NYSCI is waiving the admission fee through Sept. 9 to promote a new exhibit about Arthur Ashe, who was the winner at the inaugural Open and also won three Grand Slam singles titles.
The Hall of Science's president, Margaret Honey, called Ashe, who died of AIDS in 1993, a "transcendent figure" and said the exhibit explores more than just his legendary tennis career.
"This exhibition reveals an inspirational life story that is compelling on many levels," she said, noting that it tuns on the 45th anniversary of Ashe's 1968 victory at the Open.
The interactive exhibit, which features a timeline, photos and videos, is presented in collaboration with the Arthur Ashe Learning Center.
Fans can also answer tennis trivia questions and take a photo with Ashe in an interactive kiosk.
The free admission also includes entry to the other exhibits at NYSCI, like the new look at Nikola Tesla, in collaboration with his museum in Belgrade, Serbia.
The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) is open weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. The center's parking lot, though, will be used by the Open, and visitors are advised to park in nearby streets or take public transportation.