Most of NYC's museums are incredibly welcoming to kids of all ages, with spacious, stroller-friendly galleries and friendly staff. Click the 'more info' buttons for tons of tips, including nearby food and playgrounds.
UPPER EAST SIDE
⏱ Wed–Mon 10 am–6 pm, Pay-what-you-wish 5–6 pm
🎟 $16/adults, free/ages 18 & under
See gorgeous historic and contemporary design in a stunning 19th-century mansion turned into a high-tech, interactive dream for all ages.
Explore innovative design through the centuries, play designer on high resolution touchscreen tables with very cool electronic ‘pens,’ and rock around in the Spun chairs in the basement.
⭐️ Create and go inside digital wallpaper in the Immersion Room.
⏱ Thurs-Sun 11 am–5 pm
🎟 $9/adults, $5/students & seniors, free/ages 11 & under (suggested)
This lively museum focuses on the art and culture of Puerto Ricans and all Latin Americans in the United States. Small and friendly with great family programming and interesting artworks in a range of genres.
⭐️ Across Fifth Avenue from the magical Conservatory Garden in Central Park
⏱ Thu 10 am–9 pm
Fri–Mon 10 am–5 pm
🎟 Suggested $20, $14/students & seniors, free/ages 19 & under
Explore the greatest city in the world at this small museum with a big collection of theater artifacts, furniture, toys, paintings, sculpture and photos arranged into exhibits that entertain and educate all ages.
⭐️ Learn about NYC’s restaurants, street carts, sustainability and more deliciousness in Food in New York: Bigger Than the Plate. See depictions of New York in film and television, visual and performing arts, music, poetry, literature, and fashion in block-long This Is New York: 100 Years of the City in Art and Pop Culture.
⏱ Thu 11 am–8 pm
Fri-Mon 11 am–6 pm
🎟 $18/adults, free/ages 18 & under
Explore the global Jewish experience through works of fine art, Judaica, antiquities, folk art, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media intelligently organized in gorgeous galleries.
⭐️ Pick up Kids Gallery Guides & pencils for interactive exploration.
⏱ Wed–Mon 11 am–6 pm
Pay-what-you-wish Sat 6 pm–8 pm
🎟 $25, $10/students & seniors , free ages 12 & under
The striking Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda is reason enough to visit this landmark museum, and well-designed exhibits and kids’ programs make this a family-friendly setting for contemporary and modern art.
⭐️ Explore two must-see exhibits: striking two- and three-dimensional shapes in Gego: Measuring Infinity and site-specific immersive installations in Sarah Sze: Timelapse.
⏱ Sun-Tue & Thu 10 am–5 pm
Fri & Sat 10 am–9 pm
🎟 $30, $17/students, free/ages 12 & under (pay-what-you-wish for NY residents)
Explore a vast collection that spans millennia and continents. You might get lost searching for iconic favorites in the grand halls and you’ll definitely discover fascinating art that appeals all ages – Egyptian temples, medieval armor, fascinating fashion, impressionist masterpieces and more.
📕 Explore hands-on stations where art and science meet and join storytimes at the new free drop-in discovery and play space.
⭐️ Take in Central Park views from inside an Egyptian-style temple with LA-style graffiti on the Met Roof Garden: Lauren Halsey.
UPPER WEST SIDE
⏱ Tue-Sun 11:30 am-6:00 pm
🎟 🎟FREE, $5 suggested
The cozy, always free American Folk Art Museum features rotating family-friendly exhibits featuring Americana art that often includes engaging colors, patterns and animals.
🧵 Look lots of birds, butterflies and other animals in over 35 unique quilts What That Quilt Knows About Me.
⏱ Daily 10 am–5 pm
🎟 $30 (suggested), $17/students, free/ages 12 & under
Explore a castle-like museum overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan’s Fort Tyron Park at this branch of the Met dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe. Look for has secret passages, peaceful gardens, golden treasure, and fabulous family programs on select weekends.
⭐️ Princess/knight costumes optional. The gift shop has wonderful books, costumes & toys.
⏱ Thu 12 pm–8 pm
Fri 12 pm–5 pm
Sat-Sun 10 am-3 pm
🎟 $7/adults, $5/ages 2-17
Explore a range of accessible and thought-provoking art, from historically significant to important contemporary works at this community-driven children’s museum. Rotating exhibits feature art and installations inspired by the rich cultural history of Sugar Hill and the artists of the Harlem Renaissance.
⭐️ Interactive programs include Saturday Story Hour with special guest artists and art-making with artists-in-residence.
