Most of NYC's museums are incredibly welcoming to kids of all ages, with spacious, stroller-friendly galleries and friendly staff. Click the 'more info' buttons for tons of tips, including nearby food and playgrounds.
* Consider memberships at local faves for a climate-controlled spot to roam all year – plus perks like gift shop/cafe discounts and skipping lines.
Upper EAST Side
🎟$20, $14/students & seniors, free/ages 19 & under
Explore the greatest city in the world 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.
✨ Dangling light installation above the spiral staircase
🌆 Multimedia New York at Its Core
☎️ Pneumatic tubes & telephone directories in Analog City: NYC B.C. (Before Computers)
🥨 Food in New York: Bigger Than the Plate
👩🏾🍳 Gingerbread NYC: The Great Borough Bake-Off
🎟 Save 50%+ on admission at this link.
🌳 Across the street from the magical Conservatory Garden
Thursday 10 am–9 pm
Friday–Monday 10 am–5 pm
🎟$30 (suggested), $17/students, free/ages 12 & under
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 to all ages.
🏺 Gorgeous Greek and Roman Galleries
🎨 Must-see Van Goghs, Monets and Degas ballerinas in 19th- And Early 20th-Century European Paintings And Sculptures
🌈 Ellsworth Kelly rainbow mural and giant Pollock paintings in Modern and Contemporary Art
🪑 Stunning period rooms including Before Yesterday We Could Fly: An Afrofuturist Period Room
𓀾 Egyptian mummies & temples
🏰 Knights on horseback
🎋a Chinese garden & so much more…
🎨 Chroma: Ancient Sculpture in Color
👑 LavishThe Tudors: Art and Majesty in Rennaissance England
🎄 Eighteenth-century Neapolitan Nativity scene surrounding the candlelit Christmas Tree
⭐️ Ask friendly information desk workers (or search online) for whatever kids are into- we’ve discovered works with turtles, trains, chess, princesses and other obsessions. Check out awesome family programs & storytimes.
Sun-Tues & Thur 10 am–5 pm
Fri & Sat 10 am–9 pm
🎟$16/adults, free/ages 18 & under
Explore innovative design through the centuries, play designer on high resolution touchscreen tables with very cool electronic ‘pens,’ in a stunning 19th-century mansion turned into a high-tech, interactive dream for all ages.
🎨 Create and go inside digital wallpaper in the Immersion Room
🌀 Rock around in the Spun chairs in the basement
📈 Colorful, groundbreaking data visualizations in Deconstructing Power: W. E. B. Du Bois at the 1900 World’s Fair
✌🏾 Intenational Designing Peace
⭐️ No tickets needed to lounge on high-design, kid-friendly furniture (including super-fun spinning chairs) in the tranquil garden & terrace.
Wednesday–Monday 10 am–6 pm
Pay-what-you-wish 5–6 pm
🎟$18/adults, 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.
✡️ Centuries spanning, thematically grouped Scenes From the Collection
🏙 Pop-art & groovy fashion in New York: 1962-1964(closes Jan 8)
⭐️ Pick up Kids Gallery Guides for interactive exploration.
Thursday 11 am – 8 pm
Friday-Monday 11 am – 6 pm
Free admission on Saturdays – the shop and parts of some exhibits are closed for the Sabbath
🎟$25, $10/students & seniors , free ages 12 & under
See exciting, well-designed exhibits in the striking Frank Lloyd Wright–designed landmark modern museum with an iconic spiral.
🖼 Impressionist & Modern masterpieces by Degas, Gauguin, Picasso, Kadinsky & more.
⭐️ Pick up an activity sheet to discover the different shapes and nature-inspired architectural details throughout the unique building.
Wednesday–Monday 11 am–6 pm
Pay-what-you-wish Saturday 6 pm–8 pm
🎟$9/adults, $5/students & seniors, free/ages 11 & under (suggested)
This lively museum focuses on the art and culture of Puerto Ricans and all Latin Americans in the United States. Small and friendly with great family programming and interesting artworks in a range of genres.
🖼 Vibrant Latino art organized into six thematic sections: Urban Experiences, Expanded Graphics, African and Indigenous Heritages, Craft Intersection, Women Artists & Representing Latinx
Upper West Side
🎟$22/adults, $13/students, $6/ages 5-13
Learn about the layered, diverse history of NYC at this fascinating museum.
