Important — you can’t just walk in. Free admission requires a special admission ticket, which will be available for download, also free, starting August 1, 2015.
Your Smithsonian Museum Day Live! ticket will be e-mailed, and you must print it and bring it with you for free entry. Each ticket is good for two people, and does not include special exhibits, parking or showings such as IMAX.
NYCOTC tip: if you are a group of more than two, register with different email addresses for the two-ticket limit. Whether you are part of group or not, go early in the day, since museums have the right to make you wait in favor of paying customers if space reaches capacity.
Participating museums in the New York City metro area in 2014 included these, and we hope they are participating again in 2015.
- Manhattan: Morgan Library and Museum, Museum of American Finance, Museum of Arts and Design, Jewish Museum,and NYC Fire Museum
- Bronx: Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, Van Cortlandt House
- Staten Island: Historic Richmondtown, Noble Maritime Collection
- Long Island: Cradle of Aviation Museum, Garden City
Also on the list is the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian in Battery Park, which is free every day, not just on Museum Day Live!
Click here for the NYCOTC list of regular weekly free museum hours in New York City.