⏱ Daily 10 am–5 pm
🎟 $36, $26/ages 5-12, free/ages 4 & under
History/military buffs and plane lovers can examine original artifacts, view historic video footage and explore interactive exhibits aboard an actual 1943 aircraft carrier. Lots of indoor and outdoor space to roam with tons to touch, climb and explore.
⭐️ NYC Residents always receive 50% off general admission.
⏱ Daily 10 am-5:30 pm
Sat 10:30 am–7 pm
🎟 $25/adults, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under
See modern masterpieces from from famous impressionist and provocative contemporary artists. Folic in the serene Sculpture Garden and create in the interactive, all-ages Family Art Lab: Line, Shape, Color.
⭐️ Pick up Family Activity Guides in the lobby, or at the Education and Family Information Desk on the second floor. Bring a device and headphones to access kids audio and activity guides.
⏱ Tue-Sun 10:30 am–5 pm
Pay-what-you-wish Fri 5-7 pm
🎟 $22/adults, $13/students, free/ages 12 & under
Explore the gorgeous former private library of Gilded Age financier Pierpont Morgan, joined with other historic buildings and modern steel-and-glass pavilions, and see illuminated, literary, and historical manuscripts, early printed books (including some children’s favorites), and old master drawings and prints.
The stately garden, with a large lawn and patterns pathways, is open May–October.
⭐️ Pick up a Family Guide with info and activities about Belle da Costa Greene, a pioneering Black female librarian who helped build the collection in the early 1900s
⏱ Tue-Sun 10 am–6 pm
🎟 $18/adults, free/ages 18 & under
Explore contemporary and historic innovation in craft, art, fashion and design in a lovely setting overlooking Central Park.
See famous ensembles from music videos, concert attire, props, jewelry, ephemera, and projections of music videos in special exhibit Taylor Swift: Storyteller ($25 timed tickets for all ages include museum admission).
⭐️ Peek in resident artists’ and designers’ studios on the sixth floor (and take in amazing Central Park viewzs) meet the artists during open studio hours (Wed, Fri & Sat 10:30 am–5:30 pm).
⏱ Tue-Sun 9:30 am–6:30 pm
Sat 9:30 am–8 pm
🎟 $34-$41, $29/students
Explore Broadway’s rich history, the behind-the-scenes and its game changers at a new interactive and experiential museum. An internationally renowned team of artists, designers, and theatre historians designed a fun, accessible, brightly colored experience that highlights groundbreaking moments in Broadway’s history.
⭐️ Pose in recreated sets from favorite Broadway shows – kids love the swing in the ‘Hair’ installation
🎟 *Save 25% through Oct. 31 *
⏱ Wed-Sun 10 am–6 pm
🎟 $15, $5/ages 11 & under
Dog-lovers can explore canine-related artwork with cutting-edge technology and interpretation, plus items from the library, archives and collection of the American Kennel Club headquarters. See canine-related paintings, ceramics and other fine art & artifacts. Explore AKC registered breeds at an interactive table. Discover which dog breed looks most like you through visual recognition software.
Pick up activities and worksheets in the library, including a Breed of the Month craft.
Pets welcome Friday 6–8 pm ($5)
⏱ Wed-Mon 10:30 am–6 pm
Fri 10:30 am–10 pm (pay-what-you-wish 7-10 pm)
🎟 $30/adults, $24/students & seniors, free/ages 18 & under
See bold modern and contemporary American art in a very cool building with gorgeous outdoor terraces overlooking the Hudson River.
Find works by American icons Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Edward Hopper and the charming Calder’s Circus. Look for animals and portrait sculptures assembled from surprising everyday objects in colorful, thought-provoking Jaune Quick-to-See Smith: Memory Map.
⭐️ Well-designed kids gallery guides and pencils available form the info desks. Drop in to Family Open Studios on Saturdays.
⏱ Thu, Sat-Sun 11 am–5 pm
Fri 11 am–10 pm
🎟 $19, $14/students & seniors, free/ages 12 & under
This serene museum connects the arts and cultures of the Himalayas to contemporary life, exploring universal themes like happiness, consciousness, and the cosmos. Lots of interesting details and an interactive, multi-sensory Mandala Lab – plus maybe your kid will pick up some zen vibes.
⭐️ Museum admission is free during wonderful weekly Family Sundays with tours,discussion and art-making.
⏱ Thu-Sun 10 am–6 pm Fri 10 am– 9 pm (free admission)
🎟 $12/adults, $8/students, seniors & educators, free/ages 18 & under
See vibrant designs from historical and contemporary posters grouped into fascinating exhibitions like the current Made in Japan: 20th-Century Poster Art. Small but packed with lots of color and great graphics.
