General Information

When is the Children’s Museum of Manhattan open?

  • School Year Hours:
    CMOM is open Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 5pm, with extended hours, Saturday 10am – 7pm.
    CMOM is closed on Mondays for school and outreach programs. View Exceptions
  • Summer Hours:
    CMOM is open Mondays! Sunday – Friday 10am – 5pm, with extended hours, Saturday 10am – 7pm.
  • Join us for TARGET Free First Friday Nights at CMOM. On the first Friday of every month, CMOM is open from 5-8pm and admission is FREE!

What is the admission for CMOM?

  • $11 for children (age 1 and over) and adults, $7 for seniors. Children 0-12 months are free. CMOM members are free.

Are there additional charges for performances, workshops or special exhibits?

  • No, admission price includes all daily programs, performances, workshops and hands-on exhibits.

May I bring food and drinks into the Museum?

  • Food and beverages are not allowed inside the Museum. However, there are several child-friendly restaurants in the neighborhood. Visitors may leave for a meal and return to CMOM as long as they retain their admission stickers. We have water fountains on the third floor and lower level. Babies and children under 4 may use bottles and sippy cups.

May I drop my child off?

  • Children must be accompanied at all times by an adult age 18 or older.

Is there a children’s park or playground nearby?

  • CMOM is located between two great parks. Two blocks west is Riverside Park. Riverside Park’s entrance on 83rd Street has a beautiful playground and ample benches for picnics. Three blocks east of the Museum is Central Park where there are ball fields, fountains, playgrounds and the Central Park Zoo.

Are there days when the Museum is open late?

  • We are open until 7pm on Saturdays.
  • Please join us for TARGET Free First Friday Nights at CMOM! On the first Friday of every month, CMOM is open from 5-8pm and admission is FREE!

Is there a mailing list?

  • Yes. Visitors can sign up to receive information about upcoming events at the yellow Visitor Services Desk in the lobby or join our e-mail list!

Comfort and Safety Issues

Can my family visit the Museum if my child has not received the MMR vaccination?

  • CMOM strongly supports the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York City Department of Health (DOH) recommendations that all children receive the MMR vaccination. CMOM requests but does not require that guests are vaccinated; proof of vaccination is not needed to gain entry. CMOM–like a subway car, supermarket, doctor’s office, school, and even a sidewalk–is a public area often crowded with children. Parents must consider this when traveling with children under age one (the first MMR vaccine dose is administered between 12-15 months). Help keep our youngest guests safe from contracting measles, mumps or rubella – get vaccinated today!

Please review these notes on MMR from the NYC DOH:

  • Currently, there is no outbreak of measles in NYC.
  • NYC does have cases of measles from time to time, as we have this year, because a traveler acquired the infection in another state or country. However, even if there were an outbreak of measles, the DOH would not recommend that unvaccinated people be excluded from all or even most public activities. Rather, they would encourage them strongly to be vaccinated. This approach was quite successful in halting an outbreak of measles in spring 2014 in New York City.
  • The DOH has never excluded unvaccinated persons from public activities during any of NYC’s past outbreaks.
  • State law authorizes the Health Department to exclude unvaccinated children from attending school and daycare settings. Schools and daycares have a legal mandate to enforce the school immunization requirements, which a museum does not.

What are the Museum’s building and exhibition cleaning procedures?

Museum Cleaning Procedures:

  • CMOM’s Visitor Services staff (inclusive of our Public Programs, Exhibitions and Maintenance departments) are on-site during Museum operating hours to sanitize and clean the restrooms, common areas and exhibit galleries including frequent cleaning of surfaces that hands touch to eliminate the spread of germs. They disinfect all hands-on items (i.e. door knobs, light switches, handles, etc.), and manipulatives such as plastic food, balls, etc. We use Green Cleaning Wipes, a non-toxic product commonly used in children's museums. These wipes are also available on the floor for the general public to use at their discretion.
  • Deep cleaning by a professional cleaning service takes place when the Museum is closed. The floors are mopped and vacuumed, restrooms are cleaned and all surfaces are sanitized.
  • The air in the building is circulated with fresh air to maintain clean air at all times.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are located on each floor.
  • Staff is required to consistently wash their hands.
  • Our guests are welcome and encouraged to notify Museum staff if an area or object needs attention.

Exhibition Cleaning and Repair Procedures:

  • CMOM’s Visitor Services staff (inclusive of our Public Programs, Exhibitions and Maintenance departments) clean exhibition areas constantly throughout the day.
  • Guests are provided with "Yucky Toy Bins.”
  • Dirty toys are constantly replaced with clean toys throughout the day.
  • All hands-on items (stuffed animals, plastic food and balls, etc.) are sanitized regularly in a sanitizing machine. All surfaces that hands touch are cleaned to eliminate the spread of germs.
  • Deep cleaning of exhibition areas by Museum staff and a professional cleaning service takes place when the Museum is closed.
  • CMOM’s Visitor Services staff routinely inspect exhibit displays and interactives to insure the safe condition and durability of all elements.
  • Our guests are welcome and encouraged to notify Museum staff if an area or object needs attention.

Are there doctors or nurses available at the Museum?

  • There are nearby doctors on call for the Museum every day in case of an emergency.

Do you have a lost and found?

  • Most lost and found items are brought to the front desk. However, items of worth such as cell phones and cameras are brought to the fourth floor administrative offices for safe keeping.

Is there a diaper changing area in the building?

  • CMOM has changing tables in all its restrooms. Restrooms are located on the lower level and on the third floor. Health regulations require that diaper changing be done in restrooms. Parents may not change their children outside of these areas.

Where may I nurse my child?

  • You may nurse anywhere in the Museum. For a quieter space, we suggest the fourth floor.

Is the Museum wheelchair accessible?

