Plan Your Visit
At the New-York Historical Society, we believe that knowing where we came from helps us understand who are are now. That goes for kids too, which is why we created the DiMenna Children's History Museum, the first-ever museum bringing American history to life through the eyes of children!
Please check the calendar for upcoming gallery closings and/or early Museum/Library closures.
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Visiting the Museum with Your Family
Make sure your visit to the DiMenna Children’s History Museum is the best it can be! Here are some tips of planning and suggestions for activities during your visit.
The museum has a huge collection of artworks, historical objects, and documents. In addition, there is a library, digital interactives, an 18-minute long film on the history of New York City, and a sit-down restaurant. There is a lot to choose from! Talk to your children before you visit to decide the galleries and activities that best fit all of your interests and needs.
The DiMenna Children’s History Museum is in the lower level of the New-York Historical Society. Most families can explore the children’s museum in one visit.
In the DiMenna Children's History Museum there are:
- Bathrooms with changing tables
- Healthy snack vending machine
- Areas to sit and rest, interactive games to play, and books to read
- Education staff on hand to answer questions and provide direction
- Information and brochure rack with program descriptions
- Scavenger hunts for children under 6, older than 6, in English and in Spanish
Focus your visit around a theme, such as “people of New York’ (what they wore, how they spent their days) or “streets of New York” or “New York now and then.” For very young children, playing “I Spy” or searching for colors or shapes will keep them looking closely.
Questions to keep the conversation going:
- Ask compare and contrast questions (How was this person’s life similar to or different from the last person we saw? How were their lives different?)
- Choose an object and try guess how it was used. Do you have something similar in your home?
- “I wonder…” questions can prompt further research at home. Encourage your children to identify what else they want to know.
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