NYC Living: Current Museum Exhibits

How often do you step out of your apartment to visit a museum?  Recently I spoke with a friend about this very subject.  We asked ourselves, why is it that we love to do cultural activities while traveling, but rarely seek them out when they’re in our own backyard?  Museums are the perfect activity for your weekend.  In fact, when I lived in Paris, I loved discovering cultural activities, so why not at home?  It’s a wonderful way to spend an afternoon with family or friends, but it’s also a very personal and private experience that you can enjoy by yourself.  Museums are there to inspire you and create conversation.   We are so lucky living in a city with so many cultural exhibits that we should take advantage of them!  Knowing the city, you probably don’t live very far from a cultural experience.  This can also be a great excuse to go to a new neighborhood you don’t frequent often.  You may be thinking that if it’s going to be warm out, so why would I want to be cooped up in a building all day?  A lot of the sights on this list are outdoors; you can go to the Botanical Gardens or the Highline Park.  There’s even an installation on the rooftop of the MET with stunning city and park views.  I have put a list together below of the exhibits going on right now that you should absolutely check out.   When you do, leave a comment below and share with me your experience.  Also if I missed a good one, let me know.   I’m always looking for new things to do!


Brooklyn Museum

“Witness: Art and Civil Rights of the Sixties” (open until July 6th)

The Cloisters 

“Radiant Light: Stained Glass from Canterbury Cathedral” (open until May 18th

Houses the Met’s medieval art and architecture collections

The Frick Collection

“Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Hill Collection” (open until June 15th)

**Recommend you to visit their permanent collection

The Guggenheim

“Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe (open until Sept 1st)

“Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video” (open until May 14th)

“Kadinsky in Paris, 1934-1944” (open until April 23rd)

The High Line Park

Various Artists: “A Tale of Two Islands (open until May 7th)

**Installations situated along the park.

Jewish Art Museum

“Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Claire Fontaine” (open until April 20th)

“Other Primary Structures” (open until Aug 3rd)

“Cultural and Continuity: The Jewish Journey” (Permanent Exhibition)

The Morgan Library & Museum

“The Little Prince: A New York Story” (open until April 27th)

“A Collective Invention: Photography at Play” (open until May 18th)

Museum of the City of New York 

“City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection” (until Aug 24th)

“Gilded New York” (open until Nov 30th)

Museum at FIT

“Trend-ology” (open until April 30th)

Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashion of the 1930’s (open until April 19th)

Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China” (open until April 6th)

“The American West in Bronz 1850-1925” (open until April 13th)

“Antonio Canova: The Seven Last Works” (open until April 27th)

“Lucas Samaras: Offerings from a Restless Soul” (open until June 1st)

** The Roof Garden Commission (open April 29th – Nov 2nd)


“Gauguin Metamorphoses” (open until June 8th)

“Robert Heinecken: Object Matter” (open until Jun 22nd)

“Designing Modern Women 1890-1990” (open until Oct 1st)

Film Exhibitions at the MOMA

“Vienna Unveiled: A City in Cinema” (playing until April 20th)

“Marco Bellocchio: A Retrospective (April 16th-May 7th)

**See website for movie times and additional films being played

New York Botanical Gardens

“The Orchid Show: Key West Contemporary” (open until April 21st)

**Several special events are held here see website for dates

New-York Historical Society

“Bill Cunningham: Facades” (open until June 15th)

New York Public Library

“Ladies and Gentlemen….The Beatles!” (open until May 10th)

“Motown: The Truth Is A Hit” (open until July 26th)

“The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter” (open until Sept 7th)




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