Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Free Museums in Manhattan

Not everything in New York City is pricey. In fact New York City in the summer can be downright cheap. Taking a walk in the sunshine along the paths of Central Park is free. There are free outdoor concerts and dancing during the summer. Summer is also a great time to enjoy the many museums of Manhattan. There are some museums and galleries where you can see their exhibits at no charge. That's right -- free! Below is a list of museums and galleries that don't charge any admission.

Forbes Magazine Galleries

62 Fifth Avenue (at 12th Street)
The permanent exhibit has wonderful collections of toy boats, toy soldiers, and Monopoly board games. It's fun to see the craftsmanship that went into these toys and the iconic board game. They also have other exhibits that change periodically.

Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology

Seventh Avenue at 27 Street
If you are interested in fashion then this museum is for you. Every six months the exhibit is changed to feature historical items, fads, trends in style, fabrics, and design from the permanent collection. In addition, there are special exhibits that highlight current trends in fashion not only here in the US but internationally.

National Museum of the American Indian

1 Bowling Green, George Gustave Heye Center
This museum is part of the Smithsonian Institution and therefore a national museum and funded with our tax dollars which is why there is no entrance fee. It highlights not only the arts and crafts of the various American Indian peoples but also focuses on aspects of their history. The changing exhibits feature modern trends and issues in the various American Indian communities and societies.

Goethe Institute

1014 Fifth Ave
Not only can you take German lessons (for a fee of course) but you can learn more about about the current trends in German society, whether that be arts, food, history, design, engineering and other aspects of German culture in through one of its featured exhibits.

Sony Wonder Technology Lab

Sony Plaza Public Arcade at 56th Street and Madison Avenue
Phone: 212-833-5414
This place describes itself as a techonology and entertainment experience. You and especially the kids can explore this exciting, state-of-the-art facility to learn how science is used to create the latest technology.

After exploring these places, you have enough money to treat yourself to a good lunch or dinner at a nice restaurant. You even have money left over to go shopping. Then you can go home and tell everybody about the great deals that you got in New York!

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