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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!

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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

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.
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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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Metropolitan Museum of Art: Captain Linnaeus TripeCaptain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852–1860 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through May 25, 2015

This is the first major traveling exhibition devoted to the British photographer Captain Linnaeus Tripe (1822–1902). Between 1854 and 1860, Tripe produced an unprecedented series of photographs documenting the landscape and cultural artifacts of south India and Burma (now the Republic of Myanmar). With few models to follow, he developed a professional practice under the auspices of the British East India Company, the commercial enterprise governing the region as Great Britain's imperial agent. As an officer in the British army, he traveled with diplomatic expeditions, creating a visual inventory of celebrated archaeological sites and monuments, religious and secular buildings—some now destroyed—as well as geological formations and scenic vistas. His training as a military surveyor, where the choice of viewpoint and careful attention to visual details were essential, gave his photographs a striking aesthetic rigor that distinguishes them from the picturesque travel views characteristic of the period.
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Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

Museum of the City of New York: Paul RandEverything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand at the Museum of the City of New York
Date: Through July 19, 2015
"Everything is Design. Everything!" - Paul Rand
Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand features more than 150 advertisements, posters, corporate brochures, and books by this master of American design. It was Rand who most creatively brought European avant-garde art movements such as Cubism and Constructivism to graphic design in the United States. His philosophy, as expressed in his work and writings, including the recently republished 1947 Thoughts on Design, argued that visual language should integrate form and function. Born in Brooklyn in humble circumstances, Rand (1914-1996) launched his career in the 1930s with magazine cover design and, starting in the early 1940s, he worked as an art director on Madison Avenue, where he helped revolutionize the advertising profession. He later served as design consultant to leading corporations like IBM, ABC, UPS, and Steve Jobs's NeXT, for whom he conceived comprehensive visual communications systems, ranging from packaging to building signage, all grounded in recognizable logos, many of which are still in use today. Rand’s influence was extended by students he taught at Yale University. His visually stimulating, yet problem-solving, approach to graphic design attracted devoted admirers during his own lifetime and he remains influential today.

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Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Plains IndiansThe Plains Indians: Artists of Earth and Sky at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: Through May 10, 2015
This exhibition will unite Plains Indian masterworks found in European and North American collections, from pre-contact to contemporary, ranging from a two-thousand-year-old human-effigy stone pipe to contemporary paintings, photographs, and a video-installation piece. Works of art collected centuries ago by French traders and travelers will be seen together with those acquired by Lewis and Clark on their famous expedition of 1804–06, along with objects from the early reservation period and recent works created in dialogue with traditional forms and ideas.
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
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Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

Museum of Modern Art: BjorkBjork at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Date: Through June 7, 2015
The Museum of Modern Art presents a full-scale retrospective dedicated to the multifaceted work of the composer, musician, and artist Björk. The exhibition draws from more than 20 years of the artist’s daring and adventurous projects and her seven full-length albums—from Debut (1993) to Biophilia (2011)—to chronicle her career through sound, film, visuals, instruments, objects, costumes, and performance. The installation will present a narrative, both biographical and imaginatively fictitious, cowritten by Björk and the acclaimed Icelandic writer Sjón Sigurdsson. Björk’s collaborations with video directors, photographers, fashion designers, and artists will be featured, and the exhibition culminates with a newly commissioned, immersive music and film experience conceived and realized with director Andrew Thomas Huang and 3-D design leader Autodesk.
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Location: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues

Earth Day Events in New York City
Earth Day 2015 Events in New York City

Date: April 19-26, 2015
On April 22, 1970, in response to widespread environmental degradation, Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator from Wisconsin, called for an environmental teach-in, or Earth Day. Over 20 million people participated that year, and Earth Day is now observed each year on April 22 by more than 500 million people and national governments in 175 countries.
Location: Citywide
Date: Through July 26, 2015
The Deccan plateau of south-central India was home to a succession of highly cultured Muslim kingdoms with a rich artistic heritage. Under their patronage in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, foreign influences—notably from Iran, Turkey, eastern Africa, and Europe—combined with ancient and prevailing Indian traditions to create a distinctive Indo-Islamic art and culture.
This exhibition will bring together some 165 of the finest works from major international, private, and royal collections. Featuring many remarkable loans from India, the exhibition—which is the most comprehensive museum presentation on this subject to date—will explore the unmistakable character of classical Deccani art in various media: poetic lyricism in painting, lively creations in metalwork, and a distinguished tradition of textile production.
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Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

