About Us

History & Mission

We do what is good for children. By creating experiences at the intersection of the arts, sciences and the humanities, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan helps children and families thrive at home, at school, and in the community. These experiences include exhibitions, classes, workshops, performances, and festivals. Based on research, evaluation, and testing, our programs and exhibits are designed to address the multiple ways children learn and to help parents understand and support their children’s development. The Museum’s special areas of focus—selected for their ability to benefit children throughout their lives—include early childhood education, creativity, health, and world cultures.

Founded in 1973 as a grassroots, neighborhood organization to help bring the arts to New York City public schools, the Children’s Museum is committed to serving a diverse audience. As a citywide resource and a destination for visitors from around the world, each year more than 350,000 people visit our 38,000 square-foot learning facility on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Thousands more benefit from our outreach programs at schools, libraries, homeless shelters, Head Start centers, and hospitals.

Visitors can enjoy more than 80 workshops, classes, and performances free with admission to the Museum each week. Our professional development programs are available to parents, educators, childcare providers, and healthcare professionals as a means to share and reinforce learning with children and their families who may not be able to visit.

All of the Museum’s work is designed to be replicated and shared with other organizations. We begin by collaborating with respected research and academic institutions. We also partner with national and local government agencies. We are particularly grateful to our forward-looking funders and supporters and are honored to work with other cultural, academic, arts, governmental and civil society groups dedicated to the welfare and advancement of children and families.


Board of Directors

Laurie M. Tisch
Campaign Co-Chair and Founding Board Chair
Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund

Shannon Bauer Aronson
Iliad Realty Group

Matthew Messinger
President and CEO
Trinity Place Holdings, Inc.

Miyoung E. Lee
Vice-Chair, Exhibitions and Programming

Rajeev Narang
Napier Park Global Capital

Mark R.T. Adkins
Managing Partner, New York Office
McCarthy Tétrault

Judith Hannan
Past Chair

halley k harrisburg
Campaign Co-Chair
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

Lynn B. Bayard
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Will Blodgett
Fairstead Capital

Michael J. Boublik
Chairman of Mergers and Acquisitions for the Americas
Morgan Stanley

Michael Cohen, PhD
Michael Cohen Group, LLC

LaMae Allen de Jongh
Chief Scaling Officer
Success Academy Charter Schools

Renée Edelman
Senior Vice President

Myron Kaplan, Esq.
Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C.

Martin Laiks
CEO & Founder
Truth Strategy

Kevin B. McGrath, Esq.
Partner, Land Use & Government Relations
Phillips Nizer, LLP

Mohsin Y. Meghji
Managing Partner
M-III Partners, LLC

Matthew Rothman
Managing Partner
R&F Capital Advisors

Lauran Tuck
Tuck’s R.U.S.H. for Literacy

Marcia L. Warner

Teri Weiss
Head of Preschool
DreamWorks Animation

Andrew S. Ackerman
Executive Director
Children’s Museum of Manhattan



Andrew Ackerman
Executive Director

Jennifer Guaraca
Executive Assistant and Board Coordinator

Julia Lu
Director, Institutional Planning

Devan Jairam 
Senior Manager, Finance

Katherine Almonte
Finance Assistant

Karl Daniel
Manager, Guest Services

Chelsea Reichert
Supervisor, Guest Services

Juanita Bonilla
Supervisor, Guest Services

Building Operations

Thomas G. Quaranta
Director, Exhibitions and Museum Operations

Jose Ortiz
Director, Building Operations


Leslie Bushara
Deputy Director, Education and Guest Services

David Rios
Director, Public Programs

Nellie A.V. Chaban
Director, School Programs

Allison Austin
Manager, School Programs

Kevin Nieves
Assistant Manager, Public Programs

Andrea Zrake
Coordinator, School Programs


Thomas G. Quaranta
Director, Exhibitions and Museum Operations

Lizzy Martin
Director, Exhibition Development and Museum Planning

Anthony Martinez
Senior Manager, Exhibition Services

Kristin Lilley
Art Director

Alexandra Tirer
Graphic Designer

External Affairs

Bobbi Mark
Deputy Director for Development

Deirdré Lurie
Director, Strategic Communications

Melissa DeCesare
Associate Director, Individual Giving and Special Projects

Ruth Epstein
Manager, Institutional Giving

Adam Miller
Public Relations – Rubenstein Communications

Emily Munro
Communications Specialist

Paola Quezada
Membership Associate

Parties and Rentals

Birthday Party Department
Manager, Birthday Parties


Devan Jairam
Senior Manager, Finance

Jobs & Internships

Join Our Team!

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is dedicated to providing children with experiences at the intersection of the arts, sciences and the humanities. These experiences include exhibitions, classes, workshops, performances, and festivals. We’re often looking to expand our team and bring unique, innovative professionals to the Museum. Check back here often to see up-to-date employment opportunities.

Full-Time Positions

Development Associate
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan seeks a Development Associate to join its highly collaborative Development Department in all aspects of fundraising. Learn more about this position and how to apply »

Part-Time Positions

Bilingual Teaching Artist
The School Programs Department at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan is seeking part-time Bilingual Teaching Artist Positions to facilitate professional development programs as part of the Education Department. Learn more about this position and how to apply »

Museum Educator
The Education Department at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan is seeking part-time Museum Educators to work directly with Museum visitors. Learn more about this position and how to apply »

Lead Early Childhood Educator
The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is seeking a Lead Educator for the Museum Early Childhood Program which serves children ages 6 months – 6 years along with their families. Learn more about this position and how to apply »


Education Internships
The Education Department at the Children’s Museum is looking for dedicated and self-motivated interns for its Fall/Winter Internship Program. Selected interns will help conduct school visits for children, facilitate on-site public programming for our visiting families, and assist in lesson plan writing and development. We are currently seeking interns who can commit to a minimum of 3 days per week from the beginning of September through mid-January. Learn more about internship opportunities »

Graphic Design and Exhibition Design Internships
Interns will design a variety of materials for upcoming exhibitions and various museum departments. Qualifications must include design portfolio and knowledge of industry standard computer software. Learn more about design internship opportunities »