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Explore a fantastical animated world where your actions – gestures, movements, and decisions – impact how well the world is kept in balance. Six magical, computer generated habitats: jungle, desert, wetlands, river valley, reservoir, and grasslands -have their own trees, plants, and animals, but they share a common supply of water. The habitats are fed by a central waterfall that is projected 38-ft high in the exhibitions and flows out across an interactive floor that spans 2,300 square feet. As…
This exhibit celebrates the birth and evolution of Chinese American restaurants, tracing their nearly 170-year history and sparking conversation about food culture, immigration, and what it means to be American. See a timeline of Chinese menus from 1910 to the present, enjoy tastings created by the country’s most talented Chinese American chefs, and try a treat from a continuously operating 1,500-pound fortune cookie machine.
Bounce, glide or leap in an exciting exhibition/dance space designed to introduce children and families to the delights of dance as an art form, as an expression of diverse cultures and traditions, and as a healthy physical activity. Interact with an immersive video projection dome dance portal to learn with professional, community, and student dance companies from New York and abroad. Create multi-color shadow dances on the “stage” while exploring lighting design with a child-friendly lighting box. Choreograph a series…
Explore Jim Henson’s groundbreaking work for film and television and his transformative impact on popular culture and learn how Henson and his team of builders, performers, and writers brought to life the enduringly popular worlds of The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth. Among the nearly 300 objects on view are 47 puppets—including Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Rowlf, The Swedish Chef, Statler, Big Bird, Elmo, Cantus Fraggle, and other popular favorites—character sketches, storyboards, scripts,…
Visitors of all ages can discover how artists and designers are inspired by the natural world in a new multisensory installation. Beautiful discovery boxes contain creative activities related to seashells, grass, butterflies, etc. inspired by works in the galleries. Also lots of gorgeous books, building toys and multimedia projects that appeal to all ages (including this mom – I made a cool flower-inspired chair prototype). Great play spot for bad weather days (or good weather – it’s right next to…
Explore the alien world lies hidden beneath the sunlit surface of the ocean in a fascinating, interactive exhibition. Encounter giant sea creatures on a life-size screen, go on on a vertical journey through marine environments at different depths, sit inside a scale model Triton submersible, and learn about new technologies and research.
In a dynamic, hands-on environment, watch, follow, collaborate with, and take inspiration from working contemporary artists in studio workspaces. Explore the work of a diverse set of artists who work with materials and techniques such as assemblage/collage, fiber arts, technology/new media and paper.
See over 115 marine species, including 18 different kinds of sharks and rays, in a new immersive exhibition with hands-on educational features. (The sharks are safely behind glass!)
Play in kid-sized shops based on the real ones you find in neighborhoods across Brooklyn. Be a shopkeeper, baker, grocer, shopper, designer, performer, and builder in diverse communities. We really liked serving Italian pizza and assembling African style chairs.
Explore an alphabetized collection of objects selected by former crew members, veterans and curators to represent life on board the Intrepid aircraft carrier from 1943 until 1974. Most of them have never been on display to the public. Follow the alphabet for a glimpse into the experiences of daily life on this floating airfield.
Explore the timeless question, how much is a piece of art worth, with sixty-two masterpieces of sixteenth-century northern European art and pricing data from sixteenth-century documents, including how many cows a work would cost. What did a tapestry cost in the sixteenth century? Goldsmith work? Stained glass? How did variables like raw materials, work hours, levels of expertise and artistry, geography, and rarity, affect this? Who assigned these values? Fun for kids interested in money and history.
A new mural by Las Vegas-based artist Justin Favela, commissioned by Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, celebrates Mexican history and culture through the lens of landscape. Explore the Mexican landscape in phantasmagoric piñata-cut tissue paper. From the imagery found in Jose Maria Velasco’s expansive 19th-century canvases, to Walt Disney’s 1944 live-action animation film The Three Caballeros and 2017 Pixar animated film Coco, Favela covers over 1,000 square feet of the Museum in a full array of chromatic…
Explore artifacts and specimens, hang-out inside a giant tree, put together puzzles, build a dinosaur fossil and conduct scientific experiments in an enclosed hands-on space. Free timed tickets are available at the Discovery Room entrance (first floor by West 77th Street). And the rest of the Natural History Museum is pretty great for all-ages hands-on fun and lots of room to roam.
See depictions of pigs created by Chinese artists within the last 2,000 years including a sixth-century pottery figure of a stout pig in recumbent position and two sets of Chinese zodiac animals, which illustrate both the universal appeal of pigs as a symbol of wealth and the integral role that they played in human life.
Dog-lovers can exlore canine-related artwork with cutting-edge technology and interpretation, plus items from the library, archives and collection of the American Kennel Club headquarters.
Interact with digital art and see select examples of traditional and contemporary art illuminating the relationship between intentions, commitments, and actions. Touch a disc crafted to feel like real skin that shows the elements of air, water, earth, and fire relative to the pressure applied.
Learn about entire tyrannosaur superfamily and the amazing story of the iconic dinosaur through stunning life-sized models, fossils and casts, and engaging interactives. Visitors ages 12 and up can enjoy an immersive multiplayer virtual reality experience developed exclusively for this exhibition.
See approximately 130 instruments of rock legends (including Prince, Lady Gaga and Jimi Hendrix) alongside posters and costumes in a ground-breaking exhibition is co-organized with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Prep by rocking out with the online audio-video guide.
