Rubin Museum of Art

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  • Today: 11am-6pm

  • The museum is closed on Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Year's Day.

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Family Learning

Family Learning programs at the Rubin Museum are shared art experiences for children and their adult partners. Inspired by the museum's exhibitions, these programs foster the development of life-long learning skills through gallery explorations, open-ended discussions, demonstrations, interpretive arts, crafts, and individual and collaborative projects.  All Family classes and workshops begin in the Education Center at 132 West 17th Street.

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Family Visitor Information
Birthday Art Lab Packages
Family Sundays
Workshops for Preschools

Family Classes & Workshops

Yak Packers Early Childhood Art Making
Wednesdays & Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Ages 2–4

The Yak Packers look at, touch, and explore Himalayan art inspired by the museum's collection. Classes include play, storytelling, trips to the galleries, and art-making activities.

Family Art Labs
Second Saturday of the month, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Ages 5 and older 

Participants explore intriguing paintings, sculptures, and objects in the museum’s exhibitions and then create their own works of art. 

Family Sundays
Sundays drop-in between 1:00 & 4:00 p.m.
Ages 3 and up with accompanying adults

Sundays are for families! Bring your family to the Museum for a Sunday afternoon full of family-friendly activities. 

Family Days & Festivals

Losar Family Day: Himalayan New Year
Sunday, February 22,
12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon of art, crafts, music, performances, and food celebrating Losar, the Himalayan New Year!


Family Visitor Information

Yak Pack Family Activity Bags

Yak Packs are designed to encourage your child (ages 2-7) to explore and respond creatively to works of art in a fun, age-appropriate manner.  Yak Packs are available to borrow at the Museum admissions desk and are free with Museum admission.

Yak Packs include: Activity Guide, drawing board, bendy wire, colored pencils, magnifying glass, and mirror


Cool Culture

Your Cool Culture Family Pass gives you free admission to the Rubin Museum of Art. RMA is a partner of Cool Culture, a not-for-profit organization that provides access, information, and support to low-income families so that they can visit New York City's outstanding museums and other cultural institutions with their children. With a Cool Culture Family Pass, families receive free entry at any time to ninety museums, botanical gardens, and zoos. Your Cool Culture Family Pass gives you free admission to the Rubin Museum of Art.

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Early Childhood and Family Learning is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the David Rockefeller Fund. Yarn courtesy of Lion Brand Yarn Company. Visit for over 5,000 free patterns.