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There are many ways to look at modern and contemporary art with children. Below are tips for planning your visit to MoMA, practical information for once you arrive at the Museum, suggestions for looking at art with children, and ideas for follow-up activities.
Discuss with your children what they think they might see at a museum of modern and contemporary art.
Talk about Museum rules with your child. Explain that they are not allowed to touch the art. This is to protect the objects from the natural oils on our fingers that can leave harmful prints.
Find out about exhibitions on view during your visit that might interest you and your family.
Visit one of our websites for kids, Destination: Modern Art.
Try not to see too much in one visit—depending on your child's age, aim for thirty to ninety minutes—and remember to take breaks.
Pick up free Activity Cards, and learn about Family Programs at the Education and Family Information desk on the second floor of the Museum (near Cafe 2). Select Activity Cards are available at information desks on each floor of the Museum and in Art Lab, our interactive space located on the first floor of the Cullman Education Building.
Listen to MoMA Audio: Kids, a free audio program for kids ages 5–12. Available at the Audio Program desks on the first and sixth floors. Available in English, Deutsch, Français, Español, Italiano, 한국어 (Korean), 日本語 (Japanese), and 中文 (Mandarin).
Looking for suggestions on what to see? We recommend reviewing our tips for looking at art with kids.
- Vincent van Gogh. The Starry Night. 1889
- Henri Rousseau. The Sleeping Gypsy. 1897
- Henri Matisse. Dance (I). 1909
- Pablo Picasso. Three Musicians. 1921
- Claude Monet. Water Lilies. 1914–26
- Frida Kahlo. Fulang-Chang and I. 1937 (assembled after 1939)
- Jackson Pollock. One: Number 31, 1950. 1950
Third-floor Architecture and Design Galleries
- Arthur Young. Bell-47D1 Helicopter. 1945
First-floor Cullman Education and Research Building
- John Barnard and Ferrari S.p.A. Formula 1 Racing Car (641/2). 1990
Please note, not all artworks are on view at all times.
Start your own collection at home! Create a collection from objects around your house, such as buttons, dolls, toy cars, leaves, or rocks. How will you arrange and display your collection?
Create your own art inspired by what you saw during your visit to MoMA.
Visit your local library or MoMA Store for books about an artist or artwork your child especially liked.
Explore the Web! Kids ages five through eight can check out Destination: Modern Art for a virtual visit to MoMA and MoMA PS1.
Learn more. Explore the collection and research some of your favorite works at MoMA.org/collection.
Download the MoMA Art Lab app for the iPad. Free.
Where can I park my car?
There are several parking garages nearby and limited parking on the street. See information on discounted parking garage location and rates.
Where can I find kid-friendly food?
A children's menu and highchairs are available in Cafe 2, on the second floor of the Museum. There is also a café in the garden that is open seasonally. Outside food and drinks are not permitted in the Museum.
Do you host kids' birthday parties?
We do not have facilities to accommodate birthday parties. If you would like to arrange for a private group tour, please contact Group Visits.
Where is the hands-on/interactive area for kids?
Art Lab is an interactive space where kids and adults experiment, play, and create. To get to Art Lab, walk across the Sculpture Garden, or down the corridor on the second floor of the Museum (past Cafe 2), then downstairs to the first floor of The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building.
Where are baby-changing stations?
Baby-changing stations are located in the women's and men's restrooms, near the escalators on each floor. A private restroom on the fifth floor is available for breastfeeding. The private restroom is single occupancy and includes an electrical outlet, as well as a chair, a baby-changing station, and a hand sanitizer dispenser.
How can I prepare my kids for their visit to MoMA?
See our list of tips for preparing your kids for their visit to MoMA.
Can I bring my stroller in the galleries?
Baby strollers are permitted at all times, but are not permitted on escalators. Find more tips on what to bring (and what to leave home).
Can we draw in the galleries?
Pens and other coloring utensils are not allowed in Museum galleries. Pencils are allowed, but we ask that adults carry them while traveling in the galleries.
I heard that kids receive free admission. Up to what age?
Kids 16 and under receive free admission to the Museum.