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Here's a list of NYC's art museums. Take advantage that many of them have free admission for children under 16. I do offer extra credit for those who visit an art museum in their own time and write an essay about their visit. You can focus on a specific artwork or on an exhibition as a whole. Make sure you save and staple proof of attending and a sketch of what you saw. 




Children's Museum of the Arts

Visual and performing arts museum targeting 1 - 12 year old kids. Lots of interactive activities at this downtown Manhattan museum.

Cloisters Visitors Guide

Located in Upper Manhattan, overlooking the Hudson River, The Cloisters features an extensive collection of medieval art from Europe. The Cloisters collection includes works from approximately 1000 - 1520, including architectural fragments incorporated into the building, as well as traditional pieces of medieval art on display.

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

This is the only US museum exclusively dedicated to historic and contemporary design. Explore the nature and impact of design on our lives here.

Czech Center New York

Non-profit organization focused on organizing cultural events and programs that promote understanding of the Czech Republic. Located in Midtown Manhattan.

Dia Center for the Arts

Dia's warehouse space on West 22nd Street is principally dedicated to large-scale, single-artist projects. Also sponsors lectures, poetry readings and a video salon.

Museo del Barrio

Opened in 1969, this Latino museum dedicated to Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latin American art, culture and heritage, offers programs in both Spanish and English.

Forbes Magazine Galleries

Located on 5th Avenue & 12th Street, the Forbes Magazine Galleries feature Fabergé Easter eggs and jewelry, toy boats, miniature soldiers, presidential manuscripts and fine art.

Frick Collection

Housed in the New York mansion built by Henry Clay Frick, the collection highlights masterpieces of Western art in its 16 galleries.

Grey Gallery of Art

This New York University art gallery exhibits a diverse collection of artifacts from many eras. Located in Greenwich Village, they also sponsor walking tours, films, and lectures.

Guggenheim Museum

Housed in the famous building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim Museum's architecture is as significant as the permanent collection and special exhibits. Plan your visit and check out the Guggenheim's extensive online art collection on their web site.

International Center of Photography

Part museum, part school and part center for photography and photographers, ICP's midtown location hosts a variety of exhibits illustrating a range of photographic technique and subject.

Isamu Naguchi Garden Museum

Located in Queens, just a short distance from the MOMAQNS, this museum is a memorial to the life & work of Isamu Noguchi. In its temporary location (while renovations are completed on the main location) there is no sculpture garden.

The Jewish Museum

Collections, exhibitions and programs focused on sharing Jewish culture. It is the largest Jewish museum in the Western hemisphere.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Over 2 million works of art from around the world and throughout history are housed at the Met. Find everything you need to plan your visit here, including a search of the collection and the director's tour.

Museum at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT)

Located on 27th & Seventh Avenue, the museum holds one of the most important collections of costume and textiles, with particular strength in 20th-century fashion. Admission to the exhibitions is free.

Museum of Modern Art - MOMA

Founded in 1929 as the first museum dedicated entirely to contemporary art, MOMA is host to an impressive collection of modern artistic efforts. We've gathered directions, visitor tips and pictures from the Museum of Modern Art here.

The Museum of Television and Radio

Located on 52nd Street between 5th & 6th Avenues, the museum is dedicated to collecting and preserving television and radio programs. Check out the schedules for exhibitions, screenings and more on their website.

National Academy of Design

Housing one of the largest public collections of 19th & 20th century American art, the museum's collection represents a diverse array of styles and schools of thought. The National Academy of Design is located on Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue and 89th Street.

New Museum of Contemporary Art

Located in SoHo, this museum seeks to present a global picture of contemporary art. In addition to the galleries, the Media Z Lounge is always free and focuses on the exhibition and exploration of digital art, video and sound projects.

Studio Museum in Harlem

Located on West 125th Street, this museum is focused on supporting African American visual, literary and performing artists through exhibits, artists-in-residence, and a variety of other programs

Visual Arts Museum

A part of the School of Visual Arts in Chelsea, this museum showcases the work of significant figures in contemporary and applied arts. Admission is free.

Whitney Museum of American Art

Boasting the most complete overview of twentieth-century American art of any museum in the world, the Whitney permanent collection consists of over 12,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photographs.

Yeshiva University Museum

This Chelsea museum offers changing exhibits that celebrate the culturally diverse intellectual and artistic achievements of over 3,000 years of Jewish experience.






Brooklyn Museum of Art

Twentieth century and contemporary art museum located near Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday.






Queens Museum of Art

The Queens Museum of Art is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse, ethnic, cultural and international community.

Museum of The Moving Image

The American Museum of the Moving Image focuses on film, television and digital media, and its impact on culture and society. Located in Astoria, Queens, the museum is easily accessible from the subway and is only a short ride from Manhattan.

Museum of African Art

Located in Long Island City, Queens, this museum hosts exhibits on African Art in addition to its permanent collection.

P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center

In Long Island City, this museum is dedicated to showcasing new and exciting art from contemporary artists. They host a variety of exhibits and events throughout the year, including summer dances & movies.






Jacques Marchais Museum of Art

This museum of Tibetan art is located in Staten Island. They offer a variety of meditation and chanting opportunities.