Visit CMA

Beyond having great value in and of themselves, the arts promote the health and well-being of children, including academic and personal growth, critical thinking and analytical skills, and the motivation to stay in school and excel.
— Center for Arts Education

CMA is a nonprofit arts facility that aims to introduce the transformative power of the arts to all children and their families. Our staff of professional artists guide and mentor young artists ages 10 months to 15 years through fun and advanced art projects in professionally equipped studios, across a variety of techniques and mediums, including printing, drawing, painting, weaving, sewing, photography, animation, film-making, editing, sculpting, graphic novel, and many more!

Through admission, fee-based classes, individual, foundation, and corporate giving, we are able to provide free Community Programs for underserved and at-risk communities. You can help support our mission by giving today.

Public hours

Saturday, December 15 General Admission (All Ages): 10AM - 5PM

  1. Mondays

    General Admission (All Ages) 12PM - 5PM Under 5s Drop In Class 10:45AM - 12PM
  2. Tuesdays

    Closed for General Admission Under 5s Drop In Class 10:45AM - 12PM
  3. Wednesdays

    Closed for General Admission Under 5s Drop In Class 10:45AM - 12PM
  4. Thursdays

    General Admission (All Ages) 12PM - 6PM Under 5s Drop In Class 10:45AM - 12PM Pay-As-You-Wish 4PM - 6PM
  5. Fridays

    General Admission (All Ages) 12PM - 5PM Under 5s Drop In Class 10:45AM - 12PM
  6. Saturdays

    General Admission (All Ages) 10AM - 5PM
  7. Sundays

    General Admission (All Ages) 10AM - 5PM

CMA will be closed for a private event on Saturday, November 3.

  • The stART Studio is closed on Monday from 3:30-5:00 PM for registration classes.
  • The stART Studio opens at 10:45 AM on select Saturdays to accommodate our Inclusive Saturdays program.
  • All studio workshops shut down 15 minutes prior to closing.

*Under 5s stART Drop-In Studio (For Ages 5 and Under)

Music time! Story time! Art time! Join CMA’s stART teaching artists for an art-filled drop-in session when the museum is closed for general hours. Parent and/or caregivers are required to join and we encourage family collaboration throughout the class. No sign up required. Learn more about CMA’s stART Department.

  • Monday – Friday 10:45 AM – 12 PM 
  • $30 per family of 5 (Special Savings for CMA Members: $15 OFF) – Purchase tickets at front desk upon arrival.
  • Want to stay longer? General admission is only $6/ family for participating drop-in families.

Pay As You Wish Hours are supported by Affirmation Arts/William Talbott Hillman Foundation.


  1. Ages 1 – 65
  2. Seniors 65+
    Pay As You Wish
  3. Under 1
  4. Free
  5. Under 5s Drop in Studio
    $30 Per Family (Up to 5 people)

Pay As You Wish: Thursdays 4 to 6 PM

Get tickets

Purchase online tickets in advance to guarantee your admission on busy days!

Please note: 1 adult is required per every 3 children that enter the museum. Also, to best accommodate all our visitors, we do not offer reentry on busy days.

Want to give the gift of an art-making experience? Buy a gift card to CMA here.

Special Admissions

Cool Culture Family Pass Holders: Free Admission except on restricted dates listed below. On these dates, Cool Culture Family Pass holders will be offered reduced admission of $2 per person for a family of 5.

  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Mid-Winter Recess: February 16 – 23, 2018
  • Spring Break: March 30 – April 6, 2018

Free Arts NYC: 2 for 1 admission (with your Free Arts membership card). Free Arts passes are also restricted on the days listed above.

Culture Pass: CMA participates in the NYC Culture Pass program hosted by the 3 library systems. Families are able to check out a day pass to CMA through their library’s online system. They have an expiration date on them.

Hudson Square Connection: $1 off (with your Hudson Square Connection card)

Home School Families: $10 per person

Educators, Military personnel and their families: $9 per person  (A Valid ID is required when checking in at the Front Desk)

Holidays & Closings

CMA is Closed On:
-Memorial Day
-Independence Day
-Labor Day
-Thanksgiving Day
-Christmas Day
-New Years Day

A Day at CMA

From animating videos, to singing along in music time, to painting a landscape, CMA has a lot to offer each day!

Use the interactive map below to check out the museum — click on the room to get more information.

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To be written by CMA: Short description of space and activities in it, generic, not date spectific

All spaces except 13 & 14 are accessible to wheelchairs


103 Charlton Street
New York, NY 10014
Between Hudson & Greenwich Streets
Tel: (212) 274-0986

Get directions
1 to Houston Street
A C to Spring Street
A C E B D F M to West 4th Street


Children’s Museum of the Arts is dedicated to making the arts accessible for all children through its Art for All initiative. Any child with a disability and their caregiver is granted FREE admission to the museum’s general public hours. CMA is wheelchair accessible, and workshops are designed to be universally accessible, incorporating many different learning styles.  

Learn more about our free inclusive classes for children on the autism spectrum and children living with disabilities here.

Download Social Story PDF

Group Visits

Bring your students to CMA and let us help you enhance your curricula work through thematic tours and hands-on, interactive studio workshops.

Through inquiry-based learning, CMA’s Teaching Artists lead students to apply critical thinking to investigating and creating art. Students have a unique opportunity to learn about art from professional artists and each other.

Your group benefits from our partnership with the NYC Department of Education (DOE).  All of our group programming supports the Common Core State Standards, NYC DOE’s Blueprint Standards for Teaching and Learning in the Visual Arts and the Moving Image, Framework for 21st Century Learning, and Universal Design for Learning.

Contact Mackie at or learn more in Schools & Community



Become a valued CMA member –  be a champion of arts education!

By joining CMA as a member you help to provide free arts programming to disadvantaged children and families across NYC. Never stand in line outside on a cold Winter day again! Join at different levels to have guaranteed, express access for your family all year long, as well as early entry on special holidays, priority seating at the Clay Bar at weekends and special member-only events and discounts.

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