Summer dates in New York: Dates at NYC museums and institutions

If you're planning a summer date with a culture hound, visit these art and culture exhibits at NYC museums.



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  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art


  • Photograph: Igor Khodzinskiy

    Museum of Sex



  • Photograph: Thanassi Karageorgiou

    Museum of the Moving image



  • American Museum of Natural History



  • Bronx Museum of the Arts



The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Test a potential partner’s cultural acumen by planning a summer date at an NYC museum. You’ll find outdoor art exhibits in Manhattan—the Met’s rooftop exhibit is a perennial favorite—along with free parties, interactive exhibits and more.

Climb to the top of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Daredevil daters can explore the museum’s current outdoor exhibit, “Tomás Saraceno on the Roof: Cloud City.” Constructed atop the Met’s Roof Garden, the installation features a series of connected pods that visitors can scale. Afterward, grab a cocktail ($12) from the adjacent bar and toast your sense of adventure, all while taking in picturesque views of the Manhattan skyline. (212-535-7710, Suggested admission $12–$25. Through Nov 4.

  1. 1000 Fifth Ave, (at 82nd St)
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See arousing artifacts at the Museum of Sex

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Explore this titillating institution’s collection of vintage pornography, antique sex toys and other ephemera, along with visiting exhibitions like “Universe of Desire” (through Nov 4), about getting down in the digital age. Before making a move on your date, take in some liquid courage at the adjacent Oralfix Bar, which serves cheeky cocktails such as the Fuck Me, a Maker’s Mark–and-ginger concoction ($13). (212-689-6337, $15.25–$17.50.

  1. 233 Fifth Ave, (at 27th St)
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Interact with each other at the Museum of the Moving Image

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Indulge your respective pop-culture obsessions at this dynamic institution, whose collection includes vintage arcade consoles, props from films like Black Swan and The Exorcist, and toys inspired by series like Howdy Doody and The Monkees. Extend a particularly good date at one of the museum’s many film screenings: On June 8, catch the cult love story Harold and Maude. (718-777-6888, $6–$12.

  1. 36-01 35th Ave, (at 37th St)
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Go stargazing indoors at the American Museum of Natural History

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Cozy up under a canopy of celestial bodies at Journey to the Stars, currently on view at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. The show, narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, offers a breathtaking look at the secrets of the universe. (212-769-5100, Times vary; $19–$25.

  1. Central Park West, (at 79th St)
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See Boogie Down culture at the Bronx Museum of the Arts

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  • Free

Awe your date with your cultural acumen without spending a dime at this uptown spot, which showcases work by borough artists. During its monthly First Fridays events, you can check out live music, films and other performances connected to current exhibits—all for the low price of absolutely nothing. (718-681-6000, First Friday of every month 6–10pm; free.

  1. 1040 Grand Concourse, (at 165th St)
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