FAQs

General Information

When is the Children’s Museum of Manhattan open?

  • School Year Hours:
    CMOM is open Tuesday – Sunday 10am5pm, with extended hours, Saturday 10am7pm.
    CMOM is closed on Mondays for school and outreach programs. View Exceptions
  • Summer Hours:
    CMOM is open Mondays! Sunday – Friday 10am5pm, with extended hours, Saturday 10am7pm.
  • Join us for TARGET Free First Friday Nights at CMOM. On the first Friday of every month, CMOM is open from 5-8pm and admission is FREE!

What is the admission for CMOM?

  • $11 for children (age 1 and over) and adults, $7 for seniors. Children 0-12 months are free. CMOM members are free.

Are there additional charges for performances, workshops or special exhibits?

  • No, admission price includes all daily programs, performances, workshops and hands-on exhibits.

May I bring food and drinks into the Museum?

  • Food and beverages are not allowed inside the Museum. However, there are several child-friendly restaurants in the neighborhood. Visitors may leave for a meal and return to CMOM as long as they retain their admission stickers. We have water fountains on the third floor and lower level. Babies and children under 4 may use bottles and sippy cups.

May I drop my child off?

  • Children must be accompanied at all times by an adult age 18 or older.

Is there a children’s park or playground nearby?

  • CMOM is located between two great parks. Two blocks west is Riverside Park. Riverside Park’s entrance on 83rd Street has a beautiful playground and ample benches for picnics. Three blocks east of the Museum is Central Park where there are ball fields, fountains, playgrounds and the Central Park Zoo.

Are there days when the Museum is open late?

  • We are open until 7pm on Saturdays.
  • Please join us for TARGET Free First Friday Nights at CMOM! On the first Friday of every month, CMOM is open from 5-8pm and admission is FREE!

Is there a mailing list?

  • Yes. Visitors can sign up to receive information about upcoming events at the yellow Visitor Services Desk in the lobby or join our e-mail list!

Comfort and Safety Issues

Are there doctors or nurses available at the Museum?

  • There are nearby doctors on call for the Museum every day in case of an emergency.

Do you have a lost and found?

  • Most lost and found items are brought to the front desk. However, items of worth such as cell phones and cameras are brought to the fourth floor administrative offices for safe keeping.

Is there a diaper changing area in the building?

  • CMOM has changing tables in all its restrooms. Restrooms are located on the lower level and on the third floor. Health regulations require that diaper changing be done in restrooms. Parents may not change their children outside of these areas.

Where may I nurse my child?

  • You may nurse anywhere in the Museum. For a quieter space, we suggest the fourth floor.

Is the Museum wheelchair accessible?

  • CMOM has a ramp entrance and open lobby for free movement. The Museum is wheelchair accessible in all locations except the lower level of the City Splash exhibition. The elevator in the lobby allows for at least two wheelchairs, and can be locked off for multiple uses by a school group, etc. We are constantly striving to make CMOM as accessible as possible for children with disabilities and their families. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s specific needs, please contact us at access@cmom.org.

Why do I have to check my stroller?

  • A large number of strollers in the building would prevent a safe fire evacuation. The only strollers allowed are for children with special needs. Any stroller left in the lobby or found in the building without a special tag will be confiscated by the Museum. All strollers should be collapsible, and should be checked upon entry. If the stroller cannot be collapsed, CMOM reserves the right to store it in a safe outdoor area, weather permitting. We suggest that for a more enjoyable visit, skip the check line by leaving your strollers at home.

When is the least crowded time to visit CMOM?

  • Wednesday and Thursday afternoons during the school year tend to be our quietest times. 

Are Museum maps given out to visitors?

  • We do not have Museum maps. However, floor directories that list exhibitions and activity centers are posted by and within each elevator.

Fees and Member Benefits

May I re-enter the Museum after I leave?

  • Yes, at admission guests are given a hand stamp that will entitle them re-entry throughout the entire day.

What special benefits do Museum members receive?

  • Museum members may visit CMOM free, as many times as they like, over the course of their membership. Members receive discounts for birthday parties, CMOM store purchases and enrollment classes and at numerous area establishments. We have several membership levels. View more about CMOM membership »

Can my child have a birthday party at the Museum?

  • CMOM has a popular Birthday Party plan offering several options. Generally, parents should contact the Museum two to three months in advance to find out if their desired date is available. Day parties are held on the Lower Level and are coordinated with one of our exhibitions. After-hour parties also include exclusive access to an exhibit space. View more about birthday parties »

Will CMOM donate a membership or free passes for my school’s fundraiser?

  • CMOM recognizes that there are many wonderful organizations supporting children in the tri-state area. We are happy to donate a limited number of complimentary memberships and museum passes for fundraising purposes to local organizations each month, as per our Donation Request Guide. Download the Guide »

Programs and Classes

May I bring my child’s class in for a tour during school hours?

  • Yes. The Museum is closed to the public on Mondays so that school groups of 15 or more may receive guided tours of one exhibit plus enjoy a hands-on workshop. Groups of 15 or more wishing to visit the Museum Tuesday through Friday must make reservations and tour the Museum along with the public. View more about groups »

Do I have to make reservations for a group?

  • Yes, groups of 15 or more must make a reservation. Ninety minute guided tours for these groups are arranged through the School Programs department. The reservation includes a tour of one exhibit and a hands-on workshop lead by a CMOM educator.

Are there classes for children?

