Museum of the City of New York: History Comes Alive

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From subways to skyscrapers, there’s no end to the action that catches kids’ attentions in New York. To explore the city’s past and present all in one place, check out the Museum of the City of New York for your next family outing. When you come in, ask the admissions staff for a scavenger hunt. You’ll love being led by your little ones as they turn detective and track down the landmark building’s secrets. There are vintage toys among the permanent collection, but none thrill the way the Stettheimer Dollhouse does. You’ll be as mesmerized as your kids as you check out this elaborate miniature world, with art that definitely belongs in a museum—Marcel Duchamp himself did one of the paintings. When it’s time for a break, head to the second floor to watch Timescapes, which tells the history of New York from Native Americans to the modern megalopolis across three screens. If you’re here on a weekend, get hands-on with the rotating exhibits. A show like Gilded New York might inspire a child’s jewelry making, or maybe mural painting after being dazzled by New York graffiti. It always feels great watching kids learn, especially when the material is as entertaining as this.

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Museum of the City of New York

1220 5th Ave New York NY 10029

(212) 534-1672

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