IMMERSIVE ART

Go inside the art with these immersive, digital experiences.

Also see our guides to more interactive experiences (many with treats), hands-on museums and free public art.

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Gustav Klimt: Gold in Motion

49 Chambers St

Take a multi-sensory journey through the golden, sensuous and revolutionary art of the Viennese painter Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. Be immersed in his iconic works, projected on marble walls, towering columns, stained glass skylights and coved ceilings of a historic former bank using unique, cutting-edge mapping technology, synchronized to an original soundtrack.

The first exhibit of a new permanent digital art center. Only two rooms, but also includes shorter, complementary digital experiences: Friedensreich Hundertwasser: In the Wake of the Vienna Secession featuring a successor of Klimt, 5 Movements following five dancers across five musical movements and Recoding Entropia, an immersive film experience reflecting on the vastness of the mind’s possibilities.

The experience lasts about one hour; guests can stay as long as they like.

🖼 Find IRL Klimt portraits at MoMA and the Met. More at the Neue Gallerie, but they allow age 12+ in its galleries.

🌳 Run around non-digital trees and find giant comb sculptures at nearby City Hall Park.

🍽 Keep the Austrian vibe going with schnitzel & strudel at nearby Schilling Restaurant & Bar.

📚 Get a pets-eye view of the artist in Klimt and His Cat, featuring dazzling mixed-media illustrations in the artist’s unique style.

Sunday-Wednesday 10 am – 7 pm
Thursday-Saturday 10 am – 10 pm

Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience

299 South Street

Commemorate the 100th anniversary of one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time with a cinematic immersive exhibition drawn from the archives of the National Geographic Society.

Journey to modern-day Egypt and see wonders of the ancient world like the Temple at Karnak and the Great Sphinx. Experience ancient history come to life and gaze at the Egyptian sun as it rises above the Pyramids of Giza, filling the sky with vivid color. Travel back in time 3,000 years to the 18th dynasty when King Tut ruled and gods like Ra and Anubis were worshiped by all. Descend into King Tut’s tomb, explore 9 chambers and play the ancient game of Senet. On weekends, get styled at hair and tattoo stations.

The experience is self-guided and usually takes about one hour, but you can stay as long as you like. See IRL Egyptian art & temples at the Met and Brooklyn Museum.

📚 Learn more about Egyptian archeology with picture book How the Sphinx Got to the Museum.

🎟 VIP tickets ($79.50/ages 16+, $62.50/ages 5-15) include flexible entry times, Enter the Tomb VR Experience, and a Beyond King Tut merchandise package.

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Monday-Friday 10 am-8 pm
Saturday-Sunday 10 am-9 pm

Monet’s Garden

20 Wall Street

Take an immersive 360-degree journey through the history and works of one of the greatest artists of the past century. Through state-of-the-art multimedia technology, enter the world famous artworks of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet.

Elaborate installations and projections, combined with music, create rushing worlds of color and make the paintings come alive. Explore Monet’s studio, his famous garden in Givernyand a water lily pond. Color lilies and then see them float in the (digital) water and dance around to activate the art.

Note you can find over 30 stunning, non-digital Monet paintings on view at the Met and a room-sized water lilies triptych at MoMA.

📚 Prep with pretty picture books showing a kids’s view of the garden include Linnea in Monet’s Garden and The Magical Garden of Claude Monet.

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Monday–Wednesday 10 am – 6 pm
Thursday 10 am – 8 pm
Friday–Saturday 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday 10 am – 7 pm

Spectacular Factory: The Holiday Multiverse

75 9th Avenue at West 15th Street

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 off Admission Tickets Monday-Friday with proof of NY or NJ residency.

Inside happening Chelsea Market.

MUSEUM EXPERIENCES

Sharks

American Museum of Natural History

Get up close with dozens of life-sized models of spectacular, surprising, and often misunderstood sharks. Go inside the jaw of an megalodon, see fossils, touch models of teeth, hunt like a hammerhead and more in touch-free interactive displays. Take a photo inside a giant jawbone and turn yourself into a shark on augmented reality screens.

Lots of scary teeth and models, but also info on the rarity of shark attacks to reassure.

Timed tickets required. See our complete guide to the Natural History Museum.

Connected Worlds

New York Hall of Science

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 visitors explore and play, their actions – gestures, movements, decisions – have both short and long-term effects on the digital habitats.

See our guide to the New York Hall of Science.

Immersion Room

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Go inside your design in the kid-favorite Immersion Room (formerly Margaret Carnegie’s bedroom). Create digital wallpaper  – or chose from an amazing assortment in the museum’s collection covering hundreds of years and a range of styles – and project them onto the wall from floor to ceiling—for a vibrant, impactful, immersive experience. Experiment with scaling, rotating and flipping tiles.

Play designer on high resolution touchscreen tables throughout the  stunning 19th-century mansion featuring innovative design through the centuries. See our guide to Cooper Hewitt.

Wednesday–Monday 10 am – 6:00 pm
Pay What You Wish 5 – 6 pm