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What are the best things to do in NYC? In our New York City events calendar we've put together a list of NYC museums exhibits, free things to do in NYC, entertainment and sports - all the best NYC events. With so many fun things to do in NYC, you'll never want to leave!

Winter highlights in NYC include unparalleled exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History, Freedom Comprehensive Tour - Ground Zero 911 Memorial & Statue of Liberty, and so many more great NYC events! 

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American Museum of Natural History: IMAX Movie - Tiny GiantsTiny Giants IMAX Movie at the American Museum of Natural History
Date: Ongoing
Tiny Giants follows the titanic challenges that small animals face as they make their way in a much bigger world. With groundbreaking cinematography—screened in 3D and 2D—the film achieves an incredible intimacy that allows audiences to see and feel what life is like when you are under 1 foot tall.
Viewers experience the world of two small heroes: a chipmunk in a wild wood and a grasshopper mouse in Arizona’s scorched desert. Both are forced to grow up fast to face experienced rivals and huge predators and to call on ingenious “superpowers” to not only stay alive but also master their universe.
Inspired by the BBC original television series “Hidden Kingdoms,” Tiny Giants is the first original giant-screen film release of BBC Earth Productions. It was created by award-winning filmmakers Michael Gunton and Mark Brownlow and is narrated by actor, author, and director Stephen Fry.
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street

Date: November-March 2014
Ice skating in New York City is the ultimate winter experience! Whether you're skating at the world-famous Rockefeller Center or Central Park's Wollman Rink, Bryant Park or Chelsea Piers, or just watching as thousands of locals and tourists take a spin on the ice, you will be part of a beloved winter tradition. There is ice skating in all boroughs of New York City - Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and The Bronx!
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Dark Universe - Space Show at the Museum of Natural HistoryDark Universe Space Show at the American Museum of Natural History
Date: Ongoing
As scientists unravel the complexities of the cosmos, key findings are revealing amazing new frontiers for exploration. Come along on a journey about what we already know -- and about the mysteries we have yet to solve -- in Dark Universe, a new Space Show in the Hayden Planetarium.
Go beyond the night sky and into deep space to find out how discoveries over the past 100 years have led us to two great cosmic mysteries: dark matter and dark energy. You'll hurtle through Jupiter's atmosphere, peer at the web of dark matter holding galaxies together, and watch the colorful remains of the universe's beginnings unfold.
Experience Dark Universe to celebrate the pivotal moments that have brought us unprecedented knowledge of the universe and our place in it -- and glimpse the exciting future of cosmic exploration.
Buy Tickets to Dark Universe at the American Museum of Natural History
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street

NYC Freedom Comprehensive Tour - 9/11Freedom Comprehensive Tour - Ground Zero 9/11 Memorial & Statue of Liberty
Date: Daily at 9am
This tour combines a walking tour around the site of the former World Trade Center Twin Towers - Ground Zero - and a tour of historic Lower Manhattan.
The walking tour ends at Battery Park where you'll board the ferry to the Statue of Liberty.
Location: Tours depart from in front of the 53rd Street Gourmet Deli, 53rd Street between 6th & 7th Avenues
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Discovery Times Square Exposition Body WorldsBODY WORLDS: PULSE at Discovery Times Square
The Exhibition About You & the Beat of Life
Date: Ongoing
Every now and then, an exhibit comes along that will change the way you see yourself...and the way you live your life.
Experience the science and splendor of the human body through Plastination, a breakthrough in anatomy invented by trailblazing scientist, Gunther von Hagens. Learn about the human body, its form and function, its vulnerability and potential, and the challenges it faces navigating the 21st century. BODY WORLDS: PULSE is an inspiring, immersive multimedia exhibition about health, wellness, and living to the beat of life in the 21st century. It is an exhibition unlike any other. Body donors who willed their bodies, after death, for plastination and the education of future generations, act as guides and teachers on this unforgettable journey of discovery.

