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 Alexis Marion, Director of Development, at or 917.492.3354.


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:
The Pinkerton Foundation
The Tianaderrah Foundation
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
The Henry Nias Foundation, Inc.
The Robert and Kate Niehaus Foundation
The U.S. Bank Foundation
Lulu & Leo Fund
The Brenner Family Foundation
The Zegarac-Pollock Family Foundation
Elihu and Susan Rose
The May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation
The Sanson Foundation

Additional support for the Schwarz Center is provided by:
Susan and Roy Glaser
The National Archives at New York City
Susan Rochlis and the Rochlis Family Foundation
An Anonymous Donor
The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation
The Ferris Foundation
Rosemary McClare
James Cross
Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr.
Sharon Teles
The Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation
Jeanne Jones
Metzger-Price Fund, Inc.
James Quinn

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.