The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is a place for all ages to explore the world and cultures through a selection of diverse programs and distinctive exhibitions. It is located in the Tisch Building which sets on West 83rd, between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. More than 300,000 visitors make their way into the museum each year to inspire themselves and help with the celebration of our world’s cultural range and what’s to come in the future. It is otherwise known as CMOM and welcomes visitors of all ages to join in on all the activities offered daily.
Learn, explore and support CMOM with its internships, parent workshops, classes for kids and guided tours that can all be found onsite and on a regular basis.
The museum first opened on a storefront back in 1973. Founder Bette Kroman understood the financial crisis the city was in as well as the absence of music, school art and cultural learning programs for children. Educators set up shop in basements on the storefront to educate audiences of the Upper West Side and Harlem. The museum received its very first grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to expand the education of different programs. It was originally named the Growth Through Art and Museum Experience and then later on called the Children’s Museum of Manhattan in the 1980s.
Mission and Statement
Children’s Museum of Manhattan’s main objective and mission is to inspire families and children to educate themselves with the diverse culture in the world via interactive programs and ongoing exhibitions. Serving more than 325,000 people with more than 65,000 being children, the museum continually strives to reach out to hundreds if not thousands of families all around the world to benefit from the services that are being offered. There are more than 50 outreach programs located in 50 different cities surrounding New York City.
Visiting the Museum
The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday and is closed on Mondays for outreach programs and school programs. Extended hours are offered on certain days. There are many ongoing exhibits offered daily that include PlayWorks, EatSleepPlay Building Healthy Day, Adventure with Dora and Diego and 10-Foot Cops.
The museum is also located just a few blocks from the Riverside Park, Central Park Zoo and Central Park. Dining is nearby with eateries for every taste such as Say Cheese, Big Daddy’s and Nonna Restaurant just to name a few. There is even an online shop offering a great selection of toys, books, souvenirs and educational games.