The NY List: Museums, Zoos, and other Culture (BETA)

UPDATE

I'm not quite done with the revamp, but I decided I might as well put up what I have since some of the listings below are woefully out of date. See the new site at: http://agogh.com/new-york/.

There's so much to see in New York that it's easy to overlook the less-famous sites. Or afford the famous ones. So I put together a list of the cultural spots I could find, and made a chart based around their operating and free hours. It was hand-compiled from about 100 homepages, so mistakes may have happened. So get mad enough to email me at dan@danwin.com for corrections/additions.

The Key
  • Colored bars indicate the operating hours. Blue are the free/suggested donation times. Museums that suggest a fee have darker blue bars, and a * by their fee.
  • Click on the headers to sort the columns. Click a name or address on the chart to see the map point.
  • The "Yelp" column draws in the number of reviews and average rating, as one measure of popularity.
  • The "Fee" column shows the standard adult ticket and membership price.
  • The map shows the free/pay status of today (doesn't yet account for holidays and such), with bigger icons for more popular places

Read more about this list, contact me at dan@danwin.com or follow me @dancow on Twitter.

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Name Address Fee $ Yelp Info Sun. Mon. Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri. Sat.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Manhattan
1000 Fifth Ave
*$20.0
$70
*****
9:30AM-5:30PM
9:30AM-5:30PM
9:30AM-5:30PM
9:30AM-5:30PM
9:30AM-9PM
9:30AM-9PM
Museum of Modern Art
Manhattan
11 W 53rd St
$20.0
$75
****+
10:30AM-5:30PM
10:30AM-5:30PM
10:30AM-5:30PM
10:30AM-5:30PM
10:30AM-8PM
4PM-8PM
10:30AM-5:30PM
American Museum of Natural History
Manhattan
Central Park West and 79th Street
*$16.0
$70
****+
10AM-5:45PM
10AM-5:45PM
10AM-5:45PM
10AM-5:45PM
10AM-5:45PM
10AM-5:45PM
10AM-5:45PM
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Manhattan
1071 5th Ave
$18.0
$75
***+
10AM-5:45PM
10AM-5:45PM
10AM-5:45PM
10AM-5:45PM
10AM-5:45PM
10AM-7:45PM
5:45PM-7:45PM
Museum of Sex
Manhattan
233 Fifth Avenue
$16.75
$35
***
10AM-8PM
10AM-8PM
10AM-8PM
10AM-8PM
10AM-8PM
10AM-9PM
10AM-9PM
Cloisters
Manhattan
99 Margaret Corbin Dr
*$20.0
$70
****+
9:30AM-5:15PM
9:30AM-5:15PM
9:30AM-5:15PM
9:30AM-5:15PM
9:30AM-5:15PM
9:30AM-5:15PM
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Brooklyn
1000 Washington Ave
$8.0
$50
****+
10AM-4:30PM
8AM-4:30PM
8AM-4:30PM
8AM-4:30PM
8AM-4:30PM
8AM-4:30PM
8AM-4:30PM
8AM-4:30PM
8AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-12PM
Bronx Zoo
Bronx
2300 Southern Blvd
$16.0
$83
****+
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn
200 Eastern Pkwy
*$10.0
****+
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-10PM
11AM-10PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
1st of month
Frick Collection
Manhattan
1 E 70th St
$18.0
$60
*****
11AM-5PM
11AM-1PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center
Queens
22-25 Jackson Ave
*$10.0
****
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
Tenement Museum
Manhattan
108 Orchard Street
$20.0
$55
****+
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
Whitney Museum of American Art
Manhattan
945 Madison Ave
$18.0
$85
****
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
1PM-9PM
6PM-9PM
11AM-6PM
Central Park Zoo
Manhattan
830 5th Ave
$12.0
$83
****
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
New Museum of Contemporary Art
Manhattan
235 Bowery St
$12.0
$65
***
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-9PM
7PM-9PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
New York Transit Museum
Brooklyn
130 Livingston Street
$6.0
$40
****+
12PM-5PM
10AM-4PM
10AM-4PM
10AM-4PM
10AM-4PM
12PM-5PM
Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Manhattan
234 W 42nd St
$35.0
