Bring your group to the City Museum's Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's Center this summer, July 8 through August 14. All offerings are available Monday–Friday beginning at 10:00 am and last 1 hour.

City as Canvas, Ages 7 & up

Get inspired by the colors and styles of graffiti from the 1970s and ‘80s. Explore the work of “writers” like Keith Haring and Lady Pink. Showcase your own tagging talent using an exhibition scavenger hunt. Afterwards, create a “masterpiece” mural inspired by the City as Canvas exhibition.

Education programs for City as Canvas are made possible by the Keith Haring Foundation.

Taking a Stand, ages 8 & up

Discover how New Yorkers have fought for change over the past 350 years. A colorful guide will help you explore and find photographs, pamphlets, picket signs, and banners. Then create a button to express your views about an important issue New Yorkers are facing today.

Amazing Arches, ages 9 & up

What do Ellis Island’s Registry Room, the Bronx Zoo’s Elephant House, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine all have in common? Look up! Find the answer in the extraordinary vaulted ceilings engineered in the 19th-century while exploring Palaces for the People with a hands-on gallery guide. Then create your own vault inspired by the designs in the exhibition.

Request a Reservation

  • All group visits must be booked in advance.
  • Email schoolprograms@mcny.org to schedule your visit.
  • The fee is $125 per group up to a maximum of 25 participants.

Please note: Eating facilities for groups are not available at the Museum. We are located across the street from Central Park, where groups may enjoy their lunch.

Support for these programs is provided by Target.

Additional support is provided by the Carson Family Foundation, Henry Nias Foundation, U.S. Bank Foundation, the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, and the Sansom Foundation, among others. The Museum gratefully acknowledges The Pinkerton Foundation's support of our summer internship program.