EXHIBITS

There's always something exciting opening (& closing) in NYC. Don't miss these must-see temporary museum exhibits & pop-ups!

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Met Roof Garden: As Long as the Sun Lasts

Metropolitan Museum Of Art
Closes Oct 31

Find stunning views of Central Park and a giant introspective, blue ⁣⁣Big Bird swinging on a moon mobile on the Met’s roof garden. Standing 26 feet tall, Alex Da Corte’s “As Long as the Sun Lasts” features Sesame Street mixed with the modern aesthetic of Alexander Calder’s standing mobiles (which you can see at

Kusama: Cosmic Nature at NYBG

New York Botanical Garden
Closes Oct 31

Experience a multisensory presentation of the work of internationally celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Explore the artist’s profound engagement with nature throughout the changing seasons from spring into fall.

* Multiple installations across NYBG’s 250-acre landmark landscape and buildings include Kusama’s signature mirrored environments and organic forms – find polka-dotted sculptures of colossal flora, mesmerizing nature-based paintings, biomorphic collages, giant mirrored cubes, a pumpkin infinity room and  a spectacular horticultural showcase in the  Conservatory. New works created by the legendary, 90-year-old artist, include a monumental site-specific ‘Dancing Pumpkin’ sculpture and her first-ever participatory greenhouse installation, where visitors place Daisies and transform a greenhouse.

* A new immersive Infinity Mirrored Room—Illusion Inside the Heart, responds to varying natural light through colored glass throughout the day and seasons. Separate tickets required for interior access; tickets are highly limited and expected to sell out. Up to four people can enter the at once.

* Themed activities in the  interactive Children’s Garden include a Scavenger Hunt pamphlet with, self-guided activities including searching for plants with the dot patterns that inspired Kusama. Join readings of  Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity!, one of our favorite art books, weekends at 11 am, 1 pm & 3pm.

Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage & Screen

Showstoppers! NYC
Closes Oct 31

Enter an immersive maze featuring more than 100 of theater’s most beautiful and complex garments from shows like The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera and many more (plus some Storm Troopers).  See up close the detail and craftsmanship typically only seen far away on stage or screen. Costume makers and experts will be on-site…

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 Mandala Lab

Rubin Museum of Art
Closes Oct 31

A new interactive space for social, emotional, and ethical learning invites curiosity about emotions. Consider how complex feelings show up in your everyday life and imagine how you might have the power to transform them

Inspired by Buddhist principles, the Mandala Lab features five thought-provoking, playful experiences—including videos, scents, a sculpture that invites synchronized breathing,…

The New York Public Library’s Treasures

New York Public Library
Closes Nov 30

See some of the most extraordinary items from the 56 million in the New York Public Library’s collections of the last 125+ years. Encounter manuscripts, artworks, letters, still and moving images, recordings, and more that bring vividly to life voices of the past. Highlight’s include the stuffed inspiration for Winnie-the-Pooh and Thomas Jefferson’s handwritten copy…

Automania

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Closes Dec 12

See classic cars, car parts, films, photographs, posters, paintings, and sculptures, ranging from Lily Reich’s 1930s designs for a tubular steel car seat to Andy Warhol’s Orange Car Crash Fourteen Times. Get a close up of nine cars, including Ferrari race car in the lobby and a recently restored Volkswagen Type 1 sedan (better known…

The Nature of Color

American Museum of Natural History
Closes Dec 21

Explore five gorgeous, immersive rooms that dive into the science behind light, the cultural significance of certain hues and the emotions color can evoke.

Experiment with light, explore how colors make you feel, discover how animals use color and find out how objects can produce colors in many different ways.

Fascinating for all ages. At…

New York, New Music: 1980-1986

Museum of the City of New York
Closes Dec 31

Discover Run-DMC, the Talking Heads, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, John Zorn and other great 80s NYC musicians. Watch amazing videos plus see posters, photos costumes & more. Explore the broader music and cultural scene, including the innovative media outlets, venues, record labels, fashion and visual arts centered in New York City during the community-driven musical renaissance of the early 1980s (and see some awesme break dancing).

