Children's Museum of Manhattan, New York City

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan was founded by Bette Korman, under the name GAME (Growth Through Art and Museum Experience), in 1973. With New York City in a deep fiscal crisis, and school art, music, and cultural programs eliminated, a loosely organized, group of artists and educators set up a basement storefront to serve Harlem and the Upper West Side. With a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a city-owned courthouse was renovated into a small exhibition, studio, and workshop and renamed the Manhattan Laboratory Museum. The museum became the Children’s Museum of Manhattan in the 1980s and moved to its current location on West 83rd Street in 1989. Its audience has grown to 325,000 visitors each year, which includes 30,000 children who visit as part of a school group and more than 34,000 children served through offsite outreach programs.
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  • This place is Brilliant. My 3 yr. Old nephew went crazy. Floors of wonderful things for children to do. Giant fire truck, taxi , bus, pretend market with barrels of plastic vegetables an fruit Even a....  more »
  • This place is wonderful and the people who work here are excellent. My children (3 and 6 years old) enjoyed four hours of exploring each floor, twice. As we were leaving at closing time, I misplaced.....  more »
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  • Amazing. Educational experiences on every floor and something to stimulate and inspire children from babies to age 8. The classes that are sponsored throughout the day by smart, resourceful educators (college students?) made the museum worth the 5-stars: we took advantage of the cooking and art classes.
  • Our 5 year old son was totally bored after 30 minutes. I guess it’s great for toddlers especially for the price but I wouldn’t recommend for a child over the age of 5. There’s not much to see that would interest a child above the age of 5. Staff was super nice though.

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