It’s cold. Go to a museum. It’s snowing. Go to a museum.

Posted: January 9, 2011 in NYC

New York City has some amazing museums, and with a little research, you can go inside for free. I’ll help you out, and you wont have to touch your mouse or go any further (besides out your door to the museum, of course). Here is a list of my favorites that will make you feel like you’re a VIP:

The Museum at FIT
Fashion extends far beyond Vogue and runways. See the history and current state of fashion with these neat rotating exhibitions. I saw some great eco-fashion (both new designs and old) and a look at what fashion is like in Japan.
Hours
Tues – Fri Noon – 8pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Closed Sundays, Mondays

Forbes Galleries
Forbes was a billionaire, but all of the money didn’t go into stocks. The Forbes family’s collection of “things” contain a rotating eclectic collection and some permanent things such as old games, toys, and memorabilia. Everything is fascinating at this gallery. The great thing is, you don’t need to be a billionaire to see the stash, so don’t bring cash, you’ll get in for free!
**EDIT: Just went to Forbes on this blustery day 1/11/11 with my cousin and was informed that “they” sold the entire collection. Why I do not know? Who could need more money in the Forbes family? Very sad. I’m glad I saw it while it was still intact.
Hours
Tuesday-Saturday 10am – 4pm (Thursdays reserved for group tours and you need a reservation)

American Museum of Natural History
Go see the big blue whale, where the dinosaurs skeletons have come to rest and the big slice taken from the lumbering of a giant sequoia all under one roof. This place is huge, so those are a few of my favorite things to see.
Hours
Everyday (but Thanksgiving and Christmas) 10am – 5:45pm

Metropolitan Museum of Art It’s the Met. It’s great. It’ll take you days and days to see everything (and then things will change), but it’s okay because you can get in for free!
Hours
Monday: Closed (Except Holiday Mondays)
Tuesday–Thursday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 9:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Frick Collection
I never would have gone here if it wasn’t for my friend who is currently an intern there. This place is a gem. I feel like a lot of people don’t know about it, but like Forbes, it is some rich guy’s collection–this time it’s more art than toys. What makes it most interesting to me is that you are walking into what was once his home. And what a great home! It makes it a little eery but twice as neat.
Hours
Free on Sundays from 11am-1pm

Museum of Modern Art
Prepare to see a long long line that wraps around the entire museum, but don’t run away. It’s free on Fridays from 4-8pm and everyone and their mother knows it. I’ve waited in the free line twice, and I promise it doesn’t take that long. They open the doors at 4, and that’s when the whole line gets to come inside. It just so happens that both times I went, it began to rain, so make sure you have an umbrella handy. There is so much to see at MoMA, and on the free Friday, there’s going to be a lot of foot traffic, so I would advise you to make a list of things you want to see, and know what floor they are on before you go. Eventually, you should see everything, though, and it is nice that when you pay, you get a lot more elbow room.

If that line is too long, you can check out the free line at The Whitney Museum, which is free from 6pm-9pm

If you are not feeling like going to a museum on a Friday night, and you aren’t experiencing a katzenjammer on Saturday, I’d suggest going to The Guggenheim for free from 5:15-7:45pm.

**Everything but FIT, Forbes and MoMA Fridays are suggested donation, which means you can technically get in for free or $0.35 or $1.02, or whatever is in your pocket (I don’t think they except chewing gum or paper clips, though).

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