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Take the Kids to the Museum of Math

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by Thomas Hoffman

What It Is: 

The National Museum of Mathematics (aka MoMath) is an award-winning museum that highlights the role of mathematics in illuminating the patterns and structures all around us. Its dynamic exhibits, gallery, and programs are designed to stimulate inquiry, spark curiosity, and reveal the wonders of mathematics. The Museum’s innovative exhibits will engage folks from 105- to 5-years-old — and even younger!

For a full list and description of all exhibits they offer click here.

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Where It is: 11 East 26th Street in Manhattan.

When it’s open: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, seven days a week, 364 days a year (MoMath is closed on Thanksgiving Day). Please note MoMath closes early the first Wednesday of each month, at 2:30 pm.

How To Get There: Directions to the museum can be found here

Why You Should Go: If a museum for math has all the appeal of a torture chamber, you may be just the person who would benefit from a visit to this unique and highly acclaimed institution.

New York Magazine wrote: If the mention of algebra or geometry puts your kids in power-save mode, they’re not associating math with laser beams, memory games, and riding a square-wheeled tricycle. That’s the beauty of former hedge-fund analyst Glen Whitney’s MoMath: 19,000 square feet of interactive, often awe-inspiring exhibits driven by—you guessed it—mathematical concepts. The 30-plus stations let kids design 3-D images in a Colosseum-inspired computer studio, scatter across a digital floor that lights the shortest distance between each person, and glide a Plexiglas cart over acorn-shaped rubber balls (matching diameters make for a surprisingly smooth ride). Consider the toppled-over ticket machine (admission is $9 to $15) a hint to check all preconceptions at the door.

What ages is it appropriate for? Ages 5 to 105

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What’s In It For The Kids: A vast number of hands on exhibits to teach the relevance of Math in today's world. Some of the exhibits like the Coaster Rollers,  Square-Wheeled Trike and Twisted Thruway are almost like Carnival rides. 

Key Exhibits: 

Hyper Hyperboloid

Enter the cylindrical chamber and spin in the chair, creating a curved surface made entirely out of straight lines.


Robot Swarm

Interact with dozens of small, glowing robots who react to your presence and one another, generating lifelike behavior from simple mathematical rules.


Water Frieze: Move balls from one canister to another, or fill or empty canisters, as you try to solve a challenging range of classic water-pouring puzzles.


What It Costs: 

Purchase Tickets

Advance Purchase Admission Fees

 Adult. $ 18.00

Child (≤ 12 years old). $ 15.00

Student (Student ID required). $ 15.00

Senior (60+ years old; ID required). $ 15.00

Nearby Kid-Friendly Restaurants: There is a Shake Shack in the park directly in front of the Museum. There is also a Essen Slow Fast Food just a several minute walk away from the museum. It is located at 60 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010.

 

 

MoMath is located right in front of Madison Square Park, a lovely park between 23rd and 26th Streets between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue. Don’t confuse Madison Square Park with Madison Square Garden!

MoMath is located right in front of Madison Square Park, a lovely park between 23rd and 26th Streets between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue. Don’t confuse Madison Square Park with Madison Square Garden!

Heather Miller