FAQs 2023

The Museum is open everyday from 9:3o to 4:30, except on Thursdays we are closed.  Although we are closed to the public, you can access the museum a number of ways including our baby programs, field trips, and Food Pantry.

Please purchase your tickets in advance here.

Admission is $19 for everyone over 12 months.

If you decide to upgrade to a membership during your visit, your daily ticket expense will be applied to your membership.

Check out our membership options here.

Yes, it is $19 per person for everyone over 12 months.

Through the Museum for All Program, we offer free admission for EBT cardholders. If you have an EBT card and would like to visit the Museum, please make a reservation here.

CMEE offers a 50% discount to active/veteran military members.  Please show proper identification upon your arrival. CMEE is a proud Blue Star Museum offering free admission to active military between Armed Forces Day and Labor Day.

In order to ensure that we are able to accommodate the number of guests visiting the Museum,  we recommend all members of your party register in advance. This includes any children under 12 months, caregivers, other family members, and friends. In the event that the Museum is at capacity unregistered guests will not be permitted.

Walk-ins are welcomed, based on availability.

If you are unable to make your visit, please contact the Museum before your scheduled time that so we may make those tickets available to other guests. Please speak to a Visitor Services staff member to cancel prior to 24 hours to receive a refund.

Adults must be accompanied by a child and children must be accompanied by an adult. Children must be supervised by a parent, grandparent, or caregiver (over 18 years of age) at all times.

CMEE has no cafeteria. Limited snacks and drinks are available at CMEE’s front desk and child-friendly restaurants are a short drive away. Please keep food and drinks confined to the lobby or outdoors and not near the exhibitions.

Please ask visitor service staff to direct you to a private space. Infant changing stations are located in the restrooms.

Yes, the Museum is stroller and wheelchair accessible. We are constantly striving to make CMEE as accessible as possible for children of all abilities. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s specific needs, please contact us at info@cmee.org.

Visitors are asked to keep their stroller with them at all times. Please do not leave it unattended other than outside specific exhibits where strollers are not allowed.

CMEE has over 7,000 square feet of exhibit gallery and classroom space, along with an outdoor amphitheater with seating for 350 people.

We ask that you and your family are fever free for at least 24 hours before entering the Museum to ensure the health and safety of all staff and patrons.

Yes, we are a certified 501c3.

We are always in need of volunteers from teenagers to adults. For more info, visit here. If you would like to make a donation, visit here.

Our annual operating budget is just over $1.5 million. Admissions and memberships covers over 40% of the Museum’s operating expenses. Fundraising events, grants, and contributions support the remaining two thirds. The Museum’s 990 form is available here.

The Children’s Museum of the East End strongly supports the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene (DOHNH) recommendations that all children receive vaccines to protect them from serious diseases, including the measles, mumps & rubella vaccine (MMR). Proof of vaccination is not required to gain entry to the Museum; however, CMEE follows New York State and Suffolk County regulations, requirements and recommendations around vaccinations. The Museum – like a library, doctor’s office, supermarket, train and theater – is a public area often crowded with children. Parents and caregivers must consider this when traveling with children under age one (the first MMR vaccine dose is administered between 12-15 months).