Families rave about visiting both the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art and the DeWitt Wallace Museums. Both museums are located inside a building that once housed mentally ill patients. Abby, the wife of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., was an avid collector of folk art and left a fascinating museum brimming with items kids love to see including antique dollhouses and period toys. Kids will also discover small hands-on activities like drawing projects scattered throughout the museums. Two particularly kid-friendly exhibits are Down on the Farm (follow the story of a wooden dog on his adventures) and Sidewalks to Rooftops: Outdoor Folk Art (cool items that kids enjoy).
For teens look for a special audio tour written and recorded by teenagers called “Teen Takes: A New Angle on Art.”
The DeWitt Wallace museum offers two great exhibits for kids called Crack the Code involving real codes used by George Washington and Conservation: Where Art and Science Meet explaining the myriad ways museum objects are preserved through time.