New York Historical SocietyFree: Fridays 6pm – 8pm

The New York Historical Society is an American history museum and library founded in 1804 as New York’s first museum, predating Metropolitan Museum of Art by nearly 70 years. It holds an extensive collection of historical artifacts, works of American art, and other materials documenting the history of the United States and New York. On Fridays at 6pm – 8pm, the entrance fee is pay-as-you-wish.

Address: 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way (77th St.)  New York 10024
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 10am –  6pm; Sat 10am – 8pm; Sun 11am – 5pm; Closed Mondays
Direction: Subway B/C to 81st St. – Museum of Natural History Station
Phone: +1 212 873 3400