The Rubin

The Rubin welcomes all families into its galleries, café, and shop and has a number of resources available for visitors. Discover how our resources can enhance your family’s experience in the galleries and extend learning beyond the walls of the Museum.


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

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Cool Culture

Your Cool Culture Family Pass gives you free admission to the Rubin Museum of Art. The Rubin 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. Watch this video to learn more about Cool Culture.


Before Visiting

  • Consider attending one our Family Programs.
  • Plan your visit around nap and meal times.
  • Visits ranging from 30 to 90 minutes are often most comfortable for you and your child.
  • Look up what exhibitions will be on view during your visit. The Museum has 6 floors featuring various exhibitions. Some exhibitions will be of more interest to you and your child than others.
  • Talk to your child about Museum behaviors such as quiet voices, no running, looking with your eyes, and no touching the artworks.
  • The Rubin offers many resources for family visitors. Search family related resources here.

Restrooms

  • Use the chart below to locate where restrooms are located and remember, you can always ask a Museum staff member.
  • Baby changing stations are located in both unisex bathrooms on the lower level.

Strollers and Coats

  • There is not stroller check, but we do have elevators located on every floor for easy navigation.
  • Check your bags and coats near the museum admissions desk.
  • Front-worn baby carriers and compact strollers are permitted in the galleries

Food

  • Remember that is no food or drinks allowed on the gallery floors
  • For food, visit Cafe Serai located on the Museum’s first floor. View the Kid’s choices on the menu and as a reminder please keep in mind no outside food or drinks are allowed.

Yak PAcks and Looking Guides

  • Pick up a Yak Pack at the Museum Admissions desk. Yak Packs are available to borrow at the Museum admissions desk and are free with museum admission.
  • Looking Guides are available on the second floor of the Museum. While written for adults, these guides can help you recognize common symbols and important figures in Buddhism.
  • Other Family Gallery Guides are often available for special exhibitions. Check out the Family Gallery Guide available for the exhibition, Becoming Another: The Power of Masks.

Looking at art with your Child

  • Remember, you don’t have to see the whole Museum in one visit. Pay attention to your child’s cues for tiredness and/or hunger. Take breaks when needed.
  • Use a Yak Pack or Gallery Guide for an enhanced experience incorporating drawing, looking, and posing activities. ask about these at the Museum admissions desk.
  • Start a dialogue with your child about why they see. Ask questions to get your child thinking more about what they are viewing.
  • What shape/animals/colors do you see?
  • How does this artwork make you feel?
  • Let’s pose like the sculpture
  • Don’t be afraid to sit down in front of a work with your child. You’ll not only see from their perspective, but it’s a nice way to absorb all of the details in an artwork or rest in front of a piece to which you or your child feels a particular connection

Back at Home

  • Reflect on your visit. What did you see? What was your favorite part?
  • Get inspired by what you saw and make together. Search our resources for ideas on at home art activities.


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