Children’s Museum of the Arts

182 Lafayette Street, New York, NY  10013
(212) 274-0986
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HOURS: Monday and Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday through Sunday 12pm-5pm
Thursday 12pm-6pm

NEIGHBORHOOD: Soho, Manhattan

DIRECTIONS: By Subway: 6 to Spring Street; NQRW or JM to Canal Street; BDF to Broadway Lafayette. By Bus: M1 to Centre Street/Broome Street; M6 to Broadway/Broome Street


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The mission of the Children’s Museum of the Arts is to extend the benefits of the arts to all children and their communities and to secure the future of the arts by inspiring and championing the next generation of artists and art lovers. They provide authentic hands-on art experiences for children with artists, both in our art-filled interactive museum, in the community, and by collecting and exhibiting children’s art.

Exhibitions at the Children’s Museum of the Arts are designed to encourage conversation between museum visitors young and old alike. Each exhibition is selected to inspire children and their families in their art-making at CMA and to foster a safe environment for children to express themselves freely. CMA maintains a collection of over 2,000 pieces of art made by children from 50 different countries, dating back to the 1930’s.

They host summer arts camps in Soho and on Governor’s Island, along with classes throughout the year held at the museum.


by Alex Cerda

If your child likes Art, he will love this museum. It is a wonderful place to go and explore, discover and create art.My daughter is five and she always has fun when we visit. On fridays there is a toddler drop off class that goes on from 10-12. Every 15min they open a different area for the children to discover. They end the morning with an excellent Sing along and story time. The staff is great and the setting of the museum is ideal for children to explore and create while admiring other children’s work.

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