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Children's Museum of Manhattan

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Address: 212 W. 83d St., New York City, NY 10024
Phone Number: 212 721 1234
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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A kid-friendly museum with many interactive activities.

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Fun but crowded

We went with out 10 month walking little boy while visiting for Christmas. It was super busy, but we really loved the different levels and especially the lower floor. Worth a shot... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
FrenchAtHeart07
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Port Washington, New York
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is a mediocre indoor playground for toddlers. It should not be called a museum. There is nothing in the place that would be considered part of a museum; no historical exhibits, in fact there are NO exhibits in the whole place...$12 to play on broken toys that your children would have more fun doing outside. Do not even... More 

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Thank JimD2121
Salt Lake City, Utah
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20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went with out 10 month walking little boy while visiting for Christmas. It was super busy, but we really loved the different levels and especially the lower floor. Worth a shot for kids up to 5 years, just be wary of holidays or weekends.

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1 Thank FrenchAtHeart07
Vancouver, Canada
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27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

In a city with so much wealth, it is disappointing to see such a feeble attempt at a kids museum. The top floor deals with nutrition but is kind of preachy and not very interactive. The third floor we didn't visit because it's for younger kids (our son is five). The second floor is just a big advert for Dora... More 

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Winter Park, Florida
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

We were visiting from Orlando so it takes a good attraction to make our family happy. My children loved this museum. And calling it a museum was a little confusing as it is more like a science center or indoor playroom. My son loved the fire engine the most. Even though there are a million things to do in NYC,... More 

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Thank hbressler
Canberra
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Great concept, and well laid out. Good interactive areas with lots of interesting activities and toys to stimulate young visitors. But there is absolutely no control and very little supervision. When we were there with a toddler there were much older children, clearly well past the designated age range for the area, who were running around at full speed with... More 

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Thank Andrew R
Dorado, Puerto Rico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Spent an entire morning visiting with 4 y/o grandaughter who throughly enjoyed exploring the museum. Nice on site shop was moderaly priced as as the entrance fee. Highly recommend .

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Thank Barranquitas
Brisbane, Australia
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

Billed as a museum, CMOM is really a kids play centre with a message. On the rainy day we attended, there were lots of local kids there with their parents or nannies. There were also several school groups. The two younger children in our party (aged 2 and 6) had a fabulous time, particularly in the mini-NYC on the ground... More 

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Thank BeanWorld
Honolulu, Hawaii
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59 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

We have spent many hours in art museums, children's museums, science centers so I wasn't sure if it would be different but it was!! Ok, my 4 year old daughter is pretty thrilled with just the bubbles but she found lots of new things to captivate her attention. The Dora and Diego floor (with vet clinic and Dora's House), the... More 

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Saranac Lake, New York
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

When traveling with the kids, we always try to balance our fun with that of the kids. Our trip to CMOM was super and the staff there was friendly, organized and efficient. I could easily see myself bringing the kids there every day if I was a local stay at homer. There were four or five floors of activities, and... More 

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Thank Trish W
Brockenhurst, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015 via mobile

What a FANTASTIC place!! Just brilliant and our kids (5 and 3) absolutely loved it - in fact we didn't even need to have stayed!!! They were off climbing, exploring, playing, listening, interacting, laughing, watching, driving, rolling, and singing!! There were so many different things to see on all the floors and just when we thought we'd seen everything, someone... More 

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