Walk through a miniature solar system by Berlin-based artist by Alicja Kwade, this year's installation in the gorgeous Met Roof Garden, one of our favorite spots in the city. The view of Central Park is stunning and snacks are allowed (and available for purchase).
This must-see for all ages explores camp's exuberant, witty aesthetic from the seventeenth century to the present. Each of the 250+ outfits and accessories is a delight, from designer platform crocs to a minidress made of teddy bears. The first few galleries are narrow and scholarly, but then it opens into a larger, more kid-friendly room of rainbow light boxes, each with a surprise that makes you smile. A must-see for all ages.
Explore nature-inspired experimental prototypes, consumer products, immersive installations and architectural constructions by sixty-two international design teams. Collaborations by scientists, engineers, advocates for social and environmental justice, artists, and philosophers engage with nature in innovative and ground-breaking ways, driven by a profound awareness of climate change and ecological crises as much as advances in science and technology.
Feel the pulse of the contemporary artistic moment through painting, sculpture, installation, film and video, photography, performance, and sound. Whitney curators Jane Panetta and Rujeko Hockley visited over 300 studios to assemble this group of seventy-five artists and collectives who, with diverse voices in various forms, address ideas of reframing the past, complicating the present, and reimagining the future. Buy advance tickets (or become a member) to skip the line.
See gravity-defying suspension sculptures that explore themes of science fiction, space, gender, and humor by New York-based interdisciplinary artist E. V. Day. This new site-specific installation uses turnbuckles, monofilament, and angle iron to build multiple suspended trajectories in the ceiling, complemented by shattered glass images displayed around the perimeter of the gallery referencing cosmic aspirations — the strong desire to achieve something that might feel just outside of one’s reach.
See around 100 fascinating works of art by self-taught artists tell the story about New York City as the center of America’s financial and commercial world including exotic carousel animals and giant lit-up eye glasses.
Explore beloved musician/poet/cultural icon Leonard Cohen through the lens of contemporary art with large-scale installations, interactive artworks, and a multimedia sound gallery that pay tribute to Cohen’s vibrant creativity.
Explore the artistic career of New Yorker Don Freeman, the creator of the beloved stuffed bear Corduroy. See his lively and humane depictions of ordinary New Yorkers and the city in the 1930s, illustrated scenes of the Broadway backstage and children’s books inspired by the city, including the Corduroy books, Pet of the Met and Hattie the Backstage Bat. Features drawings, paintings, publications, and prints, as well as the artist’s original studies and sketches of Corduroy and other characters.
Explore the wonders of flight, space travel and aerospace innovation, design and technology through flight simulation, augmented reality, touch tables, design and skill challenges, virtual reality and more. An immersive, wraparound theater highlights the epic quest to challenge the limits of flight then learn more about flight through hands-on interactives. Step into a simulated space elevator, design and test a supersonic fighter jet and experience what it’s like to fly like a bird through a flying simulation with motion-sensing technology.
Visit the biggest, most realistic Dinosaur Safari ride in America. Travel back in time in a wagon on a guided tour to learn about dinos of the past and animals of the present. Spot the connections between animals at the zoo and ancient dinosaurs. Spend some time at the dig site uncovering fossils, meeting a walking, roaring dino, and taking photos.
Immerse yourself in lush gardens and vibrant art of Brazilian legend Roberto Burle Marx, whose powerful modernist vision produced thousands of gardens and landscapes, including the famous curving mosaic walkways at Copacabana Beach in Rio and the beautiful rooftop garden at Banco Safra in São Paulo. Feel his artistic energy and love of plants during a Garden-wide exhibition of bold gardens; paintings, drawings, and textiles; and the sights and sounds of Brazil that inspired his life and work.
Share what you see in the abstracted fiber forms of Indian artist Mrinalini Mukherjees plus her later ceramic and bronze. A committed sculptor who worked intuitively, Mukherjee was primarily inspired by nature as well as Indian historic sculpture, modern design, and local crafts and textile traditions.
The first-ever artist-curated exhibition mounted at the Guggenheim celebrates the museum’s extensive collection of modern and contemporary art. Curated by Cai Guo-Qiang, Paul Chan, Jenny Holzer, Julie Mehretu, Richard Prince, and Carrie Mae Weems—artists who each have had influential solo shows at the museum—Artistic License brings together both well-known and rarely seen works from the turn of the century to 1980. Seer nearly 300 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and installations, some never before shown, that engage with the cultural…
Learn about beloved author Maurice Sendak's second career as a designer of sets and costumes for the stage through storyboards, preparatory sketches, costume studies, luminous watercolors, and meticulous dioramas from Mozart’s Magic Flute, Janáček's Cunning Little Vixen, Prokofiev’s Love for Three Oranges, Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, and an opera based on Sendak’s picture book Where the Wild Things Are. Includes nearly 150 objects drawn primarily from the artist’s bequest to the Morgan of over 900 drawings which embody his singular hand, fantastical mode of storytelling, keen—sometimes…
Explore the transformative power of music identity in immigrant Chinese communities from the 1850s to the present. A dynamic presentation of event flyers and posters, performance documentation and artist notebooks, music listening stations and contemporary art, magazine and album cover art, and liner notes and manifestos are presented on and around an enclosed central stage, immersing visitors in a discussion of immigrant music, memory and identity. Features music forms as far-reaching as Cantonese opera, hip hop, Asian American Movement music,…