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NYC museums: best exhibits for kids

20 museum exhibits every New York City kid should see. 

  • Photograph: Denis Finnin

    American Museum of Natural History "Dinosaurs"

  • American Museum of Natural History "Dinosaurs"

  • Photograph: AMNH/D. Finnin

    American Museum of Natural History Rose Center for Earth and Space

  • Photograph: AMNH\D. Finnin

    American Museum of Natural History Rose Center for Earth and Space

  • Photograph: AMNH\C. Chesek

    American Museum of Natural History Rose Center for Earth and Space

  • Photograph: Vu Quang Tran

    Children's Museum of Manhattan "EatSleepPlay"

  • Photograph: Vu Quang Tran

    Children's Museum of Manhattan "EatSleepPlay"

  • Photograph: Vu Quang Tran

    Children's Museum of Manhattan "EatSleepPlay"

  • Photograph: Wendy Connett

    Brooklyn Children's Museum "World Brooklyn"

  • Photograph: Wendy Connett

    Brooklyn Children's Museum "World Brooklyn"

  • Photograph: Wendy Connett

    Brooklyn Children's Museum "World Brooklyn"

  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

  • Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

  • Photograph: Antony Morales

    Liberty Science Center "Touch Tunnel"

  • Photograph: Antony Morales

    Liberty Science Center "Touch Tunnel"

  • Photograph: Antony Morales

    Liberty Science Center "Touch Tunnel"

  • Photograph: Peter Aaron/Esto. Courtesy of Museum of the Moving Image

    "Behind the Screen" at the Museum of the Moving Image

  • Photograph: Peter Aaron/Esto. Courtesy of Museum of the Moving Image

    "Behind the Screen" at the Museum of the Moving Image

  • Photograph: Brian Palmer / Museum of the Moving Image

    "Behind the Screen" at the Museum of the Moving Image

  • New York City Police Museum "Junior Officers Discvery Zone"

  • New York City Police Museum "Junior Officers Discvery Zone"

  • New York City Police Museum "Junior Officers Discvery Zone"

  • New York City Police Museum "Junior Officers Discvery Zone"

  • "ElectriCity: Powering New York's Subways and Rails" at New York Transit Museum

  • "ElectriCity: Powering New York's Subways and Rails" at New York Transit Museum

  • Photograph: Courtesy of the Queens Museum of Art

    Queens Museum of Art "Panorama"

  • Photograph: Courtesy of the Queens Museum of Art

    Queens Museum of Art "Panorama"

  • Photograph: Courtesy of the Queens Museum of Art

    Queens Museum of Art "Panorama"

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    DiMenna Children's History Museum

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    DiMenna Children's History Museum

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    DiMenna Children's History Museum

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    DiMenna Children's History Museum

  • Photograph: Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York

    The Museum of the City of New York "Toy Collection"

  • Photograph: Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York

    The Museum of the City of New York "Toy Collection"

  • Photograph: Ernest Amoroso

    umuwam (Chief of the Undersea mask) at Museum of American Indian's...

  • Photograph: Ernest Amoroso

    The Tukanoan headring, with Macaw feathers, oropendola feathers, toucan...

  • Photograph: Ernest Amoroso

    Kootenai baby carrier, made of wood, deer hide, wool, glass beads, silk,...

  • Museum of Modern Art: The Starry Night, Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890),...

  • Photograph: John Wronn

    Museum of Modern Art: Gibraltar, Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976), 1936...

  • Museum of Modern Art: I and the Village, Marc Chagall (French, born Belarus...

  • Museum of Modern Art: Water Lilies (Tryptic, Left Panel) Claude Monet (French,...

  • Photograph: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Temple of Dendur, Medium: Aeolian...

  • Photograph: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Temple of Dendur, Medium: Aeolian...

  • Photograph: David Handschuh

    Hall of Science "Rocket Park"

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Children's Museum of the Arts

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Children's Museum of the Arts

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Children's Museum of the Arts

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Children's Museum of the Arts

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Children's Museum of the Arts

  • Photograph: Courtesy the Lower East Side Tenement Museum

    Tenement Museum

  • Photograph: Keiko Niwa

    Tenement Museum

  • Photograph: Battman Studios

    Tenement Museum

  • Ellis Island Immigration Museum

  • Ellis Island Immigration Museum

  • Ellis Island Immigration Museum

  • Ellis Island Immigration Museum

Photograph: Denis Finnin

American Museum of Natural History "Dinosaurs"

New York City is home to some of the world's best museums. But with hundreds of amazing exhibits—from dinosaurs and miniature cities to Egyptian temples and real golf courses—it can be hard to know which ones are best for kids. That's where we come in. We've checked out tons of museums around the city and picked the 20 exhibits every NYC kid should see before they hit five feet. Want to read more about city museums? Click here for the latest on new exhibits and museum news.


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