🇺🇸 Hand-on Children’s History Museum on the bottom floor
🔆 Digital design-your-own Tiffany lamp
🎥 Multi-media films New York Story and We Rise
🚂 Tracks and detailed figures galore in Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection
🥯 Interactive, immersive “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli
Wed–Thu 11 am – 5 pm
Fri 11 am–8 pm (pay-what-you-wish 6-8 pm)
Sat–Sun 11 am – 5 pm
🎟$28/ages 12-65, $16/ages 3-12, $22/students & seniors (suggested)
This giant (45 fascinating halls) treasure trove of wonders delights lovers of animal & nature of all ages.
🪐 Rose Center for Earth and Space
🐋 94-foot-long blue whale in the Hall of Ocean Life
💎 Sparkly Halls of Gems and Minerals,🦖dinosaur fossils galore
⭐️ Gets crowded on weekends and holidays, but there is always a quiet nook to explore. It’s getting even bigger with new openings in February.
Daily 10 am – 5:45 pm
🎟$16, $13/seniors, free/babies under 1
Explore interactive, educational, well-designed exhibits for babies to pre-teens.
⭐️ Tons of educator-led experiences and special guest artist including weekly themed art projects, art scavenger hunts, storytime, dance-time & music.
Daily 10 am – 5 pm
🎟FREE, $5 suggested
This cozy museum hosts rotating exhibits featuring Americana art that often includes engaging colors, patterns and animals. See works by self-taught artists in a variety of genres including sculptures, quilts, wood carvings and weathervanes.
🧵 Lively paintings & fancy slippers in Morris Hirshfield Rediscovered
🖼 Collection highlights in Pushing Boundaries: 60 Years of AFAM Exhibitions
Across the street from small Dante Park and happening Lincoln Center.
Tue-Sun 11:30 am–6:00 pm
🎟$25/adults, free/kids under 12
Explore a castle-like museum overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan’s Fort Tyron Park. This branch of the Met dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe has secret passages, peaceful gardens, stunning terraces with river views, golden treasure and lots of depictions of animals including intricate unicorn tapestries (warning, the unicorn gets killed).
🍽 Get sandwiches, pastries and snacks at the counter-service outdoor Trie Café in a lovely courtyard.
🛍 Princess/knight costumes optional. Gift shop has wonderful books, costumes & toys.
🌳 Pack a picnic to eat in the lovely surrounding Fort Tryon Park, which has lots of amazing views and pretty pathways. The Anne Loftus Playground is less than a ten-minute walk northeast.
🎟$7/adults, $5/ages 2-17
Join interactive Story Hour with special guest artists. Lots of excellent entertainers and musicians representing diverse cultures and viewpoints.
Also at 1 pm.
🎟$15, $5/ages 11 & under
Dog-lovers can explore canine-related artwork with cutting-edge technology and interpretation, plus items from the library, archives and collection of the American Kennel Club headquarters.
🐶 See canine-related paintings, ceramics and other fine art & artifacts
🐕🦺 Explore AKC registered breeds at an interactive table
🐩 Discover which dog breed looks most like you through visual recognition software
🐕 The AKC Museum of the Dog at 40: And the Collectors Who Made It
✏️ Pick up activities and worksheets in the library, including a Breed of the Month craft.
Wednesday-Sunday 10 am–6 pm
Pets welcome Friday 6–8 pm ($5)
🎟$25/adults, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under
Explore spacious galleries and engaging exhibits in a modern, kid-friendly building.
🖼 Van Gogh’s Starry Night & other modern masterpieces by Picasso, Warhol, Pollock, Basquiat, Faith Ringgold and many more
⛲️ Serene Sculpture Garden (always free admission)
🚁 A real helicopter in the stairwell
🎨 Interactive, all-ages Family Art Lab: Line, Shape, Color
🎮 Play Pac-Man & Minecraft in Never Alone: Video Games and Other Interactive Design (free admission)
🌀 Always-changing digital masterpiece Refik Anadol’s Unsupervised (free admission)
🎥 Immersive Guillermo del Toro: Crafting Pinocchio
Daily 10 am-5:30 pm
Saturday 10:30 am–7:00 pm
Free admission Friday 4:00 –8:00 pm
🎟$36, $26/ages 5-12, free/ages 4 & under
Explore interactive exhibits, examine original artifacts, view historic video footage and more aboard an actual 1943 aircraft carrier. Lots of indoor and outdoor space to roam with tons to explore. A must for plane lovers and history/military buffs.
