The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), part of the Smithsonian Institution, is a multi-site museum that presents the Native cultures ofthe Western hemisphere. Learn about diverse pasts, presents and futures at the New York City facility in downtown Manhattan!
At NMAI, explore the exhibitions and fun family programs. You and your family can learn and play games, listen to stories and do arts and crafts. There is a diverse mix of programs that are perfect for your family to enjoy.
Japan Society is a cool and culturally rich place to visit with your family! The Society brings the people of the United States and Japan together with programming which offers opportunity for mutual understanding. Check out the many fun and stimulating programs in arts and culture, as well as temporary exhibitions in its gallery.
“Memory: Things we should never forget” is an exhibition that features photos of the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The images showcase both the catastrophic consequence of the natural disaster and the strength and hope that people had while rebuilding their homes and their lives. Be inspired by the power of unity, collaboration, and family through even the toughest of times. On view through May 27, 2012.
Japan Society also offers fun and creative family programs!
“Japan’s Star Festival: Storytelling & Create Tanabata Decorations” Sunday, July 15, 2 PM. The program introduces various forms of storytelling in Japan’s Tanabata tradition. It also includes hands-on activities for the participants such as making paper ornaments! Recommended for children ages 3-10 and accompanying adults.
Japan Society is open:
Gallery hours are valid during exhibition dates
Tuesday - Thursday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
333 E 47th Street
New York, NY 10017
>> Directions to Japan Society.
The Museum of the City of New York offers an array of fun exhibitions and programs – take your family and learn more about the history of New York City!
Save the date for:
Museum of the City of New York is open:
Monday – Sunday: 10:00 am–6:00 pm.
Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Did you know? The New-York Historical Society Museum is the oldest in the city (almost 70 years older than the Met)! Hop on a bus or train with your family to explore this world-class collection of art and discover how history influences our lives today!
Young children (and adults!) love to explore shapes and colors – what better way to do that with your little one than visiting the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. See the coolest vertical flower show in the city – artist Patrick Blanc defies gravity with these tall structures covered in colorful orchids and other exotic plants.
The Orchid Show, on view through April 22, 2012. Don’t Miss it!
Come smell the flowers... and then make some of your own at the Morris-Jumel Mansion this spring. Meet other families and make cool crafts during a free, flower-themed workshop at Manhattan's oldest house and its colorful garden from 10 am – noon on Saturday, April 7.
This free family workshop is great for all ages and will include:
Call to reserve space for your family at 212.923.8008 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more info, check out our April e-zine.
Journey across the world without ever leaving New York City! Investigate the galleries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art with your family and take advantage of the Museum’s fun activities for families!
Plan a Trip to the Met
The Met Museum boasts more than two million works of art from every corner of the earth, but don’t worry about seeing it all in one visit! Take your time exploring the permanent collections and current exhibitions with the help of guides created by the Museum for you and your family:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is open:
Tuesday – Thursday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Friday & Saturday: 9:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Closed Monday (except Met Holiday Mondays), Thanksgiving Day, December 25, and January 1
Directions to the Met.
On Saturday, February 25th, Cool Culture meets YOU at the Rubin Museum of Art!
We'll be there for their Family Day celebration of Losar, the Himalayan New Year! RMA will have art activities, storytelling performances and more. Plus, you won't want to miss a chance to see the beautiful art objects from the Himalayan region.
Learn more about the event in the February issue of e-Family Time!
Saturday, February 25th, 12-4 PM
150 W 17th Street, NY, NY 10011
$10 per child /$7 children of members of the Rubin Museum of Art. Adults pay regular admission fees. Free to children under 1 year and Cool Culture members.
The Studio Museum in Harlem is a Cool Culture favorite and is a place that everyone can enjoy!
“The Studio Museum is a great place for families because there’s always something new to see! We always have a wide variety of work on view, with exhibitions featuring everything from painting and sculpture to photography and installation," says Shanta Scott, Manager of School, Youth and Family Programs.
The museum also features wonderful, FREE family programming every Sunday at the museum's Target Free Sundays. No matter what you choose to see and do during your time at this museum, the visit is sure to be a wonderful learning experience for your kids.
“It's important to start going to cultural institutions like the Studio Museum at a young age,” Ms. Scott says, explaining that children develop important skills (like literacy and problem solving) just by looking at the art and talking about it with you.
The Studio Museum is the perfect museum to visit with family and friends. The initimate galleries are welcoming and filled with beautiful works, many of which draw inspiration from the neighborhood right outside its doors.
The Studio Museum in Harlem is open:
Thursday-Friday, 12-9 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday: 12 pm - 6 pm
144 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
Travel across a toy-sized version of New York City, explore a giant sculpture of the globe and hunt for other amazing treasures at the Queens Museum of Art (QMA)!
"Regardless of your artistic knowledge (or) your language skills, we're going to do everything we can to make you feel that this institution is established just for you," says David Strauss, Director of External Affairs at QMA.
The museum's free family workshops on Sundays are a fun introduction to QMA. Drop by for an afternoon of action-packed activities, and on Second Sundays, your family can explore the galleries, do art projects and experience family-friendly music performances!
Must-See at QMA!
See all of New York City with a visit to the Panorama exhibit, which has amazed visitors for nearly 50 years! A team of 100 people built this scale model of New York City that stretches across an entire room and includes 895,000 buildings.
The Panorama is one of many treasures found at QMA created especially for New York's 1939 and 1964 World's Fairs. Go back in time by checking out toys, model cars and more from these international cultural expositions.
Queens Museum of Art is open:
Wednesday – Sunday, 12 – 6 pm
New York City Building
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY 11368