****
10AM-8PM
10AM-8PM
10AM-8PM
10AM-8PM
10AM-8PM
10AM-10PM
10AM-10PM
Ellis Island Immigration Museum
Manhattan
Ellis Island
$13.0
$45
****+
9AM-5:15PM
9AM-5:15PM
9AM-5:15PM
9AM-5:15PM
9AM-5:15PM
9AM-5:15PM
9AM-5:15PM
New York Aquarium
Brooklyn
Boardwalk & W 8th St
$13.0
$83
***
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
3PM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
New York Public Library
Manhattan
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street
$0.0
$40
****+
1PM-5PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-8PM
10AM-8PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
Rubin Museum of Art
Manhattan
150 W 17th Street
$10.0
$65
****+
11AM-6PM
11AM-5PM
11AM-7PM
11AM-5PM
11AM-10PM
6PM-10PM
11AM-6PM
New York Botanical Garden
Bronx
2900 Southern Blvd
$6.0
$75
****+
10AM-3PM
10AM-3PM
10AM-3PM
10AM-3PM
10AM-3PM
10AM-3PM
10AM-3PM
10AM-12PM
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
Manhattan
2 East   91st Street
$10.0
$75
***+
11AM-6PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-6PM
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
Manhattan
W 46th St & 12th Ave. Pier 86
$24.0
$90
****
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
Socrates Sculpture Park
Queens
32-01 Vernon Blvd
$0.0
****
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
Neue Galerie
Manhattan
1048 Fifth Ave
$15.0
$275
****
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
6PM-8PM
1st of month
11AM-6PM
Museum of the Moving Image
Queens
35th Ave and 37th Street
$10.0
$75
****+
10:30AM-7PM
10:30AM-5PM
10:30AM-5PM
10:30AM-5PM
10:30AM-8PM
4PM-8PM
10:30AM-7PM
Museum of the City of New York
Manhattan
1220 Fifth Ave
*$10.0
****
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
International Center of Photography
Manhattan
1133 Ave of the Americas
$12.0
$75
***+
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-8PM
5PM-8PM
10AM-6PM
Museum of Arts & Design
Manhattan
2 Columbus Circle
$15.0
$75
****
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-9PM
6PM-9PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
Morgan Museum and Library
Manhattan
225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street
$15.0
$75
****+
11AM-5PM
10:30AM-5PM
10:30AM-5PM
10:30AM-5PM
10:30AM-9PM
7PM-9PM
10AM-6PM
Noguchi Museum
Queens
9-01 33rd Rd
$10.0
$75
****+
11AM-6PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
1st of month
11AM-6PM
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Manhattan
234 W 42nd Street
$27.72
***+
9AM-11PM
9AM-11PM
9AM-11PM
9AM-11PM
9AM-1AM
9AM-1AM
9AM-1AM
Discovery Times Square Exposition
Manhattan
226 West 44th St
$25.0
***
1PM-6PM
1PM-6PM
1PM-6PM
1PM-6PM
1PM-6PM
1PM-6PM
Wave Hill
Bronx
675 West 252nd St
$8.0
$40
****+
9AM-4:30PM
9AM-4:30PM
9AM-12PM
9AM-4:30PM
9AM-4:30PM
9AM-4:30PM
9AM-4:30PM
9AM-12PM
Sony Wonder Technology Lab
Manhattan
550 Madison Ave
$0.0
***
12PM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
American Folk Art Museum
Manhattan
45 W 53rd Street
$12.0
$70
****
10:30AM-5:30PM
10:30AM-5:30PM
10:30AM-5:30PM
10:30AM-5:30PM
10:30AM-7:30PM
5:30PM-7:30PM
10:30AM-5:30PM
Prospect Park Zoo
Brooklyn
450 Flatbush Ave
$8.0
$83
****
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
Jewish Museum, The
Manhattan
1109 Fifth Ave
$12.0
$75
****
11AM-5:45PM
11AM-5:45PM
11AM-5:45PM
11AM-5:45PM
11AM-4PM
11AM-5:45PM
11AM-5:45PM
Museum of Chinese in America
Manhattan
215 Centre St
$7.0
$60
****
10AM-5PM
11AM-5PM
11AM-9PM
11AM-9PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
New-York Historical Society
Manhattan
170 Central Park W
$12.0
$65
****+
National Museum of the American Indian
Manhattan
1 Bowling Green
$0.0
$25
****
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
New York Hall of Science
Queens
47-01 111th Street
$11.0
$40
****+
10AM-6PM
9:30AM-2PM
10AM-11AM
9:30AM-2PM
9:30AM-2PM
9:30AM-5PM
2PM-5PM
10AM-6PM
Queens County Farm Museum
Queens
73-50 Little Neck Pkwy
$0.0
$20
