If you’re planning a family visit to New York City, museums are a perfect destination for an educational and fun experience that will hold kids’ attention—and one that they’ll enjoy. Here are our top recommendations for the best museums for young children in New York City:
American Museum of Natural History
From dinosaurs and ancient cultures to distant planets and ocean life, this museum has something that will interest everyone in your family. Check out the Earth and Planetary Sciences Halls for a close-up look at minerals, meteorites, and more. Plus, you can learn more about the landscape of our own planet and the science behind it in the Biodiversity and Environment Halls, which include exhibits on nature, animals, and the local environment. If you’re interested in human history and culture, the Human Origins and Culture Halls offer insights on ancient civilizations from all over the world.
The American Museum of Natural History obviously has a lot to offer—plus, what’s better than seeing the setting of Night at the Museum firsthand? In addition to all of the amazing permanent exhibits, there are always traveling exhibits taking place. Feel free to browse on your own or follow a self-guided tour of a specific exhibit. Check out the current exhibitions here and start planning your visit today.
National Museum of Mathematics
A museum based solely on math may not sound like the most kid-friendly destination in the city, but it’s really a great choice and here’s why: This museum isn’t all about equations and variables—it highlights how math is all around us in our everyday lives, and uses games, virtual reality, and hands-on activities to learn how it all works.
Interactive exhibits allow visitors to experience concepts like tessellations, fractals, shapes, encryptions, and more firsthand. From finding the perfect mathematical arc to shoot a free throw to using math to create music, this museum is sure to have your kids (and you!) thinking about math in a whole new way. Check out the exhibit guide here to learn more.
Children’s Museum of Manhattan
This museum is specifically designed with young children in mind, with interactive exhibits that are so fun, your family won’t even realize they’re learning! These exhibits include EatSleepPlay, which teaches families about living a healthier lifestyle and how the human digestive and circulatory systems work, what nutrients are, and why it’s important to eat a healthy diet, and more. Plus, the Let’s Dance! Exhibit teaches the power of movement and creativity, and the Adventures of Dora and Diego brings your kids’ favorite TV characters to life. The Children’s Museum includes all of that and much more. Here is a list of exhibitions so you can see what else the museum has to offer.
New York Hall of Science
The Hall of Science offers more than 450 interactive displays that help explain the world around us in exciting ways. Permanent exhibits include the Sports Challenge, which shows how physics, physiology, and material science work and affect everyday life while visitors try various sports and physical activities. Meanwhile, the Wild Minds exhibit uses digital media to show similarities between human and animal minds, and the Health Connection exhibit explains how evolution and natural selection affected health, illness, and prevention. Plus, if you’re planning a trip during the warmer months, the Hall of Science also has 60,000 square feet of outdoor exhibitions that allow visitors to learn, play, and get some fresh air all at the same time. Learn more about the exhibits and the museum here.
New York City is full of exciting and educational museums that are perfect for family visits. Happy learning!
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