Before i do anything else, when I am looking for fun things to do in NYC, I check out the latest NYC Museum Exhibits. During the summer in NYC, it can get hot and muggy, and indoor activities are a great way to beat the heat!
NYC Museum Exhibits
I’m currently visiting NYC, and while we Texans look forward to the cooler temps of the Northeast in the summer, we managed to hit Manhattan in an epic heat wave. And, while this Texan is pretty used to nuclear hot temps, the humidity in the city was a killer. Not to worry. How do I deal with the summer in NYC? I had a list of NYC Museum Exhibits I wanted to see, and I’m sharing them with you today.
MET Current Exhibits
I love the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and never go to NYC without spending some time there. One current exhibit is “Camp: Notes on Fashion.” According to the MET’s website, “Through more than 250 objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present, The Costume Institute’s spring 2019 exhibition explores the origins of camp’s exuberant aesthetic. Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp'” provides the framework for the exhibition, which examines how the elements of irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, theatricality, and exaggeration are expressed in fashion.” I thoroughly enjoyed this exhibit, and if you follow me on Instagram Stories, you got a tiny taste of this entertaining and interesting exhibit.
Another of the MET Current Exhibits is “Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography.” Pretty timely, since the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing was on July 20th. This exhibit includes amazing photographs, as well as art and film created in the 19th Century, depicting what people THOUGHT the moon, and its inhabitants, might look like. Such a fun look back at history!
Tips for Visiting the MET
- “Camp: Notes on Fashion” runs through September 8th.
- “Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography runs through September 22.
- The MET is open Sunday-Thursday 10:00-5:30, Friday and Saturday 10:00-9:00.
- General admission is $25 for adults; $17 for seniors; $12 for students; and free for Members, Patrons, and children under 12. General admission tickets include exhibitions and are valid for three consecutive days at The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters.
Cooper Hewitt Exhibitions
As many times as I have been to NYC, I never run out of things to do and see. A priority for me is to experience at least ONE new thing every day. This trip, Will and I totally enjoyed spending time enjoying the Cooper Hewitt Exhibitions. This Upper East Side Museum was originally Andrew Carnegie’s home. Now it houses the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. I was as intrigued by the exhibits as I was by the surviving architectural details of this historic home. If you visit before August 16, there’s Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt, the outdoor summer performance series at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Thursdays, 6:00–9:00 p.m. for dance, music, and design in the iconic Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden. Here’s your chance to live, or at least cocktail, like a Carnegie.
Tips for Visiting the Cooper Hewitt
- Hours are Sunday through Friday 10:00-6:00, and Saturdays 10:00-9:00.
- Admission is $18 for Adults, $12 for Seniors, $9 for Students, and Children under 18 are Free. Prices are slightly less if you book online.
New York Historical Society: Family Friendly NYC Museum Exhibits and Events
If you’ve never visited the New York Historical Society, this museum is a MUST. Located at Central Park West, literally next door to the American Museum of Natural History, this jewel-box museum always has something fun going on! This summer, special exhibits and events are themed around the American Revolution. Rarely do NYC Museum Exhibits and Events include so much for the whole family.
According to their web site, visitors can ” journey back to the Revolutionary War, a time of cavalry, militia drills, metalsmiths, and spies! Revolutionary Summer showcases something new each weekend, when the outdoor courtyard becomes a Continental Army encampment. Visit a replica of George Washington’s Headquarters Tent, enjoy rousing fife and drum music, and meet fascinating Living Historians portraying early Americans from all walks of life.” I just love celebrating America’s history!!!!
Tips for Visiting the New York Historical Society
- Revolutionary Summer runs through September 15.
- The Museum is open Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday 10:00-6:00. Friday 10:00-8:00. Closed on Mondays.
- Adults are $22, Seniors are $17, Students are $13, Children ages 5-13 are $6. Children under 5 are Free.
I have many other blog posts about visiting NYC Museums. Museum hopping is one of my favorite NYC things to do! And, if all that culture makes you hungry, be sure and check out my NYC Restaurant Guide! It’s recently updated with fantastic places to eat and enjoy a cocktail, throughout NYC and Brooklyn!