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American Folk Art Museum
2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street)
New York, New York
Upper West Side

Tuesday–Thursday & Saturday 11:30 am – 7 pm
Friday 12 pm – 7:30 pm
Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm

The cozy, always free American Folk Art Museum features rotating family-friendly exhibits featuring Americana art that often includes engaging colors, patterns and animals.

$: Always free

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:


Eugen Gabritschevsky: Theater of the Imperceptible (through Aug 20)

This first in-depth exhibition of Eugen Gabritschevsky’s relatively unknown artistic contribution is composed of more than eighty artworks, a film, publications, and archival documents. A scientist before he was admitted into a psychiatric hospital, Gabritschevsky produced gouaches, drawings, and watercolors on paper imbued with his early scientific interests, observation skills, and a propensity for experimentation.


Carlo Zinelli (1916–1974) (through Aug 20)

See four distinct phases in the oeuvre of canonical art brut figure Carlo Zinelli through a selection of fifty-five paintings (many displayed double-sided), audio recordings of Zinelli, a film, and images by Life magazine photographer John Phillips. Bright, colorful multiples of crazy characters make this small exhibit interesting for all. And the museum’s gift shop is a gem.

Family Programs: The first Saturday of every month, Families and Folk Art introduces children ages 4 to 12 to folk art through interactive and discussion-based tours in the galleries followed by hands-on artmaking activities inspired by objects in the museum. Polite listeners of all ages can enjoy free jazz guitar on Wednesdays 2 - 3 pm and diverse folk musicians Fridays 5:30 - 7:30.

Strollers/Diapers: The entire gallery is easily stroller-accessible. Changing tables (and great pastry and coffee) are available at Le Pain Quotidian around the corner on 65th Street.

Other Tips: The gift shop is a great resource for charming toys and children's books.

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