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.
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 as if 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
At one of the most popular annual exhibitions, see three species of the butterfly family: the Pieridae, the Papilionidae and the Nymphalidae.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 the culture it hails from. The samples have been used in communal rituals, shamanistic practice and even ancient theatrical performances.Read more