Best museum exhibitions in NYC

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A New York museum trip shouldn't be saved for a rainy day: With specialties ranging from modern art to mathematics, sex to outer space, there a New York museum for every aesthetic and intellectual curiosity. To help you find the exact stimulation you seek, our critics have rounded up the very best museum exhibitions in New York City right now.

"NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Finally, an ultimate tribute to not just the artistic minds that make New York a creative hub, but also the behind-the-scenes guys we never hear about. NYC will pay homage to 100 awesome artists and their production teams who have shown outstanding levels of talent in their fields, from stonemasons

  1. Museum of Arts & Design 2 Columbus Circle, at Broadway, 10019
  2. Sun Sep 21 - Sun Oct 12
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Dumbo Arts Festival

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  • Free

The already art-forward ’hood pulls out all the stops for this three-day fest, featuring works by 300-plus contemporary artists. Of the many creative shows in the lineup, Kling Klang, from art-rockers Xiu Xiu, is one of our favorites. Also, be sure to check out the weird and wonderful Himalayas

  1. Various locations
  2. Fri Sep 26 - Sun Sep 28
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The Haunted Pumpkin Garden

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Halloween junkies can get their spooky fix in this scary patch of the Children’s Adventure Garden filled with frightening spirits lurking in between the gourds. Weekend programming includes parades, where kids can get some extra mileage out of their costumes. Older visitors can enjoy sessions

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Sun Sep 21 - Fri Oct 31
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"Exposed: A History of Lingerie"

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  • Free

Whatever your interest in ladies’ undergarments, you’ll see more than 70 iterations from throughout history at the Museum at FIT’s new exhibit. From a circa-1770 whalebone corset to Rudi Gernreich’s wireless “no-bra bra” of the ’60s, the exhibit looks at how form and function have

  1. The Museum at FIT Seventh Ave, at 27th St
  2. Tue Sep 23 - Sat Nov 15
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Space Shuttle Enterprise

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In 1977, NASA conducted a series of tests on a new type of craft: the Space Shuttle. Now that prototype resides on the deck of the Intrepid in a specially designed pavilion. Visitors can walk close to and under the 180-foot-long, six-story Shuttle, the wingspan of which is more than 70 feet.

  1. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pier 86, Twelfth Ave, at 46th St, 10036
  2. Sun Sep 21 - Wed Dec 31
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World Maker Faire

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Creators of all ages and stripes convene at this geeky gathering, which is now in its fourth year. More than 650 creators will show off their inventions—such as origami earrings and a battery-less universal remote—while instructing visitors on how to replicate them at home. The super-charged

  1. New York Hall of Science 47-01 111th St, at 47th Ave, 11368
  2. Sun Sep 21
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Radio City Stage Door Tour

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This hour-long tour of the Art Deco theater includes a look at the Roxy Suite—created for vaudeville producer Samuel Lionel "Roxy" Rothafel when the stage opened in 1931—a meet-and-greet with a Rockette and a glimpse at the VIP-signed guest book. Attendees can even pose in a digitally

  1. Radio City Music Hall 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
  2. Sun Sep 21 - Wed Dec 31
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"The Art of Mourning"

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Not for the faint of heart, this macabre exhibit definitely doesn’t shy away from the issue of death and dying. Guests get a cultural look at how the inevitable fate was handled from the 18th to 20th centuries. Channel ghosts at the spirit photo booth and gawk at surreal grieving paraphernalia

  1. Morbid Anatomy Museum 424A Third Ave, at 7th St, 11215
  2. Sun Sep 21 - Thu Dec 4
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"Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C.F. Martin”

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With all due respect to Les Paul, few names loom larger in American luthier lore than Christian Frederick Martin. The German immigrant crossed the Atlantic in the 1830s and began fashioning six-strings in the Spanish style (figure-eights with super pretty rosewood inlays), but with sturdier and

  1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St, 10028
  2. Sun Sep 21 - Sun Dec 7
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