Chelsea Gallery Crawl

Explore interesting free indoor art at shows in chic galleries in cool neighborhoods (just don't touch). The art on display is always changing; here are some current family-friendly favorites.

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GALLERIES

John “CRASH” Matos: Shape of Things to Come

JoAnne Artman Gallery
511 A West 22nd Street

See colorful new works Bronx-born graffiti artist CRASH spray painted on custom-made, shaped canvases. Emphasizing silhouette and the external form, he presents new dynamic compositions that meld the versatility of his canvas medium with the layered depth of sculpture. Wrapping around the edges as if spilling on to the wall, vibrant pigment and decisive lines are barely contained to the planes of each painted surface.

Open by appointment

DVF x Ashley Longshore Gallery

Diane von Furstenberg Store
874 Washington Street

See Ashley Longshore’s paintings of inspirational women including Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Jackie Kennedy, Marlene Dietrich, Cleopatra, Oprah, Gloria Steinem, Nina Simone, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks and Jane Goodall in a photogenic gallery at the Diane von Furstenberg store. Good stop for International Women’s Month.

Ariana Papademetropoulos, Baby Alone in Babylone,

Vito Schnabel Gallery
455 West 19th Street

Follow a hyperreal, dream-like tale of a lone baby unicorn in Los Angeles-based artist Ariana Papademetropoulos’ paintings, which chronicle a fantastical journey from youthful innocence to maturity, towards liberation and individuation that coalesce in a story of awakening and transformation. Inspired 15th century lore of the mythical unicorn (including The Hunt of the Unicorn) at The Cloisters but totally modern.

Tues–Sat 10 am – 6 pm

Lux and Lumen

Hill Art Foundation
239 Tenth Ave at W 24th St

See new and recent works by Spencer Finch in dialogue with a 16th-century stained glass window by the Renaissance master Valentin Bousch, The Creation and the Expulsion from Paradise. Immersive installation Painting Air transforms the Hill Art Foundation’s double-story gallery into a lightscape inspired by Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny. Close to 100 sheets of suspended glass rotates on its own axis, refracting and reflecting the wall painting and the nearby works.

Wednesday-Saturday 11 am – 5 pm

NEARBY

Hudson Yards

Hudson Yards
30 Hudson Yards

This way-west complex features shops, foods, public art, cultural institutions and more.  Look for cool public art throughout the complex including the monumental Vessel (currently closed for climbing, but you can take a picture from underneath).

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🌳 Lots of room to roam in the indoor shopping areas, plus explore 14 acres of public plazas, gardens and groves and embark on the High Line. Climb at colorful Bella Azburg playground nearby

🍽 Food options include Mercado Little Spain and a new Ladurée stand (near more sweets at Dylan’s Candy Bar). Find more places to eat and cool gallery shows in nearby Chelsea & Meatpacking.

 

Chelsea Market

Chelsea Market
75 9th Avenue at West 15th Street

Choose from doughnuts, tacos, hand-pulled noodles, lobster rolls, gelato and many more delicious options at this indoor market housed in a former factory. Covered outdoor tables available along 15th and 16th Streets.

Shopping options include books, chocolate and fun Chinese merchandise & snacks at Pearl River Mart.

Look for art installations among twinkling lights and cool decor at this always happening historic market. Watch the chefs create magic in glass-enclosed Sarabeth’s Kitchen.

The narrow walkways can get very crowded, so best to visit earlier in the day and/or on weekdays. Bathrooms available on both floors but the line can be quite long.

See our guide to Chelsea/Meatpacking.

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Wednesday, January 1

Kobra Street Art Albert Einstein

Jan 1, 2020 - Dec 31, 2022
West 21st Street & Eighth Avenue
292 West 21st Street Chelsea/Meatpacking

Albert Einstein is a NY-loving graffitist in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.

FREE
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Citycakes Bakery

Jan 1, 2021 @ 10:30 am - Dec 31, 2022 @ 10:00 pm
Citycakes Bakery
251 West 18th Street+ Google Map

Get some of city's best cookies - signature half pound size treats can be covered in frostings with sprinkles, halved and filled with two scoops of gelato for an amazing ice cream sandwich, or stacked 3x high to make a unique little cookie cake. No on-site seating available. ⁣

FREE
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Little Island

Jan 1 @ 6:00 am - Dec 31 @ 9:00 pm
Pier 55
Hudson River Greenway at West 13th Street+ Google Map

Explore nature and art on a unique floating green space on the Hudson River. * Enjoy diverse horticulture, welcoming seating lawns, winding paths leading to spectacular views, and a variety of spaces for performing arts, relaxation and play. Make music on a variety of percussion installations and play with a spinning optical illusion. * Restrooms…

