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    Free (and Almost-Free) in NYC
    Look hard enough in New York City, and you could easily fill your calendar with free events, museum visits or family outings. Lucky for you, you don't have to scour the web to put together an inexpensive NYC itinerary. We've gathered the best of Free (and Almost-Free) in NYC for you right here. These museums are either always free or free on specific days of the week or offer low-cost pay-what-you-wish hours—as noted in the pins' descriptions.
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    The Bronx Documentary Center, founded by former Magnum Photos New York cultural director Danielle Jackson and onetime New York Times war photographer Michael Kamber, exhibits photographs and shows documentary films—including rooftop screenings during the summer. Admission is free.

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    The Studio Museum in Harlem in Harlem is an art museum dedicated to black artists, both local and worldwide, and to artwork revolving around black culture. The collection and exhibitions, consisting mostly of 19th- and 20th-century works, are vibrant, spirited and inspiring. The museum is also the home of an archive of works by James Van Der Zee, the legendary Harlem Renaissance photographer. (Free Sundays)

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    El Museo del Barrio specializes in Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latin American art, the only museum in NYC with these Latino cultures at its core. El Museo hosts a series of cultural festivities, youth and educational programming and literary discussions. El Museo recently underwent an award-winning redesign, framing the museum with a sparkling glass facade and a spacious new courtyard. (Free every third Saturday of the month for Super Sabado)

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    If you’re looking for diversity, the BROOKLYN MUSEUM is the place to go. It houses a huge permanent collection categorized by culture, as well as visiting exhibitions from a wide variety of geographic locations and time periods. It’s situated next to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and visitors can purchase discounted passes that allow them to tour both in the same day. (First Saturday of the month [except Sept.], free 5–11pm)

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    The Noguchi Museum is a celebration of the life of the artist Isamu Noguchi and the tremendous works he left behind. Noguchi’s beautiful and intriguing sculptures are made from a variety of materials, showing a great range of styles and skills. The museum provides a free guided tour at 2pm every day it is open. (First Friday of the month is Pay-What-You-Wish, 10am–5pm)

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    Watch history come alive at Douglas Girton Richmond Town, a living history village that lets you experience colonial life firsthand. Walk through real restored homes and other buildings including a general store and a courthouse. The village also includes a museum with exhibits that portray many aspects of American life from the 1700s through today. (Free Fridays, 1–5pm)

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    THE NEW YORK HALL OF SCIENCE is NYC's only hands-on science and technology center. Discover more than 450 exhibits, workshops and special events, including Rocket Park Mini Golf, the award-winning 60,000-square-foot Science Playground and state-of-the-art 3-D Theater. NYSCI is easily accessible, just blocks from the 7 train with on-site parking also available. (Free Sept.–June on Fridays, 2–5pm, and Sundays, 10–11am)

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    THE MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE is the only institution in the US dedicated to the art, technology and social impact of film, television and digital media. It houses the nation's largest collection of moving image artifacts, screens hundreds of films annually and offers education programs. (Free Fridays, 4–8pm)

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    THE NEW YORK AQUARIUM remains a must-see destination on Coney Island's celebrated Boardwalk. Try to resist the playful charm of its seals, sea lions and walruses. Dare to get close to the shark tank. And see if you can catch the changing colors of Squirt, the mischievous Giant Pacific octopus. The aquarium is open on a partial basis while renovations continue through 2016. (Pay-What-You-Wish Fridays: summer, 4–6pm; fall–spring, 3–4:30pm)

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    The Frick Collection is a beautiful mansion-turned-art museum, is the home of many traditional paintings, including works by a number of famous artists like Monet and Renoir. The Frick also hosts a concert series featuring new European musicians, which you can listen to for free from the beautiful garden courtyard (or purchase tickets if you’d prefer to see as well as hear the music). Note: children under 10 are not admitted. (Pay-What-You-Wish Sundays, 11am to 1pm)

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