FREE museums in New York City
This outpost of the Smithsonian houses one of the world’s best collections of Native American art and artifacts, from tribes throughout the Americas, from the Arctic Circle to Patagonia.
Plus, there are free film screenings, cultural performances and workshops for kids. Be sure to look up at the Rotunda, which reminds me of the U. S. Capitol.
This photo is one of the Thunderbird American Indian Dancers, a group of New Yorkers of various Native American tribes, who perform often at the museum.
- NMAI is in Lower Manhattan, at Battery Park.
This little-known museum in Upper Manhattan contains one of the largest collections of Velasquez and Goya paintings outside Spain, plus other Hispanic treasures dating from the Bronze Age from Spain, Portugal and Latin America, including intricate tiles from Moorish Spain.
There are free docent tours on weekends.
- Located 155th St. and Broadway in Washington Heights.