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NYC museums: The best exhibits for kids right now

The best upcoming, ongoing and permanent exhibits for families in NYC museums right now.

Photograph: Dale May

With so many amazing NYC museums on offer, it can be hard to determine which exhibits are best for kids—that's why we've narrowed the field to those that every Big Apple kid should see before they hit five feet. Explore our top picks for new and upcoming shows, highlights from this year, plus our permanent and ongoing favorites. Don't forget to take advantage of free museum days when your gang can get in at no cost and hit up all the tasty food trucks NYC is known for as you wander between institutions. Weather too nice to stay cooped up inside? Check out the coolest outdoor art in NYC, scattered throughout the city.

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