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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.

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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 of 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 six 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.


  • Use the chart below to locate the restrooms, 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 no 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


  • No food or drinks are allowed on the gallery floors

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.
  • Start a dialogue with your child about what 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 an artwork with your child. You’ll not only see from their perspective, but it’s a nice way to absorb all of the details 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 made together. Search our resources for ideas on at home art activities.

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