MoMath: The National Museum of Mathematics, which opened in NYC in 2013, offers fun, hands-on innovative exhibits for families of all ages. There’s something for everyone —preschoolers to adults — but most exhibits are tailored to kids in 4th through 8th graders.
We had our first taste of what MoMath offers when its traveling exhibit Math Midway visited the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ back in 2011. The Square-wheeled Trike and Tessellation puzzles were a huge hit and are now permanent exhibits at MoMath. We visited MoMath when it first opened and again last year on Pi Day, which was a really fun celebration and had my math-loving tween was in number bliss!
Throughout the two floors of 30 interactive experiences at MoMath, you’ll be able to:
- Spin and twist cables in the “Hyper Hyperboloid”
- Get the answers to multiplication problems light up in a two-story math line that reaches from top to bottom floors
- Pull yourself across acorn-shaped balls in the “Coaster Roller”
- Play math mind games in the Enigma Cafe
- Use a paintbrush on a digital canvas to create intricate symmetrical patterns.
- See yourself as a fractal or a tree
- Make tessellated puzzles on a huge M.C. Escher-like board
- and much more!
MoMath is truly all about math. The door handle is a Pi symbol, the elevator uses negative numbers, and shapes and patterns can be found all throughout the museum, even in the bathrooms —which have tessellated tile designs and pentagon-shaped sinks. Every hands-on, interactive exhibit opens up the world of math.
MoMath is a great day trip destination, and since it’s located right across the street from Madison Square Park, you can have a full day of family fun by visiting the park as well.
Family Fridays offers families free (and fun) mathematical activities on select Friday nights beginning at 6:30 pm. The next one up is “Coloring Outside the Sines” this Friday, February 26. “Coloring Outside the Sines” this Friday, February 26 at 6:30 pm
MoMath: the National Museum of Mathematics
11 East 26th Street, NYC, (212) 542-0566
10 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week
Online prices: Adults $15 / Kids $9 / Toddlers Free. NOTE: Tickets purchased at the door have a $1 surcharge.
Getting There: Tip: If you drive in, print a discount coupon for participating garages.
Where to Eat
- Family love BBQ? Blue Smoke (116 E 27th Street – between Park & Lexington) is great and offers a nice kids menu.
- On a nice day, head to Shake Shack across the street in Madison Square Park and enjoy burgers and frozen-custard shakes.
- Eately (200 Fifth Avenue at 23rd Street) is a massive Italian food market with restaurants and take-away counters. La Pizza & La Pasta is great for families.