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.

Hayden Planetarium Space Show: Dark Universe

  • Price band: 2/4
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The newest addition to AMNH's Hayden Planetarium launches you on an astronomical adventure—from Jupiter's atmosphere to the Mount Wilson Observatory in California, where Edwin Hubble first discovered other galaxies. Learn how dark matter (a.k.a. invisible matter) and dark energy (the force that

  1. American Museum of Natural History Central Park West, at 79th St, 10024
  2. Sat Apr 19 - Sun Jun 1
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"Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!"

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  • Free

On the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four arriving stateside, the Public Library for the Performing Arts and the Grammy Museum showcase memorabilia, recordings, videos and photos of the mop-topped musicians—and the Beatlemania that followed them.

  1. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, at 65th St
  2. Sat Apr 19 - Sat May 10
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"The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary"

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Treat your eyes to some much-needed color therapy at the New York Botanical Garden’s annual orchid explosion. This year’s Floridian theme combines thousands of tropical blooms with modernist architecture; the display was inspired by an award-winning garden that landscape architect Raymond

  1. New York Botanical Garden Bronx River Pkwy, at Fordham Rd, 10458
  2. Sat Apr 19 - Mon Apr 21
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"Bill Cunningham: Facades"

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In 1968, the legendary New York Times photographer set out to explore the idea of fashion as cultural history in a photo essay titled "Facades." More than 40 years later, 88 original prints from the project—featuring elaborate vintage attire culled from thrift shops and modeled in front of

  1. New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West, between 76th and 77th Sts
  2. Sat Apr 19 - Sun Jun 15
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"Grand Central Centennial Quilts"

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  • Free

Last spring, American Patchwork & Quilting magazine teamed up with local store the City Quilter to host a national contest for blankets inspired by the 100-year-old terminal. The grand prize, first- and second- place winners, and 27 finalists in this display draw from the building’s design

  1. New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex Grand Central Terminal, E 42nd St, between Lexington and Vanderbilt Aves
  2. Sat Apr 19 - Sun Jul 6
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"City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection"

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Considering the sudden and bleak demise of graffiti hub 5 Pointz, and with all of October’s Banksy hysteria behind us, this seems like an ideal time to look back at the beginnings of street art in NYC. See a host of never-before-exhibited paintings and sketches by the legends who drove the ’70s

  1. Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Ave, between 103rd and 104th Sts
  2. Sat Apr 19 - Sun Aug 24
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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. Sat Apr 19 - Wed Dec 31
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"Re: Collection"

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More than 60 works of furniture, textile, jewelry and sculpture highlight MAD's permanent collection. The installation marks the fifth anniversary of the institution's move to 2 Columbus Circle.

  1. Museum of Arts & Design 2 Columbus Circle, at Broadway, 10019
  2. Sat Apr 19 - Sun Sep 7
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“Trend-ology”

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  • Free

The Museum at FIT examines the phenomenon of fashion crazes from industry developments that sped up the cycle, to the variety of sources that have given rise to trends in the past 250 years. Investigate the Depression-era obsession with glamour, the exoticism of the swinging ’60s, the

  1. The Museum at FIT Seventh Ave, at 27th St
  2. Sat Apr 19 - Wed Apr 30
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"Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine"

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Take a quiz to find out whether your body is guided predominantly by wind, bile or phlegm, the three forces of Tibetan medicine, then follow a customized path through this collection of paintings, medical instruments and texts. The items run from the 9th century to today, with a multimedia overview

  1. Rubin Museum of Art 150 W 17th St, at Seventh Ave, 10011
  2. Sat Apr 19 - Mon Sep 8
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