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
The American Museum of Natural History’s new dino-mite attraction proves you can spot the extinct creatures in the concrete jungle right this minute. Don’t fret—Godzilla won’t make an appearance anytime soon (we hope). Instead, the exhibit features the latest discoveries from paleontologists, like evidence that dinosaurs walk (or fly) among us in the form of—birds? Up your prehistoric knowledge and pop in for the highlights, including a fossilized Velociraptor and a model of an Oviraptor’s nest, plus plenty of bones, beaks and feathers that look as if they’re from The Land Before Time.Read more
Enter fan Valhalla and feast your eyes upon more than 70 impeccably preserved original costumes from the first two Star Wars trilogies, along with seven pieces from The Force Awakens. You can see yourself reflected in Vader’s helmet, wish you were Naboo royalty when passing Queen Amidala’s regal gowns and cringe in disbelief at Princess Leia’s bikini. Just try to keep your arguments over midi-chlorian counts to a minimum.Read more
Take a break from Fruit Ninja and revisit the good ole days of gaming at the Museum of the Moving Image’s exhibit of more than 30 iconic vintage video games, including beloved classics like Centipede, Donkey Kong, Mortal Kombat, NBA Jam, Q*bert and Tron. Museum admission includes four game tokens—and no parents telling you to go play outside.Read more
Peroni Nastro Azzurro's U.K.-based pop-up experience, which opens stateside for the first time from September 8–10, channels the "very heart of the Italian home" through various realms of style including film, music and fashion. Debuting during New York City's Fashion Week, the three-day affair has been curated and designed by famed Italian photographer-director Francesco Carrozzini. Performances and presenting talent include the likes of Italian cntemporary artist Vanessa Beecroft, lauded costume designer Catherine Martin and LCD Soundystem musician Nancy Whang. The House is open daily from 2pm to 10pm to guests over 21 years old.Read more