Free days and deals at Brooklyn’s cultural biggies

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Brooklyn Museum. Photo by Howard Brier

In Brooklyn, even the museums have insider secrets: like when you can go and not pay. Unbeknownst to many a culture hound, the Brooklyn Museum, Children’s Museum, Botanic Garden and the New York Aquarium all have special times during the week or month when you can wander in without reaching into your pocket. Without further ado…

Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, 718-638-5000,
Normal admission:
$10 suggested admission for adults and $6 for seniors and students. Free for children under 12. (Note that even everyday admission is “suggested.” We’ll leave it at that.)
The museum offers a same-day twofer “Brooklyn Art & Garden” ticket with the Botanic Garden for slightly less than what you’d pay for two admission tickets. $16 for adults, ($9 for seniors and students). On Target First Saturdays—the first Saturday of every month—museum admission is free, from 5 to 11.

Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Ave. (at St. Marks Ave.), 718-735-4400,
Normal admission: $7.50 for adults, free for children under one.
Deals: Free before 11 a.m. on the second weekend of each month (Saturday and Sunday), and between 2 and 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through June 30.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Ave., 718-623-7200,
Normal admission: $8 for adults; $4 for seniors (65 and older) and students (12 and older)
Deals: Free all day on Tuesdays, amd from 10 a.m. to noon every Saturday. Free every weekday from (Nov. 20-Feb. 27).

New York Aquarium, Surf Ave. and West 8th Street, 718-265-FISH,
Normal admission: $13 for adults; $10 for seniors (65 and older); $9 for children (3-12), free for kids under 3.
Deals: Pay what you wish on Fridays after 3 p.m.

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  1. Anyone who visits a culture institute or a free art exhibit and does not leave some kinda donation to the cause should be beaten.

  2. Ian, most people who can pay, do. Those who can’t, still benefit a museum by their presence. Their attendance is counted when museums report those figures to potential funders. Lighten up!

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