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13 New York Museums to Visit This Fall

It’s no secret NYC and its surrounding areas are home to some of the best museums in the country, and perhaps the world. What you may not know is that several of them are right here on KidPass, with programs and classes that cater specifically to children. Read on to discover them all!

Children’s Museum of the Arts
SoHo / 10 months – 15 years old

At Children’s Museum of the Arts, visitors have the opportunity to explore the rotating exhibitions of contemporary art as well as make art alongside teaching artists in interactive studios. And for children under 5, come to the WEE Arts drop-in classes, a special class environment filled with exploratory art-making, music time, and story time!

The City Reliquary Museum
Williamsburg / All ages

Get to know your city better! The City Reliquary’s permanent collection includes Statue of Liberty postcards, terracotta fragments of landmark buildings, subway tokens, geological core samples, paint chips from the L train platform, a “very old shovel,” and countless other artifacts that tell unique stories of New York City’s past. Rotating exhibitions of community collections celebrate the archival work of New York collectors, and temporary exhibitions showcase vital, yet often overlooked stories of the city.

Cradle of Aviation Museum
Garden City, LI / 2 – 12 years old

This aviation and spaceflight museum commemorates Long Island’s part in the history of aviation. Over 75 air and space craft, a dozen cockpits and 30 hands-on exhibits await you in the Donald Everett Axinn Air & Space Museum Hall. Explore over 150,000 square feet featuring 75 air and spacecraft from a hot air balloon to an actual Apollo Lunar Module. Fun and education for the whole family!

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Dimenna’s Children’s History Museum
Upper West Side / 5 – 13 years old

This is the first history museum in the United States designed specifically for children, presenting 350 years of New York and American history through character-based pavilions, interactive exhibits, and digital games, the Barbara K. Lipman Children’s History Library, and a wide range of family learning programs.

Ground Zero Museum Workshop
Chelsea / 4 – 12 years old

Come experience the Ground Zero Museum Workshop Tour and see what it was like to be on the front lines with FDNY firefighters after the 9/11 attacks. This is a kid-friendly museum, and does not show graphic footage. The museum believes that education promotes healing.

The Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum
Midtown West / 5 – 17 years old

The Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum is an educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets, and a guided missile submarine! Fun and educational for adults and kids of all ages.

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Jewish Children’s Museum
Crown Heights / 2 – 17 years old

You’re never too young (or old) to learn something new. With hands-on exhibits focusing on Jewish holidays, biblical history, the land of Israel, contemporary Jewish life, and more, the Jewish Children’s Museum celebrates and explores many aspects of Jewish culture. Come by on a day off—there’s enough here to keep them interested all day.

Long Island Explorium
Port Jefferson / 1 – 17 years old

Driven by the notion that learning is its own fun, the Long Island Explorium is tapping into the most current research on best practices in education to create exhibits and programs that offer kids the chance to find out, for themselves, just how much fun real learning is! Interactivity enables children to learn at their own pace and, more importantly, in a way that suits their individual style.

The Met
Upper East Side / All ages

Did you know that one of the greatest museums in New York City is on KidPass? The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents over 5,000 years of art from every corner of the world for everyone to experience and enjoy. Book your tickets through KidPass to get them at a discount for adults and children 12+ (children under 12 are free!)

Museum of Modern Art
Midtown West / All ages

The MoMA is an exciting, inspiring place for visitors of all ages. Home to modern and contemporary masterpieces by Vincent van Gogh, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo, Jacob Lawrence, and many others, with a collection that includes photography, film, architecture, design, media, and performance art, MoMA is a place for discovery and inspiration for everyone.

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New York City Fire Museum
SoHo / 2 – 12 years old

At the New York City Fire Museum, displays illustrate the evolution of firefighting from the bucket brigades of Peter Stuyvesant’s New Amsterdam through the colorful history of volunteer firefighters to modern firefighting techniques and equipment. The Museum also houses a special memorial to the 343 members of the FDNY who made the supreme sacrifice on 9/11 and features a number of firefighting artifacts recovered from the World Trade Center site.

Ripley’s Museum
Times Square / 4 – 12 years old

Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Times Square is a fun place for guests of all ages to experience the unbelievable mysteries of our world. Home to rare artifacts and thrilling interactive exhibits, this one-of-a-kind NYC attraction is perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in the unusual, the unexpected, and the unbelievable.

Westchester Children’s Museum
Rye, NY / 0 – 12 years old

A vibrant, colorful, interactive place for play and discovery filled with hands-on exhibits not found anywhere else in this region. The Museum offers experiences in physics, science, art, technology, design, with places to climb, build, and explore.

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