About the Schwarz Education Center

Education is at the core of the Museum’s mission. Students, teachers, families, and community members from across the five boroughs and around the world take part in our Education Center programming each year. The Museum engages learners in examining the city’s past so that they may understand the present and envision their role in shaping the future.

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, serving over 50,000 people each year.

For students, 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, in the Museum's galleries, online, and throughout the city itself. All activities—including our flagship School Programs for groups visiting on field trips or participating in remote learning programs, out-of-school-time programs, family programs, and online and in-person professional development workshops for teachers—are led by trained museum educators.

Learn more about our student programs, educator resources, community events, and online content at 

Support Us

If you’d like to make a gift in support of our education programs please contact Charley Harris, Manager of Patron Services at or Donate Now




Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center Council
Vanya Desai, Nellie Gipson, Jane Goldman, Tracey Pontarelli, Valerie Rowe, and Melanie Wright

The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center is endowed by grants from The Thompson Family Foundation Fund, the F.A.O. Schwarz Family Foundation, William Randolph Hearst Endowment, and other generous donors.

Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center programs are made possible through the generous support of:

Charina Endowment Fund
Gray Foundation
Henry Nias Foundation, Inc.
Margaret S. Ogden and Stephen A. Ogden Memorial Fund
Robert and Kate Niehaus Foundation
The Rochlis Family Foundation
The Rowe Family Foundation
May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation
Tianaderrah Foundation
U.S. Bank Foundation

Additional support for the Schwarz Center is provided by:
F.A.O. Schwarz Family Foundation
Frank J. Antun Foundation
Robert Finger/Fogarty Finger Architects

Susan and Roy A. Glaser
Budd and Jane Goldman
The Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation
Kathleen Benson Haskins
Rosemary McClare
Metzger-Price Fund, Inc.
Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation
New York City Department of Education
The Honorable Keith Powers, New York City Council, District 4

Sy Syms Foundation
An Anonymous Donor

The Museum is grateful to The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which supports a Predoctoral Fellowship Program in History Education.

Programs in conjunction with Activist New York and Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics are made possible by The Puffin Foundation Ltd.

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Education programs for New York at Its Core are made possible by:

The Thompson Family Foundation


the Institute of Museum and Library Services

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