Family-Friendly Exhibits

When the weather’s disagreeable or you need to entertain out-of-town visitors of all age, explore these awesome NYC museum exhibits. All are climate controlled with room to roam. See our guides to kid-friendly museums for more exhibits and detailed info on kid-friendly cultural palaces (plus tips for taking kids to museums for the wary and museum family programming).

Free culture can be found on our public art & library exhibits listing. And lots of exhibit photos on our Instagram.

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On Love

Brookfield Place ~ Lower Manhattan
Through Apr 29

Watch as artists from Iran, Japan, India and the United States create large-scale calligraphic paintings on the windows of the Winter Garden around the poetic theme of love using words, letters, shapes and symbols from their respective languages and alphabets.…

David Bowie Subway Takeover

Broadway-Lafayette Subway Station ~ Soho/Tribeca/LES
Through May 13

Images and quotes of former SoHo resident David Bowie have taken over the Broadway-Lafayette subway station in an extension of Brooklyn Museum exhibition David Bowie is. Subway-wall-sized images of Bowie-inspired art, from fan-made to pieces currently on display at the…

Visionaire’s AMAZE

The Gallery at Cadillac House ~ Tribeca/Soho
Through Jun 10

Enter a surreal maze designed by Rafael de Cárdenas with a vocal-only sound score by Sahra Motalebi. Wander through black and white op art, a hall of mirrors and absurd sonic landscapes.

Hello from Japan!

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) ~ Upper West Side
Through Jun 30
$11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger

Experience Tokyo’s vibrant culture in a playful, highly immersive environment. In Kawaii Central, a streetscape inspired by Tokyo’s bustling Harajuku district, sing karaoke, smile for a photo booth camera, serve up a seasonal Japanese meal, and design adorable family mascots.…

David Bowie is

Brooklyn Museum ~ Brooklyn
Through Jul 15

Explore 400 objects drawn primarily from the David Bowie's personal archive in an immersive, multimedia installation that includes continuous audio along with projected animation and video. Original costumes, handwritten lyric sheets from famous songs, original album art, photographs, and videos…

Peanuts Global Artist Collective

Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) ~ West Village/East Village
Through Jul 21

Happiness is a colorful pop-up of seven giant artsy murals of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang by acclaimed artists including Kenny Scharf and Rob Pruitt around Hudson Square. Stop by the Children’s Museum of the Arts for a free…

Like Life: Sculpture, Color, and the Body (1300–Now)

The Met Breuer ~ Upper East Side
Through Jul 22
Pay-what-you-wish, suggested $25, free/ages 12 & under

See seven hundred years of sculptural practice—from fourteenth-century Europe to the global present—in this astonishing exhibition. Well-known masterpieces from Donatello, El Greco, Rodin and Degas are juxtsposed with modern works by Louise Bourgeois and Jeff Koons. Be warned there is…

Hear, See, Play: Designing With Sound

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum ~ Upper East Side
Through Jul 29
$16, $14 online, $10/seniors, free/ages 17 & under
Free admission for 1 grown-up after storytimes

In this hands-on exhibition, become a sound designer for Trash Bot, a street-cleaning machine. Also see cool record covers and concert posters and play with different sounds.

LEGO® Bricks: A Celebration

Scandinavia House ~ Midtown East
Through Aug 4

To mark the 60th anniversary of the LEGO® brick, the American-Scandinavian Foundation presents an exhibition featuring sculptures, mosaics, and interactive play zones by renowned LEGO® Certified Professional artist Sean Kenney plus an overview of the LEGO Group’s history and educational…

MoMA Art Lab: Nature

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) ~ Midtown West
Through Dec 31
Free with museum admission ($25, $18/seniors, $14/students, free/ages 16 & under)
$85/year ($38 tax deductible)

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…

100 Gates Project

Lower East Side, East Harlem & Staten Island ~ Harlem/Upper Manhattan
Through Dec 31

The 100 Gates Project connects artists and merchants to create original murals on roll-down security gates on the Lower East Side, East Harlem & Staten Island, creating an open-air galleries that are open when your kids wake up too early…

Let's Dance!

Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) ~ Upper West Side
Through Dec 31
$11, $7/seniors, free/ages 11 months old & younger

Bounce, glide or leap in an exciting exhibition/dance space designed to introduce children and families to the delights of dance. Celebrate the beauty, spirit, and diversity of the form while learning about the important role dance can play in a…

Connected Worlds

New York Hall of Science ~ Queens
Through Dec 31
$15, $12/ages 2 – 17, students & seniors

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,…

Jim Henson's World

Museum of the Moving Image ~ Queens
Through Dec 31
$15, $9/students & seniors, $7/ages 3-12, free/2 and under

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…

Our Senses: An Immersive Experience

American Museum of Natural History ~ Upper West Side
Through Jan 6
suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under

In a highly experiential exhibition, explore 11 funhouse-like spaces that dare you to trust your senses, then show you how what we perceive is not simply a window into the world around us but a product of our brains. Plus,…

Unseen Oceans

American Museum of Natural History ~ Upper West Side
Through Jan 6
suggested $22/ages 12-65, $12.50/ages 2-12, $17/students & seniors free/ages 2 & under

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…

Circle of Dance

National Museum of the American Indian – New York ~ Lower Manhattan
Through Apr 30

This awesome five-year exhibit featuring videos and gorgeous costumes of ten Native American social and ceremonial dances from throughout the Americas with plenty of floor space to dance along.

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