NYC Discovery Lab – Sounds of New York City - June 16

When: Sunday, June 16, 2024, 11:00am

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A man in glasses and a small child make art at a table.
Courtesy of Filip Wolak

What sounds make up New York City? How have New Yorkers captured these sounds to create, communicate, and celebrate with their communities? Come and discover New York City’s soundscape both past and present at this month’s NYC Discovery Lab.

Saturdays and Sundays, 11am–4pm

  • Learn about New York City’s soundscape through a matching activity that explores the different calls of street vendors from 200 years ago. 
  • Test your knowledge of today’s city soundscape with a sound quiz and scavenger hunt related to our centennial exhibition, This Is New York: 100 Years of the City in Art and Pop Culture. 
  • Explore how New Yorkers used musical instruments, such as the Güira and Pullero from the Dominican Republic, to communicate and celebrate with their communities. 
  • Create your own instrument and try to capture the experience of riding the subway by playing along with jazz musician Duke Ellington’s music.



NYC Discovery Lab is made possible in part by the Rochlis Family Foundation. 

Family Programs are made possible in part by the Margaret S. Ogden and Stephen A. Ogden Memorial Fund, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Rochlis Family Foundation, and Tianaderrah Foundation. 

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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