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Sneak peek: Explore color at the Museum of Natural History's vibrant new exhibit

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Color us curious: The American Museum of Natural History is unpacking the meaning behind blues, reds, yellows and so on in its new exhibit, "The Nature of Color," which is slated to open March 9. 

Along with cool interactive features (think color-changing rooms, floor-to-ceiling color play and a light lab), photo-worthy moments and yes, even some live critters, visitors can expect to delve deep into their favorite hues. 

"Color is one of these under-appreciated things; we take it for granted," said the exhibit's curator, Rob DeSalle. "What we hope that visitors get from this show is a better understanding of color and one that is not just 'Oh, It hits my retina and does stuff to my brain,' but  also that there are far-reaching contexts for color: the cultural context, the social context and the history of our species on this planet through color." 

Trust us, you'll want to add the fun to your list of things to do with kids in NYC: The go-to family attraction pulls out all of the stops. Have a look below for what you can expect from "The Nature of Color." 

Learn how color taps into our emotions. 

Answer a few Q's on the big screen, like "What color expresses how you feel right now?" or try to guess what color is associated with the music being played. 

Photograph: Danielle Valente

Photograph: Danielle Valente

Explore how cultures around the world perceive color. 

Photograph: Danielle Valente

Learn how different species use color for survival skills.  

Say hello to friends like a blue poison dart frog and a strawberry poison frog, among other critters.

Photograph: Danielle Valente

 

Photograph: Danielle Valente

Take some photos of the interactive spaces. 


Photograph: Danielle Valente

 

 

Photograph: Danielle Valente

Photograph: Danielle Valente

While you're hopping from exhibit to exhibit, make sure to put these kids' museums in NYC on your list! 

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