A museum trip shouldn't be saved for NYC on a rainy day: With specialties ranging from modern art to mathematics, sex to outer space, there a museum in New York for every aesthetic and intellectual curiosity. To help you find the exact stimulation you seek, our critics have rounded up the very best museum exhibitions in New York City right now. Want a dose of culture without spending a penny? There are also plenty of free museum shows to check out in the city.
Best museum exhibitions in NYC
Learn how the invention and evolution of Chinese food in the States reflects the history of the immigrants who cooked it by viewing menus dating back to 1910 and trying reinvented classics like the Five Pepper Kung Pao Chicken by Mei Mei’s chef Irene Li.
After an ages-long embargo, Americans have the opportunity to discover the vibrant music, culture and identity of Cuba and erase old political stigmas. This detailed exhibition immerses you into the vast animal and ecological life of the 4,000-island archipelago. Meet rare species of reptiles, birds and amphibians; experience the reefs, mountains and wetlands that make Cuba the most biodiverse island in the Caribbean; and learn about the small nation’s success in protecting its many natural habitats over the years. After touring this show, you’ll be ready to book a one-way flight to Havana.
Look back on the work and influence of Scorsese, the proud New Yorker and director of movies like The Departed, Casino and Goodfellas, at this rich exhibition. You can watch iconic scenes from Scorsese’s movies, view production materials, hear behind-the-scenes tales, learn about his childhood and more.