Museum Guide

Many of NYC’s extraordinary museums are exceptionally kid-friendly with engaging exhibits, friendly staff and amazing kids programs and spaces. Click on a museum’s name for details on storytimes, stroller entrances and more helpful tips.

* Take advantage of pay-what-you-wish hours and free admission to many family programs. Or become members – the tax-deductible annual fee, much less than a semester of music or gym classes, is usually recouped in a few visits and includes perks like museum-store discounts, members-only viewing hours, skipping lines, and making short frequent visits.

* If your wee one has trouble not touching the art (looking at you toddlers), the American Museum of Natural History, Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM), CChildren’s Museum of the Arts (CMA), Jewish Museum, MoMA, MoMath and National Museum of the American Indian all have awesome hands-on opportunities.

* Not sure where to start? See our favorite current family friendly exhibits and kids programs calendar. Or warm-up with free public art & library exhibits.

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American Folk Art Museum

2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street) (Upper West Side)
Tuesday–Thursday & Saturday 11:30 am – 7 pm
Friday 12 pm – 7:30 pm
Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm
Always free

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

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.

American Museum of Natural History

West 81st Street & Central Park West (Upper West Side)
Daily 10 am - 5:45 pm
suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under

NYC kids are the envy of world-wide lovers of dinosaurs, sea creatures, outer space and Ben Stiller for their access to the giant (45 fascinating halls) American Museum of Natural History. The museum’s extensive collection is matched by an array of programs for budding explorers.

Favorite Spots: On the first floor, a 94-foot-long blue whale hangs over an assortment of sea creatures in the Hall of Ocean Life. Learn about moon rocks and meteorites in the stunning Rose Center for Earth and Space. Zebras, giraffes and other jungle animals surround a family of elephants in the Hall of African Mammals on the second floor. The beloved dinosaur bones fill most of the fourth floor.

Family Programs: Explore artifacts and specimens, hang-out inside a giant tree, put together puzzles and conduct scientific experiments in The Discovery Room (open Monday though Thursday 1:30 - 5:10 pm and Saturday, Sunday and holidays 10:30 am - 1:30 pm & 2:15 - 5:10 pm). Free timed tickets are available at the Discovery Room entrance. 6 - 13 year-olds can participate in the popular Night At the Museum sleepovers ($129, talking Teddy Roosevelt not included).

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Our Senses: An Immersive Experience (through Jan 6)
In a highly experiential exhibition, explore 11 funhouse-like spaces that dare you to trust your senses, then show you how what we perceive is not simply a window into the world around us but a product of our brains. Plus, discover why we have senses and what’s unique about human perception during an interactive session hosted by a live presenter.

Austrian Cultural Forum

11 East 52nd Street (Midtown East)

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

The Projective Drawing (through May 13)
Surprising drawings challenge the understanding of how the medium of drawing operates in contemporary culture by highlighting both Austrian and international artists whose drawings require viewers to activate a matrix of complex and nontraditional ideas in order to interpret the works on view.

Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)

212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam (Upper West Side)
Sunday–Friday 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday 10 am – 7 pm
$11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger

The enchanting Children’s Museum of Manhattan has interactive, educational exhibits and lots of kids programming and performances.

Family Programs: Check out the packed calendar of daily workshops in design, math, science and more. Workshops are divided into ages 4 & under and 5 & over; the latter require same-day registration one hour before at the yellow Visitor Information Desk in the first floor lobby, where you can also pick up tickets to weekend performances by Broadway artists, professional dance troupes and recording artists one hour before each show.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Hello from Japan! (through Jun 30)
Experience Tokyo’s vibrant culture in a playful, highly immersive environment. In Kawaii Central, a streetscape inspired by Tokyo’s bustling Harajuku district, sing karaoke, smile for a photo booth camera, serve up a seasonal Japanese meal, and design adorable family mascots. In the beautiful, natural Shinto shrine park build a bridge, crawl through a forest, encounter kami spirits, and make a wish at a wishing tree.