  • CMOM has a ramp entrance and open lobby for free movement. The Museum is wheelchair accessible in all locations except the lower level of the City Splash exhibition. The elevator in the lobby allows for at least two wheelchairs, and can be locked off for multiple uses by a school group, etc. We are constantly striving to make CMOM as accessible as possible for children with disabilities and their families. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s specific needs, please contact us at access@cmom.org.

Why do I have to check my stroller?

  • A large number of strollers in the building would prevent a safe fire evacuation. The only strollers allowed are for children with special needs. Any stroller left in the lobby or found in the building without a special tag will be confiscated by the Museum. All strollers should be collapsible, and should be checked upon entry. If the stroller cannot be collapsed, CMOM reserves the right to store it in a safe outdoor area, weather permitting. We suggest that for a more enjoyable visit, skip the check line by leaving your strollers at home.

When is the least crowded time to visit CMOM?

  • Wednesday and Thursday afternoons during the school year tend to be our quietest times. 

Are Museum maps given out to visitors?

  • We do not have Museum maps. However, floor directories that list exhibitions and activity centers are posted by and within each elevator.

Fees and Member Benefits

May I re-enter the Museum after I leave?

  • Yes, at admission guests are given a hand stamp that will entitle them re-entry throughout the entire day.

What special benefits do Museum members receive?

  • Museum members may visit CMOM free, as many times as they like, over the course of their membership. Members receive discounts for birthday parties, CMOM store purchases and enrollment classes and at numerous area establishments. We have several membership levels. View more about CMOM membership »

Can my child have a birthday party at the Museum?

  • CMOM has a popular Birthday Party plan offering several options. Generally, parents should contact the Museum two to three months in advance to find out if their desired date is available. Day parties are held on the Lower Level and are coordinated with one of our exhibitions. After-hour parties also include exclusive access to an exhibit space. View more about birthday parties »

Will CMOM donate a membership or free passes for my school’s fundraiser?

  • CMOM recognizes that there are many wonderful organizations supporting children in the tri-state area. We are happy to donate a limited number of complimentary memberships and museum passes for fundraising purposes to local organizations each month, as per our Donation Request Guide. Download the Guide »

Programs and Classes

May I bring my child’s class in for a tour during school hours?

  • Yes. The Museum is closed to the public on Mondays so that school groups of 15 or more may receive guided tours of one exhibit plus enjoy a hands-on workshop. Groups of 15 or more wishing to visit the Museum Tuesday through Friday must make reservations and tour the Museum along with the public. View more about groups »

Do I have to make reservations for a group?

  • Yes, groups of 15 or more must make a reservation. Ninety minute guided tours for these groups are arranged through the School Programs department. The reservation includes a tour of one exhibit and a hands-on workshop lead by a CMOM educator.

Are there classes for children?

  • There are popular parent-child classes available for Member children 6 months to 3 years old. These classes emphasize art, music and early childhood development. After-school classes are available to older children (ages 4 and older) in various subjects such as biology, art, theater, health and nutrition. View more about classes »

What types of outreach does CMOM provide?

  • CMOM educators conduct programs focusing on biology, health, nutrition, art, literacy and conflict resolution. View more about CMOM in the Community »

Can I volunteer at CMOM?

  • CMOM has volunteer and intern opportunities for high school and college students. CMOM offers spring high school internship programs. Undergraduate and graduate students may intern in the Education or Exhibits Departments. View more about internships »

What is there to do at the Children’s Museum?

  • You and your child can explore our five floors of hands-on exhibits. View more about CMOM's exhibits » You and your child can participate in daily workshops and activities.

Every day

  • Children (ages 4 and younger) can drop by The Lab in the PlayWorks™ exhibit and do a collage or drawing, or play at the sand table.
  • Come to a Circle Time in PlayWorks™ at 11:30am where you and your child can hear stories, sing and dance together.

On weekends

  • Participate in performances and special programs for all ages. For more details, check on our website calendar, ask at the Museum’s Visitor Services Desk in the lobby, check the calendar brochure, or view our monthly calendar posted in each elevator and outside, at the bottom of the Museum’s entrance ramp.
  • Sign up for a special workshop (for children ages 5 and older). When you arrive, go to the Visitor Services Desk at the back of the first floor lobby to find out more.  Still have a question? Please call us at 212-721-1223 or email us at info@cmom.org.


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Save the Date!
CMOM 2014 Spring Gala

Thursday, 15 May 2014
The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers


Messy with Art: Sand Paper Drawing, 10:00am

4 & younger

Explore texture while drawing with colorful crayons on rough, bumpy sandpaper!

Leaping Literacy Friday: Fields of Felt, 10:45am

4 & younger

Help CMOM educators create a mural made of felt! Add to the mural by making things like mountains, clouds and trees all out of fuzzy felt!  

Movement & Circle Time, 11:30am

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories.

Getting Creative with Art: Blooming Blossoms , 12:15pm

4 & younger

Blossoms are blooming! Get inspired by the spring season and create a colorful paper flower bouquet.

Mural Wall Painting, 2:00pm

4 & younger

Mix paint on the PlayWorks™ Mural Wall.

CMOM Kamishibai , 2:00pm

All ages

Kamishibai is a traditional form of Japanese storytelling. Join CMOM educators for an interactive telling of traditional and modern, kawaii-inspired stories.


Kawaii Bento Box, 2:45pm

All ages

Bento is a single-portion meal served in a box, which has become its own art form. Design your own kawaii-inspired bento box to hold your lunch!


Farmer’s Market Counting, 3:15pm

4 & younger

Join us for a shopping trip! Let’s count all the produce in our “Farmer’s Market!”

Movement & Circle Time, 4:00pm

4 & younger

Sing, move your body and use your listening ears to hear special stories

Full Calendar