****
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
The Paley Center for Media
Manhattan
25 W 52nd St
$10.0
$70
***+
12PM-6PM
12PM-8PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
Queens Museum of Art
Queens
New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
*$5.0
$20
****+
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
El Museo del Barrio
Manhattan
1230 5th Ave
*$9.0
$50
****
1PM-5PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-9PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
Brooklyn Children's Museum
Brooklyn
145 Brooklyn Avenue
$7.5
$85
****+
10AM-5PM
2PM-5PM
2nd, 4th of month
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
5PM-7:30PM
3rd of month
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
Children's Museum of Manhattan
Manhattan
212 W 83rd St
$10.0
$210
****
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
5PM-8PM
1st of month
10AM-7PM
Hayden Planetarium
Manhattan
175 Central Park W
*$16.0
****+
10AM-5:45PM
10AM-5:45PM
10AM-5:45PM
10AM-5:45PM
10AM-5:45PM
10AM-5:45PM
10AM-5:45PM
New York City Police Museum
Manhattan
100 Old Slip
$8.0
$30
***+
12PM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
Japan Society
Manhattan
333 E 47th St
$0.0
$60
****
11AM-5PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-9PM
11AM-5PM
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Manhattan
36 Battery Place
$12.0
$54
****+
10AM-5:45PM
10AM-5:45PM
10AM-5:45PM
10AM-8PM
4PM-8PM
10AM-5:45PM
10AM-3PM
Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology
Manhattan
27th St & Seventh Ave
$0.0
$425
***+
12PM-8PM
12PM-8PM
12PM-8PM
12PM-8PM
10AM-5PM
Queens Botanical Garden
Queens
4350 Main St
$0.0
$50
***+
8AM-4:30PM
8AM-4:30PM
8AM-4:30PM
8AM-4:30PM
8AM-4:30PM
8AM-4:30PM
Merchant's House Museum
Manhattan
29 E 4th St
$10.0
****
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
Queens Zoo
Queens
5351 111th St
$8.0
$83
****
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art
Manhattan
594 Broadway Suite 401
$5.0
$35
****
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
Bronx Museum of the Arts
Bronx
1040 Grand Concourse
$5.0
$50
****
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-8PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
Skyscraper Museum
Manhattan
39 Battery Place
$5.0
**
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
Studio Museum in Harlem
Manhattan
144 W 125th St
*$7.0
$50
****
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-9PM
12PM-9PM
10AM-6PM
Chelsea Art Museum
Manhattan
556 West 22nd Street
$8.0
$50
****
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-8PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
Parsons The New School for Design
Manhattan
66 Fifth Ave
$0.0
***+
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-8PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
New York City Fire Museum
Manhattan
278 Spring Street
*$7.0
$25
****+
10AM-4PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
Children's Museum of the Arts
Manhattan
182 Lafayette St.
$10.0
$250
***+
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden
Staten Island
1000 Richmond Ter
$6.0
$45
****+
10AM-4:30PM
8AM-4:30PM
8AM-4:30PM
8AM-4:30PM
8AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
Museum at Eldridge Street
Manhattan
12 Eldridge St
$10.0
****+
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-3PM
Coney Island USA
Brooklyn
1208 Surf Ave
$0.99
$35
***
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
City Reliquary
Brooklyn
370 Metropolitan Avenue
*$1.0
$50
****+
12PM-6PM
7PM-10PM
12PM-6PM
Forbes Galleries
Manhattan
60 Fifth Avenue
$0.0
***+
10AM-4PM
10AM-4PM
10AM-4PM
10AM-4PM
10AM-4PM
Staten Island Children's Museum
Staten Island
1000 Richmond Terrace
$6.0
$75
****+
10AM-5PM
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
10AM-5PM
Staten Island Zoo
Staten Island
614 Broadway
$8.0
$45
****
10AM-4:45PM
10AM-4:45PM
10AM-4:45PM
10AM-4:45PM
