America to Zanzibar

America to Zanzibar

Now open
All ages

Travel the world in a single museum visit! Enjoy innovative hands-on experiences and discover fascinating objects, images and information from over 50 countries.

This family-friend adventure includes plenty of opportunity to have fun while learning about our world. Children can explore ancient trade routes on a two story Indian Ocean dhow (boat) or on a camel. They’ll thrill to the excitement of a global market place as they pretend to buy, sell and trade fruit, fish, spice, ceramic, textiles, and rugs.

The exhibit environment is rich with art, architecture and design elements from across the globe. Children and adults alike will marvel at a 3D exploration of mosque architecture from the Maldives to China. Original works by emerging American Muslim artists join traditional art forms including intricately designed tiles, ornate ceramics, and complex patterned rugs. There’s even an interactive replica/interpretation of a Pakistani truck, recognized as a “moving work of art” for children to decorate.

Families will also be able to participate in an array of performances, workshops, and demonstrations. They can also compose music using an app featuring the rebana, tabla, kora, oud, ney, and ghijak, listen to stories and view objects shared by local America Muslim families and even learn how to write and say “My name is …” in 21 languages.

After creating popular exhibits on the cultures of Ancient Greece, China and Japan, the Children’s Museum is continuing its Cultural Exhibition and Programming Series with this exploration of the world’s Muslim cultures.

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New York City's First Lady Chirlane McCray speaks in support of the exhibit:

Major support has been provided by:

National Endowment for the Humanities
Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
MetLife Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency
Robert Sterling Clark Foundation
Open Society Foundations
National Endowment for the Arts
Children’s Museum of Manhattan Board of Directors and scores of individuals

Additional support provided by:

El-Hibri Foundation
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
Goldman Sach Gives
National Endowment for the Arts
The Violet Jabara Charitable Trust

Citywide program support provided by the New York City Council under the leadership of Speaker Mark-Viverito


The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is grateful to the international advisors and partners who guided this project over the past five years. We thank the following organizations for their wisdom, deep thoughts, and partnership.

30 Mosques in 30 Days
Aga Khan Museum
Al Amana Centre
Albanian Institute New York  
Arab American Association of New York
Auburn Theological Seminary
BoomGen Studios
Columbia University
Fordham University
The Halal Guys
Honest Chops
Indian Ocean World Centre
The Interfaith Center of New York
International Museum of Women
Jewish Community Relations Council
Jewish Community Center Manhattan
Malcolm Shabazz Harlem Market
Manhattan College
Marble Collegiate Church
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Middle Collegiate Church
MIIM Designs
Muslim Community Network
New York City Government, Office of the Mayor
New York Public Library – Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Pakistan Mission to the United Nations
Shaoor Foundation for Education and Awareness
Sikh Coalition
Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center  
Tarek Atrissi Design
Temple University  
Unity Productions Foundation
University of Pennsylvania

Thank you all!



Save the Date!
CMOM 2014 Spring Gala

Thursday, 15 May 2014
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers

Schedule of Programs

Messy With Art, 10:00am

5 & younger
Explore new textures and techniques as we use art materials in unusual ways!

Movement & Circle Time, 11:00am

5 & younger

Dance along, sing fun songs and read some special stories! 

Mural Wall Painting, 12:00pm

5 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall

Kamishibai Storytelling, 12:30pm

All ages

Kamishibai is a traditional form of Japanese storytelling. Join CMOM educators for an interactive telling of traditional and modern kawaii-inspired stories.

Lovely Ladybugs, 1:00pm

5 & younger
Celebrate spring by creating a ladybug from recycled materials! How many does your ladybug have?

S.T.E.A.M Lab, 3:00pm

5 & younger
Watch things fizz, tinker with some toys and explore other experiments inspired by Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math!

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

5 & younger

Dance along, sing fun songs and read some special stories! 

Full Calendar