There are a number of free museums in New York City, but where can you see the best artwork. If you only have a few days, what are the best art exhibitions or museums to see? It may be hard to choose if there are so many and you have so little time to choose. Here are a few of the best exhibits that will make you glad you made the effort to see them and went see one of New York’s original “Mad Men.”

A Mad Man – On Fifth Avenue is the Museum of the City of New York. This is a must-stop if you are looking for worthy galleries and museums to see. Considered one of the original “ad men” McCauley “Mac” Conner is considered one of New York’s original “Mad Men” after he admired Norman Rockwell magazine covers in his father’s store and began drawing for Navy publications. His work grew into a career in the city’s publishing industry. Conner soon was producing hand-painted illustrations for ad campaigns and drawing for women’s magazines after World War II. If you do not have much time to spend in the City, see this exhibit first. It will be viewable until around January 1.

India-Inspired – Look no further than the Rubin Museum of Art to be inspired by Indian influence. Francesco Clemente made his first trip to India in the 1970s and has since produced some twenty some paintings and sculptures making use of all the techniques and traditions that he has learned from various parts of India. These beautiful, bright paintings can be thought provoking. This exhibit will run until February 2. The exhibit is free with museum admission.

Scandinavian Fun – It is called Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America. Nevertheless, do not let the name fool you. This gallery of Scandinavian art is free and allows you to see some classic and cutting-edge movies, attend live concerts, and attend cultural lectures and sign up to take a language course in Danish, Swedish, or Norwegian. There is also an area you can check out textiles, view jewelry, and admire lovely tableware. The hour this house is open is from Tuesdays to Saturdays from noon to six p.m.

Leslie – Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art – With much in the news about gay and lesbian rights, this museum can offer visitors a fresh perspective into the artwork and even give visitors some information about the artists themselves. This museum is a place where visitors can come to be inspired, entertained, challenged and leave informed. An adult must accompany children under 18. However, the museum is accessible to the handicapped and there are bookstores inside. It is free to the public.

Museum of Biblical Art – This museum on Broadway strives to have scholarly exhibits and educational programs that will interpret biblically inspired art and allow a dialogue about the where religious art belongs in our society. One of the exhibits currently is a Bible for Our Nation, which teaches visitors about the American Bible Society in the early 1820s and 1830s. The artwork is inspired by the Bible and shows a connection between Christian and Jewish traditions. It is very kid-friendly and is a good place to visit if you want to teach your children about Biblical Art. Admission is free and hours are Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The museum is also handicapped accessible.