Hey families! Planning an engaging day out with the kids in New York City can be as difficult as scoring Taylor Swift tickets, so let us do some of the work for you with our insider’s guide for a family-friendly visit to MoMA.

And don’t forget headphones 🎧 for you and the little ones. You can hear stories about some of the art on this list with audio for kids. 😊

The Flying Train 🚂

Deutsche Mutoskop und Biograph G.m.b.H. The Flying Train. 1902

Floor 5, Gallery 501
The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Galleries

Start your journey through the galleries with the unexpected. What’s one thing you wouldn’t expect to see at The Museum of Modern Art? That’s right, a flying train! Head to 501 to watch a rare, early film of a “flying train,” read the kids’ label together, and let your imagination soar.

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Claude Monet’s Water Lilies 🪷

Claude Monet. Water Lilies. 1914–26

Floor 5, Gallery 515
The David Geffen Wing

Adults, do you need a tranquil pause? Then this one’s for you. Set the little darlings down to listen to a gardener from Claude Monet’s gardens in Giverny speak about her experience working there, while you gaze at this immersive group of paintings with your wonderfully quiet, attentive children. 😉

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Frida Kahlo’s My Grandparents, My Parents, and I (Family Tree) 🌳

Frida Kahlo. My Grandparents, My Parents, and I (Family Tree). 1936

Floor 5, Gallery 521
The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Galleries

Looking at art can be a great way to connect with your loved ones. Frida Kahlo thought a lot about her family and friends. In this artwork she shows where her family came from, and how she is connected to them. Take a page out of Kahlo’s book and discuss your own family tree.

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Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans 🥫

Andy Warhol. Campbell’s Soup Cans. 1962

Floor 4, Gallery 412
The David Geffen Wing

Can you imagine having the same lunch every day for 20 years? That’s what Andy Warhol did, and he liked his lunch so much he made an artwork about it. Lucky for you, MoMA has great lunch options for kids in Café 2, and none of them are soup! Mac and cheese, anyone?

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Alfonso Ossorio’s Empty Chair or The Last Colonial 🪑

Alfonso Ossorio. Empty Chair or The Last Colonial. 1969

Floor 4, Gallery 415
The David Geffen Galleries

Looking for a bit of variety? Everytime you look at this artwork, you’ll spot something new. Explore this artwork together by listening to the audio, which features an artist who compares Alfonso Ossorio’s work to “a mystery box.”

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Rosemarie Castoro’s Side by Side 〰️

Rosemarie Castoro. Side by Side. 1972

Floor 4, Gallery 420
The David Geffen Galleries

By this point in your MoMA visit you’ll have flexed your looking and thinking muscles enough to find meaning on your own. Rosemarie Castoro lets you decide what her artwork means to you. This one’s in a big gallery, so you’ll be able to stretch out and move around as you explore and imagine together.

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Tim Rollins and K.O.S. (Kids of Survival)’s Amerika VIII 🎺

Tim Rollins, K.O.S. (Kids of Survival) with Angel Abreu, Jose Burges, Robert Delgado, George Garces, Richard Lulo, Nelson Montes, José Parissi, Carlos Rivera, Annette Rosado, Nelson Ricardo Savinon. Amerika VIII. 1986-87

Floor 2, Gallery 206
The David Geffen Wing

What happens when a group of teenagers from the Bronx form an art gang with an art teacher? This enormous work is the answer. Each kid was asked to represent themselves by designing a horn, and naturally a competition arose to see who could make the best. How many can your family find?

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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s Skylark 🪽

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Skylark. 2010

Floor 2, Gallery 209
The David Geffen Wing

Time for one last game? If you read the label for this artwork together, you’ll find there’s something to spot that you might not notice when you first see this painting. And that’s all we’re gonna say.

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Eating and shopping 🍝 🛍️

  • Hungry? We’re not only a destination for art, we’re also a destination for food! Whether you’re looking for fine dining, simple pasta for the kids, or coffee and a snack, we’ve got options for you. Check out our restaurant guide.
  • If you’re looking for memorable gifts for friends or family (or, let’s be honest, for yourself), you’ve come to the right place. Visit MoMA Design Stores (across from our main entrance on 53rd Street and downtown in Soho) and our Museum shops for all your shopping needs.