PLEASE NOTE:  MHCM is  currently closed to visitors due to COVID-19.

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Adult Admission: $10.00
Child Admission: $10.00
Children under 1: Free
MHCM Members: Free

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Ways to Save

Family Free Nights

Join us on the third Saturday of each month for Family Free Nights. The museum is open until 8:00 pm, and admission from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm is FREE.  Please note:  this event is intended for families with children ages 0-6.  Parent supervision is required at all times.
Sponsored by M&T Bank

My Grandparent and Me Day

The second Friday of each month celebrates grandparents by offering free admission all day to grandparents when accompanied by their grandchildren. Sponsored by TEG Federal Credit Union.

Museums for All

This program allows low-income families to visit the museum for a discounted admission fee of $2 per person, with the presentation of a valid EBT card and picture ID.  Please note:  Although EBT cards can be used as payment in places like grocery stores, it is not used for payment with this program. It is shown simply to identify the visitor(s) as qualifying for Museums for All. Payment must be made using cash or credit card.  Up to four people per EBT card may be admitted at this reduced fee. This discount applies to regular museum admission only, and does not apply to special events or programs.

Blue Star Museum Program

(Armed Services Day – 3rd Saturday in May – through Labor Day)

Free admission for ACTIVE-DUTY military personnel and their families (including National Guard and Reserve) from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Valid military ID required.  Blue Star Museums is a collaborative program of the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the U.S. Department of Defense.  For more information, please visit:

Reciprocal Admission Programs

MHCM is an active member of both the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) and participates in their reciprocal admission programs. Admission discounts vary and some geographic exclusions apply.

Take the Train from NYC and SAVE with MTA “One Day Getaway” Packages

Looking for a fun and affordable day trip from New York City?  “One Day Getaway” packages are available through Metro North and offer reduced Museum admission and discounted Metro-North train fare.  Click here for more information about MTA “One Day Getaway” Packages.



Please note – MHCM does not participate in any third party coupon program (Groupon, SaveAround, Entertainment Books, etc).  Third party coupons are not authorized for production and will not be honored.