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.
* 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 stunning 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 (Thursday-Monday 11 am- 4 pm).
* Pick up fruit ice pops, sandwiches, house-made lemonade and iced tea on the new outdoor Plaza Café by the Fifth Avenue fountains
* 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
Visit sea lions, snow monkeys, red pandas, turtles, bears and other animals at the cozy Central Park Zoo.
* Most indoor areas are now open including the delightful penguins & sea birds exhibit and tropic zone. 4D Theater is closed.
* Climb, play and pet at the interactive children’s zoo across the path.
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Dance and clap classical, jazz, and sing-along favorites while meeting the clarinet, bassoon, and french horn at an outdoor, socially distanced, interactive concert curated for little ones and their grown-ups. Children of all ages are welcome to observe, explore, discover, crawl, sing and dance to their hearts’ content, while parents, grandparents, and caregivers sit back,…More info