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.
Best museum exhibitions in NYC
Eschew the dinner date on Valentine's Day and snap up tickets to this swanky soiree at the American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center for Earth and Space. The night begins among the asteroids (have a "heavenly bodies" quip ready) with an open bar of cocktails and champagne, passed hors d’oeuvres and chocolate, while a jazz quartet sets the mood with standards. An hour later, cozy up in the Hayden Planetarium while an astronomer tells lovey-dovey stories based on the mythology of the cosmos.Read more
Enter fan Valhalla and feast your eyes upon more than 70 impeccably preserved original costumes from the first two Star Wars trilogies, along with seven pieces from The Force Awakens. You’ll be able to see yourself reflected in Vader’s helmet, wish you were Naboo royalty when passing Queen Amidala’s regal gowns and cringe in disbelief at Princess Leia’s bikini. Just try to keep your arguments over midi-chlorian counts to a minimum.Read more
Relive the thrilling moment of discovery for legendary archaeologist Howard Carter when he stepped into the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. Featuring thousands of handmade replicas of items including King Tut’s sarcophagus, golden throne, weaponry and gilded chariots in an exact reconstruction of the original burial labyrinth, this exhibit will immerse you in one of the last century’s most groundbreaking finds.Read more