Recommended for ages 6 and under. Head to the 4th floor’s North Gallery! Follow the directions to look for objects and start digging into these activities and conversation prompts.
Real and imaginary animals can be found all around this gallery – in paintings, objects, toys, and even a globe! Search for these animal objects, then hunt for your own.
Before you start, talk together about your favorite animal. Describe what they look like, where they live, and what special skills they have.
Find three bald eagles
The national bird of the United States is spreading its wings all over the gallery.
Spot a bald eagle …
- flying high above the end of the gallery in a large wooden circle. (Hint: It’s the New York State seal!)
- perched up high on a fancy chair. (Fun fact: This was made in honor of President George Washington.)
- flapping their wings in the Collecting section.
Discuss with your family: Where do you see images of the bald eagle in everyday life? (Hint: there might be some in your grown-up’s wallet!)
Find Noah’s ark animals in the “Childhood” section
Look closely: This toy is based on the tale of Noah’s Ark, a Bible story in which Noah builds a giant boat to save his family and all animals of the world from a flood.
Play a memory game! Take a close look at the animals around the Ark for ten seconds—try to notice every single one! Now cover your eyes and list as many animals as you can remember! Have your grown up check how many you remembered.
Bonus detective challenge!
Look around the gallery and find…
- a toy animal
- an animal in a painting
- an imaginary creature
For each animal that you find, make a sound or move your body like the animal. Use your imagination for the fanciful creatures!
Thanks for sleuthing! Choose another family guide to keep hunting.