New York City Green Festival
NYC Green Festival Expo
Date: April 24, 25, 26, 2015, 10am-6pm
We are back at the LEED Certified Javits Center for our 5th year in New York City. New York continues to be on the forefront in reducing energy consumption and has one of highest percentages of green space among US cities. It also has the highest percentage of workers commuting by public transportation, bicycle, or by foot. The city’s sustainability program PlaNYC has helped achieve the cleanest air in 50 years, adding 865,000 trees and five million feet of reflective rooftop to the urban landscape and has helped to reduce the carbon emissions by 19% since 2005.
Location: Jacob Javits Convention Center - 11th Avenue between 34th and 40th Streets

Sakya Matsuri Festival - Brooklyn Botanic GardenSakura Matsura Festival at Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
Date: April 25-26, 2015, 10am-6pm
Sakura Matsuri, the annual cherry blossom festival at BBG, offers over 60 events and performances that celebrate traditional and contemporary Japanese culture. The festival marks the end of Hanami, the Japanese cultural tradition of enjoying each moment of the cherry blossom season.
Location: Brooklyn Botanical Gardens - 900 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Shorewalkers NYC - The Great SaunterThe Great Saunter
Date: May 2, 2015
Experience New York City like you never have before! The Shorewalkers will hold the 28th annual Great Saunter—a 32-mile walk around Manhattan's rim. The pace is steady, but not fast. Most of the route is fairly flat. We keep to the waterside as much as possible. There is no rain date; we will go rain or shine. The Great Saunter is a World Famous Civic Event that attracts tourists and walkers from New York, as well as other states, and countries. It is truly an international event in an international city! The Great Saunter has received support from New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe, and the Manhattan Borough President.
Location: Meet at Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl St.  off Broad St.

New York City 5 Boro Bike Ride5 Boro Bike Ride in NYC
Date: May 3, 2015
Held annually the first Sunday in May, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour presented by REI is America’s largest cycling event. The Tour is co-produced by Bike New York and the New York City Department of Transportation. The event provides participants the unique and fun experience to bike through all five boroughs – a 40 mile, car-free ride for 32,000 cyclists.
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Metropolitan Museum of Art: Warriors and Mothers: Chinese WhispersChina: Through the Looking Glass at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: May 7–August 16, 2015
This exhibition, presented in the Museum's Chinese Galleries and Anna Wintour Costume Center, will explore how China has fueled the creative imagination for centuries, resulting in layers of cultural translations, retranslations, and mistranslations. High fashion will be juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, as well as Chinese films, to reveal ongoing dialogues between East and West, past and present.
From the earliest period of European contact with China in the sixteenth century, the West has been enchanted with enigmatic objects and imagery from the East, providing inspiration for fashion designers from Paul Poiret to Yves Saint Laurent. In an intricate process of translation and mistranslation similar to the game of "Telephone"—which the British call "Chinese Whispers"—designers conjoin disparate stylistic references into a pastiche of Chinese aesthetic and cultural traditions.
The exhibition will feature more than one hundred examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear alongside Chinese art. Filmic representations of China will be incorporated throughout to reveal how our visions of China are framed by narratives that draw upon popular culture, and also to recognize the importance of cinema as a medium through which to understand the richness of Chinese history.
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Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Van Gogh Irises and RosesVan Gogh: Irises and Roses at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: May 12–August 16, 2015
Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) brought his work in Provence to a close with exuberant bouquets of spring flowers—two of irises and two of roses, in contrasting formats and color schemes—in which he sought to impart a "calm, unremitting ardor" to his "last touch of the brush." Painted on the eve of his departure from the asylum at Saint-Rémy and conceived as a series or ensemble on a par with the Sunflowers decoration painted earlier in Arles, the group includes the Metropolitan Museum's Irises and Roses and their counterparts: the upright Irises from the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, and the horizontal Roses from the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
This exhibition will reunite the four paintings for the first time since the artist's death and is timed to coincide with the blooming of the flowers that captivated his attention. It will open 125 years to the week that Van Gogh announced to his brother Theo, on May 11 and 13, 1890, that he was working on these "large bouquets," and will provide a singular opportunity to reconsider Van Gogh's artistic aims and the impact of dispersal and color fading on his intended results.

