CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF THE ARTS
82 Lafayette Street
Tiny place in SoHo which little kids love. They can draw, paint, do collage and other crafts, even dress up or snuggle down and look at books. Look for the zebra on the pavement outside!
1 East 70th Street
A small but perfect art collection, the Frick Collection includes some of the best-known paintings by the greatest European artists, major works of sculpture (among them one of the finest groups of small bronzes in the world), superb eighteenth-century French furniture and porcelains, Limoges enamels, Oriental rugs, and other works of remarkable quality. Located in the former mansion of Mr. Frick, the mansion is a true work of art; the low stone building and courtyard take up almost an entire city block and statues stand prominently by the entranceway.
GROUND ZERO MUSEUM WORKSHOP
"Images & Artifacts from the Recovery." Stunning Images by Official Ground Zero Photographer Gary Marlon Suson. Known as the "Biggest LITTLE Museum in New York." (tiny museum, huge story content). "Rare Photos" (New York Times) are displayed, some in lifelike 3D installations, as well as remnants and rare video. Daily 2-hour tours with your own tour guide. Benefits 9/11 and FDNY Charities.
LOWER EAST SIDE TENEMENT MUSEUM
Telling the stories of 97 Orchard Street, built on Manhattan's Lower East Side in 1863, this tenement apartment building was home to nearly 7000 working class immigrants.
They faced challenges we understand today: making a new life, working for a better future, starting a family with limited means. In recognizing the importance of this seemingly ordinary building, the Tenement Museum has re-imagined the role that museums can play in our lives. Guided tours only (book tickets before you go) - very interesting tour.
Central Park along 5th Ave, from 80th to 84th Streets
Voted one of the most family-friendly art museums in the U.S. with plenty for kids to see and do. Check website in advance to see what might suit their ages.
53rd between 5th and 6th.
The Museum of Modern Art is a great size, not too overwhelming, and the audio guides provide a really interesting tour for kids. Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, MOMA is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world.
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
79th Street and Central Park West
For 125 years, the American Museum of Natural History has been one of the world's pre-eminent science and research institutions, renowned for its collections and exhibitions that illuminate millions of years of the earth's evolution, from the birth of the planet through the present day. You can even take your children (ages 8-12) for a sleepover! Great for all ages. You'll need at least ½ day or several visits.
SONY WONDER TECHNOLOGY LAB
56th and Madison
Four floors of hands-on exhibits where kids can create music, movies and all sorts of other stuff. Almost all carried out using keyboards and/or mouse so helps if kids are familiar with computers and can read a little. FREE admission but limited number of tickets so don’t leave it too late in the day.
Located at Pier 86 in the heart of Manhattan, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is one of America’s leading historic, cultural and educational institutions. The Museum is centered on the aircraft carrier Intrepid (CVS-11), one of the most successful ships in US history, and now a national historic landmark and one of the most unique attractions in New York City. In 1943, Intrepid was commissioned and served proudly in World War II. She went on to serve as one of the primary recovery vessels for NASA, three tours of duty off Vietnam, and submarine surveillance in the North Atlantic during the Cold War.
Click here to check out free outdoor Movie Nights on the deck of the Intrepid
TIP: Book online for reduced price entry.