New York Jewish Film Festival2014 New York Jewish Film Festival
Date: January 8-23, 2015
The New York Jewish Film Festival is a preeminent showcase for world cinema exploring the Jewish experience, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Jewish Museum. 2014′s edition included world, U.S., and New York premieres of films from around the globe, plus a number of “beyond the screen” programs including a symposium, a master class, and exhibitions of the posters and title sequences of the great Saul Bass.
Location: The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Ave at 92nd Street

American Museum of Natural History: Countdown to ZeroCountdown to Zero at the American Museum of Natural History
Date: Through July 12, 2015
The challenges of eliminating devastating diseases are enormous, but successful strategies can bring about colossal social and economic benefits. Countdown to Zero: Defeating Disease, a new exhibition about scientific and social innovations that are ridding the world of ancient afflictions, developed in collaboration with The Carter Center, focuses on several global efforts that have been able to contain, eliminate, or eradicate disease. Chief among these is the 30-year campaign that may soon eradicate Guinea worm disease, positioning it to become only the second human disease ever eradicated, after smallpox. The exhibition also highlights the ongoing programs to eliminate polio and prospects for more localized elimination of river blindness, lymphatic filariasis, and malaria.
Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street
New York Winter Antiques Show61st Annual Winter Antiques Show
Date: January 23-February 1, 2015
The Winter Antiques Show marks its 61st year as the most prestigious antiques show in America, featuring the “best of the best” from antiquities through the 1960s. Held at the historic Park Avenue Armory in New York City, the Show provides curators, established collectors, dealers, design professionals and first-time buyers with opportunities to view and purchase exceptional pieces showcased by 73 exhibitors. One-third of the Show's exhibitors are specialists in Americana, with the rest featuring English, European, and Asian fine and decorative arts.
Location: Park Avenue Armory - Park Avenue at 67th Street

El Greco at the Metropolitan Museum of ArtEl Greco in New York at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through February 1, 2015

To commemorate the four-hundredth anniversary of the death of El Greco, the Metropolitan Museum and the Hispanic Society of America are pooling their collections of the work of this great painter to provide a panorama of his art unrivaled outside the Museo del Prado in Madrid. The Frick Museum will display its paintings contemporaneously.
This is a unique opportunity to see this artist's work, which exerted such a strong impact on modern painting and especially appealed to New York collectors.
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Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

The Works: Salon Style at the New-York Historical SocietyThe Works: Salon Style at the New-York Historical Society
Date: Through February 8, 2015
Salon Style is a method of hanging a gallery that emphasizes the complexity and richness of a collection, often done in the collections of the European royal courts to connote taste and opulence. By the nineteenth century Salon Style was used by private art clubs to squeeze as many works into a gallery as possible. This installation displays numerous gems from the New-York Historical Society's permanent collection in nineteenth-century Salon Style, showcasing the depth and range of our holdings. Everything from self-portraits of Asher Durand to Hudson River School landscapes to religious and history paintings will be on view, in close proximity that unites these typically separate styles.
Location: New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Street 

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
The 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
February 14-17, 2015

The Westminster Kennel Club, America's oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs, returns to New York City's Madison Square Garden for its annual event. Enjoy an inclusive New York City vacation with accommodations, tickets to all WKC Dog Show events, including Best In Show and lots of extras!
Location: Daytime sessions at: The Piers 92/94, 711 12th Ave at 55th Street & West Side Highway; Evening sessions at: Madison Square Garden, West 33rd Street & 7th Avenue 

Metropolitan Museum of Art: CubismCubism at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through February 16, 2015

Cubism, the most influential art movement of the early twentieth century, still resonates today. It destroyed traditional illusionism in painting and radically changed the way we see the world. The Leonard A. Lauder Collection, unsurpassed in its holdings of Cubist art, is now a promised gift to the Museum. On the occasion of this exhibition, the Collection will be shown in public for the first time—eighty paintings, collages, drawings, and sculpture by the four preeminent Cubist artists: Georges Braque (French, 1882–1963), Juan Gris (Spanish, 1887–1927), Fernand Léger (French, 1881–1955), and Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881–1973).
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Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

Date: February 22, 2015, 1-4pm (parade starts at 1pm) 
A colorful spectacle featuring floats, marching bands, lion and dragon dancers, antique cars, beauty queens, Asian & Hispanic musical performers, magicians and acrobats, and local organizations. The floats will feature various cultural performances and special guests. Over 6,000 individuals will march in the Parade, which will span every major street in Chinatown. This is the biggest winter parade in the East Coast and a national and international tourist attraction. Elected officials, celebrities and community leaders are scheduled to take part in the Parade. 
Location: Starts at Little Italy and goes through the main streets of Lower Manhattan/Chinatown (Mott, Canal, Bowery, Chatham Square, East Broadway, Eldridge, Hester, Forsyth  & Grand St.) and ends at the Lower East Side on Grand Street by Sara Roosevelt Park.  

