The best new and upcoming exhibits at NYC museums for kids

At these NYC museums for kids, new exhibits are always on the way! See below for our favorite kid-friendly selections!

Photograph: Courtesy Children's Museum of Manhattan

Curious about new and upcoming exhibits at the best NYC museums for kids? We've got you covered. 

Grab your brood for a gallery outing like no other: Topics range from art, mathematics, history and much more. No matter your children's interests, these family attractions offer something for everyone.

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Be sure to browse our other favorite permanent exhibits for kids and cool indoor activities for kids, too!

Best new museum exhibits at NYC museums for kids

Photograph: Courtesy Children's Museum of Manhattan
Museums, Childhood

"Inside Art" (Beginning Jan 19, 2020)

Children's Museum of Manhattan, Upper West Side

This brand-new exhibit is bound to keep your children entertained for hours on end. Its name is quite literal, as little ones can crawl and climb life-size installations and sculptures. Ten renowned artists came together to make the impressive pieces, including a massive tabletop mystery puzzle, a “groundhog burrow” for humans and a spandex wall of tropical patterns to stretch and climb through. Ages 3–10. 

Photograph: Courtesy CMOM
Museums, Childhood

"Superpowered Metropolis" (Beginning Feb 14, 2020)

Children's Museum of Manhattan, Upper West Side

Ahead of its move in 2021, the Children's Museum of Manhattan will premiere a Gotham-inspired interactive exhibit this Valentine's Day. "Superpowered Metropolis" introduces patrons to Zip, Zap and Zoom, our urban pigeon mascots who are here to help little ones with brain-boosting activities. As children wander through a scaled-down version of the city, they'll tackle missions that ask them to solve problems, think before they act and examine things from fresh points of view. Ages 6 and under. 

Photograph: Courtesy Museum of the City of New York
Museums, Sport

"City/Game Basketball in New York" (Beginning Feb 14, 2020)

Museum of the City of New York, East Harlem

If your kids love to shoot hoops, you won't want to miss "City/Game Basketball in New York," a new exhibit that explores the game as a whole and those in NYC who play it. Learn more about the game's MVPs, history and impact in our neighborhoods. All ages. 

Photograph: Courtesy "Survival: The Exhibition"
Museums, Special interest

"Survival: The Exhibition" (Beginning Feb 15, 2020)

New York Hall of Science | Queens, NY, Queens

What would you do if faced with an emergency? This fascinating interactive exhibit explains the tactics needed to overcome real-life situations, from staying hydrated in the desert to withstanding extreme cold. After learning CPR, discerning the difference between edible and non-edible plants, to name a few scenarios, exhibit visitors can end their experience with a visit to the Adventure Zone Ropes Course and Zip Line. Ages 5 and up. 

Photograph: Courtesy Craig Chesek
Museums, Natural history

"The Nature of Color" (Beginning Mar 9, 2020)

American Museum of Natural History, Upper West Side

What is color? How does it work? Why do diamonds look they way they do? Do some colors really make us sad? These and other heavy questions are addressed by "The Nature of Color," a new exhibition opening at the American Museum of Natural History. The family-friendly show features interactive exhibits that invite kids to play and experiment with the science of colors by way of an immersive color-changing room that responds to movement, a light lab, an interactive game show and more. All ages. 

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