October 29, 2014
By Amanda LoMonaco
New York, NY — The American Museum of Natural History Family Science Program will now provide free museum visits for families in NYCHA housing along with supervised tours and workshops. Children and families can explore the natural world of exhibitions, workshops, and interactive activities with museum staff. Funding has been provided through the New York City Council. The program will serve families in NYCHA housing with children aged 4-10 years old on Saturdays from October 2014 to May 2015.
“Everyone deserves the opportunity to experience New York City’s renowned cultural and scientific institutions, regardless of neighborhood or zip code,” said Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “These are the kinds of hands-on experiences that get children and families excited about learning both in and out of the classroom, building up the next generation of thinkers and innovators. I am proud to support the Family Science Program with my colleagues in the City Council and thank AMNH President Futter and NYCHA Chair Shola Olatoye for making this program a reality for so many families.”
Throughout its history, the Museum has sought to ensure that the people of New York have access to the many exceptional experiences, exhibitions, and resources that the Museum has to offer. Key features of the program include special opportunities for children living in city housing to have hands-on experiences and planned educational opportunities assisted by trained museum staff.