Families

Family Programs offer a unique, engaging, and often unexpected museum experience, full of fresh perspectives, playful activities, and numerous opportunities for artistic and cultural enrichment. Our diverse offerings for families include lively concerts, innovative art workshops, immersive gallery tours, and fun-filled Sunday programming.

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Concerts

Our calendar of family concerts includes an eclectic range of hip kids’ music, performed by well-known, award-winning musicians.

Sundays and Special Family Days

Sundays are for families at the Jewish Museum! Join us for Drop-In Art Workshops, thematic gallery tours, family concerts, Dig Drop-In, and immersive Family Days. Family Day celebrations focus on a temporary exhibition or holiday and include large-scale art workshops and hip kids’ performances.

Workshops

Create works of art together in our studio using an array of artists’ materials and techniques inspired by our exhibitions. Join us for Sunday Drop-in Art Workshops, vacation week programs, Access Family Programs, and ticketed studio art workshops featuring a more in-depth experience.

Tours

Join Masterpiece Mondays, Sunday Art Discoveries, and our ticketed art workshop and gallery tours to discover great works of art through guided conversation and hands-on activities.

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Children’s Exhibition

Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces, the Museum’s permanent exhibition for children and their families, is inspired by our renowned collection of extraordinary art and artifacts. Discover the world of archaeology by investigating artifacts from ancient times to the present day. Take on the role of the archaeologist and embark on an adventure to encounter unusual objects and understand their origins. Examine original artifacts, piece together fragments, sketch replicas, interpret symbols, dress in costumes, and much more. Discover our simulated archaeological dig during our Dig Drop-In program, held every second Sunday of the month. Explore Dig Drop-Ins.

Family Guides

When you visit the Museum, tour our exhibitions with a printed family guide, designed for families to use together while enjoying the art on view. You can also select and print your family guide in advance of your visit. Click on any thumbnail or title to download a PDF.

Tips for Parents

Does the Café offer a kids’ menu?

Lox at Café Weissman offers a kids’ menu. The Café is located on Level B.

Where are the restrooms with baby-changing tables located?

Baby changing tables are located in the women’s and men’s restrooms on Floor 4 and Level B.

What is your stroller policy?

Strollers may not be permitted in the temporary exhibitions galleries, but umbrella strollers are welcome in the rest of the Museum. A limited number are available for loan from the Coat Check. The Museum may limit strollers in certain galleries.

What other activities happen on Sundays besides art-making?

We offer storybook readings in the galleries at 1:30 pm with Storybooks & Art; family tours with Sunday Art Discoveries every third Sunday, 11:30 am –12:30 pm; Second Sunday Dig Drop-In, noon – 3 pm; and ticketed performances on certain Sundays.

When and where do the Drop-In Art Workshops happen in the museum?

Every Sunday from September 14, 2014, through May 31, 2015, 1 – 4 pm, in the studio. The studio is located on Floor 4, down the hall from the children’s exhibition, Archaeology Zone: Discovering Treasures from Playgrounds to Palaces.

How can my children and I better engage with art as a family?

  • Follow your child’s lead. What sparks his or her interest?
  • Look closely. List what you notice in a work of art. Explore the colors, shapes, textures, and materials that you see. Discuss what is happening in a scene.
  • Take your time. Give your kids time to make close observations.
  • Choose a theme. Plan your Museum visit around an idea or topic, such as people, place, nature, color, shape or materials. Hunt for specific images or objects in the galleries. Discuss the artwork by asking questions related to your theme. For example: Find a work of art that involves something from nature such as an animal, tree or plant. Have you ever seen this animal or plant before? Where? How is this work of art similar or different from the real animal or plant?
  • Ask open-ended questions, such as: What do you think is interesting about this work of art? What do you think is happening in this scene? Does this remind you of anything?

Does the Jewish Museum accept Cool Culture Passes?

The Jewish Museum is a partner of Cool Culture, an organization that provides underserved families free access to New York City’s museums and other cultural institutions through Cool Culture Passes. With a Cool Culture Family Pass, families receive free entry to 90 participating museums, botanical gardens, and zoos. Your Cool Culture Family Pass gives you both free admission to the Jewish Museum and to any of our free, non-ticketed Family Programs.