FREE
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High Line

Jan 1 @ 7:00 am - Dec 31 @ 11:00 pm
Gansevoort Plaza
Ninth Avenue at Gansevort Street

Take a stroll on the unique public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. * Lots of nature, art installations & cool design incorporating elements of the original rail line. * Look for interesting architecture and watch taxis and pedestrians below the 10th Avenue overlook at 17th…

FREE
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Chelsea Waterside Playground

Jan 1 @ 8:00 am - Dec 31 @ 7:00 pm
Chelsea Waterside Park Play Area
West 23rd Street & Eleventh Avenue+ Google Map

The newly designed play area features a giant, multi-colored, one-of-a-kind, Robinia wood pipefish plus water features incorporating limestone cattle head sculptures reclaimed from historic meatpacking district business New York Butchers’ Dressed Meat Company. Near the new must-see Little Island and Pier 62 Carousel.

FREE
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Monday, January 10

Food at Chelsea Market

Jan 10 @ 8:00 am - Dec 31 @ 9:00 pm
Chelsea Market
75 9th Avenue at West 15th Street+ Google Map

Choose from doughnuts, tacos, hand-pulled noodles, lobster rolls, gelato and many more delicious options at this indoor market housed in a former factory. Covered outdoor tables available along 15th and 16th Streets. Shopping options include books, chocolate and fun Chinese merchandise & snacks at Pearl River Mart. Look for art installations among twinkling lights and…

FREE
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Monday, August 1

Whitney Museum of American Art

Aug 1 @ 10:30 am - Dec 31 @ 6:00 pm

See bold modern and contemporary American art in a very cool building. * Find works by American icons Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Edward Hopper and the charming Calder’s Circus in The Whitney's Collection: Selections from 1900 to 1965. Discover works by women and artists of color in At the Dawn of a New…

$25/adults, $18/students & seniors, Free/ages 18 & under
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Rubin Museum

Sep 1 @ 11:00 am - Dec 31 @ 5:00 pm
Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17 Street

This serene museum connects the arts and cultures of the Himalayas to contemporary life, exploring universal themes like happiness, consciousness, and the cosmos. * Lots of vivid paintings and statues of animals and interesting demons  - and maybe your kid will pick up some zen vibes. * Don't miss the interactive, multi-sensory Mandala Lab.…

$19, $14/students & seniors, free/ages 12 & under
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Sunday, September 4

Shoes: Anatomy, Identity, Magic

Sep 4 @ 12:00 pm - Dec 31 @ 8:00 pm
Museum at FIT
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street+ Google Map

Explore our physical, social, and psychological relationship with shoes through more than 300 pairs of shoes, boots, sandals, and sneakers. The exhibition begins with a pair of baby shoes, indicating how shoes accompany us on the journey of life and explores themes like anatomy, identity and magic. Wednesday–Friday 12 pm–8 pm Saturday–Sunday 10 am–5 pm

FREE
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Tuesday, September 20

The FRIENDS Experience: The One in New York City

Sep 20, 2022 @ 10:00 am - Jan 16, 2023 @ 7:00 pm

Step inside the world of TV show FRIENDS With two floors of immersive experiences. Pose on the iconic orange couch, sit at Monica & Rachel’s kitchen table, kick back and relax in Joey and Chandler’s comfy chairs, and much more. Dance in front of the fountain, ride Pat the Dog and explore dozens of props…

$39.50-$52.50, free/ages 3 & under
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Wednesday, September 28

Lux and Lumen

Sep 28, 2022 @ 11:00 am - Mar 4, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
Hill Art Foundation
239 Tenth Ave at W 24th St+ Google Map

See new and recent works by Spencer Finch in dialogue with a 16th-century stained glass window by the Renaissance master Valentin Bousch, The Creation and the Expulsion from Paradise. Immersive installation Painting Air transforms the Hill Art Foundation’s double-story gallery into a lightscape inspired by Claude Monet’s garden at Giverny. Close to 100 sheets of…

FREE
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Saturday, October 1

Museum of Illusions

Oct 1, 2022 @ 9:00 am - Oct 1, 2023 @ 10:00 pm
Museum of Illusions
77 Eighth Avenue @ 14th Street

Walk on walls, put your head on a platter and play with size and perspective in over a dozen interactive illusions. A small museum that can be explored in less than an hour. Blows most young minds. Special $62 family ticket covers 2 adults & 2 children. Free kids under 2.  