Help color in a detailed wall poster of an NYC neighborhood and pick up a scavenger hunt and find interesting items throughout the museum to get a cool prize in the Shop.
⭐️ Each exhibition is accompanied by an Activity Card, developed with visitors ages 5–11 in mind.
⏱ Daily 10 am–5 pm
🎟 $25, $20/students, seniors, ages 2-12, free/kids under 2
Dynamic exhibits and programs stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics. Explore 30+ hand-on stations – play with light, arrange shapes, try to ride a bike with square wheels and more educational entertainment. Discover the stunning hidden patterns of moving objects in special exhibit Traces.
⭐️ In happening Flatiron, across the street from Madison Square Park, with lots of nearby fun and food.
⏱ Daily 10 am–5 pm
All ages can learn about the culture and contributions of Native Americans at the engaging New York branch of this DC museum, housed in the grand Alexander Hamilton US Custom House. Lots of opportunities for hands-on exploration in multiple rooms. Touch a buffalo hide, match animal drawings, learn about Mayan math, play in a teepee and more.
⭐️ Pick up a fantastic family guide and find featured items among the galleries including wood and stone carvings, exquisite clothing, feather bonnets and lots of animal representations.
⏱ Thu–Sun 11 am–6 pm
🎟 $18/adults, $15/ages 5-17 & 65+, free/ages 4 & under
Learn about the life and legacy of Jackie Robinson through artifacts, historical imagery and multilayered storytelling. Celebrate the enduring legacy of Robinson’s multifaceted commitment to advancing equal opportunity for all through activism, civic engagement, and economic empowerment efforts.
⭐️ Experience historic moments in baseball through video content, image projections, immersive audio and a 3/16-scale model of Ebbets Field.
⏱ Thu–Sat 12 pm–6 pm
Celebrate NYC’s rich vertical architectural heritage in a small but very cool stainless-steel space.
See mini-Manhattan models, dramatic photographs, scale models of the tallest buildings throughout world and history and rotating exhibits plus a large-scale “light box” entrance by artist James Turrell.
⭐️ Walk along the harborfront to destination playground Battery Playscape and the enchanting Seaglass Carousel.
⏱ Wed–Sun 12 pm–6 pm
🎟 $15/adults, $10/students, seniors & firefighters, $6/children
The official FDNY museum, located in a renovated 1904 firehouse, traces the development of firefighting in New York from the early bucket brigades to the present day.
Walk through halls filled with historic artifacts and FDNY vehicles, including a “sidewinder” style hand-pumped fire engine built circa 1820 and modern bunker gear and helmets in adult and kid sizes to try on.
⭐️ Pick up a scavenger hunt and look for artifacts to win a surprise gift.
⏱ Tue-Thu, Sat-Sun 11 am–6 pm
Fri 11 am–9 pm (Pay-what-you-wish 7–9 pm)
🎟 🎟 $18/adults, free/ages 18 & under
Always something interesting to see – or interact with – at Manhattan’s only dedicated contemporary art museum in a geometric building in a cool neighborhood (with great food options).
⭐️ Don’t miss the amazing view from the top floor Sky Room.
⏱ Sun-Fri 10 am–5 pm
Closed on Jewish holidays
🎟 $15/adults, $10/students & seniors, $8/ages 5-17
Learn about Jewish New York at a museum housed in the stunning 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, the first great house of worship built in America by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe.
Experience life through the eyes of a newly arrived immigrant in self-guided tours and admire Kiki Smith’s monumental stained glass window.
⭐️ More (delicious) immigrant history – plus lots of free samples -at nearby The Pickle Guys, next door to must-try Doughnut Plant.
⏱ Daily 10 am–6 pm
Join educator-led apartment tours inside two historic tenement buildings and walking tours within the Lower East Side neighborhood to learn about immigrant experience in the United States.
⭐️ In Meet Victoria, journey back in time to 1916 for an immersive experience with an actor playing Victoria Confino, a real teenager who immigrated to the United States in 1913 in her family’s recreated tenement apartment.
⏱ Thu–Sun 10 am–4 pm
🎟 $10/adults, $5/ages 2-18 & 62+
Housed underground in an authentic 1936 subway station in Downtown Brooklyn, this toddler’s dream hosts a working platform level spanning a full city block with a rotating selection of twenty vintage subway and elevated cars dating back to 1907. Board vintage cars, sit at the wheel of a city bus, step through a time tunnel of turnstiles, and explore changing exhibits that highlight the cultural, social and technological history – and future – of mass transit.
