The 81st Street Studio at the Met
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.