Past Exhibits

Past Exhibits

We’re proud of the wide variety of innovative programs and exhibits that we have created over the years, featuring everything from Chinese folklore to explorations of the human body and the world of Dr. Seuss.

You Make the Call: Learn to be an NFL Official

All ages
January 2014 – March 2014

To get ready for Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium (and celebrate the history-making event!), the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and the National Football League joined together to create an interactive experience at CMOM. Families got a rare behind-the-scenes look at NFL officiating and the opportunity to train like an NFL Pro. Special daily and weekly programs and clinics—including NFL’s Play 60 obstacle course and the Zebra Dance—helped families understand how developing better decision-making skills, including working together, planning, organizing and focusing on physical fitness leads to leadership and social success. NFL officials, executives, and current and former players also stopped by the museum through the exhibit’s run.

Gods, Myths and Mortals: Discover Ancient Greece

Ages 6 years & older
May 2006 – October 2011

Learn about the impact of ancient Greece on the modern world. Find the Greek roots of everyday words, build an ancient temple or investigate the Antikythera Mechanism, a mysterious machine from approximately ca. 150 BC widely considered to be the world’s first computer. Discover which skills were most valued in ancient Greek boys and girls. Arm-wrestle an ancient Greek athlete using a mechanical arm or challenge an animatronic Aristotle to a game of “Twenty Questions.” Learn about the heroism of ancient Greek women in myth and daily life as you engage in a virtual weaving contest with goddess Athena, weave on a fixed loom or discover the steps of textile production from sheep shearing to weaving.

Sponsored in New York by American Express; Media sponsor WNYC.


Monkey King: A Story from China

Ages 4 – 12 years
January – June 9, 2013 (On permanent view in Hawaii beginning Fall 2013)

Children get into trouble with the mischievous, yet brave and loyal Monkey King in this epic Chinese adventure tale. Visitors discover the wonders of traditional and modern China as they join Monkey to fly in the clouds, cause havoc in the Heavenly Palace and battle the Bull Demon. Monkey King: A Journey to China was created by CMOM as part of the Asian Exhibit Initiative, funded by the Freeman Foundation and administered by the Association of Children’s Museums.

Art Inside Out

Ages 5 years & older
October 2002 – May 2005

Art Inside Out was a breakthrough exhibit that literally invited children and their families to step into works by three great contemporary artists: Elizabeth Murray, William Wegman and Fred Wilson. CMOM worked with the artists to create an exhibit that combined over two-dozen original works and interactive multi-media displays into three playful, immersive environments. Art Inside Out exposed families to the working processes of artists and provided a welcoming entry point into New York’s world of art and museums.

Sunday Morning Breakfast: Inside the Art of Romare Bearden

Ages 6 – adult
October 2004 – February 2005

Visitors viewed Romare Bearden’s original, vibrant work, Sunday Morning Breakfast and explored the relationship between visual art, storytelling and collage through a series of interactive games and looking activities. This exhibit was mounted in conjunction with a major Bearden retrospective at the Whitney Museum of Art and the Romare Bearden Homecoming Celebration (September 2004 – March 2005), a New York Citywide celebration honoring one of America’s foremost artists.

Body Odyssey

Ages 4 – adult
March 1999 – August 2002

Where do burps come from? What makes a cut stop bleeding? These and hundreds of other questions about health and wellness were the focus of Body Odyssey, an interactive exhibit created by CMOM. Visitors crawled up a giant tongue, worked their way through the digestive system, fought body invaders and directed immune protectors in CMOM’s zaniest, fun-filled, sense-sational scientific exhibit for families and older kids! There are 8 million stories in your body. Would you have the guts to see, feel, smell and hear them all?  

Body Odyssey was made possible with the generous support of Merck & Co., Inc. A version of Body Odyssey traveled throughout the United States, New Zealand and Australia from 2000 to 2004.

Oh, Seuss! Off to Great Places

All ages
July 2004 – September 2005

This exhibit celebrated the magic of Dr. Seuss and freed the imagination to go to new places! Visitors joined Horton and the Cat in the Hat in a world where they could fly while standing still, catch falling words in their hands, teeter on a circus tightrope, unslump a mighty Borphin, navigate a hot air balloon and play with rhyme in the Green Eggs and Ham train. Oh, Seuss! Off to Great Places toured nationally from October 2005 through April 2009. Exhibit sponsored by JetBlue Airways. Media sponsor Time Warner Cable.

The Art of Andy Warhol

Ages 4 – adult
November 2005 – May 2006

Art legend Andy Warhol created an exhibit for children in the early 1980's in Zurich called “Paintings for Children.” Families visiting CMOM viewed a recreation of this exhibit that included a selection of paintings depicting animals and tin toys, and six original screenprints from Warhol’s Myths series, featuring personalities such as Uncle Sam and Superman. Developed to inspire creativity and help children understand how images communicate ideas, values and beliefs, the exhibit included silk-screening workstations and a digital photography kiosk, giving families opportunities for an in-depth exploration of American cultural myths.

The Art of Andy Warhol was organized by the Andy Warhol Museum and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Premiere New York Sponsor Fujifilm.

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