Education is at the core of the City Museum’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 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.


Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children’s Center Co-Chairs
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:

Daryl Brown Uber/William E. Weiss Foundation
The Brenner Family Foundation
The Pinkerton Foundation

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The Carson Foundation
William E. Weiss Foundation
Henry Nias Foundation
Lulu & Leo Fund
The U.S. Bank Foundation
The Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund
The Robert & Kate Niehaus Foundation
Sansom Foundation
The Keith Haring Foundation Inc.
The Verizon Foundation
An Anonymous Donor

Additional support for the Schwarz Center is provided by:
Susan Rochlis and the Rochlis Family Foundation
Bay and Paul Foundations
F.A.O. Schwarz Family Foundation
Susan and Roy Glaser
Magowan Family Foundation
May & Samuel Rudin Family Foundation
Rosemary J. McClare
Thomas and Paula McInerney
Polly Schwarz Merrill
Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation
Valerie Rowe
Ann Spence
Edwin A. Margolius
Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr.
Frank J. Antun Foundation
The Edouard Foundation
J & AR Foundation
Leslie C. Quick Jr. & Regina A. Quick Foundation
Metzger-Price Fund
Niblack Foundation

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.