Youth & School Groups

MADLab field trips are inquiry-driven, thematically based online and on-site programs for K–12 school groups, summer camps, and youth organizations.

All of MAD's custom designed programs are taught by professional Artist Educators, promote creative and critical thinking, and are created with local and national learning standards in mind. Students will:

  • Experiment with craft, art, and design processes to consider how objects are made.
  • Learn about careers in craft, art, and design.
  • Experience an orientation to museums and art spaces.
  • Make connections to classroom curricula and current events.
  • Visit MAD’s Artist Studios, where students meet a practicing artist-in-residence.


MADLab field trips take place onsite in the museum’s galleries and classroom. During this 90-minute program, MAD Artist Educators guide students on an inquiry-driven tour of current exhibitions followed by an artmaking workshop in our museum classroom.

MADLab programs are available Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm. Reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance of your program date.

View MADLab field trip theme options.

Virtual MADLabs are live engagements conducted via Zoom or Google Meet. During this 60-minute program, MAD Artist Educators bring artworks in the museum’s collection to life through inquiry-based discussions rooted in a theme of your choice. Each program includes artmaking instruction using everyday materials, or a virtual studio visit with a MAD Artist Studios resident.

Virtual MADlabs are available Monday through Sunday 9 am – 6 pm EST (please inquire if booking a program for another time zone). Reservations must be made at least 2 weeks in advance of your program date.

View Virtual MADLab field trip theme options.


On-site MADLab: We can accommodate up to 30 students per program. Students will be split into two groups, with 15 students per Artist Educator. For larger groups, please inquire with education department.

Virtual MADLab: 30 students maximum per virtual program (recommended 15 students max for optimal interactivity). At least one teacher/adult must be present during virtual programs.


MADLab (onsite program)

  • NYC Title 1 schools: Free*
  • NYC public schools: $200 per program
  • All other schools, community organizations, and camps: $350 per program

Virtual MADLab

  • NYC Title 1 schools: Free*
  • All other schools, community organizations, and camps: $125

*Up to 5 free programs per Title 1 school per academic year. Additional programs may be booked at cost.


Review the Museum's health and safety guidelines.

MADLAB is supported with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


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