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MoMA

FAMILY VISITS

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Learn about MoMA’s resources for kids and families.

  • Pick up a free activity art card, audio guide, or gallery game
  • Learn how to look at art together and plan your visit
  • Kids 16 and under are always free!

Looking Together

Ten ideas for looking at art with kids


  1. Ask your kids questions while looking at works of art, such as: What do you see? What do you see in the art that makes you say that?
  2. Look closely! Ask your kids to name the colors, describe the texture, or list the materials that the artist used.
  3. Explore the architecture of the Museum building. What do you see from the windows? How many bridges do you cross?
  4. Play "I Spy" to identify shapes, colors, and objects in works of art.
  5. Bring paper and a pencil to sketch in the galleries. Write a story or poem. Create a conversation between the characters in a work of art.
  6. Design your visit around a topic or theme, such as people, places, or things.
  7. Use your imaginations! Ask your kids what they would see, smell, or hear if they were inside a work of art.
  8. Look at the wall label and read the title of the artwork. Does the title match what you think the work is about? What would you name it? Why?
  9. View a work of art from different distances. Does it look different up close than it did from far away?
  10. Be creative! Invent your own game.

Ideas for after your visit

Gallery Guides

Explore the galleries with a free print or audio guide.


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MoMA Audio: Kids

Stop, look and listen to kid-friendly recordings in front of works of art.
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A host of characters engage kids in close looking, pose questions, and share secret information about MoMA’s collection. Pick up a free audio guide and map at MoMA Audio desks on the first or sixth floors. Available in English, Français, Deutsch, Italiano, Español, 한국어 (Korean), 日本語 (Japanese), and 中文 (Mandarin). For kids ages 5 and up.

MoMA Games

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Everyone’s a Critic!

Make the Museum your game board!
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In this friendly game of persuasion, players assume the roles of Artists or Critics and try to outwit and outplay their opponents while discovering works of art. Two- and three-plus-player versions are available.

Share your experience online using the hashtag #criticgame.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I park my car?
There are several parking garages nearby and limited parking on the street. See information on discounted parking garage location and rates.

Where can I find kid-friendly food?
A children's menu and highchairs are available in Cafe 2, on the second floor of the Museum. Download a PDF of the Cafe 2 menu. There is also a café in the garden that is open seasonally. Outside food and drinks are not permitted in the Museum.

Are there any events for kids in the Museum today?
For dates and times of Family Programs visit the calendar. Our interactive space, MoMA Art Lab, is a great place to visit at all times.

Do you host kids' birthday parties?
We do not have facilities to accommodate birthday parties. If you would like to arrange for a private group tour, please contact Group Visits.

Where is the hands-on/interactive area for kids?
MoMA Art Lab is an interactive space where kids and adults experiment, play, and create. To get to MoMA Art Lab, walk across the Sculpture Garden, or down the corridor on the second floor of the Museum (past Cafe 2), then downstairs to the first floor of The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building.

Where are baby-changing stations?
Baby-changing stations are located in the women's and men's restrooms, near the escalators on each floor. A private restroom on the fifth floor is available for breastfeeding.

How can I prepare my kids for their visit to MoMA?
See our list of tips for preparing your kids for their visit to MoMA.

Can I bring my stroller in the galleries?
Baby strollers are permitted at all times, but are not permitted on escalators. Find more tips on what to bring (and what to leave home).

Can we draw in the galleries?
Pens and other coloring utensils are not allowed in Museum galleries. Pencils are allowed, but we ask that adults carry them while traveling in the galleries.

I heard that kids receive free admission. Up to what age?
Kids 16 and under receive free admission to the Museum.