2PM-4:45PM
10AM-4:45PM
10AM-4:45PM
10AM-4:45PM
SculptureCenter
Queens
44-19 Purves St
*$5.0
$50
****
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
Dyckman House Museum
Manhattan
4881 Broadway
$1.0
****
12PM-4PM
11AM-4PM
11AM-4PM
11AM-4PM
11AM-4PM
Hispanic Society of America
Manhattan
613 W 155th Street
$0.0
$50
****+
1PM-4PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
10AM-4:30PM
Museum of Biblical Art
Manhattan
1865 Broadway
*$7.0
$50
****
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-8PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
Louis Armstrong House
Queens
3456 107th St
$8.0
$45
*****
12PM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
12PM-5PM
China Institute in America
Manhattan
125 E 65th St
$7.0
$55
***+
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-8PM
6PM-8PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-8PM
6PM-8PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Queens
Broad Channel
$0.0
*****
8AM-7PM
8AM-7PM
8AM-7PM
8AM-7PM
8AM-7PM
8AM-7PM
8AM-7PM
Museum of American Finance
Manhattan
48 Wall Street
$8.0
$55
****
10AM-4PM
10AM-11AM
10AM-4PM
10AM-11AM
10AM-4PM
10AM-11AM
10AM-4PM
10AM-11AM
10AM-4PM
10AM-11AM
Society of Illustrators
Manhattan
128 East 63rd Street
$0.0
$250
***+
10AM-8PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
12PM-4PM
Theater for the New City
Manhattan
155 First Avenue
$0.0
****+
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
Historic Richmond Town
Staten Island
441 Clarke Avenue
$5.0
$35
****+
1PM-5PM
1PM-5PM
1PM-5PM
1PM-5PM
1PM-5PM
Fraunces Tavern Museum
Manhattan
54 Pearl St Fl 2
$10.0
$50
*****
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art
Staten Island
338 Lighthouse Ave
$6.0
$45
*****
1PM-5PM
1PM-5PM
1PM-5PM
1PM-5PM
Asia Society
Manhattan
725 Park Ave
$10.0
$65
****+
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-9PM
6PM-9PM
11AM-6PM
South Street Seaport Museum
Manhattan
12 Fulton St
$15.0
$60
**+
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
Nicholas Roerich Museum
Manhattan
319 W 107th Street
*$5.0
*****
2PM-5PM
2PM-5PM
2PM-5PM
2PM-5PM
2PM-5PM
2PM-5PM
Drawing Center, The
Manhattan
35 Wooster St
$0.0
$35
****+
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-8PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
Center for Architecture
Manhattan
536 LaGuardia Place
$0.0
****+
9AM-8PM
9AM-8PM
9AM-8PM
9AM-8PM
9AM-8PM
11AM-5PM
Brooklyn Historical Society
Brooklyn
128 Pierrepont St
$6.0
$50
****
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
10AM-5PM
Center for Jewish History
Manhattan
15 W 16th Street
$0.0
****
11AM-5PM
9:30AM-8PM
9:30AM-5PM
9:30AM-8PM
9:30AM-5PM
9:30AM-3PM
Yeshiva University Museum
Manhattan
15 W 16th St
$8.0
****
11AM-5PM
3:30PM-8PM
3:30PM-8PM
11AM-5PM
11AM-8PM
1PM-8PM
11AM-5PM
11AM-2:30PM
11AM-2:30PM
Conference House Museum
Staten Island
70 Satterlee St
$3.0
$25
*****
1PM-5PM
1PM-5PM
1PM-5PM
White Columns
Manhattan
320 W 13th Street
$0.0
*****
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
International Print Center New York
Manhattan
508 West 26th Street, Rm. 5A
$0.0
$100
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
11AM-6PM
Fisher Landau Center
Queens
38-27 30th St
$0.0
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
12PM-5PM
Art in General
Manhattan
79 Walker Street
$0.0
$500
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
Korea Society
Manhattan
950 3rd Ave 8th Fl
$0.0
$25
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
10AM-5PM
New York Transit Gallery Annex
Manhattan
40 East 45th Street
$0.0
10AM-6PM
8AM-8PM
8AM-8PM
8AM-8PM
8AM-8PM
8AM-8PM
10AM-6PM
Williamsburg Art & Historical Center
Brooklyn
135 Broadway
$0.0
12PM-6PM
1PM-6PM
1PM-6PM
1PM-6PM
12PM-6PM
Harbor Defense Museum
Brooklyn
230 Sheridan Loop
$0.0
10AM-2PM
10AM-4PM
10AM-4PM
10AM-4PM
10AM-4PM
10AM-4PM
Sperone Westwater
Manhattan
257 Bowery
$0.0
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM
10AM-6PM