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.

The Haunted Pumpkin Garden

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

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. Wed Oct 22 - Fri Oct 31
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Stevie Nicks’s 24-Karat Gold Photo Exhibit

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  • Free

You probably know Stevie Nicks as the legendary, raspy-voiced singer-songwriter, but Stevie Nicks, the seasoned photographer? Perhaps not. Well, for a very limited time, you can see her exhibition, "24-Karat Gold," a group of images she took between 1975 through 1987. (It's titled the same as her

  1. Morrison Hotel Gallery 116 Prince St, between Greene and Wooster Sts, second floor
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Fri Oct 31
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Stargazing on the High Line

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  • Free

This dreamy affair lets you get an astronaut-worthy view of the stars from the high-powered telescopes of the Amateur Astronomers Association (aaa.org). And here we all thought we couldn't see stars in New York City. Just in case you're worried you'll have no idea what you are looking at, the AAA

  1. The High Line Washington St at Gansevoort St, to Tenth Ave at 30th St
  2. Tue Oct 28
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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. Wed Oct 22 - Wed Dec 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 Oct 21 - Sat Nov 15
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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. Wed Oct 22 - 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. Wed Oct 22 - Thu Dec 4
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"Mac Conner: A New York Life"

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

The career of illustrator McCauley (“Mac”) Conner helped to define the look of midcentury America. One of the original Mad Men, Conner's style was crisp and refined and very urban; life in the big city was a frequent theme. His work, which was published in such magazines as Redbook and

  1. Museum of the City of New York 1220 Fifth Ave, between 103rd and 104th Sts
  2. Wed Sep 10 - Mon Jan 19
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"Submerged"

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You can now 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

  1. Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Pier 86, Twelfth Ave, at 46th St, 10036
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Fri Jan 1
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Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion

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This exhibit investigates the elaborate backstory of trade and immigration between China and the United States starting from the late 18th century to present. "Exclusion/Inclusion" delves into Chinese-American history from all over the country and will include less-publicized narratives like the

  1. The New-York Historical Society 170 Central Park West, at 77th St, 10024
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sun Apr 19
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