The 81st Street Studio at the Met

The Met's 81st Street Studio

1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York, NY 

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Thu-Tue 10 am–5 pm


Explore hands-on stations where art and science meet at the Met’s new free drop-in discovery and play space.

🪵 Investigate the scientific properties of materials like wood, metal, and clay at interactive stations: create a drum and learn about sound; try digitally printing from a woodblock; play around with light using objects inspired by The Met collection.

🎶 Explore how material affects sound on an organ, castanet wall, marimba, wave boards, drum station, and guitars custom built by Yamaha.

📕 Browse a children’s book collection designed to spark curiosity about materials and cultures around the world.

📕 Join free storytimes on weekend and Monday mornings.

⭐️ Pick up a free 81st Street Studio Family Field Guide to explore the Met galleries—and the world beyond—with instructions that guide discovery and useful tools, a Look it Up reference booklet, and a field notebook for recording data and drawing conclusions. After your gallery adventure, collect stickers and earn a Met Field Scientist button.

📱 There may be wait during busy times, scan the QR code outside the studio to be added to the wait list.

* See our complete guide to the Met Museum – admission is pay-whay-you-wish for NY residents.