Let’s Dance! (through Dec 31)
Bounce, glide or leap in an exciting exhibition/dance space designed to introduce children and families to the delights of dance. Celebrate the beauty, spirit, and diversity of the form while learning about the important role dance can play in a child’s world. Discover dance from a variety of entry points: as an art form, as an expression of diverse cultures and traditions, and as a healthy physical activity. Interact with the immersive video projection dome dance portal to watch, learn and dance along with professional, community, and student dance companies from New York and abroad. Create multi-color shadow dances on the “stage” while exploring lighting design with a child-friendly lighting box. Choreograph a series of dance patterns while learning the language of dance and using movable signs, engaging props and fun costumes. Experiment with authentic percussion instruments, drumming unique beats and rhythms. Lots of related workshops and performances, including daily dance and movement programs at 10:30 am, 11:30 am & 2 pm.

Children's Museum of the Arts (CMA)

102 Charlton Street (West Village/East Village)
Monday & Wednesday 12-5 pm
Thursday & Friday 12-6 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10 am-5 pm
Closed Tuesday
$5.50 at this link, free/ages under 1 & 65+

This delightful, inviting space features self guided art exploration for ages 10 months-15 years. Experiment with sculpture, paints, textiles, sound design, animation, and clay in daily open workshops led by teaching artists and explore rotating exhibitions by established and emerging contemporary artist.

Family Programs: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10:45 am-12 pm, kids up to 5 years old can join WEE Arts Drop-in Session for art making at different stations and music time. $25/family

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Ellen Harvey: Ornaments and Other Refrigerator Magnets (through Apr 28)
See a selection of British Brooklynite Ellen Harvey’s new and recent works. Ornamentation, the action of decorating, acts as a starting point for a wide-ranging exploration of the uses, abuses and relevance of the human desire to ornament. Through her exploration of the human inclination to decorate, embellish, and adorn our surroundings, Harvey has created an immersive installation featuring large-scale works that apply ornamentation to scenes from both city life and nature.

Bridge Project: Ian Berry | The Secret Garden (through Apr 29)
British artist Ian Berry uses denim, his trademark material to create a site-specific installation: an indigo covered garden. Walk up a stoned pathway through the trellis among gorgeous layer of flowers, plants, stepping stones, and toys all made out of denim.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

2 East 91st Street (Upper East Side)
Daily 10 am - 6 pm
Open Saturday until 9 pm
$16, $14 online, $10/seniors, free/ages 17 & under
Free admission for 1 grown-up after storytimes

This newly renovated collection of historic and contemporary design is a high-tech, interactive dream for all ages. Explore innovative design – including blocks, cars and other kid favorites – through the centuries, play designer on high resolution touchscreen tables, pretend to talk on old-fashioned princess phones, and “collect” favorite objects that can be accessed online later with very cool electronic ‘Pens.’

Favorite Spots: Draw your own wallpaper designs then see them projected lifesize in the Immersion Room

Family Programs: Create under the guidance of art and design professionals in weekend Design Kids workshops for ages 5-12.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Hear, See, Play: Designing With Sound (through Jul 29)
In this hands-on exhibition, become a sound designer for Trash Bot, a street-cleaning machine. Also see cool record covers and concert posters and play with different sounds.

El Museo Del Barrio

1230 Fifth Avenue (Upper East Side)
Tuesday–Saturday 11 am – 6 pm
Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm
$9, $5/students & seniors, free/ages 11 & under

This lively museum focuses on the art and culture of Puerto Ricans and all Latin Americans in the United States.

Family Programs: Super Sabados on the third Saturday of every month feature free art-making workshops, storytelling, concerts, and more. The first Wednesday of every month, 1-4 year olds can participate in Coqui Club storytime and art-making.

