West of Broadway:
Start at Poets House and walk to either the 911 Tribute Museum or Museum of Jewish Heritage and it’s not-to-be-missed exhibit about Auschwitz which includes a train car from the Second World War outside, in front of the museum.
Across the street from the Museum of Jewish Heritage, is the Skyscraper Museum, and one block away is the China Institute.
- Note that the 911 Museum is free to the public every Tuesday from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, which will take almost two hours to tour.
- If you cannot fit in this visit on Night of the Museums, you can tour the museum on any other Tuesday evening throughout the year.
- 9/11 Tribute Museum museum requires advance tickets for this special event.
East of Broadway:
Start at the Museum of the American Indian. From there you can go to the National Archives or further east to Fraunces Tavern Museum. Then, make your way north to the South Street Seaport Museum, African Burial Ground and Municipal Archives or Federal Hall National Memorial on Wall Street.
Alternatively, start at the African Burial Ground. Then visit the Municipal Archives and walk South Street Seaport Museum.
Take the Downtown Connection to Fraunces Tavern. After that walk to Bowling Green to visit the National Archives and Museum of the American Indian.
And end by visiting Federal Hall on Wall Street.
NYC River to River Festival
Night at the Museums is part of the annual River to River Festival, featuring free arts events in mid-June throughout Lower Manhattan.
Here’s the full guide to participating museums, in a handy PDF you can download, so you don’t miss a thing.
There’s also an excellent guide to help you plan your evening to make the most out of Night at the Museums
And another website link to 20% off at downtown restaurants every Tuesday this summer, including during Night at the Museums.
Of course, you can get FREE museum admission year round at some of these museums, and you can get FREE admission to others with the free NYC ID card available to any NYC resident.
Many NYC museums have FREE admission days and times year-round.
There also are Night at the Museum discounts at Lower Manhattan restaurants and bars and for guided walking tours.
Pick up your Night at the Museums Guide at any of the participating institutions for special offers that are good all summer.
Some museums require an RSVP for a FREE ticket of admission, so check the Night at the Museums website for individual requirements for each museum you are interested in visiting free.
Night at the Museums is produced by the Downtown Cultural Group.
Night at the Museums is posted annually since 2015, and updated annually.