$22, $20/students, seniors & essential workers, $18/ages 2–13
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Thursday, November 10

John “CRASH” Matos: Shape of Things to Come

Nov 10 @ 12:00 pm - Dec 30 @ 6:00 pm
JoAnne Artman Gallery
511 A West 22nd Street+ Google Map

See colorful new works Bronx-born graffiti artist CRASH spray painted on custom-made, shaped canvases. Emphasizing silhouette and the external form, he presents new dynamic compositions that meld the versatility of his canvas medium with the layered depth of sculpture. Wrapping around the edges as if spilling on to the wall, vibrant pigment and decisive lines…

FREE
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Sunday, November 20

Titanic. The Exhibition

Nov 20 @ 10:00 am - Dec 23 @ 7:00 pm
Titanic. The Exhibition
526 6th Ave at W 14th St+ Google Map

A selection of personal artifacts never before seen in America that tell touching stories of the doomed ship's passengers and crew. Embark on a narrative experience describing the events aboard the famous ship on that fateful day in 1912. Unravel the true story of the ship through old photographs, personal belongings and other relics from…

$35-$39/ages 13+, $23-$26/ages 4-12
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Spectacular Factory: The Holiday Multiverse

Nov 20, 2022 @ 10:00 am - Jan 8, 2023 @ 10:00 pm
Chelsea Market
75 9th Avenue at West 15th Street+ Google Map

Embark on a dazzling journey where the imaginary world of a gift factory comes alive. Traverse immersive digital multiverses filled with dreamlike yet familiar holiday themes, from floating giant swinging bells to thousands of nutcrackers, train rides through wreaths, spinning candy cane carousels and more. Save 20% with code KID20 from @littlekidbigcity_newyork. Save $5…

$25/ages 15-54, $17/ages 4-15, $20/students & seniors, free/ages 3 & under
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Thursday, December 1

Holidays at Chelsea Market

Dec 1 @ 8:00 am - Dec 31 @ 9:00 pm
Chelsea Market
75 9th Avenue at West 15th Street+ Google Map

Find twinkling lights, rainbow trees, giant presents and dangling giant candy cane installations at this always happening historic market. Choose from doughnuts, tacos, hand-pulled noodles, lobster rolls, gelato to eat at over 115 covered outdoor tables along 15th and 16th Streets. Find fun Chinese merchandise & food at Pearl River Mart. Catch pop-up ballet…

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Oscar Wilde NYC

Dec 1 @ 4:00 pm - Dec 20 @ 11:30 pm
Oscar Wilde NYC
45 W 27th Street+ Google Map

This elaborately designed, Victorian-style bistro with a long marble bar for cocktails & American bites turns is packed with fun holiday decor including giant polar bears, teddy bear trees, Santas, nutcrackers and garlands galore. The menu is similar to the (also-decked-out) sister restaurant Lillie’s Victorian Establishment with everything from tuna tartare to cheeseburgers and…

FREE
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Sunday, December 4

Winter Lights

Dec 4, 2022 @ 9:00 am - Jan 1, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
High Line 14th Street Passage
Tenth Avenue & West 14th Street Chelsea/Meatpacking+ Google Map

Enter a captivating light display with hourly light shows and a nightly grand finale at 6 pm on the High Line between 15th and 16th Streets.⁠ The light show takes inspiration from the vehicle-to-load (V2L) capabilities found on Genesis electric vehicles, which will be on display, and the roof line of the Electrified GV70.

FREE
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Friday, December 9

Lights on the Cobbles

Dec 9, 2022 - Jan 15, 2023
Gansevoort Plaza
Ninth Avenue at Gansevort Street+ Google Map

Larger-than-life light-up snowmen and other whimsical light displays are back in Meatpacking. Find ten separate light installations along Ninth Avenue and Gansevoort Street including colorful neon lights in abstract shapes and planters filled with glowing dandelions. New this year on Ninth Avenue, take a frosty photo in two illuminated giant geometric frames. Head to

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Ariana Papademetropoulos, Baby Alone in Babylone,

Dec 9, 2022 @ 8:00 am - Jan 7, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
Vito Schnabel Gallery
455 West 19th Street+ Google Map

Follow a hyperreal, dream-like tale of a lone baby unicorn in Los Angeles-based artist Ariana Papademetropoulos’ paintings, which chronicle a fantastical journey from youthful innocence to maturity, towards liberation and individuation that coalesce in a story of awakening and transformation. Inspired 15th century lore of the mythical unicorn (including The Hunt of the Unicorn) at…

FREE
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Saturday, December 10

MakeInspires STEAM Makerspace

Dec 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, repeating until Dec 17, 2022

An event every week that begins at 4:00 pm on Thursday, repeating indefinitely

Chelsea Market
75 9th Avenue at West 15th Street+ Google Map

Experience 3D Printing, Coding Video Games with Scratch, Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence hands-on with MakeInspires instructors on Thursdays and Saturdays. A great activity for kids 6 and up while the family explores Chelsea Market; kids under 6 are welcome with adult supervision. All activities can be completed in 15 minutes. Book more time for more…

$15/15 minutes, $26/30 minutes, $34/45 minutes
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Holiday Creative Breaks on Little Island

Dec 10 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until Dec 18, 2022

Pier 55
Hudson River Greenway at West 13th Street+ Google Map

Make a holiday themed postcard and spread some joy by mailing the postcard to family, friends, or neighbors (postage provided). See our guide to Little Island.

