Children's Museums in New York City

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Children's Museums in New York City

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  • Joseph S
    Old Saybrook, CT49 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was rushed and only got to swing around the gift shop and lobby area. But what a lobby. Playing temporary host to the fabled Waldorf Astoria clock, a miniature village and train set under a dome. Coffee area as you enter the gift shop and a full scale restaurant across the hall. As a lover of New York history, I'd like to return for the Lost New York exhibit which is there until September 2024 and to see what I hear is a world-class collection of Tiffany lamps.
    Written May 27, 2024
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  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, NY2,339 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Museum of Illusions is a very short, interesting museum. It is small and will take you less than an hour, but I’d say it’s worth a visit. There are some cool photo opportunities that will mesmerize you in every way possible. Each room has a different illusion. Whether it’s multiple mirrors, slanted rooms, or just illusions in general. I recommend visiting here.
    Written March 31, 2024
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  • Zipi
    58 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The children's museum is a very nice place.
    Gives the children a clever point of view about the arts.
    Written November 30, 2019
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  • Lobna F
    Cairo, Egypt143 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really nice interactive exhibits for children up to age 6. My 2 year old had a blast, especially playing with the big fire truck on the 4th floor. Would visit again!
    Written October 17, 2022
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  • Rachael M
    10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It was a fun experience for the kids who love slime. About an hours worth of entertainment and the opportunity to make your own slime.
    Written May 10, 2024
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  • Jemlnlx
    Bronx, NY5,399 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recently visited the Museum's Holiday Display (2023).

    Although you need to make reservations online at all times, entrance to the display is free before a certain date in mid-November and $5 per person after that date.

    I visited on a Friday evening at around 6pm and it wasn't crowded.

    The display itself was quite impressive with lots of fine details only true New Yorkers would notice and appreciate. There are a few running trains throughout the display.

    There are lots of MTA-related items to purchase both in the display area and the main store area.

    It is something nice to do in the area to kill a few minutes. Don't plan on spending longer than 5-10 minutes maximum there. Luckily there are lots of shops in Grand Central, including the Holiday Fair, and it is a major transportation hub...so lots of other reasons to be there.

    I'm not sure the $5 admission fee is justified for what it actually is...maybe more like $2-3 would be more appropriate.
    Written November 22, 2023
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  • LeeDiMc
    Las Vegas, NV289 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    My 11-year-old son and I recently met a girlfriend and her 6-year-old daughter here and I was very happy that the museum held both of the children's attention for several hours. Although small, t has very cool interactive exhibits.
    Written December 28, 2014
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  • hillerlee1@gmail.com
    8 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Too many people in each group…guide left after first 1/2 and couldn’t find our way. kids in our group were super rude and annoying so that didn’t help. Let us in and had 5 mins to all use restrooms where the same kids piled in each bathroom and played until we were all late. Anyway, interesting parts but some rooms plastic plants and should’ve been better. Don’t expect something great, but not a bad night, aside of the group of pushy kids
    Written November 12, 2023
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