⭐️ The underground platform level with the historic trains is truly vintage, with no air-conditioning or cell phone service.
⏱ Wed, Thu & Sun 11 am–6 pm
Fri-Sat 11 am–8 pm
🎟 $16/adults, $10/seniors & students, free/ages 19 & under
This encyclopedic, community focused museum on the edge of Prospect Park hosts a huge, diverse permanent collection, as well as immersive temporary exhibitions. Lots of room to roam among gorgeous Beaux-Arts architecture, and always something exciting to discover.
Celebrate the ingenuity and global impact of African fashions from the 1950s to today in multisensory, immersive Africa Fashion.
⭐️ Next door to the lovely Brooklyn Botanic Garden (discount combo passes available) and the many attractions of Prospect Park.
⏱ Wed-Sun 10 am–5 pm Pay-What-You-Wish Thu 2 pm–5 pm
🎟 $13, free/babies under 1
Find hands-on exploration and engaging programming in visual arts, music and performance, natural science, and world cultures inspired by Brooklyn’s energy and diversity at the world’s first children’s museum, founded in 1899.
Learn about world cultures, visual arts, nature, animals and more in well-designed, interactive exhibits including World Brooklyn, Neighborhood Nature, Totally Tots, Collections Central and The (outdoor) Nest. Try print-making, collage and sculpture projects inspired by artists.
⏱ Wed-Fri 12 pm–5 pm Sat-Sun 11 am–5 pm
An expansive open light-filled space hosts ambitious Queens-themed exhibitions, educational initiatives, and community-minded programming.
Highlights include a Mini-city Panorama of the City of New York, great views of the iconic Unisphere and gorgeous glass in Tiffany’s Lamps: Lighting Luxury
🌳 Lots to explore in surrounding Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
⏱ Tue-Sun 10 am–5 pm + holidays/breaks
Pay-as-you-wish Fri 2–5 pm
🎟 $16/adults, $13/kids, students & seniors
Find tons of fun hands-on learning opportunities in a gorgeous, spacious building at a beloved center for interactive science, founded at the 1964–65 World’s Fair.
Smile and dance in The Happiness Experiment, interact with animated wonderland Connected Worlds, join Daily Demos throughout the day, use real tools in Maker Space and watch 3D science films.
⛳️ Explore key science concepts in a nine-hole Rocket Park Mini Golf, built around actual rockets and spacecraft ($6).
⏱ Wed–Sun 11 am–6 pm
🎟 $12, $6/students & seniors, free/ages 11 & under
See works by internationally-renowned Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi and other artists in a lovely space he designed.
Explore serene indoor-outdoor galleries built around a repurposed 1920s industrial building with an attached concrete pavilion designed and built in the 1980s by Noguchi himself in collaboration with Shoji Sadao. Approximately 27,000 square feet of exhibition space includes a renowned sculpture garden.
🌳 Down the block from Socrates Sculpture Park and stunning Manhattan views.
⏱ Thu 2-6 pm (free admission)
Fri 2–8 pm
Sat–Sun 12–6 pm
🎟 $20/ages 18+, $12/students & seniors, $10/ages 3-17
Explore film, TV and video games from nineteenth century optical toys to the latest in digital art with lots of hand-on exhibits in a spacious, modern building.
See over 1,400 artifacts in Behind the Screen including Star Wars & Star Trek props. Visit Miss Piggy, Elmo and other favorites in interactive Jim Henson’s World
⭐️ Get creative at hands-on moving making stations
⏱ Thu-Fri 12 pm–5 pm Sat-Sun 11 am–5 pm
🎟 $10/adults, $6/ages 3-18
Learn about the connections between arts, sciences, and history on a family-friendly museum situated on the banks of the Hudson River.
⭕️ Walk through or lounge underneath more than 2,100 colorful hula hoops in Kengo Kito: Unity on the Hudson in a cantilevered glass overlook with dramatic, three-sided panoramic views of the Hudson River and the majestic Palisades.
Experience large-scale sculpture and site-specific commissions under open sky at a gorgeous 500-acre outdoor museum in New York’s Hudson Valley. * Prepare for lots of open air walking. Wear comfortable shoes and weather-appropriate layers. Items such as hats, gloves, and hand warmers are available in the vending machines around the site. Some roads are paved but many are not easy with a stroller. * Tram service…
⭐️ Consider memberships at local faves for a climate-controlled spot to roam all year – plus perks like gift shop/cafe discounts and skipping lines.
⭐️ Note that kids under 10 aren't allowed at the Frick Museum or Neue Galerie.