April 12, 2011  |  I Went to MoMA and
“I went to MoMA and…”: The Kids Are All Right

The "I went to MoMA and..." project in action in the MoMA lobby

Flights of fancy, lively drawings, dreams of piloting the Bell helicopter, disdain for a museum with no dinosaurs… many of our absolute favorite “MoMA stories” were left by kids, from toddlers to teenagers. So for our second post about the “I went to MoMA and…” project, it wasn’t hard to pick a theme.

Some people think modern and contemporary art is too “hard” or “weird” for kids to understand and get excited about. Not the way our younger visitors tell it, though! It made us incredibly happy to hear from so many kids who thoroughly enjoyed their day at MoMA: admiring colors and shapes, learning new things, trying out Material Lab, picking a favorite artist, getting inspired to draw, and spending time with friends, parents, and grandparents. Take a look at some of the responses below, and a big thank you to all the kids who participated!

We keep posting more cards on MoMA.org/iwent, where you can see and share many more—maybe yours? (Read last week’s post for an introduction to this project.)

Visit us online to find out more about our free family and teen programs at MoMA.


I am from India and reading about the visit to MOMA by children reminds me of the Picasso exhibition held in Mumbai some years ago. An art teacher brought her 8-year olds to visit the exhibition. One little voice piped ” when we draw faces like this ,you say it’s wrong” I think children should have a free hand when it comes to art.

Yes, when young people are lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time.

The system is uneven. It can only be changed by all of us!

Teen Librarian
Queens Library

PS I was a “Met Musem Brat!”

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