Free Brooklyn Museums and Museum Days

Botanical specimen in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, New York, USA.
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Brooklyn museums are some of the best in the city, and luckily, many of them are free or offer free admission on specified days. Here you'll find a guide to the best museum deals in the borough.

Brooklyn Museums That Are Always Free

  • The Old Stone House: The address is 336 3rd Street. This historic house in Park Slope has a significant role in Brooklyn's history during the American Revolutionary War. Stop by and see their interactive exhibit about the battle. The Old Stone House was also the original clubhouse for the Brooklyn Dodgers. The museum is open Friday 3-6 pm, Saturday & Sunday 11 am to 4 pm and by appointment.
  • Lefferts Historic House: You don't need a key to enter this historic 18th-century house in Prospect Park. Stop by the Lefferts House on Thursday through Sunday and holidays, 12–5 pm, you can tour this home. Peruse the period rooms, stroll through the working garden and other exhibits. Enjoy an interactive historic experience by partaking in activities including churning butter, candle making, etc. Kids will love going back in time at this historic 18th-century house. Activities include interactive pre-Colonial exhibits and ongoing educational programs. There is a three dollar suggested donation. It is located on Flatbush Avenue at Ocean Avenue in Prospect Park.
  • BLDG 92: Learn about the Industrial Revolution at BLDG 92 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The museum is free and open Wednesday through Sunday from  12 pm to 6 pm. The address is 63 Flushing Avenue.
  • The Harbor Defense Museum: Learn about Brooklyn's military history at this small museum housed on an army base. at Fort Hamilton is worth the trek through security. The knowledgeable guides will lead you through the exhibits, at this museum with a mission "to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret historically significant material related to the history of Fort Hamilton and New York City's harbor defenses." There is also a Cannon Walk "designed to provide a historical perspective of the ordnance used during the coastal defense era." Kids will enjoy a visit to this museum, especially seeing the cannons and other weaponry used to defend our coast. The address is US Army Garrison Fort Hamilton, 101st St. & Fort Hamilton Pkwy., Brooklyn, NY 11252.

    Brooklyn Museums That Are Free on Tuesdays

    • Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Whether you're looking for roses in bloom or the most varied cherry tree collection outside of Japan, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden can provide hours of outdoor entertainment. Note: Admission to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is free on all weekdays from mid-November through February.

      Brooklyn Museums That Are Free on Wednesdays

      • New York Transit Museum: Located in a 1936 subway station in Brooklyn Heights, the New York Transit Museum explores the history and development of public transportation. The museum is free for Seniors on Wednesdays.

      Brooklyn Museums That Are Free on Fridays

      • Brooklyn Botanic Garden: The Brooklyn Botanic Garden is free for Seniors on Fridays. Note: Admission to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is free on all weekdays from mid-November through February.

      Brooklyn Museums That Are Free on Saturdays

      • Brooklyn Botanic Garden: The Brooklyn Botanic Garden offers free admission from 10 am to 12 pm on Saturdays.
      • Brooklyn Children's Museum: The Brooklyn Children's Museum boasts a rooftop terrace, hands-on exhibits, and 27,000 must-see objects in its permanent collection. The museum offers free "early bird" admission before 11 am on the second weekend of every month.
        145 Brooklyn Avenue, (718) 735-4400
      • Brooklyn Museum: On the first Saturday of every month, the Brooklyn Museum boasts a free night of culture from 5 pm to 11 pm, with live music, dance, movie screenings, arts & crafts, guided tours, and more.

      Brooklyn Museums That Are Free on Sundays

      • Brooklyn Children's Museum: The Brooklyn Children's Museum offers free "early bird" admission before 11 am on the second weekend of every month.
        145 Brooklyn Avenue, (718) 735-4400

        Edited by Alison Lowenstein