Your Guide to Family Friendly Museums in Manhattan

There are over 100 museums in NYC, so we’ve narrowed down the list for your next fun-filled family trip.

 

The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum

Pier 86, West 46th Street

Open daily from 10am to 5pm

Exploring inside the USS Intrepid, an aircraft carrier that served in WWII and the Vietnam War, and the Growler, a cold war era submarine, is sure to bring your family’s imagination to flight. Also on display are two dozen fighter aircraft (on the Intrepid’s flight deck) and the prototype space shuttle Enterprise.

 

The National Museum of Mathematics

11 East 26th Street

Open daily from 10am to 5pm

The MoMath offers dynamic ways for kids to learn about math, tech and science including painting on digital canvas, meeting a ‘swarm’ of robots interacting, puzzles, quizzes and games scattered throughout.

 

The DiMenna Children’s History Museum at The New York Historical Society

New York Historical Society at 170 Central Park West

Open Friday from 11am to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm

The DiMenna Children’s History Museum presents 350 years of New York and American history through character-based pavilions, interactive exhibits and digital games, all created for kids aged 8-13.

 

The Museum of Ice Cream

558 Broadway

Open daily (except Tuesday) from 10am to 5:30pm and 6:30pm to 7:30pm

This attraction offers 13 multisensory installations all dedicated to sweets. Slide down the three-story Ice Cream Portal, take a ride to outer space in the Celestial Subway, dance through the Rainbow Tunnel or jump in the city’s only Sprinkle Pool. To put a literal cherry on top, guides offer festive surprises as you move throughout the museum.

 

The Museum of Modern Art

11 West 53 Street

Open Sunday to Friday from 10:30am to 5:30pm and Saturday from 10:30am to 7pm

For families, the MoMA offers ‘Tours for Fours’ where kids ages four and under alongside their parents experience art through movement, drawing and activities. For ages 5-10, there is the ‘A Closer Look for Kids’ program as well as the ‘Tours for Tweens’ program.

 

Rose Center for Earth and Space

American Museum of Natural History, 200 Central Park West

Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 5:30pm

Part of the American Museum of Natural History, the Rose Center for Earth and Space offers both children and adults with a very stimulating place to learn about the cosmos. It’s most known for the Haden Planetarium, a massive sphere housing the Space Theatre with hyper-realistic visualization shows of space. Other exhibits of note include the Scales of the Universe, a 400-foot walkway showing the planets at scale and the Early Adventures program for infants.

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 5th Avenue

Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 5:30pm

Some kids’ favorites at The Met include the Knights in Shining Armor Exhibit and a recreation of an ancient Egyptian temple. The Met Kids Program Website offers maps, videos and information on special family programs and tours to tailor your visit.