🚁 Hands-on, interactive Exploreum
🚀 Go inside a real submarine and see a space shuttle
✈️ Military planes and helicopters on the upper deck with great city views
🎥 Simulators with 4D technology (+$11)
🎟 Through Feb 12, get 2-for-1 tickets with promo code MSW23 as part of NYC Must-See Week
🎟 NYC Residents always receive 50% off general admission
Daily 10 am – 5 pm
🎟$18/adults, Free/ages 18 & under
Explore contemporary and historic innovation in craft, art, and design in a lovely setting overlooking Central Park.
🎨 Peek in resident artists’ and designers’ studios.
🛍 Stop by the well curated, colorful gift shop for homeware, toys, books for all ages, jewelry and more.
🍽 Dine at Robert, the chic (but kid-friendly) top-floor restaurant with amazing Central Park views.
🎟$22/adults, $13/students, free/ages 12 & under
The stunning former private library of Gilded Age financier Pierpont Morgan, joined with other historic buildings and modern steel-and-glass pavilions, houses rare manuscripts, books, drawings and prints.
📚 J. Pierpont Morgan’s magnificent Library, straight out of of the Beast’s castle
⭐️ Pick up a Family Guide with info and activities about Belle da Costa Greene, a pioneering Black female librarian who helped build the collection in the early 1900s.
Tue-Sat & Sun 10:30 am – 5 pm
Fri 10:30 am – 7 pm (pay-what-you-wish 5-7 pm)
Explore Broadway’s rich history, the behind-the-scenes and its game changers at a new interactive and experiential museum.
🎭 Travel through the timeline of Broadway from its birth to present day with costumes, props and memorabilia
🎭 Pose in recreated sets from favorite Broadway shows
🎭 Get a behind-the-scenes look at all the jobs that make a show
🎟 Through Feb 12, get 2-for-1 tickets with code MSW23 as part of NYC Must-See Week
🎟$12/adults, $8/students, seniors & educators, free/ages 18 & under
Explore the impact, culture, and design of posters, both as historical documents and methods of contemporary visual communication. Small but packed with lots of color and great design.
🎨 Help color in a detailed wall poster of an NYC neighborhood
🎨 Complete a fun scavenger hunt to get a prize
🏍 Masked Vigilantes On Silent Motorbikes featuring art made from found, re-configured, and shredded posters
✈️ Iconic travel posters featuring a mischievous mustached traveler in Air-India’s Maharaja: Advertising Gone Rogue
⭐️ Each exhibition is accompanied by an Activity Card, developed with visitors ages 5–11 in mind, available at the Info Desk or inside each exhibition free of charge.
🎟$18, $15/students, seniors, ages 2-12, free/kids under 2
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 while interacting with 30-plus hands-on displays. Fun for all ages, though many of the concepts will go over younger kids’ heads
✨ Play with light
🚲 Try to ride a bike with square wheels
💠 Make 3D digital designs
⭐️ In Flatiron, across the street from Madison Square Park, with lots of nearby fun and food.
😷 Masks required.
Daily 10 am-5 pm
🎟 $25/adults, $18/students & seniors, Free/ages 18 & under
See bold modern and contemporary American art in a very cool building.
🖼 Works by American icons Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Edward Hopper and the charming Calder’s Circus in The Whitney’s Collection: Selections from 1900 to 1965.
☀️ Outdoor terraces with stunning river views & cool sculptures
👩🏾🎨 Art by women and artists of color in At the Dawn of a New Age: Early Twentieth-Century American Modernism
⭐️ Well-designed kids gallery guides and pencils available form the info desks. Drop in to Family Open Studios on Saturdays.
🌳 The southern entrance to the High Line is next door or head west to Hudson River Park and Little Island.
Monday–Thursday 10:30 am–6 pm
Friday 10:30 am–10 pm (pay-what-you-wish 7-10 pm)
Saturday & Sunday 11 am–6 pm
🎟$19, $14/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 interesting details – and maybe your kid will pick up some zen vibes.
⭐️ Museum admission is free during wonderful weekly Family Sundays.
