New York - Children's Museum Of Manhattan

212 West 83rd Street

History and Mission:

CMOM inspires children and families to learn about themselves and our culturally diverse world through a unique environment of interactive exhibitions and programs. Since opening in a neighborhood storefront in 1973, we’ve grown into a unique 38,000 square-foot learning facility with outreach programs at nearly 50 sites throughout New York City. We’re proud to be a destination for visitors from around the world.

Each year, CMOM serves more than 350,000 people, including 65,000 children who visited the Museum as part of a school group or through one of the Museum’s community partners. CMOM is committed to making its exhibits and programs available to all, and with outreach programs at nearly 50 sites around New York City, we continually reach thousands of families who might not otherwise be able to benefit from our services.

CMOM focuses on four priority areas to impact children in ways that will last a lifetime:

 - Early childhood education prepares children for success in school.

 - Creativity in the arts and sciences inspires creative and analytical thinking skills for lifelong learning.

 - Healthy lifestyles programs provide a blueprint for a family's physical, emotional and environmental well-being.

 - Exploration of world cultures gives children awareness, understanding and context for the diverse society in which we all live.

These priorities are met through exhibitions, classes, workshops, performances and Museum-sponsored festivals. CMOM’s programs and exhibits are designed to address the multiple ways children learn and to help parents understand and support their children’s development. This approach is reflected throughout the Museum: in exhibitions like PlayWorks - an entire floor devoted to pre-schoolers, in Gods, Myths and Mortals: Discover Ancient Greece-an introduction to art, science and literature; and in the Healthy Lifestyles programming developed with healthcare providers to encourage good nutrition and daily exercise. Professional Development programs are offered to parents, educators and childcare providers and health care professionals as a means to broaden CMOM’s influence in reaching children and their families effectively.

Every week more than 80 workshops, classes and performances are offered free with admission to the Museum, deepening the CMOM experience with related literacy-based activities, diverse cultural experiences and the performing arts. Every CMOM program is based on research, evaluation and testing.


Sirfussalots 12345

Sunday, March 18, 2018
For toddlers and even a bit older children it is a great place to take them. Lots of things to do in this museum. My child on average will spend three to four hours exploring the whole place. The best part is that every few months they have new exhibits so you always see something new to explore. Not only a place to play but almost everything they have is very educational. Be warned it can get crowed. So if your kid is shy or doesn’t like crowds I would suggest to avoid the weekends and after two on weekdays.

jennifer singleton

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Omg! I took my niece and nephew here they wouldn't leave... all they wanted to do was stay there all day and even avoid eating. This is the best place to take your children it is safe clean and so inviting. The staff is amazing. You will feel like a child again in this place.

P Lucas

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
More place space than museum. I saw lots of single kids there just standing and watching. If you're thinking of going there, make sure your kid has someone to play with. Many "exhibits" were either out of order or lacking supplies, making them non-usable. There are WAY better places to spend your money and time. The staff responsible for keeping order in the entrance were pushy and surly and unnecessarily bossy.

anna kryzhanovsky

Monday, April 9, 2018
Great on the free days ...adults $14. Kids$12. Way to expensive. The yearly pass is worth the $$$$ security &front staff can use better customer. service training. Less attitude.


Sunday, April 22, 2018
Fun museum for ages 1-6. Surprised by the amount of animals in here. They have a lot of sections that will keep kids entertained for hours (sand pit, foam chip pit, 3 different water tanks, fake grocery store etc). Free coat / stroller check.

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