  • There are popular parent-child classes available for Member children 6 months to 3 years old. These classes emphasize art, music and early childhood development. After-school classes are available to older children (ages 4 and older) in various subjects such as biology, art, theater, health and nutrition. View more about classes »

What types of outreach does CMOM provide?

  • CMOM educators conduct programs focusing on biology, health, nutrition, art, literacy and conflict resolution. View more about CMOM in the Community »

Can I volunteer at CMOM?

  • CMOM has volunteer and intern opportunities for high school and college students. CMOM offers spring high school internship programs. Undergraduate and graduate students may intern in the Education or Exhibits Departments. View more about internships »

What is there to do at the Children’s Museum?

  • You and your child can explore our five floors of hands-on exhibits. View more about CMOM's exhibits » You and your child can participate in daily workshops and activities.

Every day

  • Children (ages 4 and younger) can drop by The Lab in the PlayWorks™ exhibit and do a collage or drawing, or play at the sand table.
  • Come to a Circle Time in PlayWorks™ at 11:30am where you and your child can hear stories, sing and dance together.

On weekends

  • Participate in performances and special programs for all ages. For more details, check on our website calendar, ask at the Museum’s Visitor Services Desk in the lobby, check the calendar brochure, or view our monthly calendar posted in each elevator and outside, at the bottom of the Museum’s entrance ramp.
  • Sign up for a special workshop (for children ages 5 and older). When you arrive, go to the Visitor Services Desk at the back of the first floor lobby to find out more.  Still have a question? Please call us at 212-721-1223 or email us at info@cmom.org.

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Calendar

In The Mood: Painting Musical Emotions, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 4:45pm
Families will be inspired to create artwork by the emotions felt when listening to Jazz. Discover what creates the melancholy mood in Billie Holiday’s voice, or the cheerful sound of Duke Ellington’s Big Band. Explore how your mood is affected by musical elements such as key, melody, harmony and tempo, using a piece of historic sheet music as your canvas.

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

Romare Bearden - My World as Colorful Melodies, 10:00am

All ages

10am - 4:45pm
Romare Bearden was deeply influenced by jazz music and often listened to it while making art. Listen to jazz music and imagine colors and patterns based on what you hear. Create a work of art inspired by Bearden’s mixed media collage techniques.

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.
 

Math Wizards: Counting Sheep to Sleep, 10:00am

4 & younger

Count yourself to sleep! Make a set of fluffy sheep to count; it will help you relax and fall asleep…zzzZZZ
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: developing sensory awareness and fine motor skills needed for writing, creative expression, early math skills and color recognition.
 

Swept Away: When Water Meets Sand, 10:30am

4 & younger

10:30am - 4pm
Explore how water changes ecosystems with our new Erosion Table! Discover water’s power on Earth’s surface by creating rivers and lakes through sand.

All Jazzed Up Performance: Live Piano Music - Hila Kulik, 11:00am

All ages

11am - 3pm
Having performed worldwide and a masters student at Queens College, Hila Kulik won first prize in the Israel "Jazz Player of the Year Competition" in 2009, the Ran Baron scholarships at the Israeli Conservatory, the Sharet Scholarship at the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
Get into the swing of things with live music provided by a jazz pianist from the Manhattan School of Music! This program is part of our Jazzed! The Changing Beat of 125th Street exhibit and takes place on the lower level.
 

Experiment with Pitch (Demo), 11:00am

All ages

Join our old fashioned “jug band” while experimenting with sound effects. Blow across the opening of the bottle to produce the lowest or highest sounds to learn about pitch. Does the shape of the bottle affect the sound you make?  What kind of sounds can you produce without water? Can you create notes by adding different amounts of water in each bottle?

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

Live Piano Music!, 11:00am

All ages

11am - 3pm

Get into the swing of things with live music provided by a jazz pianist selected by the National Jazz Museum in Harlem!
This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level
 

Movement & Circle Time, 11:30am

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn new vocabulary, build listening skills and learn to be part of a group.

Good Vibrations , 11:30am

4 & younger

How are sounds made? How can you change sounds? Learn about the science behind sound waves as we make beautiful music together!
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Sensory awareness, descriptive vocabulary and gross motor skills.
 

Mural Wall Painting, 12:00pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Science Skills (color mixing and cause and effect)

Math Wizards: Counting Sheep to Sleep, 1:00pm

4 & younger

Count yourself to sleep! Make a set of fluffy sheep to count; it will help you relax and fall asleep…zzzZZZ
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: developing sensory awareness and fine motor skills needed for writing, creative expression, early math skills and color recognition.
 

Thinking Like a Composer: Understanding Sheet Music (Demo), 1:30pm

All ages

Music is made up of notes of different pitches, from low to high. An important characteristic of jazz music is that these notes are arranged in unusual rhythms. Examine a historic score sheet by composers such as Duke Ellington and Mary Lou Williams. Then match the sounds that you hear with notes on the paper and create your own score.

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

Mural Wall Painting, 2:30pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Science Skills (color mixing and cause and effect)

Skit Scat Stories & Songs!, 3:00pm

All ages

Listen to iconic performances of jazz music and then read books about the ‘Jazz Legends’ who performed them.

This program is part of our "Jazzed!: The Changing Beat of 125th Street" exhibit and takes place on the lower level.

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Learn new vocabulary, build listening skills and learn to be part of a group.

Good Vibrations , 4:00pm

4 & younger

How are sounds made? How can you change sounds? Learn about the science behind sound waves as we make beautiful music together!
Kindergarten Readiness Skills: Sensory awareness, descriptive vocabulary and gross motor skills.
 

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