Guggenheim

1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street (Upper East Side)
Daily 10 am – 5:45 pm
Closed Thursday
Open until 7:45 pm Saturday
$22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 12

The striking Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda is reason enough to visit this landmark museum, and exciting, well-designed exhibits and kids’ programs make this a family-friendly setting for contemporary and modern art.

Family Programs: Sundays 1-4 pm, explore exhibition highlights through creative interactive projects in the galleries and head to the Studio Art Lab in the basement to make art inspired by themes and materials seen in the museum.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Josef Albers in Mexico (through Mar 28)
See colorful series of geometric paintings inspired by pre-Columbian structures encountered by Josef and Anni Albers during trips to Mexico. Have fun figuring out the differences and similarities between the paintings which remind some kids of Minecraft.

Metropolitan Museum Of Art

1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street (Upper East Side)
Sunday–Thursday 10 am – 5:30 pm
Friday & Saturday 10 am – 9 pm
Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under

NYC’s largest museum is also one of the most welcoming to young visitors. Explore a vast collection that spans millennia and continents. You might get lost searching for iconic favorites in the grand halls and you’ll definitely discover fascinating art that appeals all ages. Check out the awesome family guides & maps.

Favorite Spots: Where do we start? Walk like an Egyptian inside the Temple of Dendur and say hello to nearby crocodile and feline statues. Admire enchanting sculptures, fountains and Central Park in the American Wing Courtyard. Compare the chain mail of European knights on horseback with elaborate Japanese samurai gear in Arms and Armor. Be amused and frightened by the oversized carvings of realistic and fantastical creatures in Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas. The Van Goghs, Monets and Degas in 19th- And Early 20th-Century European Paintings And Sculptures are a must for all ages. Wander around and be surprised and delighted as your kid finds his or her own favorites.

Family Programs: We are huge fans of the free Start with Art at the Met & Art Trek programs for ages 3 to 11, hour-long guided walks and art activities.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

David Hockney (through Feb 25)
Feel the sunshine in British painter David Hockney’s colorful paintings of pools and jewel-toned landscapes. Include painting, drawing, photography, and video, early experiments with modernist abstraction and mid-career experiments with illusion and realism.

MoMA PS1

22-25 Jackson Avenue (Queens)
Wednesday–Monday 12 pm–6 pm
Suggested $10, $5/seniors & students, free/ages 16 & under

MoMA PS1, one oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the United States, is an exhibition space rather than a collecting institution. MoMA PS1 devotes its energy and resources to displaying the most experimental art in the world.

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)

2 Columbus Circle (Midtown West)
Tuesday-Sunday 10 am - 6 pm
Open Thursday & Friday until 9 pm
$15, Free/18 and under

Explore contemporary and historic innovation in craft, art, and design in a lovely setting overlooking Central Park.

Family Programs: The first Sunday afternoon of each month drop into Studio Sunday to create art inspired by current exhibits (and a stunning Central Park/Columbus Circle view). Projects that can be adapted to any age are led by patient educators.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound (through Feb 25)
This multi-component exhibition features interactive installations, immersive environments, and performing objects that explore how the ephemeral and abstract nature of sound is made material. Comprised of linked solo and curated projects, the exhibition features contemporary artists, designers, and performers who respond to sound’s potential as a material that influences how people experience space, their environment, and time, drawing out the ability of the auditory to provide a fresh perspective on how surroundings, and the body, are perceived and engaged.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

4 West 53rd Street (Midtown West)
Saturday-Wednesday 10:30 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday & Friday 10:30 am – 8 pm
$25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under

Always exciting and decidedly kid-friendly, MoMA has spacious galleries and elevators, engaging interactive exhibits, occasional performance art and awesome kids programs and hands-on creative spaces.

