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The best NYC museum exhibits for kids

These can't-miss exhibits may not be brand new, but they certainly deserve a family outing before they roll out of town!

Photograph: Courtesy Liberty Science Center

Don't let these shows slip through your little gallery-goer's fingers! Explore the art and culture of Tokyo at the  Children's Museum of Manhattan, delve into the science of natural disasters at the American Museum of Natural History and learn how honey bees make the sweet stuff at Liberty Science Center. Pencil in a visit to these impressive NYC institutions to check out our favorite kid-friendly exhibition picks this year, so far.


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"Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters"

  • Price band: 2/4

If Hurricane Sandy has taught New Yorkers anything, it's that no one is safe from the forces of nature. Though we often hear news of earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes and tsunamis obliterating areas around the world, many were shocked that a place like NYC could be hit by such a massive storm. Now families can learn more about these natural disasters through an interactive exhibit that lets kids bone up on the geological causes, the risks to humans, coping in the aftermath and how to predict future destruction. Hands-on activities invite visitors to monitor earthquakes around the world in real time, manipulate an earthquake fault, generate a virtual volcano, stand at the center of a roaring tornado and check out an interactive map of NYC during the hurricane in 2012. All ages.

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Thu May 28 - Sun Aug 9
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Robot Swarm

Kids will marvel at the Museum of Mathematics' futuristic new exhibit, featuring more than 20 small, light-up robots. The 'bots zoom across the floor, interacting with museum-goers and communicating with each other thanks to high-tech motion control and positioning systems. Families can learn all about the exciting field of swarm technology in robotics and explore the mathematical rules that make the robots work. All ages.

  1. Museum of Mathematics (MoMath) 11 E 26th St, between Fifth and Madison Aves, 10010
  2. Thu May 28 - Mon Dec 14
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