FREE
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Ballerina Performance at Chelsea Market

Dec 10 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00 pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until Dec 18, 2022

One event on Dec 21, 2022 at 12:00 pm

One event on Dec 22, 2022 at 12:00 pm

One event on Dec 29, 2022 at 12:00 pm

One event on Dec 30, 2022 at 12:00 pm

Chelsea Market
75 9th Avenue at West 15th Street+ Google Map

Step into the reverie of holiday music and magic with Lea Ballerina throughout the sparkly Chelsea Market concourse throughout December.

FREE
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Pusteblume’s Nikolausfeier, Weihnachtsbasar & Posadas

Dec 10 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join Pusteblume International Preschool for an international holiday event with music, food, arts & crafts, piñata games, Posadas activities and a visit from St. Nikolaus. Light refreshments and goodie bags included. Traditional holiday foods available for purchase plus shop a holiday market.

$17
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The Joyce Theater Family Matinees

Dec 10 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
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One event on Oct 30, 2022 at 2:00 pm

One event on Nov 19, 2022 at 2:00 pm

One event on Dec 3, 2022 at 2:00 pm

One event on Dec 10, 2022 at 2:00 pm

One event on Dec 24, 2022 at 2:00 pm

One event on Jan 21, 2023 at 2:00 pm

One event on Feb 18, 2023 at 2:00 pm

The Joyce Theater
175 Eighth Avenue at 19th Street Chelsea/Meatpacking+ Google Map

Enjoy family-friendly matinees in an intimate theater built by dancers for dance. See emerging and established dance artists from acclaimed domestic and international companies including  Camille A. Brown & Dancers, COMPLEXIONS Contemporary Ballet and Dorrance Dance. ⏱ 1 hour 10 minutes with no intermission 😷 Masks required    

$35-$61, $10-$16/ages 6-16
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Live Music at Chelsea Market

Dec 10 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 pm on Saturday, repeating until Dec 17, 2022

Chelsea Market
75 9th Avenue at West 15th Street+ Google Map

Enjoy live music from local musicians outside Chelsea Market, which also has great food options.

FREE
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Sunday, December 11

Rubin Family Sundays: Sensory Sensations

Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until Dec 18, 2022

Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17 Street

Create sensory sensations to help tune into, and calm, overwhelming emotions and join calming activities in the Mandala Lab.. Pre-registration is required for either the 1 pm or 2 pm. Free tickets include access to the Museum galleries. Each month explores a new theme, with an art-making activity centered around that theme. A Museum…

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Wednesday, December 14

Chelsea Symphony

Dec 14 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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One event on Dec 14, 2022 at 4:30 pm

Chelsea Market
75 9th Avenue at West 15th Street+ Google Map

Enjoy a free concert by The Chelsea Symphony in the main concourse of happening Chelsea Market.

FREE
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Saturday, December 17

Gingerbread House Family Workshops

Dec 17 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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One event on Dec 18, 2022 at 9:00 am

One event on Dec 22, 2022 at 5:00 pm

One event on Dec 24, 2022 at 10:30 am

Taste Buds Kitchen
109 West 27th Street+ Google Map

Celebrate the season with holiday bonding and gingerbread fun at Taste Buds Kitchens' signature gingerbread house decorating class. Design and decorate a gingerbread abode in a festive winter wonderland decorated kitchen with a friendly culinary crew. Includes endless decorating options, stylish TBK aprons, beautiful take-home wrapping and fun themed drinks. At-home gingerbread house and Hanukkah…

$75
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Sunday, December 18

Chanukah Wonderland

Dec 18 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Chelsea Shul
236 West 23rd Street+ Google Map

The Chelsea Shul hosts holiday activities including a clay bar and diorama art with The Giant Room, bounce house, donut decorating, photo booth, giveaways and more. All are welcome. At 4:30 pm, join an outdoor menorah lighting with a mega LED dancing robot.

$50/family
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Saturday, January 7

Home Depot Workshop

Jan 7, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 9:00 am on day First of the month, repeating until May 6, 2023

Home Depot West 23rd St Store
40 West 23rd Street

Develop hands-on skills by gluing, hammering with help from parents and store associates. Project change monthly. Receive a certificate of achievement, workshop apron and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Also at Home Depots on 59th Street/Third Ave, Long Island City, New Rochelle and elsewhere.

FREE
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