Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's Center

Education is at the core of the City Museum’s mission, and our distinguished 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.

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 40,000 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.

Click here to learn about our rich Education programs at the City Museum.