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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:
+1 212-721-1234
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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Great and guaranteed-fun place to take your kids

Every time I come to NY I take my daughter here. As a matter of fact, I am here right now... as she plays I get to do a variety of things and she gets to play in a variety of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Sunrise, Florida
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Sunrise, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Every time I come to NY I take my daughter here. As a matter of fact, I am here right now... as she plays I get to do a variety of things and she gets to play in a variety of ways. If you want to play with your kids you can, but they will often find new friends and... More 

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East Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't know what to expect really, but my husband read that they had a big play space and we knew Lillian, our 1 year old, would love that. And she did! She had a great time exploring the baby area and the toddler area. She found lot of safe things to play with and kids to interact with. I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016 via mobile

Tremendous wealth of things to do with toddlers and young children. When the weather is frightful, this place is delightful

Thank Peter S
New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 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.

1 Thank Matt M
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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.

Thank tal b
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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 

2 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.

2 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 

Thank Tunisia R
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

Thank Simon T

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Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theater performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
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