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New exhibits at NYC museums for kids

Whether it's a rainy day or not, these NYC museums are worth visiting for the best new museum exhibits!

Kid-friendly NYC museums are some of the best in the world. Why not visit some of these beloved institutions with the kids? There are plenty of new exhibits to browse, including stuff from the Children's Museum of Manhattan, American Museum of Natural History, Jewish Museum and more.

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The best new exhibits at NYC museums

"I Approve This Message"

Just in time for this year's election, the Children's Museum of Manhattan opens a new exhibit featuring presidential penmanship. In addition to seeing artifacts like Richard Nixon's resignation letter, a two-page legal document handwritten by Abraham Lincoln and checks signed by Harry Truman, Calvin Coolidge and Theodore Roosevelt in a 40-foot display, kiddos can practice their own signatures and participate in fun educational activities like mock elections. All ages.

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"Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World"

Ongoing at the Museum of Natural History

“Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World” dives into the lives of crocodilians (the group that includes crocodiles, alligators, caimans and gharials) to give families a closer look at their behaviors, biology, evolution and more! Families will also learn how to “speak croc,” see a model of Gomek, the biggest crocodile ever exhibited in the Western Hemisphere, and test their knowledge with fun facts and trivia. Visitors will encounter the (live!) Siamese crocodile, American alligator, African dwarf crocodile, African slender-snouted crocodile plus life-sized dioramas of the Australian freshwater crocodile, the Indian Gharial, the Estuarine crocodile and the Cuviers dwarf caiman. Yes…you heard us right. Live crocodilians. All ages.

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02 Jan 2017

“Scattered Light”

Through December at New York Hall of Science

As you enter NYSCI, take a look at this large art installation featuring 528 25-foot lengths of fluorescent orange and pink flagging tape. Made by artist, architect and inventor Dick Esterle, the installation combines space, light, color and perception as guest view the different angles that change as sunlight move through the circular entrance. “Scattered Light” celebrates DIY art with its use of inexpensive materials like paper clips and metal rods. All ages.

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Until Sat Dec 31

"Dinosaurs Among Us"

Ongoing at the American Museum of Natural History

Learn how a very special group of dinosaurs evolved into the creatures we call birds today via the American Museum of Natural History's new exhibit "Dinosaurs Among Us." Expect to see life-like models (including a 23-foot-long feathered tyrannosaur named Yutyrannus Huali) and rarely-seen dinosaur fossils. All ages.

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02 Jan 2017

"Behind the Screen"


Ongoing at the Museum of the Moving Image

In this one-of-a-kind experience on the museum’s third floor, guests can immerse themselves in the process of producing, promoting and presenting digital entertainment, TV shows and movies. Check out cool artifacts like historic film and TV cameras, posters, design sketches and more. All ages.

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Museum of the Moving Image , Astoria Until Sunday December 31 2017

"Connected Worlds"

Ongoing at the New York Hall of Science

With so many people bustling around NYC at all times, it's easy to forget that our city is just a small piece in a larger environment. This high-tech exhibition in the Great Hall lets families better understand our impact on Earth's delicate systems, teaching kids how to keep things balanced through individual and collective actions. Hands-on activities let visitors interact with animated creatures, plants, trees and other objects on seven giant screens. Each displays a different environment—desert, mountain valley, plains, reservoir, jungle wetlands and a digital waterfall, towering above at 38 feet tall. As families move from one environment to the next they'll explore how the spaces are connected by shared resources and weather patterns and how their actions impact the larger environment. 
All ages.

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Science Playground

Tots learn about technology as they slide and seesaw, climb a giant spiderweb, romp in sand pits and wind their way around big trees. Ages 6 and up.

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30 Nov 2016

"The Titanosaur"

Now through Jan 1, 2020 at the American Museum of Natural History

Dino fanatics will flip over this humongous new addition to AMNH—a cast of a 122-foot-long dinosaur, temporarily named The Titanosaur. 84 bones found in an excavation in Argentina's Patagonia region are making their way to NYC to teach visitors about this newly discovered species. This massive herbivore weighed about 70 tons when it roamed the earth, and it's 39-foot-long neck—too large to fit in the room with the rest of its body—will extend out towards the elevator banks!

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Ongoing at the Children's Museum of Manhattan

Frolic!, a family-favorite play space in Williamsburg, brings a rock & roll–themed pop-up playspace to CMOM, inviting youngsters to enjoy hands-on musical exploration in the 1,500-square-foot space. Climb inside a paint-splattered replica of a 70s Volkswagen minivan, slip down the Rolling Stones–inspired tongue slide and play with an interactive video music wall. Daily programs and storytimes combining music, language and movement games will get them singing and dancing. Don't miss live performances on select Saturdays (11am and noon), featuring professional and student musiciansAges 5 and under. 

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Until Thu Dec 31