Summer shows at NYC museums to see before they close (slide show)

We love nothing better than to be outside in the summer, but still want to let you know about some great shows at NYC museums that are closing soon.

 (Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson)
Photograph: Caroline Voagen NelsonCheck out the Brooklyn Museum's must-see "Gravity and Grace: The Monumental Works of El Anatsui," which showcases the breathtaking works of a mega-artist, before it closes on August 18.
Hop a train to see "Search for the Unicorn," part of the Cloisters' 75th birthday celebration; it closes on August 18 too.
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Courtesy Liberty Science CenterLet the kids learn a few anatomy lessons at Liberty Science Center's "Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body," whose last day is September 2.
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Photograph: Luciana GolcmanParty Wall by CODA, the summery courtyard installation at MoMA PS1, is not only fun to look at but also to play with. It's up through August 31.
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Photograph: Jessica LinCatch "Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design," one of the most inventive shows we've seen this summer, before it closes at the Museum of Arts and Design on September 15.
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Courtesy Liberty Science CenterLet the kids loose at Liberty Science Center's "Block Party," where kids can play with blocks and boxes galore. It closes on September 15.
 (Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson)
Photograph: Caroline Voagen NelsonIn lieu of a costly trip to an amusement park, head to the Brooklyn Children's Museum instead for its interactive "The Big Adventure." You have till September 15.
By Lee Magill |

Summer always conjures sunny days outside, whether playing at the beach, exploring anew playground or taking a weekend getaway. But NYC museums hardlly stop functioning come the summer solstice. In fact, some pull out some fantastic new shows when the weather warms up, such as the Cloisters' unicorn-themed extravaganza and PS1's courtyard installation, Party Wall. Many of them begin closing in August, and summer 2013is no exception. We've rounded up seven shows at NYC museums to see before we say good-bye to summer. (Don't forget: Most NYC museums are air-conditioned, some are free, and many offer workshops to keep the kids' brains agile over their school break.) Click through our slide show, below, for some museum-y inspiration.