Family Programs: Engaging, free Family Gallery Talks are held on most Saturday and Sunday mornings for ages 4 to 16. On the first Saturday of the month, enjoy new and classic live-action and animated films. Admission is free for family programs and includes access to the museum for up to two adults.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983 (through Apr 1)
Examine the scene-changing, interdisciplinary life of this seminal downtown New York alternative space Club 57. We recommend guiding kids past images and videos that may raise questions you aren’t ready to answer to the very col neon Cosmic Cavern for the ultimate glow-in-the-dark I Spy.

MoMA Art Lab: Nature (through Dec 31)
Visitors of all ages can discover how artists and designers are inspired by the natural world in a new multisensory installation. Beautiful discovery boxes contain creative activities related to seashells, grass, butterflies, etc. inspired by works in the galleries. Also lots of gorgeous books, building toys and multimedia projects that appeal to all ages (including this mom – I made a cool flower-inspired chair prototype). Great play spot for bad weather days (or good weather – it’s right next to the sculpture garden). All ages welcome.

Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street (Upper East Side)
Daily 10 am - 6 pm
Get 2 tickets for $15

Become an informed New Yorker at this small museum with a big collection of theater artifacts, furniture, toys, paintings, sculpture and photos arranged into exhibits that entertain and educate all ages.

Family Programs: Ages 6-12 can participate in free history and art activities on weekends and school vacation days. Drop in anytime between 11 am and 2 pm. Free snacks included. All ages can go on family-friendly scavenger hunts with free themed guides designed to help families to look closely at the building and exhibitions.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip (through Apr 1)
Explores the full arc of fashion of the 1960s, a period marked by tremendous and daring stylistic diversity. Through more than 70 garments, trace the dramatic transformation in clothing between 1960 and 1973, not only in length and silhouette, but also in materials and methods of textile manufacture. Works by designers as diverse as Mary Quant, Geoffrey Beene, and Pauline Trigère illuminate the communicative powers of fashion in the ’60s—reflecting cultural trends from Beatlemania to Pop and Op Art to infatuation with the “space race,” and social changes like the women’s liberation movement and the radicalism of the counterculture and antiwar movements. Also on display are fine and costume jewelry, shoes, handbags, design renderings, and photographs that capture the spirit of a creative and confrontational era.

New York on Ice Skating in the City (through Apr 18)
From frozen ponds to Madison Square Garden, ice-skating has become a quintessentially New York pastime, woven into the city’s urban fabric in ways large and small. Explore how ice-skating evolved in the city from its colonial Dutch and British origins to become a 19th-century craze, and later an opportunity for elaborate spectacle, commercialized leisure, and competitive sport in the 20th century and beyond. See vintage photographs, posters, lithographs, paintings, and costumes that reveal the evolution of the sport and art of ice-skating in the city both as a window into a passion and pastime of generations of New Yorkers, and as an unexpected ingredient of urban place-making.

Museum of the Moving Image

36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street) (Queens)

$15/adults, $9/students & seniors, $7/ages 3-12, free/2 and under

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Jim Henson’s World (through Dec 31)
Explore Jim Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on popular culture and learn how Henson and his team of builders, performers, and writers brought to life the enduringly popular worlds of The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth. Among the nearly 300 objects on view are 47 puppets—including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, The Swedish Chef, Statler, Big Bird, Elmo, Cantus Fraggle, and other popular favorites—character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, and iconic costumes. See film and television clips and behind-the-scenes footage and try interactive experiences puppeteering on screen and designing a puppet character.

National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)

11 East 26th Street (Gramercy & Flatiron)
Daily 10 am - 5 pm
$15; $9/children, students& seniors; free/toddlers & babies

Dynamic exhibits and programs stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics. Learn about the math in patterns and structures all around us – and try to ride a bike with square wheels.

National Museum of the American Indian - New York

One Bowling Green (Lower Manhattan)
Daily 10 am – 5 pm
Open Thursday until 8 pm

All ages can learn about the culture and contributions of Native Americans at the engaging New York branch of this DC museum. Lots of opportunities for hands-on exploration in multiple rooms. Touch a buffalo hide, match animal drawings, learn about Mayan math, play in a teepee and more.

