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Summer dates in New York: Dates at NYC museums and institutions

If you're planning a summer date with a culture hound, visit these art and culture exhibits at NYC museums.

By Rebecca Fishbein

Test a potential partner’s cultural acumen by planning a summer date at an NYC museum. You’ll find outdoor art exhibits in Manhattan—the Met’s rooftop exhibit is a perennial favorite—along with free parties, interactive exhibits and more.

Climb to the top of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museums Art and design Central Park

Daredevil daters can explore the museum’s current outdoor exhibit, “Tomás Saraceno on the Roof: Cloud City.” Constructed atop the Met’s Roof Garden, the installation features a series of connected pods that visitors can scale. Afterward, grab a cocktail ($12) from the adjacent bar and toast your sense of adventure, all while taking in picturesque views of the Manhattan skyline. (212-535-7710, Suggested admission $12–$25. Through Nov 4.

Museum of Sex
Photograph: Igor Khodzinskiy

See arousing artifacts at the Museum of Sex

Museums Special interest Flatiron

Explore this titillating institution’s collection of vintage pornography, antique sex toys and other ephemera, along with visiting exhibitions like “Universe of Desire” (through Nov 4), about getting down in the digital age. Before making a move on your date, take in some liquid courage at the adjacent Oralfix Bar, which serves cheeky cocktails such as the Fuck Me, a Maker’s Mark–and-ginger concoction ($13). (212-689-6337, $15.25–$17.50.

Museum of Moving Image
Photograph: Thanassi Karageorgiou

Interact with each other at the Museum of the Moving Image

Museums Movies and TV Astoria

Indulge your respective pop-culture obsessions at this dynamic institution, whose collection includes vintage arcade consoles, props from films like Black Swan and The Exorcist, and toys inspired by series like Howdy Doody and The Monkees. Extend a particularly good date at one of the museum’s many film screenings: On June 8, catch the cult love story Harold and Maude. (718-777-6888, $6–$12.


See Boogie Down culture at the Bronx Museum of the Arts

Museums Art and design The Bronx

Awe your date with your cultural acumen without spending a dime at this uptown spot, which showcases work by borough artists. During its monthly First Fridays events, you can check out live music, films and other performances connected to current exhibits—all for the low price of absolutely nothing. (718-681-6000, First Friday of every month 6–10pm; free.


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