5 museums children will love in New York

1) Children's Museum of the Arts

Colorful and playful, this interactive museum for kids caters to kids ages 1 to 15 with classes that allow them to create their very own art – guided by in-house artists. Children have the space to get super creative with drawing, sculpture, sound art, and stop-motion animation. Exhibitions are designed to spark their imaginations.

a child enjoying the Children's Museum of the Arts

103 Charlton Street (between Hudson and Greenwich Street)

+1 212 274 0986


2) Brooklyn Children's Museum

Housed under a bright yellow steel roof is a museum devoted to inspiring children. There are rooms which encourage play, while exhibits educate kids about culture and the natural world. The sensory room encourages exploration and was developed by a team of experts who welcome all, including those with autism. Artists interact with children.

a tunnel where kids play at Brooklyn Children's Museum

145 Brooklyn Avenue, Crown Heights

+1 718 735 4400


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3) New York Transit Museum

Kids have a blast exploring vintage trains and buses in this museum that has taken over a defunct subway station. The specimens on site span from the late 1800s to the 1960s. Kids allowed behind the wheel! Entrance is a little tricky: look for a fake subway entrance just off Boerum Place.

interior of the Transit museum resembling a subway station

99 Schermerhorn Street (corner of Schermerhorn and Court Street), Brooklyn

+1 718 694 1600


4) Children's Museum of Manhattan

Immersive exhibits are the charm of this 5-story museum. Here kids up to age 6 can learn about culture, history and science in the most fun way. There are classes and workshops geared to delight children like Gross Biology – which will have kids screaming ewwwwww, and The Music in Me! taught by TV star Laurie Berkner.

Dora the Explorer at Children's Museum of Manhattan

212 West 83rd Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue)

+1 212 721 1223


5) American Museum of Natural History

A stellar museum for kids and their parents and one of NYC’s most kidfriendly museums. From the Rose Center for Earth and Space and dinosaurs to Lucy, the most complete early hominid skeleton and the iconic blue whale in the Irma and Paul Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life, as well as artifacts of Asian and European civilizations. It’s all there!

dinosaur skeletons inside the American Museum of Natural History

200 Central Park West

+1 212 769 5100


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