Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly
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.
* Advance timed tickets required. Coat check is temporarily closed. On crowded days (or any day), enter through the accessible Uris Center for Education entrance on 81st Street to avoid long lines.
* Walk like an Egyptian at 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.
* Alex Da Corte’s “As Long as the Sun Lasts” features the beloved Sesame Street character Big Bird and the modern aesthetic of Alexander Calder’s standing mobiles.
* Find a giant introspective, blue Big Bird swinging on a moon mobile Alex Da Corte’s “As Long as the Sun Lasts” in the roof garden, which also has gorgeous views of Central Park.
* Enjoy hot coffee, other beverages, and snacks in the gorgeous American Wing, or head downstairs to the reimagined Eatery with seasonal dishes including kid-friendly options. Both open Thursday through Monday 11 am–4 pm.
* Play before or after at the Egyptian-inspired Ancient Playground just north of the museum in Central Park.
* Look at and perhaps print at home the engaging family guides & maps with titles like Explore Arms and Armor: Fierce or Fancy?, Animals All Around and Percy Jackson & the Olympians. No paper maps or guides available on site. Search online for favorites to find – we’ve discovered works with turtles, trains, chess and other current obsessions.
* Stream select audio content in the galleries on your phone for free. Audio guide rentals not available.
* Prepare for your visit (or reminisce after) by reading You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum, which pairs the adventures of a balloon flying around NYC with artwork from the Met. Find wonderful art & NYC inspired books in the large gift shop, plus toys, clothes and more delights. We always find unique treasures in the clearance section.
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday
Try to open massive stone doors in a massive three-part sculpture on the southeastern edge of Central Park. Moyer’s hybrid sculpture unites imported stone with rock indigenous to the New York region with beautiful inlaid marble fragments. The title pays homage to Public Art Fund founder, Doris C. Freedman (1928-1981)More info
Lovers of dinosaurs, sea creatures, outer space and more can get their animal & nature fix at this giant (45 fascinating halls) treasure trove of wonders.
* Online advance timed ticket purchase required, even for members.
* Download the Museum’s free Explorer app. for maps, self-guided themed tours, behind-the-scenes stories about exhibits, quizzes, and…More info
See exciting, well-designed exhibits in the striking Frank Lloyd Wright–designed landmark modern museum.
* April 30 through June 21, Christian Nyampeta transforms the Guggenheim’s iconic rotunda into a “night school” with a screening of his 2018 video Sometimes It Was Beautiful about group of friends gathering to watch and critique films made by Swedish…More info
Each year, more than 200 bird species make an appearance in Central Park, a popular stopover along the Atlantic Flyway. Discover how to spot and respectfully appreciate these winged wonders with park birding guides, stationed at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center Plaza Saturdays 11 am–1 pm and Belvedere Castle Sundays 11 am–1 pm.
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Join MusicTalks for a specail tribute to the most beloved film tunes featuring a string quartet. From Star Wars to Harry Potter, Breakfast in Tiffany’s to Forest Gump, celebrate the beauty of film music!
Bring a folding chair/blanket – snacks, drinks, and questions encouraged.
Exact address will be provided the day of the concert.More info