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Children's Museums in New York

Updated Oct 05 2014 04:43 PM EST with 18 listings
Children's museums are a great place to take children on their day off or on a Sunday. Children's museum will often feature interactive displays and hands on activities.
Children's Museums in New York

American Folk Art Museum

The American Folk Art Museum celebrates the contributions of folk art to the enduring culture of America, highlighting the expressive qualities of items as simple as a quilt. The collection also includes 18th and 19th century paintings and handcrafted items form American history.
45 W. 53rd St., Midtown NY 10019 Tel 212-265-1040
Fax: 212-265-2350; E-mail: info@folkartmuseum.org
Website: folkartmuseum.org

Brooklyn Children's Museum

The oldest museum for kids in the nation, fun! educational, cool parts, gadgets, playful exhibits, etc! $4 Admission; Free for members & children under 1.
145 Brooklyn Ave., Brooklyn NY 11213 at St. Mark's Ave., Fax 718-604-7442
General Info: 718-735-4400; TTY Line ( Deaf ): 718-771-0286
Website: brooklynkids.org

Children's Museum of Manhattan

Four stories of hands-on instructional & fun toys, games & demonstrations. A delight for kids of all ages when it is not crowded.
212 W. 83rd St., Upper West Side NY 10024 Tel 212-721-1234
Website: cmom.org

Children's Museum of the Arts - Lower East Side

Lower East Side New York New York Children's Art Museum
182 LaFayette St., Lower East Side NY 10013 Tel 212-274-0986

Children's Museum of the Arts - Soho

Recommended for the 2-10 year old age group. Admission is just a donation on Wednesday from 17-19, otherwise it's $5. Rated best by NY Mag 4/24/00.
182 LaFayette St., Soho NY 10013 Tel 212-274-0986
Tel: 212-941-9198; Fax: 212-274-1776
Website: cmany.org


The Cloisters is made up of a historic building and its cloistered gardens; Take a guided tour and discover the art and architecture of medieval Europe. Inside visitors will see sculpture, tapestries, illuminated manuscripts, gold and silver work, stained glass and more. Lectures and programs are held on Saturdays, and music concerts are presented in the 12th-century Fuentiduena Chapel.
Fort Tryon Pk., Tel 212-923-3700
E-mail: cloisters@metmuseum.org; Website: metmuseum.org

Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is the only museum in the country devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. A Smithsonian Institution facility, the museum features collections that include drawings, prints and graphic design; product design and decorative arts; textiles; and wallcoverings. Click here for a Location.
2 E. 91st St., Carnegie Hill NY 10128 Fifth Avenue, Tel 212-849-8400
E-mail: chtours@si.edu; Website: cooperhewitt.org

Forbes Magazine Galleries

Publishing magnate, Malcolm Forbes collected toy boats, toy soldiers, monopoly games, medals and trophies, presidential papers, and lavishly decorated Faberge eggs. They're all on display here. Free admission.
62 Fifth Ave., Greenwich Village NY 10011 Main Office 212-206-5549

Intrepid Sea/Air/Space Museum

One of the most successful ships in US histry is now one of the most unique attractions in New York City. Exhibits include military artifacts and installations on current events, plus two flight simulator rides. There are more than 25 aircraft on the deck of the carrier Intrepid; the USS Growler, a guided missile submarine; and the British Airways Concorde, the world's fastest supersonic jet. Click here to see a picture. Click here for a Location
General Info 212-245-0072
Membership Info: 212-245-2533; Website: intrepidmuseum.org

Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Allows a visitor to experience how immigrants lived in the late 1800s. Admission to exhibits is free; admission for tours for adults $9: Students & seniors $7: Members free. A guided architectural tour through several streets in this area is also offered. It runs 1 hour.
97 Orchard St., Lower East Side NY 10002 Tel 212-431-0233
Fax: 212-431-0402; TTY Line ( Deaf ): 212-431-0714
E-mail: lestm@tenement.org; Website: tenement.org

Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden

This elegant, historic hotel features eight rooms furnished with period furniture and art, plus a lovely garden where hotel guests once reclined and conversed in the genteel atmosphere of the era.
421 E. 61st St., Uptown East NY 10021 Tel 212-838-6878
Fax: 212-838-7390; E-mail: info@mvhm.org
Website: mvhm.org

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Currently, MoMA as it is known in NYC, is undergoing extensive renovations and has set up a temporary exhbition space in Queens. The Manhattan location is scheduled to re-open in 2005. MoMA houses an outstanding collection of American & European paintings & sculptures from late 19th C. to present. Innovative in its definition of "art", it was a pioneer in exhibiting film, photography, and industrial design. Its retrospectives can draw record breaking attendance. A happy place to take small children, as strollers are allowed. Call for or visit the website for information on admission and hours, as they change with the exhibitions in the Queens space. Website provides information on all that you will find here.
11 W. 53rd St., Midtown NY 10019 betw Fifth & Sixth Ave, General Info 212-708-9400
General Info: 212-708-9480; Program Info: 212-708-9781
Tour Info: 212-708-9685; E-mail: comments@moma.org
Website: moma.org

Museum of Television and Radio

25 W. 52nd St., Midtown NY 10019 betw 5th & 6th Ave, General Info 212-621-6600
Recorded Information: 212-621-6800; Website: mtr.org

National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian)

Website has general info on services and programs. Also, visit the interactive website at http://www.conexus.si.edu.
1 Bowling Green, Recorded Information 212-668-6624
Reservations Info: 212-514-3705; Website: si.edu

New York City Fire Museum

The New York City Fire Museum occupies a renovated 1904 firehouse at 278 Spring St. in the SoHo district of Manhattan. It houses one of the nation's most important collections of fire related art and artifacts from the late 18th century to the present. Suggested admissions: $4 adults, $1 children under 12, $2 seniors & students.
278 Spring St., Hudson Square NY 10013 Tel 212-691-1303
Website: nycfiremuseum.org

New York Hall of Science

Visitors of all ages can explore the secrets of biology, chemisty and physics. More than 225 exhibits offer tons of interactive fun, and the museum also hosts special exhibits, events and science programs for youth.
Queens NY 11368 47-01 111th St Queens, Tel 718-699-0005
Tel: 718-699-0301; Fax: 718-699-1341
E-mail: wbrez@nyscience.org; Website: nyhallsci.org

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Frank Lloyd Wright's New York masterpiece is recognized around the world, and visitors come form around the world to view this museum's collection of art. Art form the late 19th and early 20th centuries represents such movements as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Surrealism and German Expressionism, with pieces by such renowned names as Picasso, van Gogh, Kandisky, Chagall and other modern masters. Click here to see a picture of the inside of the museum & here to see a picture of the outside of the museum.. Click here for a Location.
1071 Fifth Ave., East Harlem NY 10128 89th Street, Tel 212-423-3500
Tel: 212-423-3640; Fax: 212-423-3650
Toll-Free: 800-329-6109; E-mail: sales@guggenheim.org
Website: guggenheim.org

The Merchant's House

Kids 11 and under free! $3 for adults. This was the home of a typical upper-middle-class familiy whose posessions, dating back to 1835, have stayed intact. The old-fashioned furniture is a main attraction and learning experience for kids.
29 E. 4th St., Greenwich Village NY betw Bowery & Lafayette St, Tel 212-777-1089