POP-UPS & PUBLIC ART

NYC's innovative, interactive pop-ups are back with reduced capacity and intensive sanitizing. Plus see our family-friendly museum guide.

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DOWNTOWN

Color Factory

251 Spring Street

Truly interactive colorful pop-up with fun activities and sweet treats in twelve unique rooms designed by different artists and a giant blue ball pit. An all-ages adventure for babies to grown-ups. New rooms include a confetti party and a display on the history of 26 different colors. Well designed, thoughtful and less crowded than many other…

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience

300 Vesey St

Enter a 20,000 square foot light and sound spectacular featuring two-story, 360-degree projections of the Van Gogh’s most compelling works.

* In addition to a spacious central area where Van Gogh’s works stretch floor-to-ceiling while van Gogh quotes are broadcast, the experience includes separate galleries that chronicle his life, technique, and influence through informative panels,…

Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit New York

299 South Street

Step inside of Van Gogh painting projected onto the walls, floors and ceilings.

* Wander through three consecutive rooms that display the same moving images of famous works that highlight brushstrokes, detail, and color, illuminating the mind of the genius, accompanied by experimental electronic music. Explore more than 300,000 cubic feet of animated projections, tiered…

SuperReal

25 Broadway

Play with giant balloons in an immersive multimedia art experience set in the grand neo-Renaissance Cunard building. Dream-like 360-degree video, lights and music evoke clouds, thunderstorms, gardens, tropical discotheques, the 1920s and so much more. The sequence loops every 45-minutes; we could have stayed there all day (lounge on giant bean bags scattered throughout the…

Arcadia Earth

718 Broadway at West 6th Street

Explore a large scale, multi-sensorial journey through underwater worlds, fantasy lands, and inspirational art installations. Powered by augmented reality, virtual reality, projection mapping, and interactive environments, learn how small lifestyle changes can have a massive impact on the future of our planet.

For every ticket sold, Arcadia Earth will plant one tree and donate to…

Sloomoo Institute

475 Broadway between Broome & Grand Streets

Explore a sensory playground centered around slime.

* Walk & crawl through an obstacle course with a vat of slime, enter a glow-in-the-dark cove, take photos with slime-inspired art, play with a slime catapult and more.

* Make custom slime at a 150-yard-long DIY bar. Choose from a variety of bases, scents, colors & so…

Happy-Go-Lucky

32 Mercer Street

Immerse yourself in a fantastic multimedia environment. 8 colorful, photogenic rooms with holographic view of the waves, optical illusions and other elements include a dazzling diamond runway, an ethereal silver and an interactive kaleidoscope.

For all ages with a friendly staff. The whole experience takes about 1 hour.

Museum of Ice Cream

558 Broadway at Prince Street

Explore a sweet pop-up with 13 interactive installations across 3 floors. Kid favorites include a three-story slide, hula hoops, a the game room with mini golf, jungle gyms and more and a rainbow sprinkle pool with a slide and platforms (note you can no longer actually go on or in the sprinkles). All very colorful…

BROOKLYN

Light Leaks

445 Albee Square

Escape into a seemingly infinite space created by patterns from millions of lights and a gigantic cluster of glistening disco balls in an immersive art experience created by artists Kyle McDonald and Jonas Jongejan.

Also see disco-ball-inspired sculptures and designs by artists Kiichiro Adachi, Julia Walck, and Nick Oudsema.

Head to DeKalb Market Hall

Putting Green

River Street & North 1st Street

Play an 18-hole golf course on the Williamsburg waterfront showcasing problems and solutions for climate change issues facing our planet.

Each of the 18 holes has been designed by a community partner, including artists and designers, community and school groups, environmental advocacy organizations and public agencies. The designs focus on a broad range of climate…

Beat The Bomb

255 Water Street

Kids and adults play together in a 1 hour video game escape room with a signature paint bomb ending. With hazmat suits, paint, lasers and smoke machines, take on Hack Attack, Laser Maze, Echo Chamber and Floor Grid, before reaching the bomb room game Cyberbot where you must drive a bomb-disposal robot through a maze…

MIDTOWN

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.

 

Harry Potter New York

935 Broadway

Shop for the largest collection of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts products in the world from pocket money items to rare collectibles.
Find exclusive lines, magical photo opportunities and lots more over three floors and over 20,000 sq. ft.

* No advance reservations needed; scan a QR code outside the store (availble 1 hour…

Showstoppers! Spectacular Costumes from Stage & Screen

234 West 42nd Street

Enter an immersive maze featuring more than 100 of theater’s most beautiful and complex garments.  See up close the detail and craftsmanship typically only seen far away on stage or screen. Costume makers and experts will be on-site demonstrating their techniques and skills and interacting with guests, and multimedia elements will provide a rare opportunity…

Rockefeller Center Shops

45 Rockefeller Plaza

THE LEGO STORE (11 am – 6 pm)

Take photos with taxis, subway stations, the Statue of Liberty and other NYC icons built out of LEGOS and the recently relocated LEGO Store (630 Fifth Avenue at 51st Street). Engage in play hands-on, minds-on play. make mosaics, create a custom Minifigure, look for hidden treasures in the enormous Tree of Discovery and  Shop for exclusive sets, hard-to-find bricks and elements that you can select by hand at the rainbow Pick A Brick wall.