Pick up a fantastic family guide and find featured items among the galleries including wood and stone carvings, exquisite clothing, feather bonnets and lots of animal representations.

Family Programs: Every Monday 2–4 pm, learn more about the Taíno Indians, the indigenous peoples of the Caribbean through cultural materials and live demonstrations in the galleries.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Transformer: Native Art in Light and Sound (through Jan 6)
Ten artists use light, digital projection, and experimental media to reflect on their place in and between traditional and dominant cultures. Through innovative sound art, digital media, and installation, the exhibition demonstrates the continuity of Indigenous cultures and creativity in the digital age.

Circle of Dance (through Apr 30)
This awesome five-year exhibit featuring videos and gorgeous costumes of ten Native American social and ceremonial dances from throughout the Americas with plenty of floor space to dance along.

New Museum

235 Bowery (West Village/East Village)
Wednesday - Sunday 11 am - 6pm, open until 9 pm on Fridays
$16, $14/seniors, free/ages 17 & under

Always something interesting to see – or interact with – in the rotating exhibits at Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum.

Favorite Spots: Check out a great view from the top floor Sky Room (open Saturdays & Sundays)

Family Programs: Join museum educators for creative free family programs the first Saturday of every month.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Anna Craycroft: Motion into Being (through May 13)
Anna Craycroft has transformed the Fifth Floor Gallery into a site for producing an animated film, which she will develop over the course of the exhibition; visitors physically enter the stage where Craycroft shoots new footage every week for the duration of the residency. Drawing on traditions of folklore and fables, which often use anthropomorphism to narrate moral tales, the animated film confronts the physical and philosophical lenses used to construct and qualify personhood.

New York Botanical Garden

2900 Southern Boulevard (Bronx)
Daily 10 am - 6 pm
$28, $25/students & seniors, $12/ages 2-12, free/under 2

The Holiday Train Show is an annual must, and the sprawling grounds of this 124-year-old Bronx institution are a gorgeous respite from urban living all year round.

Favorite Spots: Enjoy music, mazes, guided nature explorations and more in the delightful Everett Children's Adventure Garden.

New York Hall of Science

Flushing Meadow-Corona Park (Queens)

$15, $12/ages 2 – 17, students & seniors

The New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) was founded at the 1964–65 World’s Fair and evolved into a center for interactive science. Sometimes it’s age shows, but fun hands-on learning opportunities, intriguing new exhibits, awesome 4D films, an engineering-themed outdoor playground and interesting family programs make it worth the trip to Queens.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Bon Appétit (through May 13)
Explore your personal eating habits, as well as the eating habits of other cultures in a fun and interactive exhibition. Learn about physical activity versus food intake, the workings of the digestive system, creating a balanced diet, and the origin of foods that populate grocery store shelves through games and life-sized (and oversized) interactive and energetic activities.

Connected Worlds (through Dec 31)
Explore a fantastical animated world where your actions – gestures, movements, and decisions – impact how well the world is kept in balance. Six magical, computer generated habitats: jungle, desert, wetlands, river valley, reservoir, and grasslands -have their own trees, plants, and animals, but they share a common supply of water. The habitats are fed by a central waterfall that is projected 38-ft high in the exhibitions and flows out across an interactive floor that spans 2,300 square feet. As visitors explore and play, their actions – gestures, movements, decisions – have both short and long-term effects on the digital habitats.

New York Transit Museum

Corner of Boerum Place & Schermerhorn Street (Brooklyn)
Tuesday-Friday 10 am–4 pm
Saturday & Sunday 11 am–5 pm
$10 $5/ages 2-17 & 62+

Housed underground in an authentic 1936 subway station in Downtown Brooklyn, this toddler’s dream hosts a working platform level spanning a full city block and a rotating selection of twenty vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1907. Board vintage cars, sit at the wheel of a city bus, step through a time tunnel of turnstiles, and explore changing exhibits that highlight the cultural, social and technological history – and future – of mass transit.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

On the Streets: New York’s Trolleys and Buses (through Dec 31)
Learn about ground mobility and surface transit from the early 1800s to the present by exploring a real life city bus, “fishbowl” bus cab, walk-don’t walk signs, parking meters, fire hydrants, traffic lights, and an array of other interactive “street furniture.”

