• 1220 Fifth Ave at 103rd St., Open Daily 10am–6pm

    About the Schwarz Education Center

    Education programs produced by the Museum’s Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education 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.

    Meet the team

    Support Us

    If you’d like to make a gift in support of our education programs please contact Polly Rua, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, at or 917-492-3303, or click on the link below to donate online.

    Give the gift of lifelong learning


    Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center Council
    Lisa Abel, Vanya Desai, Nellie Gipson, 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.

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


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