MUSEUMS

Most of NYC's museums are incredibly welcoming to kids of all ages (as long as they understand what they can't touch - for more hands-on adventures see our pop-ups guide). Limited capacity means advance timed tickets sell out, so book in advance. More flexibility for members so considering supporting your favorite spots.

See what else in open in NY and beyond the city (plus public art for free, low-pressure exploration).

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Upper West Side

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM)

212 West 83rd Street between Broadway & Amsterdam

Explore interactive, educational exhibits for babies to pre-teens in two-hour sessions. * Cross a rainbow bridge, learn Spanish, dance in Dora’s bedroom and imaginative play in the spacious Adventures with Dora and Diego. * Explore what voting is and why it matters, how people effect change by working together, and the role of the president…

The Met Cloisters

99 Margaret Corbin Drive

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…

American Museum of Natural History

West 81st Street & Central Park West

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.

* Favorite spots: 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…

New-York Historical Society

70 Central Park West at 77th Street

Learn about the layered, diverse history of NYC at this fascinating museum.

* In the interactive Children’s History Museum, explore 350 years of New York and American history through character-based pavilions, interactive exhibits and digital games, and a charming library. Try cross-stitch, see historic baseball gear, ride an Orphan Train, play a newsies video game…

American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds

2 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue at 66th Street)

Look for animals, trains, witches, cars and more delightful sculptures in American Folk Art Museum’s small exhibition highlighting the beauty, historical significance, and technical virtuosity of American vanes fashioned between the late seventeenth and early twentieth centuries.

Also shop for unique toys, books, affordable art and gifts for all ages at the charming gift shop.

Upper East Side

Cooper Hewitt

2 East 91st Street

See gorgeous historic and contemporary design is a high-tech, interactive dream for all ages.

In Contemporary Muslim Fashions, examine how Muslim women—those who cover their heads and those who do not—have become arbiters of style within and beyond their communities. See 80 ensembles drawn from established and emerging designers in high-end fashion, streetwear, sportswear,…

The Met

1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

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. On crowded days (or any day), enter through the accessible Uris Center for Education entrance on 81st Street to avoid longer lines.

* Walk like an Egyptian inside the Temple of Dendur…

Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street

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.

* Favorite spots include an extravagant Gilded Age dollhouse, a dangling light installation above the stunning spiral staircase and the fascinating multimedia…

The Jewish Museum

1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street

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

* The ongoing Scenes From the Collection features nearly 600 works from antiquities to contemporary art, a unique mix of artworks and ceremonial objects, including hundreds of stunning menorahs, presented…

Guggenheim

1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street

See exciting, well-designed exhibits in the striking Frank Lloyd Wright–designed landmark modern museum.

* Wu Tsang’s large-scale film installation Anthem transforms the rotunda into a sonic sculptural space. Projections of performances by legendary singer, composer, and transgender activist Beverly Glenn-Copeland woven with a larger tapestry of other voices and sounds placed throughout the museum’s circular…

ESTAMOS BIEN – LA TRIENAL 20/21

1230 Fifth Avenue Upper East Side

See a national large-scale survey of Latinx contemporary art featuring more than 40 artists from across the United States and Puerto Rico. Look for intriguing details and bright colors in paintings, sculptures and multi-media installations.

Baila to a special spotify playlist featuring songs selected by the curators and artists that play in the lobby…

Midtown

Poster House

Flatiron/Gramercy

Explore the impact, culture, and design of posters, both as historical documents and methods of contemporary visual communication through temporary exhibitions, a growing permanent collection, and educational event. The first poster museum in the United States provides a space for inquiry for all those interested in design, advertising, and public interventions.

Current exhibitions include Freak Power, about Hunter S. Thompson’s plan to become Sheriff of Aspen, Vera List & The Posters Of Lincoln Center and Julius Klinger: Posters for a Modern Age.

The museum’s café offers coffee, tea, other beverages, baked goods, and snacks with indoor seating Friday-Sunday, 11am-5pm.

National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath)

Flatiron/Gramercy

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.

See nine rare works by renowned artist M.C. Escher in new art exhibition, Alternative Perspectives along with three-dimensional sculptures by…

Three with a Pen: Lily Renée, Bil Spira, and Paul Peter Porges

Midtown-50s

See works by the three Jewish artists driven from their homes in Vienna after the German annexation of Austria in 1938 including comic books, New Yorker cartoons, Mad magazine spoofs, caricatures, portraiture, fashion design, advertising, and children’s books, among other formats. Biographical material and ephemera amplify the artists’ personal stories of survival and help contextualize…

Whitney Museum of American Art

Chelsea

See bold modern and contemporary American art in a very cool building.* Find 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.

* Crafty kids can get inspiration from striking oversized works using weaving, sewing, textiles, thread, clay, beads,…

MoMA

Midtown-50s

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…

Museum of Arts & Design (MAD)

Midtown-50s

Explore contemporary art and design through a craft lens in a gorgeous building with stunning Central Park views. Find artworks in clay, fiber, glass, metal, and wood thoughtfully displayed.

* Discuss justice, equality and knowledge in  Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe: Tabernacles for Trying Times, a site-specific installation that reimagines the religious tradition…

American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

Midtown-40s

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. Interactive expereinces include Discover Your Look-Alike – take an image of yourself and, through visual recognition software, see which dog breed looks most like you.

Current exhibit Top Dogs takes a…

Whitney Outdoor Open Studios

Meatpacking

Join socially distanced family artmaking on the fifth-floor outdoor gallery. Drop in at any time to learn about a work on view, experiment with materials, and explore the galleries.

See our complete guide to the Whitney Museum.

