Reserve plenty of time for a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Arms and Armor exhibit is filled with Arthurian-era chain mail, gem-encrusted knives, curved swords, and fancy firearms. There is armor of all types, including some oldĀ­ Japanese armor with a distinct sci-fi look. The Costume Institute displays 500 years worth of wearables. Children will enjoy the Egyptian Temple of Dendur, with its airy, well-lit interior and collection of artifacts.

The museum has developed a number of family programs, such as scavenger hunts, kid-focused gallery talks, sketching, and storytelling to provide inspiration for budding art lovers. On Friday nights, the museum hosts Art Evenings for Families. Hello, Met! greets these future artists (ages 5 through 12) with a discussion about the museum's collections and a chance to sketch a masterpiece.

Widely considered one of the world's greatest museums, the vast Metropolitan Museum of Art houses one of the largest art collections in the western hemisphere. The highlights of the permanent collection are numerous, but certain exhibits are particularly appealing to children.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Information

Address: 1000 Fifth Ave. at 82nd St.

New York, NY

Telephone: 212/535-7710

Hours of Operation:

9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Tues. - Thurs. and Sun.

9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m., Fri. - Sat.

Admission: $20 adults; $10 kids

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