Kid On The Town
Events, Deals & Tips For City Kids
New-York Historical Society
70 Central Park West at 77th Street
New York, New York
Upper West Side

Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday 10am-6pm
Friday 10am-8pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

This fascinating museum features an entire floor to interactive exhibits especially for kids (though accompanying grown-ups will probably learn something too). Weekly and special occasion family learning programs range from weekly storytimes to historical chocolate tastings, with frequent visits from living historians portraying Americans of the past.

$: $20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link

Annual Memberships: $75+.

Free Hours: Fridays 6-8 pm

Favorite Spots: Ride an orphan train or play a newsies video game in the awesome DiMenna Children's History Museum. Hands-on exhibits tell the life stories of diverse youngsters who lived in New York City from the late seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. Immersive video projection, moving scenic elements, theatrical lighting and surround sound explore the history of New York during the eighteen-minute New York Story shown throughout the day.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:


Thomas Jefferson: The Private Man, from the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society (through Jul 16)

Get a glimpse of Thomas Jefferson’s life outside the public sphere through the iconic documents he created. Among the 36 documents and artifacts from the collection of the Massachusetts Historical Society on display in the exhibition are Jefferson’s garden book, his last letter to John Adams, manuscript leafs from his Notes on the State of Virginia, early drawings of Monticello, and a copy of the Declaration of Independence in Jefferson’s hand.


Saving Washington (through Jul 30)

Learn about First Lady Dolley Madison, the most influential woman in America during the nation’s formative years in immersive installations featuring more than 150 objects such as artworks, books, documents, clothing, jewelry, and housewares. Join one of her famed ‘Wednesday Squeezes’ with table-top digital games and life-sized cut-outs in period costumes.

Storytimes: Hear tales of New York City past and present in a cozy library with a great selection of history-themed books, maps, and 'History Hunt' drawers. Sundays 11:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Family Programs: Tuesdays & Thursdays at 3:30pm, 3 - 5 year olds can hear NY-themed stories, do related craft projects and play with historic toys in Little New-Yorkers. There are always different interesting events related to holidays and current exhibits; check the family programs calendar to see what's coming up.

Strollers/Diapers: Strollers can enter on 77th Street and can get pretty much everywhere in the museum (though they have to be left outside some exhibits). Diaper changing tables are found on every floor.

Eat & Treats: Feast on antipasti, artisanal pastas and paninis ar Caffe Storico, the museum's classy but kid-friendly eatery. Get burgers and shakes at Shake Shack down the block (Columbus @ 77th Street).

Other Tips: Pick up 'Scavenger Hunt' guides on different themes from one of the friendly staff members. Find unique gifts and educational toys in the museum gift shop.

More info on New-York Historical Society

Loading Map....

Upcoming Events

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Share

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *