Best public programming
These museums really step up when it comes to ancillary offerings.
Tue Jul 21 2009
American Museum of Natural History
Diversity is key when it comes to AMNH programming—spend a night at the Hayden Planetarium (which is really just a good excuse to snuggle with your honey under the "stars"); take an eccentric class (the art of pickle-making, perhaps?); or join a walking tour through Central Park.
Chelsea Art Museum
CAM does a stellar job of planning cosmopolitan programs, including jazz-brunch concerts, prestigious dance performances (like appearances by contemporary ballet company Cedar Lake), yoga classes and rooftop summer parties.
Kids and kids at heart love the JS for its pop-culturey exhibits on toys and manga, but we love it for its theatrical performances, Q&As with groundbreaking Japanese movie directors, choreographed dance shows with folks like Jerome Wade and experimental video art.
Museum of Arts & Design
As if the bang-up exhibitions weren't enough of a draw, you can also turn to MAD for foreign-film screenings, DIY workshops, cool lectures and weekly behind-the-scenes studio tours.
Studio Museum in Harlem
Whether you're looking for a book club, open studio tour, cocktail party, jazzy jam session, danceathon or provocative art discussion, SMH probably has something current and cultural on offer.