEGO Flagship Store

NYC’s 3,535-square-foot flagship store sits right in the shadow of the Flatiron Building, giving young builders inspiration for their brick creations. 3-D LEGO murals depicting iconic city scenes adorn the store walls, and an 8-foot Statue of Liberty replica provides visitors with an excellent photo opportunity. While browsing the extensive selection of kits, stop by the pick-a-brick station featuring the newest LEGO colors. Parents will love the chance to kick back in the LEGO lounge area complete with oversized couches, free charging stations, books and a building carpet for the little ones. Visit your local LEGO Store on the first Tuesday of every month and you can learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it home – for free.

Location: 200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010



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