Plan Your Visit
Due to COVID-19-related safety concerns, the DiMenna Children's History Museum remains temporarily closed to visitors.
Families are welcome to visit the New-York Historical Society’s other exhibitions, including Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution and Women March, which have family guides available to use in the galleries. Buy your timed-tickets today!
Not in New York City or staying home? Please enjoy our online family programs.
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!
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Visiting the Museum with Your Family
Make sure your visit to New-York Historical 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. 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. And visit our FAQ page to familiarize yourself with changes we’ve made to the experience of visiting a museum. Share with your children that everyone will be wearing masks, getting temperature checks, and some staff will be behind partitions. Even though our staff’s faces are covered, we are smiling when we see you back in the galleries!
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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