New York Historical Society: Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection
Holiday Express! Toys and Trains from the Jerni Train Collection at the New-York Historical Society
Date: Through February 22, 2015
A new holiday tradition begins! The Jerni Collection is widely acknowledged as the world's best featuring manufacturers from the Golden Age of European toy trains (1850-1940). This show covers the first floor...and more! You'll become engaged in an immersive experience with theatrical lighting, an ambient "soundscape," and special effects from four large-scale multimedia screens. Experience the golden glow of Christmases past in this magical wonderland which features a variety of trains, stations and other buildings, as well as aircraft, ships and boats of all sizes including the largest example of Bing's Leviathan toy ocean liner. There are interactive elements like a crawl-through space and a pop-up semi-sphere, so kids can get an up-close view.
Location: New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Street 

Date: Through February 22, 2015
Lionel trains once again will capture hearts and imaginations at the Transit Museum where Metro-North, New York Central and subway trains depart from a miniature Grand Central Terminal.
Location: Grand Central Terminal, Vanderbilt Hall, 15 Vanderbilt Avenue (42nd St. and Park Ave.)

Annie Leibovitz: Niagara Falls at the New York-Historical Society
Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage at the New-York Historical Society
Date: Through February 22, 2015
Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage charts a new direction for one of America’s best-known living photographers. Unlike her staged and carefully lit portraits made on assignment for magazines and advertising clients, the photographs in this exhibition were taken simply because Leibovitz was moved by the subject. The images speak in a commonplace language to the photographer’s curiosity about the world she inherited, spanning landscapes both dramatic and quiet, interiors of living rooms and bedrooms, and objects that are talismans of past lives.
Location: New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Street 

St. Patrick's Day in NYC
Date: March 17, 2015
Enjoy a St. Patrick's Day vacation package. The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is a grand march up 5th Avenue beginning at 11am on March 17. The largest and most famous of New York City's many parades, this year's will include bagpipers, bands, 150,000-250,000 participants, and over two million spectators.

The Orchid Show at the NY Botanical GardenThe Orchid Show at the NY Botanical Garden
Date: February 28-April 19, 2015
Mesmerizing and seductive, The Orchid Show is a yearly celebration of the orchid in all its amazing forms.
The annual exhibition celebrates this storied flower in all its amazing forms with thousands of brilliantly colored orchids. The largest exhibition of its kind in the United States also offers insight into caring for orchids, music from around the world, and a gorgeous setting for evening cocktails.
Elaborate and kaleidoscopic displays throughout the galleries of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory explode with orchids in an amazing array of colors, shapes, sizes, and textures. Tens of thousands of blooms--blue and purple vandas, green and yellow cymbidiums, delicate pink and white moth orchids, and more--stand out amid stately palms and exotic tropical leaves.
Location: 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY - Enid A. Haupt Conservatory

New Yok International Auto Show at Javits CenterNew York International Auto Show
Date: April 3-12, 2015
2015 marks the 115th anniversary of the New York International Auto Show, North America's first and largest attended auto show. Featuring 1,000 vehicles plus the latest in tech, safety and innovation in nearly 900,000 sq ft. It is one of the hottest tickets in town.
Location: Jacob Javits Convention Center - 11th Avenue between 34th and 40th Streets

Tribeca Film Festival, New York CityNew York CIty Tribeca Film Festival

Date: April 15-26, 2015
Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2001 following the attacks on the World Trade Center, New York City to spur the economic and cultural revitalization of the lower Manhattan district through an annual celebration of film, music and culture.
The Festival’s mission is to help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audience, enable the international film community and general public to experience the power of cinema and promote New York City as a major filmmaking center. Tribeca Film Festival is well known for being a diverse international film festival that supports emerging and established directors.
Location: Throughout downtown Manhattan

