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The best exhibits at children's museums in NYC

Check out the greatest exhibits at children's museums that are happening right now! Your kids will love 'em.

Photograph: Courtesy Brooklyn Children's Museum

These amazing children's museums provide creative, thought-provoking (and super fun!) exhibits for children. There are so many new and wonderful exhibits passing through that we surely can't name them all, but we'd love to point out a handful of our favorites happening now and in the future.

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For even more exciting adventures around town, explore our favorite family attractions, the best 101 things to do with kids in NYC and wonderful free activities for kids, too.

 

 

Exhibits at children's museums in NYC

"Block Party"

Party it up at this festive exhibit that invites families to play street games like hopscotch, jump rope and sidewalk chalk drawings. Live DJs will be spinning beats and local artist Anderson Zaca’s photos of New York block parties dress the walls of the gallery. All ages.

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Brooklyn Children’s Museum , Crown Heights Until Saturday June 30 2018

Inside You

The American Museum of Natural History’s exhibit explores the microbes, viruses, fungi and other organisms that live inside our bodies. According to the exhibit, our gastrointestinal tract is home to about 100 trillion bacteria and they can be affected by where we live, what we eat and what we touch among other factors. Learn about all about microbial genes and the important work they do to keep us alive. All ages.

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American Museum of Natural History , Upper West Side Until Tuesday July 16 2019
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Georgia O'Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i

Travel to Hawaii through Georgia O’Keeffe’s art created during a visit to its lush landscapes in 1939. More than 15 of O’Keeffe’s paintings, which haven’t been seen together in New York since their debut in 1940, will be on display in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Art Gallery. Film screenings, lectures, readings, and an interactive guide will round out the exhibit and cultural activities—live music, hula and chant performances and artisan demonstrations—will take place on weekends throughout the garden. Kids will learn about the plants captured in O’Keeffe’s paintings, receive field notebooks to draw in as they follow a trail and create their own botanical works of art. All ages.

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New York Botanical Garden | Bronx, NY , The Bronx Saturday May 19 2018 - Sunday October 28 2018

A History of Magic

Take a trip to Hogwarts—without leaving NYC! Potterheads can experience "Harry Potter: A History of Magic," a British Library exhibit that is coming to the New York Historical Society. Take a peek at what Hogwarts students study, see drafts from mastermind J.K. Rowling and of course, have a magical, whimsical time. All ages. 

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New-York Historical Society | Manhattan, NY , Upper West Side Friday October 5 2018 - Sunday October 7 2018
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Unseen Oceans

Travel deep beneath the Ocean's surface to discover what lurks in the dark, cold depths of the sea with this special exhibit. Visitors learn about the new, cutting edge technologies like robotics, satellite monitoring, miniaturization, and high-definition imaging that scientists use to explore the ocean's vast realm. They can also see some of the new discoveries, like a new island forming near Hawaii and the behaviors of deep sea animals. The exhibit features mesmerizing displays, like a floor-to-ceiling array of biofluorescent species (animals that absorb and re-emit light) and a virtual ride in a submersible.

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American Museum of Natural History , Upper West Side Until Monday January 7 2019

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