Take in a Jackson Pollock or one of the other masters when The Met reopens Saturday, August 29. Photo by the author
Take in a Jackson Pollock or one of the other masters when The Met reopens Saturday, August 29. Photo by the author

NYC Museums Reopen With Free Admission Deals and New Exhibits

After a nearly six-month hiatus, New York City's world-class museums are reopening to the public. So, if you've been missing your dose of local culture, anxiously awaiting your chance to mark The Met's 150th anniversary, or really want to reacquaint yourself with the newly renovated MoMA, the time has come to explore these cultural gems once again.

We've rounded up nearly two dozen museums that have reopened their doors or are preparing to do so soon. In general, museum capacity is capped at 25 percent, and most venues require reservations, so book your visit soon to take advantage of the chance to wander the halls crowd-free. Don't forget to pack your mask; you'll have to wear them no matter which of these venues you flock to first. Another word to the wise: Most institutions are closing their coat check rooms for the time being, so travel lightly! Be prepared, too, as some museums require temperature checks. But, it's not all new rules and reservations: Some of our favorite museums are offering FREE admission or other deals to lure New Yorkers back, and there are tons of new exhibitions to explore, too. You'll find all the details below.

While the museums on our list cater to all ages, many of our favorite kid-friendly haunts are taking an extra-cautious approach and have yet to reopen. Some, like the New York Hall of Science, have made it clear they aren't opening anytime soon.

One thing that's been constant in 2020 is change, so we'll do our best to add new reopening plans to this list as they're announced, and you can always find the latest museum news in our Museums, Galleries, and Exhibits Guide for NYC Kids.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art (call) 212-535-7710 (map ) 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street New York, NY

American Folk Art Museum (map ) 2 Lincoln Square New York , NY 10023

The Bronx Museum of the Arts (map ) 1040 Grand Concourse Bronx, NY 10456

Brooklyn Museum (map ) 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY

The Noguchi Museum (map ) 32-37 Vernon Boulevard Queens, NY

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (call) 212 423 3500 (map ) 1071 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10128

Museum of Modern Art (map ) 11 West 53rd Street The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building New York, NY

The Whitney Museum (call) 212) 570-3600 (map ) 99 Gansevoort Street New York, 10014

The Cloisters (call) 212-923-3700 (map ) 99 Margaret Corbin Dr. Fort Tryon Park New York, NY 10040

Rubin Museum of Art (call) 212-620-5000 (map ) 150 W. 17 St New York, NY 10011

The Noguchi Museum (map ) 32-37 Vernon Boulevard Queens, NY

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (call) 212 423 3500 (map ) 1071 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10128

The American Museum of Natural History (call) 212 769 5100 (map ) Central Park West at 79th Street New York, NY

New-York Historical Society (call) (212) 873-3400 (map ) 170 Central Park West New York, NY 10024

Museum of Ice Cream (map ) 558 Broadway New York, NY 10012

Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum (call) 646-381-5282 (map ) Pier 86 (46th and 12th Avenue) Allison & Howard Lutnick Theatre Manhattan, NY 10036

Queens Museum New York City Bldg (call) 718 592 9700 (map ) Flushing Meadows Corona Park Studio A Queens, NY 11368

Spyscape (map ) 928 8th Avenue New York, NY 10019

The Morgan Library and Museum (call) (212) 685-0008 (map ) 225 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10016

Museum of Illusions (call) 212-645-3230 (map ) 77 8th Avenue New York, NY 10014

Museum of Jewish Heritage (call) 646.437.4202 (map ) 36 Battery Place New York, NY 10280

The 9/11 Memorial Museum (call) 212-312-8800 (map ) 180 Greenwich Street New York, NY 10007

El Museo del Barrio (call) 212-831-7272 (map ) 1230 5th Avenue Bet. 104th and 105th Street New York, NY 10029

The ArtBridge Drawing Room (call) 917-720-5742 (map ) 526 West 26 Street, 502a New York, NY 10001

ARTECHOUSE NYC (map ) 439 W 15th Street New York, NY 10011

The New Museum (call) 212.219.1222 (map ) 235 Bowery New York, NY 10002

Staten Island Museum (call) 718-727-1135 (map ) 000 Richmond Terrace Staten Island, NY 10301
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