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New York City Museums for Kids

You asked, we rounded up the best New York City museums for kids.

Intrepid musuem

Intrepid Museum: A kid-favorite, this military and maritime history museum is an indoor/outdoor experience with a collection of museum ships. In 2015, the Intrepid Museum opened a new, state-of-the-art Welcome Center, the first stop for Museum visitors. The Welcome Center had been closed since 2012, when the building was flooded by Hurricane Sandy. After undergoing numerous necessary repairs, the Welcome Center was redesigned to streamline guest entry and exit. It features two bright, spacious levels, brand-new registration counters and digital signage, and a revamped gift shop.

Intrepid Museum
Address: Pier 86, W 46th St & 12th Ave, New York, NY 10036
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NYC Transit Museum The New York Transit Museum displays historical artifacts of the New York City Subway, bus, commuter rail, and bridge and tunnel systems under the administration of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Kids are drawn to the hands on portions of the museum–getting to drive a bus, steer a subway car or clamber on a trolley. Other highlights include the Dr. George T.F. Rahilly Trolley and Bus Study Center. The Center features over 50 detailed models of trolleys and work cars created by Dr. Rahilly, a trolley enthusiast whose painstaking depiction of every trolley that ever ran in Brooklyn. All in, this museum offers a fascinating look at how people have gotten around the Big Apple over the years. Highlight: Getting behind the wheel of a MTA bus. Don’t forget to stop by the shop–kids rally dig the subway tees.

NYC Transit Museum
Boerum Pl & Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
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museum of math

Museum of Math The National Museum of Mathematics opened in December of 2012. It's all about STEM learning these days and it's no surprise that NYC added this spot to the list of culture spots in NYC. Our girls loved riding the tricycle with square wheels.

Museum of Math
11 E 26th St, New York, NY 10010
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socrates sculpture park

Socrates Sculpture Park: Free, outdoors and wide open. What’s not to love about this outdoor art space! Located in Long Island City Queens–right along the East River. Socrates is the only site in the New York Metropolitan area specifically dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale work–and it’s perfect for kids. Feel free to bring a picnic and set up in the shady areas. There is always something to see–our recent visit revealed a train track sculpture, a obstacle course of sorts and a huge black building.

32-01 Vernon Boulevard at Broadway
Long Island City (Queens), NY 11106
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Children’s Museum of the Arts: Art and kids. They just go together. Here in NYC we are blessed with so many options for teaching our kids about the creative world.CMA brings working artists together with wee Pollacks and O’Keefes. Participate in an organized activity or do some free designing with the help of an on-staff artist. We sat down at a table and worked on decorating fall leaves. The artist assisting us talked about her work as a video artist. We were also able to enjoy the gallery. On the walls are creations from summer programs and we were inspired to get crafty.

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Poets House

Poets House: 11,000 square-foot library and literary center with FREE poetry programs for the budding bard. Poets House has an awesome collection of poetry books for children and other poetry-friendly tools— from low-tech manual typewriters to films on DVD— to engage children in the creative process.

Poets House
10 River Terrace (at Murray Street) Battery Park City, Manhattan
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Judd, Donald at MOMA

MoMA: MoMA is the top contender for family friendly art in NYC. Why? The museum has roomy, well-lit exhibits, its flooded with light and expertly curated. We love this spot to enjoy art with your family. In addition to the main galleries, MoMA offers special events for families with kids ages 4–14 and their parents and caregivers. Feeling hungry? Head to the Café on 2. They have Stokke highchairs and a kid's menu. Bonus: Kids 16 and under receive free admission to the Museum.

Plan a stop by the Art Lab, an interactive space where kids and adults experiment, play, and create. To get to Art Lab, walk across the Sculpture Garden, or down the corridor on the second floor of the Museum (past Cafe 2), then downstairs to the first floor of The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building.

11 WEST 53 STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10019|
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While there's loads to see at American Museum of Natural History, our family adores the Butterfly Conservatory exhibit. This highly popular winter attraction invites visitors to mingle with up to 500 fluttering, iridescent butterflies inside a free-standing, 1,200-square-foot vivarium among blooming tropical flowers, lush green vegetation, and balmy temperatures. The Butterfly Conservatory is on view through May.

The Butterfly Conservatory
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
Requires Tickets ($14 for children; $24 for adults)
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jewish museum nyc

The Jewish Museumis full of music, paintings, literature and more--it's a celebration of Jewish arts and culture. There are loads of family-friendly enents--like crafts and book events.

The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Ave at 92nd St
New York NY 10128

best nyc museums for kids

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