Thu, Sat & Sun 11 am–5 pm
Fri 11 am–10 pm
Free Fri 5–10 pm
🎟 $18/adults, free/ages 18 & under
Always something interesting to see – or interact with – at Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum in a geometric building in a cool neighborhood.
☁️ Great view from the top floor Sky Room.
🪨 Evocative salvaged sculptures in Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces.
🔈 All-encompassing sonic experience The Shadow of Spring
⭐️ Note not everything is kid-friendly (we once saw some x-rated drawings of Superman), so chat with the friendly staff before you enter the galleries.
🍽 Tons of great food options in the happening neighborhood – dine on tasty avocado toast, couscous and the all-day waffles at nearby French-Moroccan Cafe Gitane or treat yourself at Stick With Me Sweets or Supermoon Bakehouse.
Thursday 11 am–9 pm (pay-what-you-wish 7-9 pm)
Friday–Sunday 11 am–6 pm
All ages can learn about the culture and contributions of Native Americans at the engaging New York branch of this DC museum.
🌽 Interactive, family-friendly imagiNATIONS Activity Center
🪶 Comprehensive Infinity of Nations: Art and History in the Collections of the National Museum of the American Indian
👽 Site-specific comic-inspired Jeffrey Veregge: Of Gods and Heroes.
⭐️ Located in the grand Alexander Hamilton US Custom House, with its own commerce-based art. Pick up a fantastic family guide.
Daily 10 am – 5 pm
🎟$15/adults, $10/students & seniors, $8/ages 5-17
Step inside history and explore an icon of New York City resilience. Learn the story of the grand 19th-century Eldridge Street Synagogue and the Jewish immigrants who built it.
🕍 In self-guided tours, experience life through the eyes of a newly arrived immigrant to New York’s Lower East Side
🕍 Free docent-led tours available daily at 11 am & 2 pm (+ 1 pm Sunday & Monday)
🕍 Admire Kiki Smith’s monumental stained glass window
🕎 Explore an expansive, international collection of menorahs from over five centuries of Hanukkah celebrations in LIGHTING THE WORLD: Menorahs Around the Globe.
✡️ See 73 mezuzahs collected by the Winiks from all over the world in Upon Thy Gates, The Elaine K. and Norman Winik Mezuzah Collection.
Sun-Fri 10 am–5 pm
Pay What You Wish Monday & Friday
Celebrate NYC’s rich vertical architectural heritage in a small but very cool stainless-steel space.
🌇 A 36-foot long history of height from the pyramids to the present
🌇 Detailed mini-Manhattan models
🌇 Scale models of the world’s tallest building
🌇 Residential Rising: Lower Manhattan, 2000-2022
⭐️ Join free, hands-on family programs every other Saturday.
Thu–Sun 12 pm–6 pm
Visit the 130-year-old tall ship Wavertree with self-guided tours along a set route include access to the main deck and quarter deck. Learn how people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo sailing vessel, from the captain to the ship’s officers, cooks, and crew. Then visit the cargo hold and stand atop the viewing platform where you can take in the massive main cargo area. Pose for a photo at the ship’s wheel, and enjoy the view across New York Harbor. Some parts of the boat are only accessible via stairs.
Also take 30-minute guided free tours of 1908 lightship Ambrose, the very first lightship to guard the only shipping channel in and out of the ports of New York and New Jersey (1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm).
Stop by Pier 16 anytime to explore a free outdoor exhibition with historic photographs, prints, lithographs, and paintings celebrating the people of all backgrounds who lived and worked in the South Street Seaport Historic District.
Sat-Sun 11 am – 5 pm
+ holidays/school breaks
🎟 $18/adults, $15/ages 5-17 & 65+, free/ages 4 & under
Learn about the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson through artifacts, historical imagery and multilayered storytelling. Celebrate the enduring legacy of Robinson’s multifaceted commitment to advancing equal opportunity for all through activism, civic engagement, and economic empowerment efforts.
⚾️ Follow a chronology of Robinson’s life set within the context of 20th-century America with interactive media kiosks.
⚾️ Delve into the details of Robinson’s roles as a Soldier, Activist, Entrepreneur and Family Man through narrative, artifacts and media.
⚾️ Experience historic moments in baseball through video content, image projections, immersive audio and a 3/16-scale model of Ebbets Field.
