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Must-see exhibitions at the very best NYC museums for kids, including the American Museum of Natural History, MoMA and the city's most awesome children's museums

Free museum days for kids in NYC
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Free museum days for kids in NYC

Snag free admission (or pay what you wish) on select days at these kid-friendly NYC institutions

The best exhibits for kids right now
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The best exhibits for kids right now

Go exploring with Dora & Diego, discover new cultures at the Brooklyn Children's Museum and more

The best NYC museum exhibits for kids
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The best NYC museum exhibits for kids

All the amazing NYC museum exhibits that every Big Apple kid should see before they hit five feet.

See "Mummies" exhibit at Museum of Natural History!
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See "Mummies" exhibit at Museum of Natural History!

If your kids are fascinated with history, the American Museum of Natural History's "Mummies" exhibition is a must-see. 

Best exhibits for kids at NYC museums

"Drones: Is The Sky The Limit?"

"Drones: Is The Sky The Limit?"

Learn about pilotless aircraft in this 6,000-square-foot pavilion on the Museum's Pier 86! The exhibit covers topics such as drone history, new drone technology and the role drones play in helping to solve large-scale humanitarian challenges. You'll see drones small and large, plus things like computer renderings, model airplanes, historical artifacts and even the world's first flying dress (worn by none other than Lady Gaga). All ages.

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Tiny Giants 3D
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Tiny Giants 3D

When a chipmunk finds himself alone in the woods for the first time, he must learn how to find enough food for the winter while staying safe from rivals and predators. Follow along on his journey through this 3D movie that will teach viewers about the life of a chipmunk and the skills he’ll need to survive. All ages.

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"Eloise at the Museum"

Love Eloise? At this 
exhibit, guests can ogle
an amazing collection of Eloise creations, from the original manuscripts and sketchbooks to vintage dolls and toys. All ages.

Dynamic H20
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Dynamic H20

Learn all about NYC’s water system at Dynamic H2O, an outdoor interactive exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan that follows water’s journey from the clouds to the city. Along the way tikes can pretend to fish, use a fountain to experiment with water pressure and build waterfront Lego hi-rises to add to the exhibit’s miniature replica of NYC, which includes tiny Empire State and Chrysler Buildings, of course. All ages.

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Best permanent exhibits for kids at NYC museums

Honey Bees: Home Is Where the Hive Is
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Honey Bees: Home Is Where the Hive Is

See what all the buzz is about at Liberty Science Center's new permanent exhibition exporing the role of honey bees in our ecosystem. Peek inside an observation hive indoors and explore two field hives on the outdoor deck to see how the busy bees convert nectar into honey, how their larvae grow and more. All ages.

Dynamic H20
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Dynamic H20

Learn all about NYC’s water system at Dynamic H2O, an outdoor interactive exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan that follows water’s journey from the clouds to the city. Along the way tikes can pretend to fish, use a fountain to experiment with water pressure and build waterfront Lego hi-rises to add to the exhibit’s miniature replica of NYC, which includes tiny Empire State and Chrysler Buildings, of course. All ages.

"Adventures with Dora and Diego"
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"Adventures with Dora and Diego"

Preschoolers flock to this exhibit based on the popular Nickelodeon show. Hands-on activities have little ones pretending to cook Latin American foods for a big fiesta at Dora's house, and exploring caves, beaches and a rain forest while helping Diego rescue endangered animals. Ages 2 to 6.

Rose Center for Earth and Space
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Rose Center for Earth and Space

Home to the Hayden Planetarium, daily Space Shows and an IMAX auditorium

"Archaeology Zone"
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"Archaeology Zone"

Learn how cultures develop and get in on a dig's worth of interactive elements

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