Based in the hustle and bustle of New York City’s Manhattan district, the Museum of Arts and Design is a unique and fun art museum that displays an assortment of handmade objects preserved through a range of mediums. It’s certainly a unique New York City attraction with programs and exhibits that cover everything from furniture to perfume and even industrial design. Having a Museum of Arts and Design voucher is great if you want to visit a unique attraction that the whole family will love without spending a lot.
Different times of the year will bring about a variety of exhibitions for families to visit, so a little research beforehand may be in order. Past exhibitions that have proved popular include ‘Out of Hand‘, a look into how technology has shaped creativity and artistic expression in today’s society while ‘The Art of Scent’ focuses on scent as a medium. There are a wide range of options in exhibits within the museum, ensuring there’s a little something for everyone to read about, see and learn at the same time.
The Museum is open most days with the exception of bank holidays and Mondays. Admission is certainly affordable. It’s free for children ages 18 and under, and just $16 for adults, special tour bookings are also available for groups and discount vouchers are often available. Guided gallery tours are an excellent way to make sense of the exhibits on show and school-groups are even given their own 90-minute program. There are Open Artist Studios too, with limited opening hours, which offer a different insight into what goes on within the museum and the process behind the art.
Visitors and families have a choice when they step through the front doors of the museum. A number of programs are available to delve into, from workshops to talks. While a younger audience may not find these as stimulating, the museum also offers a number of cinematic shows, using the cinema to immerse the audience. There is the Encounters section which children will enjoy. This is a far more interactive program which includes artists creating an assortment of edible sculptures from sweets and children’s treats.
Unique, interesting and educational; these words best describe the Museum of Arts and Design, and parents will find it very accessible with plenty to see and do. Not only are kids catered to, but an older generation will find plenty of interest as well and will be safe in the knowledge that their kids are developing a taste for culture at the same time.
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