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The 81st Street Studio: Frequently Asked Questions

What is the 81st Street Studio?

The 81st Street Studio is The Met’s new discovery and play space for kids ages 3–11 and their families and caregivers. Through an art and science focus, the 81st Street Studio encourages exploration of the scientific properties of materials in the world and in works of art in The Met collection.

Where is the 81st Street Studio located?

The 81st Street Studio is located in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education on the Ground Floor. Enter The Met through the 81st Street and Fifth Avenue entrance to the left of the main steps. This is also the accessible entrance. If you need help finding the 81st Street Studio when you arrive, ask Museum staff.

What are the hours of the 81st Street Studio?

The 81st Street Studio will be open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday through Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Last entry is at 4 pm. The Met and the 81st Street Studio are closed on Wednesday, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, December 25, January 1, and the first Monday in May.

How much does it cost to enter the 81st Street Studio? Do we need tickets or reservations?

It’s free! No Museum admission is required to visit. Due to high demand for visiting the 81st Street Studio, entry is timed and on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up for timed entry occurs onsite, and is not available online.

How does timed entry work?

Expect to scan a QR code when onsite to book a timed entry for the 81st Street Studio. Sign-up for timed entry is available in the Great Hall and at the 81st Street entrance starting at 10 am.

You must enable location services on your phone in order to schedule your timed entry. Met staff are available to assist if you have any questions.

How old do children have to be to visit the 81st Street Studio?

The 81st Street Studio is designed for children ages 3–11 and their families, though children beyond this age range may enjoy many of the activities. Adults must be accompanied by a child to enter. Adults must chaperone their children in the space; Met staff are not responsible for looking after visitors' children.

What activities are available in the 81st Street Studio?

The 81st Street Studio offers dynamic, self-directed, hands-on, and high-tech experiences that encourage art and scientific investigation, critical thinking, problem-solving, and appreciation of the diverse dimensions of materials and their properties. Kids can also ask for a free 81st Street Studio Family Field Guide to explore works of art in our galleries as Met Field Scientists. The kit has instructions that guide discovery, and includes useful tools, a Look it Up reference booklet, and a field notebook for recording data and drawing conclusions. As part of their adventure, kids can collect stickers and earn a Met Field Scientist button. The Field Guide is best suited for children ages 7 and up. Ask Met staff for details. Storytime is offered on weekends and Monday mornings starting September 16. See our event calendar for the full Storytime schedule.

How much does it cost to use the 81st Street Studio Family Field Guide?

It’s free! Anyone wishing to use the 81st Street Studio Family Field Guide in The Met galleries will receive a pass that provides free admission for the holder and four accompanying visitors. (Admission is free for children under 12 with an adult.)

Can kids be dropped off at the 81st Street Studio?

The 81st Street Studio is a drop-in space rather than a drop-off space. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of their visit.

Does the 81st Street Studio offer accommodations for children with disabilities?

The 81st Street Studio is designed to accommodate people of all abilities. If you have specific questions about accommodations, please call 212-570-3961 or ask a Met staff member.

Can visitors eat and drink in the 81st Street Studio?

Sorry, but we don’t allow eating or drinking in the 81st Street Studio. There is a nearby area where families can enjoy a snack and a drink. Please ask Met staff for assistance.

Is there a family restroom near the 81st Street Studio?

Restrooms are located across the hall from the 81st Street Studio entrance, with a family restroom on the left and additional restrooms on the right.

Can a school or community group book a visit to the 81st Street Studio?

Yes! Schools and community groups can book a time to visit the 81st Street Studio during the school year. Learn more about group visits.

Does The Met offer school partnerships or other multipart programs connected to the 81st Street Studio?

Yes! A limited number of miniresidencies, consisting of both in-school and in-Museum programs, are available free of charge for New York City Title I and District 75 schools. We can also work with you to codevelop customized and long-term school partnerships. Please contact 212-570-3985 or for more information.

Can I check out books from the Children’s Library in the 81st Street Studio?

No, it is a noncirculating selection of children’s books that will remain in the space at all times. Check back each season to find new favorites as the books rotate throughout the year.

Learn more about the 81st Street Studio.