A museum trip shouldn't be saved for NYC on a rainy day: With specialties ranging from modern art to mathematics, sex to outer space, there a museum in New York 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. Want a dose of culture without spending a penny? There are also plenty of free museum shows to check out in the city.
Examine the influences of plants and wildlife in Kahlo’s work while surrounded by flora and fauna yourself. Twelve original paintings, including her lesser-known still lifes, will be on display, as well as a revocation of her home garden at her Casa Azul in Mexico.Read more
Corsets, girdles and hoop skirts are just a few of the ways humans have used clothing and fashion to change the way their bodies appear. This exhibition looks at understructures from the 17th century to the present day, including moving mannequins that show how inventions like panniers (wires that gave you giant hips) and bustles work.Read more
Experience the life of a sub pilot at “Submerged,” an interactive exhibit where you’re encouraged to explore the Growler, the only strategic missile submarine in the United States open to the public. The 40-foot-long sub is located in the museum’s hands-on gallery, the Exploreum Interactive Hall. Climb onto the bunks where sailors slept, check out the old mess hall, and act like you’re navigating in the engine room by using the periscope. Visitors also get a lesson in how submarines submerge and move through water.Read more
This collection of 20 years of the artist’s wild world of twisted and hilarious cartoon drawings jumps to life at the Studio Museum. Hancock received a the museum’s Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize in 2007, and this exhibit showcases his evolving career, with alien landscapes, monsters and grizzled appendages.Read more
What's behind the mask? Well, at this exhibit featuring traditional masks from regions like Siberia, Japan, northern India and North America's Pacific Northwest, the mask itself matters. Each specimen differs greatly from the next, depending on what culture it hails from. The samples have been used in communal rituals, shamanistic practice and even ancient theatrical performances.Read more