Museums in New York State with kids

A place where kids can learn, AND have a great time? Surely not! 

When it comes to museums in New York State, that’s exactly what you will find! The many fascinating museums in The Empire State offer a range of topics, with many perfectly designed to visit with children. 

Art lovers in the family? Take your pick!  Looking for interactive museums with endless fun things to do with kids? Where would you like to start!?  Nature…history…transport…the list is endless!

Museums have become incredible places to go with kids where they can learn, interact, and be introduced to a whole new world of wonder.

Learning CAN be fun in New York State…and museums are the best place to start! Enjoy!

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  • Sony Wonder Technology Lab

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    Manhattan

    The Sony Wonder Technology Lab (SWTL) is a FREE four-story, interactive technology and entertainment museum for all ages. Located in mid-town Manhattan, SWTL inspires creativity in a high-quality, ...

  • Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum

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    West Side

    The Intrepid's permanent flight deck exhibits include an A-12 Blackbird, an F-14 Super Tomcat, a British Scimitar, a French Entendard and a Polish MiG-21 among other many other fixed-wing aircraft ...

  • American Museum of Natural History

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    Manhattan

    An amazing New York museum with 45 permanent exhibition halls including Dinosaur Halls, Hall of Ocean Life, and the Hall of Human Origins, as wel as hands-on fun for kids

  • Children's Museum of the East End

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    Bridgehampton

    A fun and interactive museum showcasing what makes the East End special, with emphasis on those who call it home! Great learning experience for kids in New York!

  • Childrens Museum of Manhattan

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    Manhattan

    CMOM inspires children and families to learn about themselves and our culturally diverse world through the arts, literacy, media & communications, science & the environment and early childhood ...

  • Explore and More Children's Museum

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    East Aurora

    Spark your kids' creativity, curiosity, and imagination at the region's only museum designed just for children. With cool hands-on activities, your kids can explore the world, learn about building, ...

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

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    Cooperstown

    As they enter the Museum, kids under 12 can choose to participate in one of two Discovery Tours, which are self-guided educational scavenger hunts. The answers can be found throughout the Museum, and ...

  • Museum of the Earth

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    Ithaca

    With particular emphasis on New York State and the Northeast United States, the Museum of the Earth explores the history of the Earth and its life through the lens of geology and paleontology, ...

  • House of Frankenstein Wax Museum

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    Lake George

    Be warned the House of Frankenstein is not just another Wax Museum. No indeed. When you walk the steps of the haunted stairs you are on your own. Don't turn back, there is no turning back, you must ...

  • Staten Island Childrens Museum

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    Staten Island

    The Staten Island Children's Museum appeals to the intrepid explorer in every child. Interactive exhibitions and creative workshops offer plenty of opportunities for hands-on, first hand experiences ...

  • Museum of the City of New York

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    Manhattan

    The exhibits have just about everything you ever wanted to know about New York City and then some.

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art

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    Manhattan

    With a permanent collection of over 2 million works of art, you know this New York City museum is a great journey into the wonderful world of art!

  • Guggenheim Museum

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    Manhatten

    The iconic site of many celebrated special exhibitions, with smaller galleries devoted permanently to the Guggenheim's renowned collection, which ranges from Impressionism through contemporary art.

  • Staten Island Museum

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    Staten Island

    Visitors can embark on a voyage through time in the Staten Island Ferry exhibit, get close to exotic insects, see rocks glow in the dark along with oddities in the Hall of Natural Sciences and ...

  • Queens County Farm Museum

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    Floral Park

    The Queens County Farm Museum's history dates back to 1697; it occupies New York City's largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland and is the only working historical farm in the City. The farm ...

  • The New York City Police Museum

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    Manhattan

    The Police Museum gives visitors an insider's look at the history and traditions of the largest police force in the country. Kids can test out sirens used in an NYPD patrol car, take their friend's ...

  • Childrens Museum of the Arts

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    New York City

    Kids can be inspired at this fascinating children's museum of the arts in New York City, with art exhibitions, workshops and camps.

  • Long Island Childrens Museum

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    Garden City

    Long Island Childrens Museum is a hands-on museum for kids and their grown-ups.

  • New York Transit Museum

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    Brooklyn

    The New York Transit Museum, one of the city's leading cultural institutions is the largest museum in the United States devoted to urban public transportation history, and one of the premier ...

  • The Jewish Museum

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    New York City

    Widely admired for its exhibitions and collections that inspire people of all backgrounds, The Jewish Museum is one of the world’s preeminent institutions devoted to exploring the intersection of ...

  • ArtXplorers

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    NYC

    A creative, unique and interactive way for kids to enjoy and learn about art around New York City.

  • Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art

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    New York City

    An art museum with a difference. Spend the day reading comics and looking at cartoons in this fun New York museum with a range of fascinating exhibits

  • National Museum Of Play

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    Rochester

    The National Museum of Play is the only collections-based museum in the world devoted solely to play!

  • The Jewish Childrens Museum

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    Brooklyn

    Through innovative multi-media technology, Jewish history, values and culture come to life with hands on exhibits, and even a miniature golf course.

  • Buffalo Museum of Science

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    Buffalo

    Fun interactive stations with play themes focusing on a variety of science-based concepts, including energy, space, weather, light, and the environment!

  • Albright Knox Art Gallery

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    Buffalo

    One of the world’s most extraordinary art collections with changing exhibitions and permanent masterpieces. An inspiring and educational trip for those cultural kids!

  • New York Hall of Science

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    Queens

    New York science fun with more than 450 interactive exhibits, teaching kids all about the STEM subjects, whilst having a great time!

  • Corning Museum of Glass

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    Corning

    Explore every facet of glass with more than 35 centuries of glass artistry, hands-on science areas, and watch live glass demos! Free admission for kids!

  • Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum

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    Chittenango

    Learn all about the boat-building and repair of Erie Canal boats, and the social history of the canal era. Award winning family attraction with plenty of learning to be had!

  • Brooklyn Children's Museum

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    Brooklyn

    Interactive learning adventures through hands-on exhibitions, multicultural performances, creative workshops, and natural science specimens.

  • Museum of Science and Technology

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    Syracuse

    Comprises a series of stunning and enjoyable environments where scientific principles are learnt through imaginative, experimental and physical play. Plus flight and motion simulators, planetarium ...

  • Mid Hudson Childrens Museum

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    Series of large and intricate interactive exhibit rooms with learning through play design ideal for curious kids. Newest features include a Baby Park just for the smallest guests, plus a giant ...

  • Sciencenter

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    Ithaca

    250 hands on exhibits inside and plenty more outside, with a huge range including elemental play, kinetic energy machines, interactive structures, musical equipment, fun math challenges and more!

  • Madame Tussauds New York

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    New York City

    Fun for the whole family as you come face to face with your favorite stars of music, film, sport, and history! Be a celebrity in New York City!

  • Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum

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    North Tonawanda

    Kids can explore the history of the carrousel production industry and try out the vintage rides! Super fun!