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Children's Museum of Manhattan

Upper West Side
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Address: 212 W. 83d St., New York City, NY 10024
Phone Number: 212 721 1234
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

A kid-friendly museum with many interactive activities.

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Kids would love it no matter what

Loved the Muslim travel section. There are benches for adult seating if you get tired of chasing your kids around. Not the best of locations and easy to park but try Sundays when... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the Muslim travel section. There are benches for adult seating if you get tired of chasing your kids around. Not the best of locations and easy to park but try Sundays when street parking is free. It didn't take me long to find a spot. And this is rare as its the upper west side. The museum offered a... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

Nothing more than an expensive play centre for very young children (4 or under). Not worth the price of admission. Take your kids to Central Park instead.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

very nice museum that encorperates all senses. the children are encouraged to touch and experience everything. you can come in and out all day long.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

Visited here earlier today with our 6 & 8 year old. We were really looking forward to several hours of hands on fun in the cool. We didn't even stay for 2 hours. There was not enough to engage our kids at all. It was very much geared to 5 & unders with few ways to adapt for older kids.... More 

Thank Eira H
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 via mobile

We live in Boston and have a membership at Boston Children's museum. So we got 50% off on the price but it was still not worth the $$. The museum is tiny, old, and not well kept. My kids did not like it much and we only stayed less than 1 hour.

Thank Seoyoung K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

The exhibits are changed to allow kids to learn new things while being able to touch and play with them. Kids are also able to meet kids from all over to play. My sons love rip roaring on the first floor using their imaginations in the ever-changing themed room. They also have arts and crafts. The third floor is like... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

Nice for a few hours to keep kids occupied Lots of things for the kids Many floors and different from other play centres I've been before but always my son enjoys For a four year old it's a wonderland When it's very hot outside in mid August it's ideal

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016 via mobile

We walked into this place with very high expectations, given the location. I have been shocked to see how poor this children's museum is in terms of exhibits, toys, features, things to do! Close to zero hands-on activities for children, really worn out, barely functional stations. For a $12 admissions including small kids (1 and up) I would definitely not... More 

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Tortola, British Virgin Islands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

We took our 5 year old daughter and her 5 year old cousin to the Children's Museum last week. I do not consider this to be a museum. I think it is more of an indoor playground and from that perspective it is not bad. My daughter enjoyed the floor with all the Dora paraphernalia and the hands on art... More 

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Liberty, Missouri
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016

I took my grandchildren ages 3 and 5. The 3rd floor was great. The 2nd floor was devoted to Dora and was visually attractive but the activities were almost nothing. The one major distraction was the elevators and stairwells were excessable to the children. A gate design would have made it easier to relax and not worry about wondering off.

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