Engage, inform, and activate—this is at the heart of all school programs at the Museum of the City of New York! For over a decade, the Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center has facilitated programs for hundreds of thousands of children and adults to teach them about our city: the challenges and solutions we’ve encountered, the unique contemporary issues we face as New Yorkers, and the complexity of how the decisions we make today impact our city’s future.
Booking a Program: Advance reservations are required. To request a reservation, complete the Field Trip Request Form.
Note: Interested in bringing your group this summer, between July 6 through August 17?
Click here to learn more about our summer offerings and find our Summer 2019 Field Trip Request Form.
- Step 1: Review field trip offerings below and have your information ready
- Step 2: Fill out the Field Trip Request Form above
- Step 3: After you receive an email from the Museum’s scheduling team with available dates and times, respond to complete your reservation
- Step 4: Check your final confirmation letter and share the trip itinerary and responsibilities with your chaperones
Times: Programs are available Monday through Friday beginning at 10:00 am.
- Gallery programs provide 60-minute interactive tours in the Museum's exhibitions.
- History Labs provide 75-minute hands-on experiences in the Museum's classrooms that are specially designed for elementary school students.
Cost: Programs are $175 for a maximum of 35 children and 6 adults.
The Museum of the City of New York is a New York City Department of Education vendor (vendor number MUS015).
Programs: Our field trips are for grades K-12 and can be modified for groups of all needs and abilities.
New York at Its Core Field Trips
New York at Its Core traces the history of New York City and looks ahead to its future. Choose one of the following three galleries for a 60-minute program for grades K–12, with the option to book multi-session visits.
The Making of New York: From Mannahatta to the Five-Borough City, 1609–1898
Discover and interpret original artifacts including a Lenape ceremonial club, archaeological findings from New Amsterdam, and original models of the Statue of Liberty that tell stories about New Yorkers who shaped the city over the centuries.
What Makes New York New York? People, Technology, and Culture, 1898–2012
Investigate one-of-a-kind objects that capture transformational moments in New York, including record-breaking immigration at the turn of the century, the Harlem Renaissance, and the city’s response to the fiscal crisis of the 1970s. Students will discover the creativity and resiliency of 20th century New Yorkers.
Future City Lab
Experiment, debate, and PLAY in the Future City Lab! In alignment with STEM curriculum goals, students will use tactile objects and interactive digital games to plan and respond to housing, transportation, and environmental challenges in New York. By designing waterfront parks, streets, and apartment buildings, students will discover the trade-offs required to balance costs with community and environmental needs as they create their future visions of New York.
Additional Gallery Programs
Activist New York
60-minute program for Grades 2–12
Engage your students in 350 years of New York’s history of social activism. Inspired by original artifacts and visuals, students will discuss topics including immigration, Civil Rights, LGBTQ activism, and the current Movement for Black Lives. They will also participate in the tradition of activism by creating a button championing the change they would like to make.
For a list of episodes, objects, activists, and lesson plans, visit http://activistnewyork.mcny.org/
The Fight for Workers’ Rights: Labor Organizing in New York Past and Present
60-minute program for Grades K–12
Explore key episodes of labor organizing led by women, immigrants, and people of color. From turbulent strikes to actions and organizations today, learn how New York’s labor history is the story of multiple movements led by working people.
A City for Corduroy: Don Freeman's New York
60-minute program for Grades K–2
Join us for a hands-on, interactive program that brings to life the adventures of Corduroy and friends while exploring the sights and sounds of New York City through storytelling and the illustrations of Don Freeman.
Special Exhibitions Tour: Highlights
60-minute program for Grades K–12
See more of the Museum by visiting two or three current exhibitions on topics that are distinctly New York. Tours may include:
- In the Dugout with Jackie Robinson: An Intimate Portrait of a Baseball Legend
- A City for Corduroy: Don Freeman’s New York (through June 23, 2019)
- Cycling in the City: A 200-Year History (through Oct 6, 2019)
- City of Workers, City of Struggle: How Labor Movements Changed New York (opens May 1, 2019)
- The Voice of the Village: Fred W. McDarrah Photographs (opens June 6, 2019)
- PRIDE: Photographs of Stonewall and Beyond (opens June 6, 2019)
History Lab Programs in the Museum’s Classrooms
History Labs are 75-minute programs that provide content-rich, hands-on experiences in the Museum’s classroom spaces that are specially designed for elementary school students.
The Grid: Urban Planning in New York City
75-minute program for grades K–5. Can be adapted for Pre-K: 45- 60 minutes
Participants will learn about the origins and evolution of Manhattan’s street grid system and how it changed over time. The group will construct a model neighborhood that conforms to this more-than-200-year-old plan using contemporary zoning and land use regulations.
Mannahatta: The Lenape and the Land
75-minute program for grades 1–5
Explore the relationship between the Lenape and their surrounding landscape using maps, images, and objects from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Welikia Project.
Preparing For Your Visit
Bring the Museum into your classroom! Educator Resources and Pre- and Post-Visit Lesson Plans to extend the conversations from the field trip into the classroom are available online:
Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks prior to the visit. Tours will be shortened for late arrivals. Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before the scheduled visit. One chaperone must accompany every group of 10 students; a maximum of six chaperones may accompany each class.
The Museum does not have facilities for students to eat lunch, so please plan accordingly.
School programs support the following Common Core Standards:
SL.4.3. – have the opportunity to explain events or concepts in a historical text based on information in the text
SL.5.1 – engage in collaborative discussions with the educator and with each other
SL.5.1c – participate in discussions by asking and answering specific content related questions
SL.5.2. – summarize information presented visually