Saturdays through August 7.

Downtown

Tenement Museum

Lower East Side

Join educator-led apartment tours inside two historic tenement buildings and walking tours within the Lower East Side neighborhood to learn about immigrant experience in the United States.

Explore historically restored apartments and discover how immigrants and migrants lived on the Lower East Side in the 19th and 20th centuries. Glean insights from educators who offer…

Tall Ship Wavetree

Seaport

Visit the 130-year-old tall ship Wavertree. 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…

NYC Math Festival 2021

Fidi

Enjoy hands-on math exhibits, entertaining mathematical games, and intriguing puzzles and brainteasers in a downtown plaza watched over by striking Jean Dubuffet sculptures. Presented by the National Museum of Mathematics (MoMath), now open for visits. Shop an outpost of  the museum gift shop for fun, educational games and toys.

Public restrooms not available, so…

Nu Jewish Storylab

Fidi

Join the Museum of Jewish Heritage for the premiere of Nu Words’ “Nu Jewish Storylab,” a rhythm and movement exploration of Jewish children’s stories from traditional to cutting edge. Nu Words is ​Tracy Einstein ​and ​Richie Barshay, two music and theater artists with a passion for arts education. Their engaging performances include storytelling, poetry, drumming,…

BROOKLYN

Brooklyn Museum

A hipper version of the Met features a huge, diverse permanent collection categorized by culture, as well as thoughtful visiting exhibitions from all over the world.

* Separate timed tickets ($9) required for for KAWS: WHAT PARTY, featuring the famous Brooklyn-based artist who modifies popular characters like Elmo and Mickey Mouse to create inventive…

Brooklyn Children’s Museum

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.

In 90-minute Play Sessions, explore BCM’s signature exhibits including World Brooklyn, Neighborhood Nature, Totally Tots, Collections Central and The (outdoor) Nest. Space is limited…

QUEENS

New York Hall of Science

Founded at the 1964–65 World’s Fair, this center for interactive science features lots of fun hands-on learning opportunities in a gorgeous, spacious building.

* Explore outer space, animals, light, physics and more in over 450 interactive displays.

* In new exhibit The Happiness Experiment, learn about the culture and science behind how and why…

Noguchi Museum

See works founded and designed by internationally renowned Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi in a specially-designed, serene building and garden.
Housed in a repurposed 1920s red brick industrial building, with an attached concrete pavilion designed and built in the 1980s by Noguchi himself in collaboration with Shoji Sadao (1927–2019). The two-story Museum contains approximately 27,000…

MoMA PS1

* Explore Niki de Saint Phalle’s vibrant, joyous work full of color and imagination. Featuring over 200 works, ephemera, and archival photos and models of her magical sculpture gardens/playgrounds around the world, the exhibition brings to life Saint Phalle’s belief that art can alter perception and shift reality. Look for fantastical creatures, interesting characters, recurring…

BRONX

Kusama: Cosmic Nature at NYBG

Bronx

Experience a multisensory presentation of the work of internationally celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Explore the artist’s profound engagement with nature throughout the changing seasons from spring into fall.

* Multiple installations across NYBG’s 250-acre landmark landscape and buildings include Kusama’s signature mirrored environments and organic forms – find polka-dotted sculptures of colossal flora, mesmerizing nature-based paintings, biomorphic collages, giant mirrored cubes, a pumpkin infinity room and  a spectacular horticultural showcase in the  Conservatory. New works created by the legendary, 90-year-old artist, include a monumental site-specific ‘Dancing Pumpkin’ sculpture and her first-ever participatory greenhouse installation, where visitors place Daisies and transform a greenhouse.

* A new immersive Infinity Mirrored Room—Illusion Inside the Heart, responds to varying natural light through colored glass throughout the day and seasons. Separate tickets required for interior access; tickets are highly limited and expected to sell out. Up to four people can enter the at once.

* Themed activities in the  interactive Children’s Garden include a Scavenger Hunt pamphlet with, self-guided activities including searching for plants with the dot patterns that inspired Kusama. Join readings of  Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity!, one of our favorite art books, weekends at 11 am, 1 pm & 3pm.

Eric Carle’s World of Wildlife

Bronx

Cherished books by legendary children’s author Eric Carle come to life with live performances, dance, music, games, and other activities. Go on a leisurely journey through some of his most beloved works — The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See, The Very Busy Spider, and The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse – and visit some real brown bears and butterflies.

See puppet shows, meet & greet costumed characters, take photos with larger-than-life illustrations, crawl through a cocoon tunnel, explore a larger-than-life spider web maze and more fun literary-inspired fun.

Beyond NYC

Dia Beacon

Beacon

See site-specific  art from the 1960s to the present as well as special exhibitions and new commissions in a former Nabisco box-printing factory on the banks of the Hudson River.

* Each gallery of the 300,000-square-foot. sunlit space was designed specifically for the installation of one artist’s work, making for striking, unique installations. like Dan…

Storm King Art Center

New Windsor

Experience large-scale sculpture and site-specific commissions under open sky at a gorgeous 500-acre outdoor museum in New York’s Hudson Valley (about a 1-hour drive from Manhattan).

* Currently an outdoor-only experience with limited amenities (bathrooms available).

* Prepare for lots of open air walking. Wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate layers.

* Some roads are paved…

Hudson River Museum

Yonkers

Learn about the connections between arts, sciences, and history on a family-friendly museum situated on the banks of the Hudson River.

* Look for cool patterns in Wall Power: Spectacular Quilts from the American Folk Art Museum. Monumental compositions in color, geometry and representation made (mostly) by women over more than three centuries are colorful…