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Children's Museum of Arts Stripes Program

These 75-minute structured workshops are specifically designed to help children with autism develop social interaction and communication skills, manual dexterity, and the ability to express themselves through art. The program’s supportive environment also helps strengthen family ties and builds a sense of community for families affected by autism.  

The Museum of Modern Art

MoMA's Create Ability program was specially created for children ages 5 and up with developmental disabilities. Each month focuses on a different topic and includes a hands-on art project. The sessions are FREE but advance registration is required. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met offers themed art workshop programs called Discoveries for children (and adults) ages 5 and up with special needs. These workshops welcome children and adults with a range of abilities and learning styles together with family & friends. All can enjoy these multisensory workshops that include tactile opportunities and art-making activities. These programs are FREE but advance registration is required.

The American Museum of Natural History

The Discovery Squad is a unique tour program designed for families affected by autism.  On selected Saturday mornings, children on the autism spectrum ages 5–14, accompanied by an adult, can attend a 40-minute tour lead by specially trained Museum tour guides, then spend some time exploring the Discovery Room before the Museum opens to the public. Families are invited to stay after the tour and enjoy the Museum when it opens to the public at 10 am. 

The Transit Museum

‘Subway Sleuths’ after-school program is an innovative 10-week program specifically designed for children on the spectrum who have a passion for trains and transit and who can use their language to share experiences and interests, collaborate in small groups on shared projects, and move as a group throughout the Transit Museum during sessions. Sessions are facilitated by a special needs educator and a speech-language pathologist (both trained in ASD support) and a Transit Museum educator. The program uses children’s interest in transportation to help them navigate social experiences with peers. 

The Intrepid Museum

The Museum opens its doors one hour early for families affected by autism. Programs take place every other month, on weekend mornings from 9:00am-11:00am. Educators lead tours, art-making activities, and demonstrations. These programs are free, but space is limited. 

Brooklyn Children's Museum

Brooklyn Children’s Museum embraces children of all abilities. The Sensory Room is an inclusive space where children with special needs can engage and explore their senses. The interactive equipment provides a multisensory experience with visual, auditory, tactile, vestibular, and gross motor activities. This room provides a welcoming environment for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

The Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum offers a program called 'Access Family Workshops' for children and adults with ADD and family members.  Visitors examine art, then create a work of their own in these programs for families with children who have developmental and learning disabilities. Workshops include gallery activities, an art project and snacks.


Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney invites families with kids on the autism spectrum to join us for a sensory-friendly guided gallery tour offered before the Museum opens to the general public. Families will then create their own works of art in a hands-on studio activity.

Central Park Zoo / Wildlife Conservation Society

Once a year in support of Autism Awareness, the Central Park Zoo hosts a "Zoos Go Blue" family day. The event welcomes families affected by autism spectrum disorder to enjoy an early opening of the zoo along with visual support materials to prepare for the visit. The day features animal guests, wildlife theater, crafts, and more! The date this year is Saturday, April 19th, 2014.  

Guggenheim Museum

Guggenheim for All:  The Guggenheim’s sequential program series serves students with autism spectrum disorders.  Each program is specially designed for the specific needs of the group, and includes two classroom visits by a museum educator and a museum visit for the class.

Program goals:  To provide a developmentally sound museum and art making opportunity for children on the spectrum.  Offers an accessible and welcoming experience at the Guggenheim for students of all abilities.  Strengthens students’ communication and socialization skills.  Mixes a familiar school environment with new settings, experiences, and routines