Go on a 20-minute interactive, immersive journey into the LEGO Brick Lab with innovative technology that brings walls, floors and ceilings to life with light, sound and music.  Build a creation with an exclusive set of bricks, scan  and then watch it become a living part of the Brick Lab ($15, reserve online).

FAO SCHWARZ (10am – 9pm)

Salute the live toy soldier as you enter this iconic three-story toy store with high-end toys, life-sized stuffed animals, giant Transformers, lots of demos and crazy candy. Dance on the giant piano made famous in the movie Big.

AMERICAN GIRL (11am – 7pm)
Explore immersive environments for historical and contemporary high-end dolls including a 1970s pod chair, 1980s arcade and a surfboard on waves. Shop tons of dolls and accessories, design you own doll or visit the salon for girl & doll hair styling, manicures & ear piercings.

NINTENDO (11am- 6pm)
Explore two-levels of everything Nintendo. Say hi to life-size Mario, Luigi and Bowser, see the newest Switch games, shop games, accessories, apparel, and other items featuring everyone’s favorite Nintendo characters and see historical items including original systems and game boys and cute figurines.

Pick up Portuguese pastries at Joey Bats Café, delicious chocolates at floral explosion Tuescher and classy La Maison du Chocolate, cupcakes and cheesecake at Magnolia Bakery or sweet and savory crepes and hot chocolate  at the Frenchette Crepe Truck

Art CAMP

10 Columbus Circle

Experiential toy store Camp’s new location features interactive and immersive art experiences. Color, craft & play with Slime, Splatter Paint, Spin Art, Ceramics, Tie Dye and more. Ticket holders enter on the 3rd floor and apply the value of your ticket to any art-themed experiences or merchandise. A

ersive art experience for families with kids…

Edge

30 Hudson Yards

Look 100 stories down from the highest outdoor sky deck in the Western Hemisphere with with 360-degree views of the Statue of Liberty, Central Park and beyond. Lean out over the city on angled glass walls and relax in a large lounge with food and drinks available for purchase.

Spyscape

928 Eighth Ave at 55th Street

Learn a variety of spy skills in an interactive museum and experience for all ages.

* Test code-making and code-breaking skills in digital Encryption Challenge, lying and lie-detection skills in a Deception Challenge, observation skills in 360° degree Surveillance Challenge and  strategy and agility in a cool laser tunnel Special Ops Challenge. Scores are recorded…

Geometric Properties

75 9th Avenue at West 15th Street

Enter an immersive audio-visual installation by artist Julius Horsthuis and embark upon a cinematic journey where the sheer beauty of mathematics, nature and architecture coincide to inspire introspection and awe. Explore our recent past and Horsthuis’s ideal future, one that returns to the intersection of nature and math as…

GIANT Open Studio

550 West 28th Street

Build STEAM projects as a family. Play and make with creative tools including Rigamajig blocks and Clixo magnetic sets. Use fabrication machines including Laser Cut, 3D Printer, Sticker Maker, Button Maker, and Embroidery Machine with guidance from instructors.

Includes a complimentary pack of activities to take home and continue making. Weekly all-day camps also available.

American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

101 Park Ave at West 41st Street

Dog-lovers can explore canine-related artwork with cutting-edge technology and interpretation, plus items from the library, archives and collection of the American Kennel Club headquarters. Interactive expereinces include Discover Your Look-Alike – take an image of yourself and, through visual recognition software, see which dog breed looks most like you.

Current exhibit Top Dogs takes a…

PUBLIC ART

Uptown GRANDSCALE Mural Project

Harlem

Over 100 artists update the 2019 project that transformed green construction fences fencing located adjacent to the 125th Street Metro-North station into a canvas for murals that support and uplift the community. A larger canvas this year includes the former Pathmark supermarket spanning most of the block on 125th between Third and Lexington avenues.

Ziggy

Seaport

Lounge and climb on rainbow colored inventive seating options on vibrantly colored painted rebar and 27,000 feet of iridescent cord by Hou De Sousa.

Claudia Wieser: Rehearsal

DUMBO, Downtown & Heights

Explore five large-scale geometric sculptures, each different in size, shape, and pattern. Painted, photographic, and mirrored details combine to create vibrant compositions that highlight the dynamism of the city and its people.

Ranging between seven and 13 feet in height, the sculptures are clad in more than 1,500 clay tiles that were hand-painted by the…

Rockefeller Center Art in Focus: Hilary Pecis

Midtown-40s

Look for Hilary Pecis vibrant still life paintings and three-dimensional mixed media installations throughout Rockefeller Center.

