Keep Yourself Distracted on Inauguration Day by Visiting These NYC Museums Offering Free Admission

Tomorrow is Inauguration Day and many of us here in New York City will be attempting to avoid reality at all costs. One good way to keep yourself distracted is to visit some of these local museums, each offering free of pay-what-you-want admission for the day.

Museum of Chinese in America
Museum of Chinese in America

Museum of Chinese in America

The Museum of Chinese in America will also offer free admission on Friday, an excellent opportunity to check out its myriad galleries devoted to the Chinese American experience.



The New Museum
The New Museum
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New Museum

The Lower East Side art museum will be pay-what-you-wish for entry on Friday, “In recognition of art's power to transform communities and to foster tolerance and empathy”



Whitney Museum of American Art - New York City NY | Whitney Museum of American Art New York City NY
Whitney Museum of American Art - New York City NY | Whitney Museum of American Art New York City NY
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Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney is operating on a pay-what-you-wish admission scale (as opposed to its usual $22 fee) as a way to “affirm our commitment to open dialogue, civic engagement, and the diversity of American art and culture.”



Museum of Arts and Design
Museum of Arts and Design
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Museum of Arts & Design (MAD)

MAD hopes that by offering pay-what-you-wish admission on Friday, more visitors will come to see the museum's "unprecedented" number of exhibits that spotlight the work of female artists.



New York Historical Society Museum & Library
New York Historical Society Museum & Library

New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

NYC's oldest museum is hosting a series of exhibits and public programs that examines what, exactly, the presidency means these days. […] On Fridays, admission is free from 6 to 8 p.m.



Rubin Museum of Art
Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art

On Inauguration Day, the Rubin’s weekly K2 Friday Night event is dedicated, appropriately, to the theme of “Face Your Fears.”



Queens Museum
Queens Museum
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Queens Museum

The museum will host a workshop from noon to 2 p.m., where people can receive advice and guidance on making their own signs, buttons, and other ephemera to use in marches.



Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Museum
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Brooklyn Museum

Brooklyn Museum will host a daylong reading of Langston Hughes's 1935 poem "Let America Be America Again," a bracing and, as the museum notes, prescient—yet still hopeful—examination of the American dream. Readings will happen every 30 minutes throughout the day.



via Curbed

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