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Art (and More) at Starving-Artist Prices
Residents of Washington, D.C. are lucky enough to enjoy the entire Smithsonian for free. But New Yorkers can enjoy their own museum treasures on the cheap, now that most major institutions have pay-what-you-wish nights. And many smaller museums are suggested donation — or free altogether — all the time.


pay-what-you-wish nights
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

• Tuesdays, 5pm-9pm. 2 E. 91st St., at Fifth Ave.;

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

• Tuesdays, all day; Saturdays, 10am-noon. 1000 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, 718-623-7200;

Bronx Museum of the Arts

• Wednesdays, all day. 1040 Grand Concourse, the Bronx, 718-681-6000.

New Museum of Contemporary Art

• Thursdays, 6pm-8pm. 583 Broadway, 212-219-1222;

Jewish Museum

• Thursdays, 5pm-8pm. 1109 Fifth Ave., 212-423-3200;

American Craft Museum

• Thursdays, 6pm-8pm. 40 W. 53rd St., 212-956-3535;

Museum of Modern Art

• Fridays, 4pm-7:45pm. 33rd St. at Queens Blvd., Long Island City, 212-708-9400;

Whitney Museum of American Art

• Fridays, 6pm-9pm. 945 Madison Ave., at 75th St.;

Brooklyn Museum of Art
• First Saturday of every month, 5pm-11pm. 200 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn, 718-638-5000;

suggested donation
American Museum of Natural History

• Central Park West at 79th St., 212-769-5100;
The Brooklyn Children's Museum

• 145 Brooklyn Ave., at St. Mark's Ave., Brooklyn, 718-735-4400;
Brooklyn Museum of Art

• 200 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn, 718-638-5000;
The Cloisters

• Fort Tryon Park, 212-923-3700;
Dia Center for the Arts

• 548 and 545 W 22nd St., 212-989-5566;
Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum

• 32-37 Vernon Blvd., at 33rd Rd., Long Island City, 718-721-1932;
Metropolitan Museum of Art

• 1000 Fifth Ave., at 89th St.;
El Museo del Barrio

• 1230 Fifth Ave., at 104th St., 212-831-7272;
Museum of the City of New York

• 1220 Fifth Ave., at 103rd St., 212-534-1672;
New York City Fire Museum

• 278 Spring St., 212-691-1303;
New-York Historical Society

• 2 W. 77th St., 212-873-3400;
Morgan Library

• 29 E. 36th St., 212-685-0610;
Queens Museum of Art

• New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 718-592-9700;

always free
American Numismatic Society

• Broadway at 155th Street, 212-234-3130;
Artists' Space

• 38 Greene St., 3rd Floor, 212-226-3970;
Carnegie Hall/Rose Museum

• 154 W. 57th St., 212-903-9629;
Dahesh Museum

• 601 Fifth Ave., at 48th St., 212-759-0606;
The Drawing Center

• 35 Wooster St., 212-219-2166;
Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology

• Seventh Ave. between 27th and 28th Sts., 212-217-5800.
Goethe House German Cultural Center

• 1014 Fifth Ave., at 82nd Street, 212-439-8700;
Guggenheim Museum SoHo

• 575 Broadway, at Prince St., 212-423-3500;
The Hispanic Society of America

• 613 W. 155th St., 212-926-2234;
The Municipal Art Society

• At the Urban Center, 457 Madison Ave., at 51st St., 212-935-3960;
National Museum of the American Indian

• 1 Bowling Green, 212- 668-NMAI;
New York City Police Museum

• 100 Old Slip, between South and Water Sts., 212-480-3100;
Snug Harbor Cultural Center

• 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, 718-448-2500;
Whitney Museum at Philip Morris

• 120 Park Ave., at 42nd St., 917-663-2453;

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