To hear the songs and videos in the exhibition, bring your own corded headphones to insert into the plugs provided for optimal sound, or pick up free disposable headphones at the ticket desk.

American Weathervanes: The Art of the Winds

American Folk Art Museum
Closes Jan 1

Find witches and other spooky creatures plus  animals, trains,, cars and more delightful sculptures in American Folk Art Museum’s small exhibition highlighting the beauty, historical significance, and technical virtuosity of American vanes fashioned between the late seventeenth and early twentieth centuries.

Also shop for unique toys, books, affordable art and gifts for all ages at…

Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Closes Jan 15

Take a deep dive into the full breadth of Alexander Calder’s career and inventiveness win a survey of early wire and wood figures, works on paper, jewelry, mobiles in motion, and monumental abstract sculptures, the exhibition

Calder’s work was first exhibited at MoMA in 1930, just months after the Museum opened its doors. Throughout MoMA’s…

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

New-York Historical Society
Closes Jan 23

Learn about trailblazing Supreme Court justice and cultural icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) through archival photographs and documents, historical artifacts, contemporary art, media stations, and gallery interactives spanning RBG’s varied roles as student, wife to Martin “Marty” Ginsburg, mother, lawyer, judge, women’s rights pioneer, and internet phenomenon.

Highlights include a robe and jabot from RBG’s…

Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror

Whitney Museum of American Art
Closes Feb 13

See a comprehensive retrospective of pioneering artist Jasper John’s seven-decade career, opening simultaneously at the Whitney and the Philadelphia Museum. This vivid chronological survey and innovative and immersive exploration of the many phases, masterworks, and mysteries of Johns’s still-evolving career features variations on the American flags, colorful maps, doubling, monumental paintings, wax sculptures letters, numbers…

Carrie Moyer and Sheila Pepe: Tabernacles for Trying Times

Museum of Arts and Design (MAD)
Closes Feb 13

Relax and discuss on handmade stools and textiles in a site-specific installation that reimagines the religious tradition of the tabernacle as a communal space while admiring monumental crochet sculptures and vivid abstract paintings.

See our guide to the Museum of Arts & Design (MAD).

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Brooklyn Museum
Closes Feb 20

Admire a vast array of over two hundred haute couture garments from the legendary house of Dior as well as photographs, archival videos, sketches, vintage perfume elements, accessories, and more.

Immersive installations include an enchanted garden in the central atrium of the Beaux-Arts Court, a toile room, and a  gallery celebrates dresses worn by stars…

Puppets of New York

Museum of the City of New York
Closes Mar 1

Explore the extraordinary, surprising, and diverse history of New York City’s quirkiest residents. From Punch and Judy to Oscar the Grouch; from Lamb Chop to The Lion King; from Lunar New Year to the Thanksgiving Day parade, the marionettes, shadow figures, and rod and hand puppets of New York have regaled our stages, studios, and…

Vasily Kandinsky: Around the Circle

Guggenheim
Closes Sep 1

Experience the exciting colors, lines, and forms of Vasily Kandinsky, a major artistic innovator and painting theorist of the early twentieth century. Follow his work in reverse chronological order, starting with his late-life paintings in France and proceeding upward along the Guggenheim’s spiral ramp through experiments in painting, poetry, and stage composition in Germany and…

In America: A Lexicon of Fashion

Metropolitan Museum Of Art
Closes Sep 5

Explore a vast collection that spans millennia and continents. You might get lost searching for iconic favorites in the grand halls and you’ll definitely discover fascinating art that appeals all ages.

* Advance timed tickets required. On crowded days (or any day), enter through the accessible Uris Center for Education entrance on 81st Street to avoid longer lines.

* Walk like an Egyptian inside the Temple of Dendur…