Prospect Park, My Oasis in Brooklyn & Juneteenth Way

Prospect Park/Park Slope

On the construction fencing at Lefferts Historic House, which is under restoration, see “Prospect Park, My Oasis in Brooklyn,” a site-specific installation of works by photographer Jamel Shabazz, who for the past 41 years has documented the people and places that truly make the park Brooklyn’s Backyard. Presented by Prospect Park Alliance in partnership with…

Broadway Blooms: Jon Isherwood on Broadway

Harlem

Eight marble sculptures in the form of flowers celebrates the return to life of the city after a long and difficult winter and spring. Find an array of colors and forms on eight locations on the green malls at the center of Broadway from 64th Street to 157th Street,

By Jon Isherwood, organized in partnership…

RE:GROWTH, A Celebration of Art, Riverside Park, and the New York Spirit

Morningside

Explore a park-wide art exhibition featuring unique works of art that use color and unexpected materials to explore the concept of re-growth – literal, metaphorical, poetic, and philosophical. 13 site-specific installations span several miles from 68th and 145th Streets in Riverside Park celebrate the resiliency and resolve of all New Yorkers.

Also look for panoramic…

WTC Street Murals

Fidi

Street artists from around the world vibrantly transformed the streets surrounding 3 World Trade Center with fun, colorful murals, bringing love and joy to a place of mourning.

Peace, Love & Happiness

Seaport

Cheerful sculptures by Scott Gerber, artist and founder of Tube Dude have been moved to the edge of the East River, framing dramatic views. Climb inside a giant Heart, Peace Sign and Smiley Face.

Melvin Edwards: Brighter Days

Fidi

See six monumental sculptures created over the span of 50 years by Melvin Edwards, whose work reimagines monumental civic sculpture by uniting abstract forms with personal symbols to address issues of race, labor, and the African Diaspora.

Look for some form of chain in each of the giant geometric forms.  Depending on…

The Drama Book Shop

Midtown-40s

A mainstay of the New York theatre scene and a cultural institution for theatrical works is at a new location with new owners (and Hamilton creators) Thomas Kail and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Designed by “Hamilton” scenic designer David Korins and his team, the new store pays homage to twentieth century European cafes and reading rooms with…

Planeta Abuelx

Queens: LIC

Walk around Guadalupe Maravilla’s fascinating sculptures nestled in a gorgeous waterfront park. Accumulations of totemic forms, recycled and found materials, botanicals, Mesoamerican symbolism, and functional sound components draw on ancestral, Indigenous, and ritual practices of healing.

Public programs for ‘Planeta Abuelx’ include sound baths, workshops, and performances.

Maya Lin: Ghost Forest

Flatiron/Gramercy

Walk through forty-nine haunting Atlantic white cedar trees evoking the outsized impact of a looming environmental calamity in Maya Lin’s installation in Madison Square Park

Listen to Lin’s Ghost Forest Soundscape from your phone to hear native species of animals once common to Manhattan. A series of public programs focused on nature-based solutions to climate change, including planting 1,000 trees and shrubs in collaboration with Natural Areas Conservancy, are planned throughout the run of the exhibition.

Industry City

Sunset Park

The public art & high design at this innovative hub has cool art and photo-ops throughout.

* Find tons of great international food options & with lots of outdoor seating including a fire pit by Sahadi’s and the lovely lantern covered courtyard of Japan Village. Try Korean comfort food, avocado everything, BBQ, pizza,…

OFF THE WALL at Hudson Yards

Midtown-30s

See and interact with site-specific large-scale art (including the Vessel) throughout the Hudson Yards mall and plaza. Activate pieces by 13 different artists that relate back to the site’s past, present or future.

Lots of great food options including Mercado Little Spain and a new Ladurée stand (near more sweets at Dylan’s…

We, Women by Photoville

DUMBO, Downtown & Heights

A preview of the traveling, nationwide exhibit coming in 2021, We, Women at Photoville presents the first cohort of women and gender nonconforming artists examining critical issues across the U.S. through photo-based community engagement projects that resist and interrogate social and political landscapes, while promoting empathy and unity. On view along the construction fencing at…

The Musical Brain

Chelsea

Nine artists approach music through different lenses—historical, political, performative, and playful—in new installations and soundscapes installed throughout the High Line.

Sit next to human shaped sculptures made with colorful musical instruments, explore what stories discarded objects tell when played and hear what happens when a railway spike becomes a bell. Daily at dusk, see…

Green-Wood

Sunset Park

This historic cemetery (founded in 1838) is a lovely place to wander, with 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, plus gorgeous views of the Manhattan skyline and extraordinary 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums.

* Honor famous permanent residents such as Leonard Bernstein, Boss Tweed, Charles Ebbets, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Louis Comfort…

Queens Botanical Garden

Queens: Corona/Flushing

Explore lovely gardens in a 39-acre oasis in one of New York City’s most bustling and diverse neighborhoods. Look for site-specific art throughout the garden including large scale prints on ‘Invasive Species’ by Sam Scoggins in the Visitor & Administration Building and a a beautiful mural ‘Wonder Garden’ outside the Education Building.

Three with a Pen: Lily Renée, Bil Spira, and Paul Peter Porges

Midtown-50s

See works by the three Jewish artists driven from their homes in Vienna after the German annexation of Austria in 1938 including comic books, New Yorker cartoons, Mad magazine spoofs, caricatures, portraiture, fashion design, advertising, and children’s books, among other formats. Biographical material and ephemera amplify the artists’ personal stories of survival and help contextualize…