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Most Affordable Museums for Groups Visiting New York City




Aside from transportation, food, and lodging, one of the greatest expenses faced by group travelers when heading to New York City has to do with securing access to the most popular attractions. For educational and school groups, this often means historical sites or museums. Many museums with great masterpieces are price-prohibitive even with a student or group discount. If you have done everything, in terms of planning, to stretch the budget for your group, and now you are facing the challenges related to finding the most affordable and educational attractions, then don’t lose hope. There are many insider tricks that can help you get the most out of your group trip to New York without breaking the bank.


We have compiled a list of museums, memorials, and historical attractions that are free every single day of the year, or they have at least one day or selected hours per week when the admission is free.


Free All the Time


Bronx Museum of the Arts

Irish Hunger Memorial

Museum of Biblical Art

The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Queens County Farm Museum

Scandinavia House – The Nordic Center in America




Selected Days or Times Are Free

(Check with each facility to confirm its free days or hours, and plan your itinerary accordingly.)

Bronx Zoo

Museum at Eldridge Street

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Staten Island Zoo

Queens Botanical Garden

Museum of Modern Art

New York Aquarium

Guggenheim Museum

Wave Hill

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

New York Hall of Science


Some of these museums are significantly large, and it may take you several hours to fully enjoy their galleries. Because museum cafeterias can be pricey, consider eating before or after visiting the museum. As for souvenirs at museum shops, many have clearance bins and student discounts. Take advantage of both.


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