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moma matisse

August 2 @ 10:30 am - 5:30 pm

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An event every day that begins at 10:30 am, repeating until September 10, 2022

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
4 West 53rd Street
New York, NY

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Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly

$25/adults, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under

Always exciting and decidedly kid-friendly, the Museum of Modern Art has spacious galleries and engaging exhibits.

* Feel the joy of the rainbow Sol Lewitt murals, relax in the lovely sculpture garden, find a helicopter in a stairwell and see modern masterpieces including paintings by Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh along with works by more contemporary artists such as Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollock,  Jean-Michel Basquiat and Faith Ringgold.

* Work with wire, design emoji, work with light-boxes, play with gorgeous blocks, read picture books and try more creative activities in interactive, all-ages Family Art Lab: Line, Shape, Color.

* No ticket needed for the first floor and Sculpture Garden. Lounge on Eames chairs and make wishes from the fountain bridges (and join Wednesday drop-in drawing workshops).

* In Matisse: The Red Studio, a foundational work of modern art is reunited with the artwork depicted in it. Draw, write, and reflect on inspiring spaces and colors in a creative space within the exhibition.

* Lots of resources for families including downloadable kids audio and activity guides. Look for art labels designed for kids throughout Floors 2, 4, and 5.

* Stroller-friendly everywhere; changing tables in most bathrooms.

* Open only for members & guests on Mondays mornings. Annual memberships start at just $65 and include tons of perks.

🛍 The gift shop is a treasure trove of well-designed toys books and art supplies – plus cool houseware and gadgets for grown-ups.

🍽 Dine on handmade pastas, cured salumi, artisanal cheeses, panini, salads, soups, and desserts at communal tables at casual Café 2. The menu is more limited but includes mac n’ cheese in the sixth-floor Terrace Café, with  indoor and (weather-permitting) outdoor dining. To-go items available in the Sculpture Garden in the summer.

🌳 Lots of room to roam, plus fun shops, fountains and food options at nearby Rockefeller Center. Or head seven blocks north to Central Park and the destination Heckscher Playground.


MoMA Drop-in Drawing

Look closely as you sketch art, people, and architecture during drop-in drawing sessions in the Sculpture Garden. No experience needed. Stools and drawing supplies provided. Prompts available in English and Spanish.

See our guide to MoMA.

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Art Alive

Join an intergenerational drop-in gallery visit and art-making experience. Each session, a practicing artist or artist educator focuses on a work on view in MAD’s current exhibitions, leading hands-on activities and engaging discussions geared towards an intergenerational audience.

Discussions and activities are ongoing; join at any time.

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MoMA Art Lab: Line, Shape, Color

Heyman Family Art Lab is open for spring break! Work with wire, design emoji, engage in light-box play, and more in this all-ages, hands-on space. Drop in and choose the activities that interest you.

To get to The Heyman Family Art Lab, walk across the Sculpture Garden, or down the corridor on the second floor…

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Heckscher Playground

Central Park’s largest playground features a shaded area with swings and slides, a large, maze-like climbers, seasonal water features, sloped turf, a large sandbox area, low monkey bars, tunnels, ramps and (our favorite) giant rocks to climb. Plus a spacious bathroom.

Face painters, musicians and giant bubble makers often congregate at the entrance.

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