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
Though First Ladies have never been granted a salary for their work, they've often played a critical hand in shaping the future of our country's culture and values. This exhibition explores the women who brought the Founding Fathers' visions to reality despite legal and society barriers. View documents, artwork, clothing and other artifacts from Dolley Madison and other often-overlooked presidential women, and learn how much of their influence still endures.
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.