Thu–Sun 11 am–6 pm
🎟$10/adults, $5/ages 2-18 & 62+
Explore a train/vehicle-lover’s dream, underground in an authentic 1936 subway station in Downtown Brooklyn.
🚌 Get behind the wheel in On the Streets: New York’s Trolleys and Buses
🚊 A working platform spanning a full city block with vintage subway cars in Moving the Millions
🪙 Historic fare collection equipment in Ticket to Ride
⭐️ This historic site has no elevators, heat/AC or cell service in the underground level.
Thursday–Sunday 10 am – 4 pm
🎟$16/adults, $10/seniors & students, free/ages 19 & under
This encyclopedic, community focused museum in a gorgeous Beaux-Arts building on the edge of Prospect Park hosts a huge, diverse permanent collection, as well as immersive temporary exhibitions. Lots of room to roam and always something exciting to discover.
𓂀 A world-renowned collection of Ancient Egyptian Art & Assyrian Art
🦅 Reimagined American Art galleries addressing differing visions of land, abolition, labor, and identity with works from 4000 B.C.E. to the present
🍽 Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party, a triangular table with 39 place settings, each commemorating an important woman from history (closed on weekdays)
👟 Cool street-inspired fashion & art in Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech‘
👗 Edgy, futuristic fashion & art in Thierry Mugler: Couturissime
🖼 Ninety works by Monet, Courbet, Matisse, Picasso, Kandinsky and others in Monet to Morisot: The Real and Imagined in European Art
⭐️ The Abloh & Mugler exhibits require separate timed tickets (additional $4-$9/adults, $2-$6/students & seniors, $8-$10/ages 4-12 – cheaper on weekdays)
Wed, Thu & Sun 11 am–6 pm
Fri-Sat 11 am–8 pm
🎟$13, free/babies under 1
Inspired by Brooklyn’s energy and diversity, this beloved children’s museum (the first in the world when in opened in 1899) creates experiences that ignite curiosity, celebrate identity and cultivate joyful learning.
🌎 Learn about world cultures, visual arts, nature, animals and more in well-designed, interactive exhibits including World Brooklyn, Neighborhood Nature, Totally Tots, Collections Central and The (outdoor) Nest.
⛸ Glide around a 3,000 square-foot synthetic-ice rooftop skating ArtRink, surrounded by an art exhibition showcasing the work of local artists (+$10). Take a stroll through a kids-sized Winter Village, five interactive playhouses each designed by a different artist.
🎨 In the ColorLab, try print-making, collage and sculpture projects inspired by artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Richard Hunt, Faith Ringgold and Kehinde Wiley.
Wednesday- Sunday, 10 am–5 pm
Pay-What-You-Wish Thursdays 2 pm–5 pm
An expansive open light-filled space on the edge of Flushing Meadows Corona Park hosts ambitious Queens-themed exhibitions, educational initiatives, and community-minded programming.
📚 Large scale installations in thought-provoking Crisis Makes a Book Club
🌳 Lots to explore in surrounding Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Wed-Fri 12 pm –5 pm
Sat-Sun 11 am–5 pm
🎟$20/ages 18+, $12/students & seniors, $10/ages 3-17
Explore film, TV and video games from nineteenth century optical toys to the latest in digital art with lots of hand-on exhibits in a spacious, modern building.
Make animation in LAIKA: Life in Stop Motion
Visit Miss Piggy, Elmo and other favorites in Jim Henson’s World. See 47 puppets, character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, and iconic costumes plus film and television clips and behind-the-scenes footage
⭐️ Look out for screenings of family friendly classics from the Muppets to Studio Ghibli in a gorgeous, raked-seats theater (tickets must be purchased separately). In a cool Astoria neighborhood with tons of diverse food options
Thu 2-6 pm (free admission)
Fri 2–8 pm
Sat–Sun 12–6 pm
🎟$16/adults, $13/kids, students & seniors
Find tons of fun hands-on learning opportunities in a gorgeous, spacious building at a beloved center for interactive science, founded at the 1964–65 World’s Fair.
🌳 Lots more to explore in surrounding Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Wed-Sun 10 am – 5 pm + holidays/breaks
Pay-as-you-wish Fri 2 – 5 pm
* Note that kids under 10 aren't allowed at the Frick Museum or Neue Galerie.