When I reached out to some friends on Facebook for tips on where to go in NYC for our recent trip, a few friends recommended MoMath – the National Museum of Mathematics. My kids initially thought it sounded boring, but after I reminded them how much they love the Boston Museum of Science, they eagerly agreed to check it out.
MoMath, which opened in 2012, is located at 11 E 26th St, in the Flatiron District. We were able to take a nice leisurely walk from our hotel – the Westin Grand Central. It’s also right near Eataly NYC, which would be a great place to stop for lunch before or after your trip.
Review of MoMath – the National Museum of Mathematics in NYC
We decided to eat lunch first and then visit the museum. It was a great choice, because a few school groups were just leaving as we entered. Admission to the two-story museum is currently $15 for adults and $9 for children, and tickets can be purchased online. We didn’t, and instead were able to buy tickets at a kiosk at the entrance.
Upon entering the museum, the kids were immediately drawn in to the interactive exhibits. As the school groups closely left, the museum was surprisingly quiet. The kids enjoyed visiting each section, and we found the staff to be very helpful with explaining how they worked. They spent much of their time at the Pattern Paints, Square-Wheeled Trikes, and Motionscape on the first floor. I had to convince them to move down to the basement level to check out more exhibits. Down there, they enjoyed the Tessellation Station, where they used patterned designs to create a larger design, and the Tile Factory.
The National Museum of Mathematics is relatively small, and can be seen in a half-day visit. There’s also a small gift shop, as well as several classrooms where programs are held. My kids really enjoyed our visit, and they were definitely surprised at how fun math could be.
To learn more, visit the MoMath website.
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