If you haven’t heard yet, Queens is full of great museums. From art to science and almost everything in between, a visit to one, or all, with your family is a guaranteed fun day out. But if you’re not quite sure which one will bring that ever elusive smile to your tweenagers face, or which will capture your toddler’s attention, there are some museums that offer free admission days and hours. Here are a few to check out.
New York Hall of Science
A Queens Mamas favorite, the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Park opens its doors for free on Fridays from 2pm-5pm and on Sundays from 10am-11am. Free general admission is available during these hours year round, with the exception of July and August. With over 450 hands-on exhibits, there’s bound to be something your tween will think is cool.
Socrates Sculpture Park
This fun and innovative park in Long Island City is the perfect place to stimulate and encourage creative minds, young and old alike. The best part: the park is free all of the time. That includes most of the special events held there too. You can even bring some markers or crayons and some paper with you in case your kids feel inspired to create their own masterpieces.
Museum of the Moving Image
Their huge renovation having finally finished, the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria is definitely a must see. They offer free admission on Fridays from 4pm-8pm. Be sure to check out their hands-on exhibition “Behind the Screen” during your visit to make your own flipbook, which you can take home as a souvenir.
Queens County Farm Museum
This historic farm offers free admission on non-special event days year round. You can walk around the expansive grounds on your own, or you can take one of their free guided tours of the farmhouse on Saturdays and Sundays.
Queens Museum of Art
Re-Opening Fall 2013 – Admission to this great museum, which is home to the NYC Panorama and Second Sundays for Families Workshops, is pay what you wish. The next family workshop on March 13th will explore the world of Tiffany glass, including what types of glass were made at the Tiffany Furnaces in Corona, Queens.
The Noguchi Museum
Located in Long Island City, the Noguchi Museum is a great place for creative minds, showcasing the life’s work of artist Isamu Noguchi. The museum was designed by the artist himself, and each piece of art was handpicked by Noguchi as well. Visiting the museum couldn’t be easier. NYC public school students can get in free with a valid ID, as well as children under 12, year round. The first Friday of every month is pay what you wish admission. You can also visit www.noguchi.org/visitor-info/hours to download an unlimited 2 for 1 Museum Discovery Pass, where purchasing admission to the Noguchi Museum will get you into eight other museums in NYC.
Flushing Town Hall
While not technically a museum, Flushing Town Hall is a landmark building that is 144 years old, and has a gallery and concert theatre. A visit to the town hall will have you immersed in visual and performing arts, with some events offering free admission.
Family time exploring Queens museums could not get any easier, or cheaper, than with the free admission days and hours offered by the museums listed here. For upcoming museum events, and for other events all over Queens, visit our Events section.