Education is at the core of the Museum of the City of New York’s mission, and our Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center offers a slate of education programs designed specifically for children from the five boroughs. Participants explore the city’s unfolding story and their own place in it. Curricula are project-based, hands-on, and interactive.

About the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's Center

Education programs produced by the Museum’s Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center utilize exhibitions and our incomparable collections to make the city’s history compelling and accessible to young people, serving nearly 50,000 students each year, the great majority of whom attend under-resourced public schools.

The Center’s programs address the persistent, city-wide problem of student underachievement in social studies. Our approach to the subject challenges children to build their critical thinking skills: interpreting evidence; connecting new information and prior knowledge; drawing reasoned conclusions; and communicating their conclusions and reasoning clearly. These skills are crucial to children’s success in school, in the workplace, and throughout their lives.

Programs take place in the Center’s state-of-the-art classrooms, Museum galleries, and in the city itself. All activities—including our flagship School Programs for groups visiting on field trips, out-of-school time programs, family programs, and professional development workshops for teachers—are led by trained museum educators.

Support the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's Center

If you’d like to make a gift in support of the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center’s education programs, please click here, or contact Alice Stryker, Director of Grants and Sponsorships, at or 917-492-3449.


Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center Committee
Lisa Abel, Vanya Desai, Nellie Gipson, Paige Boller Malik, Polly Merrill, Tracey Pontarelli, Kathy Prounis, Coco Quinlan, Valerie Rowe, Ann Spence and Paula Zakaria.

Programs at the Schwarz Center are made possible through the generous support of:
Brenner Family Foundation
BTIG/Ilan Adika
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Lulu & Leo Fund
Henry Nias Foundation, Inc.
Robert and Kate Niehaus Foundation
The Pinkerton Foundation 
May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation
Sansom Foundation
The Tianaderrah Foundation
U.S. Bank Foundation

Additional support for the Schwarz Center is provided by:
Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation
Christina Brown
Kara Cross
Ferris Foundation
Carol Gellos
The Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation
Jeanne Jones
Laureen Knutsen
Rosemary McClare
Metzger-Price Fund, Inc.
The National Archives at New York City
Consulate General of The Netherlands
New York Council for the Humanities
Diane and James E. Quinn
Bruno A. and Mary Ann Quinson
Susan Rochlis/ The Rochlis Family Foundation
Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr.
Sharon and Tom Teles
Stacey and Jeffrey Weber

The Schwarz Center is endowed by grants from the F.A.O. Schwarz Family Foundation and other generous donors.

Programs in conjunction with Activist New York are made possible by The Puffin Foundation. Puffin Foundation logo

Family Programs in conjunction with Folk City are made possible by The D’Addario Foundation.