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
Builders and tinkerers of all ages and stripes convene at this massive gathering, which is now in its fourth year. More than 650 creators will show off their inventions—such as origami earrings and a battery-less universal remote—while instructing visitors on how to replicate them at home. The super-charged science fair also offers demonstrations of emerging technologies, talks with head honchos from NASA and Disney, and hundreds of DIY projects that you can try yourself, because you never can have too many 3-D–printed water-bottle carriers that convert into dog bowls.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, Q*bert and Tron.Read more
If you yearn for a time when CBGB was not a hopelessly depressing restaurant in the Newark Airport, you're in luck. The photographs of David Godlis, a fixture of the legendary punk club and faithful chronicler of the musicians that frequented it (like the Ramones, Patti Smith and Blondie), are on display downtown. The images, taken between 1976 and 1979, are part of Godlis's fine art book of the same name, which you can also pick up at the gallery. Head there Sep 10 from 6–8pm to revel with fellow punks at the exhibition's opening reception.Read more