Past Exhibitions

I Approve This Message

YH8S6357collection_sm

October - December 2016

Ages 2 and up

History! Inspiration! The excitement of the 2016 presidential election cycle!  I Approve This Message offers children a clever introduction to our American heritage with a 40-foot display of framed historical documents complete with authentic autographs from every American president and even a few first ladies! These notable objects are part of the private collection of the late Fred B. Tarter.

In addition to learning about our electoral process, children can

  • Feel the power of the Oval Office, and enjoy a photo-op while sitting at a pretend-play presidential desk and signing documents similar to those featured in the display
  • Add a signature to a wall-hanging for potential future presidents
  • Cast a vote in a faux voting booth
  • Participate in presidential-related scavenger hunts
  • Make a snazzy slogan button to promote their candidacy

The exhibit features presidential profiles and fascinating factoids, brought to life by the charming illustrations of Mike Lowery, from Ken Jenning’s Junior Genius Guides: U.S. Presidents (used with the permission of Little Simon – an imprint of Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing Division).

Renowned artist Leah Tinari’s President Project series, contemporary presidential portraits with a splash of color and whimsy, will also be on display for the first time ever. Visitors may recognize her work from the illustrations in the popular children’s book, The Magical Fantastical Fridge (Penguin Random House – Dial Books).

The Children’s Museum would like to acknowledge the generosity of Tarter Family in sharing the extraordinary collection of the late Fred B. Tarter, and of Leah Tinari for sharing her artwork, with the children and families of New York City.

Jazzed! The Changing Beat of 125th Street

YH8S3006jazz exhibit cmom

May – December 2014

All ages

Get jazzed at CMOM! Find your own beat as you tap, snap, clap and stomp your way through. Live music, hands-on art workshops and an immersive environment celebrates the rich history and lasting legacy of jazz in America. This interactive exhibition and program series features rarely seen images, archival footage, and original jazz artifacts.

Enter a world of big bands, intimate jazz clubs and shimmering stages . . .

SCAT with Ella! Delight at the sounds of your favorite nursery rhymes being sung by the great Ella Fitzgerald, then sing along at the 1930’s pretend-play microphone.

TAP like Bojangles! Marvel at the skill of iconic tap dancer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson doing his famous staircase dance in rarely seen archival footage, then make your own tap shoes and choreograph a unique routine on the Bojangles Tap Staircase.

SWING with Duke! Meet Duke Ellington, legendary bandleader, pianist and composer through artifacts and photos from his band. Experience a contemporary jazz band at a large touchscreen interactive that encourages you to be the bandleader by choosing which musician and instrument to feature. And make your own instrument to take home!

The Children’s Museum partnered with The National Jazz Museum in Harlem to develop this exhibition.

Monkey King: A Story from China

MonkeyKing_073 copy

January – June 9, 2013

Ages 4 – 12 years (On permanent view in Hawaii beginning Fall 2013)

Children get into trouble with the mischievous, yet brave and loyal Monkey King in this epic Chinese adventure tale. Visitors discover the wonders of traditional and modern China as they join Monkey to fly in the clouds, cause havoc in the Heavenly Palace and battle the Bull Demon.

This exhibit was created by the Children’s Museum of Manhattan as part of the Asian Exhibit Initiative, funded by the Freeman Foundation and administered by the Association of Children’s Museums.

Gods, Myths and Mortals: Discover Ancient Greece

YH8S1314Cmom copy

May 2006 – October 2011

Ages 6 years and older

Learn about the impact of ancient Greece on the modern world. Find the Greek roots of everyday words, build an ancient temple, and investigate the Antikythera Mechanism, a mysterious machine from approximately ca. 150 BC widely considered to be the world’s first computer. Follow the story of Odysseus in The Odyssey, who sang with the Sirens and climbed into a large Trojan horse. Arm-wrestle an ancient Greek athlete using a mechanical arm or challenge an animatronic Aristotle to a game of “Twenty Questions.” Learn about the heroism of ancient Greek women in myth and daily life as you engage in a virtual weaving contest with goddess Athena, weave on a fixed loom or discover the steps of textile production from sheep shearing to weaving.

Sponsored in New York by American Express; Media sponsor WNYC.

The Art of Andy Warhol

000_0210 2

November 2005–May 2006

Ages 4 and older

Art legend Andy Warhol created an exhibit for children in the early 1980’s in Zurich called “Paintings for Children.” Families visiting CMOM viewed a recreation of this exhibit that included a selection of paintings depicting animals and tin toys, and six original screenprints from Warhol’s Myths series, featuring personalities such as Uncle Sam and Superman. Developed to inspire creativity and help children understand how images communicate ideas, values and beliefs, the exhibit included silk-screening workstations and a digital photography kiosk, giving families opportunities for an in-depth exploration of American cultural myths.

The Art of Andy Warhol was organized by the Andy Warhol Museum and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Premiere New York Sponsor Fujifilm.

Sunday Morning Breakfast: the Art of Romare Bearden

102-0257_IMG copy

October 2004 – February 2005

Ages 4 and older

Visitors viewed Romare Bearden’s original, vibrant work, Sunday Morning Breakfast and explored the relationship between visual art, storytelling and collage through a series of interactive games and looking activities. This exhibit was mounted in conjunction with a major Bearden retrospective at the Whitney Museum of Art and the Romare Bearden Homecoming Celebration (September 2004 – March 2005), a New York Citywide celebration honoring one of America’s foremost artists.

Art Inside Out

Art Inside Out Murray Two2

October 2002 – May 2005

Ages 5 years & older

Art Inside Out was a breakthrough exhibit that literally invited children and their families to step into works by three great contemporary artists: Elizabeth Murray, William Wegman and Fred Wilson. CMOM worked with the artists to create an exhibit that combined over two-dozen original works and interactive multi-media displays into three playful, immersive environments. Art Inside Out exposed families to the working processes of artists and provided a welcoming entry point into New York’s world of art and museums.

Good Grief!

Peanuts-overview

October 2000

All ages

Fifty years of the funnies come alive with the art and artistry of cartoonist Charles Schulz! Good Grief at the Children’s Museum invites you to step into the world of the Peanuts comic strip. Explore Schroeder’s Piano, Snoopy’s Doghouse, Woodstock’s Nest and learn about all of your favorite Peanuts friends! Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy and the gang will help visitors understand others, learn to empathize, and develop tolerance while having fun and navigating the tough road of childhood together.

Peanuts and the exhibit offer an entertaining multi-generational experience:
• Ages 2-6 play in the Land of Peanuts
• Ages 6-12 explore relationships and solve dilemmas
• Adults reflect on 5 decades of American culture through the eyes of Snoopy & Charlie Brown