MCNY Kids Create: Looking Close and Building Tiny with the Stettheimer Dollhouse

When: Tuesday, August 10, 2021, 10:00am

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Left: a photo of the colorful rooms of the Stettheimer dollhouse. Right: a tiny room and furniture made from craft materials.
LEFT: Carrie Stettheimer (b. 1869, d. 1944). Stettheimer Dollhouse. Museum of the City of New York. Gift of Miss Ettie Stettheimer, 1945, 45.125.1. Photograph copyright the Museum of the City of New York, by Ali Elai of Camerarts, Inc. RIGHT: Museum of th

Combine art and engineering in this virtual intergenerational STEAM education program as you draw inspiration from the famous Stettheimer dollhouse to design your own miniature world.  

Learn about the life of the dollhouse’s creator, Carrie Stettheimer, and the vibrant community of artists that gathered in her home in NYC to share their creativity. Experiment with recycled materials to create your own miniature dollhouse room in a live art-making activity.  

Recommended for ages 7 and older, and all ages are welcome! Sessions are intergenerational and family members are encouraged to join and participate together.  

How it Works: 

Sessions are live taught and interactive in a virtual setting that balances active engagement and privacy. Programs are presented as webinars. You will be able to send questions, comments, and observations via the chat feature to the educators, but participants will not use cameras or mics and will not be visible on screen.    

Student Artwork Submission 

Participants are invited to submit photos of artwork created during or after a MCNY Kids Create virtual program to be considered for a student gallery of work on the Museum of the City of New York’s website. To send in a submission, please fill out the Student Artwork Permission Form and email a signed copy to along with a digital image of the student’s artwork. 

Required Materials:

  • paper
  • scissors
  • tape, glue, or stapler
  • pencil or pen 


Optional Materials:

  • milk cartons*
  • cereal boxes*
  • paper towel tubes
  • cardboard boxes
  • small yogurt containers*
  • newspapers
  • magazines
  • markers
  • paint
  • colorful paper
  • fabric scraps
  • hot glue
  • your favorite crafting supplies

*Be sure to clean out any food from recycled materials beforehand.

STEAM Education @ MCNY  

Explore the connections between history, art, and the sciences in intergenerational programs at the Museum of the City of New York. This program is part of our STEAM education offerings, where you can use the tools of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) to understand our city’s past, present, and future. Participate in hands-on learning activities and make exciting connections between topics from music to fashion, sports to activism. 


Family and Community Engagement Programs are made possible in part by the Margaret S. Ogden and Stephen A. Ogden Memorial Fund, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, and Tianaderrah Foundation. Additional support provided by Council Members Diana Ayala - District 8, Bill Perkins - District 9, and Keith Powers - District 4.

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

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