New York Historical Society: Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion
Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion at the New-York Historical Society
Date: Through April 19, 2015
Behind every face is a story -- and this is a story that is central to us all. This exhibition examines the long, complex, and often troubled relationship between China and the US and raises the question, "What does it mean to be an American?" The show is peopled with extraordinary individuals who were influenced by domestic and world events.
Within the exhibition, rich in media and artifacts, will be little-known stories relating to China, such as the voyage of the Empress of China, which set sail from New York in the late eighteenth century; how young Chinese boys were sent by their government to study at elite New England schools during the nineteenth century, one of whom went on to graduate from Yale University; the unprecedented immigration legislation known as the Exclusion Act of 1882, which barred most Chinese from entering the United States; the nineteenth-century newspaper, called Chinese American, and its founder Wong Ching Foo; and the Chinese American activists who used the American justice system to try to overturn the Exclusion Act.
Location: New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West between 76th and 77th Street 

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Sol LeWittCubism Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawing #370 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through September 7, 2015

Sol LeWitt (American, 1928-2007) executed drawings by hand throughout his life; in 1968 he extricated his work from the confines of the frame and transferred it directly to the wall. The wall compositions were designed for limited duration and maximum flexibility within a broad range of architectural settings. Initially executed by drafters, these works in their finished state were most often slated for destruction. A seminal practitioner of Conceptual Art, LeWitt emphasized the creative idea that generates a work of art, as opposed to the work's material existence. "For each work of art that becomes physical," he wrote, "there are many variations that do not."
Sol LeWitt's 1982 Wall Drawing #370: Ten Geometric Figures (including right triangle, cross, X, diamond) with three-inch parallel bands of lines in two directions will be installed at the Museum over a period of four weeks. The drawing (a detail of which is at left) will be on view in its complete state beginning on June 30, 2014, and will remain on view through September 7, 2015, when it will be painted over.
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Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

Activist New York at the Museum of the City of New York Activist New York Exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York
Date: Ongoing 
Activist New York explores the drama of social activism in New York City from the 17th century right up to the present. In a town renowned for its in-your-face persona, citizens of the city have banded together on issues as diverse as historic preservation, civil rights, wages, sexual orientation, and religious freedom. Using artifacts, photographs, audio and visual presentations, as well as interactive components that seek to tell the entire story of activism in the five boroughs, Activist New York presents the passions and conflicts that underlie the city's history of agitation.  
Buy Tickets to this exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York
Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St. 

Museum of the City of New York - Gilded New York Gilded New York at the Museum of the City of New York
Inaugurating the Museum’s Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city’s visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. In New York, this era was marked by the sudden rise of industrial and corporate wealth, amassed by such titans as Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould, who expressed their high status through extravagant fashions, architecture, and interior design. The exhibition presents a lavish display of some 100 works, including costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects, all created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century. The dazzling works in the exhibition will illuminate an era when members of the new American aristocracy often displayed their wealth in storied balls in Fifth Avenue mansions and hotels. It was a time when New York became the nation’s corporate headquarters and a popular Ladies’ Mile of luxury retail establishments and cultural institutions helped launch the city to global prominence.
Buy Tickets to this exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St.
American Museum of Natural History: Nature's Fury
Nature's Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters at the American Museum of Natural History
Date: Through August 9, 2015
From earthquakes and volcanoes to tornadoes and hurricanes, nature’s forces shape our dynamic planet and often endanger people around the world. Nature’s Fury: The Science of Natural Disasters uncovers the causes of these natural forces, explores the consequences, and considers the risks they pose. Interactive stations will help visitors discover the processes behind each of these natural phenomena, with opportunities to manipulate a model earthquake fault, generate a virtual volcano, stand in the still eye of a roaring tornado, and assess the power of Hurricane Sandy via an interactive map of New York City. The exhibition will also examine how individuals and communities cope and adapt in the aftermath of these events—and how scientists are helping to reduce the risks, plan responses, and prepare for future events. Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street

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