New-York Historical Society

70 Central Park West at 77th Street (Upper West Side)
Tuesday-Thursday, Saturday 10am-6pm
Friday 10am-8pm
Sunday 11am-5pm
$20, $6/ages 5-13, free/ages 4 & under
50% off with this link

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.

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.

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.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection (through Feb 25)
Train enthusiasts of all ages can explore an immersive multimedia winter wonderland featuring theatrical lighting, an ambient audio “soundscape” and lots of historical model trains, scenic elements and toys. Pick up an “I Spy” Holiday Express trains and toys hunt to match pictures and rhyming facts with whimsical and intricate objects. See if for free and enjoy train0related actovities every Friday morning during Rise and Ride the Holiday Express

Hotbed (through Mar 25)
Immersive installations and more than 100 artifacts and images explore the vibrant political and artistic scene of Greenwich Village in the early 20th century, where men and women joined forces across the boundaries of class and race to fight for a better world and women’s rights to control their own bodies, to do meaningful work, and above all, to vote. Inspiring, but be prepared to explain the significance of pussy hats.

Rubin Museum of Art

150 West 17 Street (Chelsea)
Monday 11 am – 5 pm
Wednesday 11 am – 9 pm
Thursday 11 am – 5 pm
Friday 11 am – 10 pm
Saturday & Sunday 11 am – 6 pm
$15, $10/students & seniors, free/ ages 12 & under

This serene museum connects the arts and cultures of the Himalayas to contemporary life, exploring universal themes like happiness, consciousness, and the cosmos. Lots of vivid paintings and statues of animals and interesting demons (and maybe your kids will pick up some zen vibes).

Family Programs: Enjoy family-friendly activities every Sunday from 1-4 pm. At family art labs the second Saturday of every month, kids 5 and up are invited to explore intriguing paintings, sculptures, and objects in the museum's exhibitions with a related creative workshop.

Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling

898 St. Nicholas Ave at 155th street (Harlem)

$7; $4/ages 9-17, seniors & students; Free/ages 8 & under

The Jewish Museum

1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street (Upper East Side)
11 am - 5:45 pm, closed Wednesdays
$15, free/ages 18 & under

Explore the global Jewish experience through works of fine art, Judaica, antiquities, folk art, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media intelligently organized in gorgeous galleries and play in the small but engaging Archaeology Zone.

Favorite Spots: In the fascinating and friendly Archaeology Zone, children learn what happens after archaeologists unearth artifacts. Search for clues about objects dating from ancient times to the present day, dress up and play in a Moroccan home, create works of art inspired by unique objects in the Museum’s collection and more.

Family Programs: Sunday family programs include drop-in art workshops, storytimes and occasional family concerts.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:

Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress (through Mar 18)
Tthe first comprehensive U.S. exhibition drawn from The Israel Museum’s world-renowned collection of Jewish costumes showcases over 100 articles of clothing from the eighteenth to twentieth centuries, arranged as complete ensembles or shown as stand-alone items. A sumptuous array of apparel from over 20 countries on four continents offers an exceptional opportunity to view many facets of Jewish identity and culture through rarely seen garments.

The Met Breuer

945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street (Upper East Side)
Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 5:30 pm
Thursday & Friday 10 am – 9 pm
Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under

The Met took over the old Whitney’s landmark building designed by Marcel Breuer to have additional space to explore the art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Gorgeous open space with diverse art that appeals to all.


Note: Don’t visit The Frick or Neue Galerie with kids, they’re not allowed inside.

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