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Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

Ninth Avenue Food Festival NYCNinth Avenue International Food Festival
Date: May 16-17, 2015, 12-5pm
The Ninth Avenue International Food Festival, blends international cuisine, art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods. Adjacent to Times Square, America’s number one tourist destination. The Festival is New York’s oldest and largest continuous Food Festival, drawing over 200,000 visitors over the corse of the two day festival weekend. From open to close, visitors can browse the offerings of 15 City Blocks of gourmet food and beverages. Asian to Cajun and everything edible, along with fine art and crafts and an entire city block of family friendly children’s games and entertainment.
No entrance fee.
Rain or Shine!
Location: 9th Avenue from 42nd to 57th Street

New York AIDS WAlk 201330th Annual New York AIDS Walk 2015
Date: Sunday, May 17, 2015
AIDS Walk New York is a powerful and inspiring day in Central Park and on the streets of New York City. On May 17, 2015, we will honor those who continue to fight, embrace new allies, remember loved ones lost, and work to realize a future without AIDS.
Location: Central Park

American Museum of Natural History: Butterly Conservatory
Date: Through May 25, 2015
This exhibition, an annual favorite, features up to 500 live, free-flying tropical butterflies from the Americas, Africa, and Asia. The butterflies are housed in a vivarium that approximates their natural habitat, includes live flowering plants that serve as nectar sources, and features controlled artificial light, temperature, and humidity. Featured species include iridescent blue morpho butterflies, striking scarlet swallowtails, and large owl butterflies. Text panels located immediately outside the vivarium offer information about the evolution and life cycle of butterflies, including explanations of mimicry, diversity, and butterflies’ important role in conservation
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Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Bazm and Razm
Bazm and Razm: Feast and Flight in Persian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through May 31, 2015

For centuries, Persian kingship was epitomized by two complementary pursuits: bazm (feast) and razm (fight). The ruler's success as both a reveler and hunter/warrior distinguished him as a worthy and legitimate sovereign. The pairing of bazm and razm as the ultimate royal activities is an ancient concept with roots in pre-Islamic Iran. It is a recurring theme in the Shahnama (or Book of Kings)—the Persian national epic—as well as other poetic and historic texts.
This exhibition will feature some three dozen works of art in various media, created between the fifteenth century and the present day. Works from the Museum's Department of Islamic Art that illustrate the linked nature of bazm and razm will be displayed alongside corresponding works—primarily Persian—from the departments of Asian Art, Arms and Armor, and Musical Instruments. The exhibition will chart the gradual shift in meaning and usage of this pairing as it emerged from a strictly royal, or princely, context and became more widespread.
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Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

NYC Museums: American Museum of Natural History: Picturing Science
Date: Through June 12, 2015
More than 20 sets of large-format images showcase the wide range of research being conducted at the Museum as well as how various optical tools are used in scientific studies. Whether Museum scientists are studying parasites, people, or planets in other solarsystems, cutting-edge imaging technologies such as infrared photography, scanning electron microscopes, and CT scanners now make it possible to examine details that were previously unobservable. This exhibition, curated by Mark Siddall, curator in the Division of Invertebrate Zoology, features more than 20 sets of large-format images that showcase the wide range of research being conducted at the Museum as well as how various optical tools are used in scientific studies. 
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Location: American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street
NYC Governors Ball Music FestivalGovernors Ball Music Festival
Date: June 5-7, 2015
The Governor’s Ball Music Festival is a 3-day festival featuring some of the biggest and best live acts in electronic, dance, hip hop, and indie music. Featuring Drake, Florence + The Machine, My Morning Jacket, Ryan Adams, Bjork, Weird Al Yankovic, and so many more amazing artists!
Location: Randall's Island Park

Museum Mile Festival NYC37th Annual New York City Museum Mile Festival
Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 6-9pm
One day a year, for the past 37 years, ten of the country’s finest museums —all ones that call Fifth Avenue home— collectively open their doors from 6pm – 9pm for free to New Yorkers and visitors for a mile-long block party and visual art celebration. This traffic-free, music- and art-filled celebration fills the street and sidewalks of Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th street, the mile now officially designated as Museum Mile. Over 50,000 visitors attend the festival annually.
Location: Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 105th Streets
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NYC Calendar Big Apple Barbecue Block Party13th Annual NYC Big Apple Barbecue
Date: June 13-14, 2015, 11am-6pm
The BIG BARBECUE BLOCK PARTY is one of the country's premiere festivals, attracting people from near and far to celebrate America's authentic culinary and musical traditions. Event admission is free for this weekend long event that boasts award-winning barbecue and Southern-inspired fare from the country's top pitmasters, live performances from emerging and established musical artists, and daily seminars that include cooking demonstrations from top chefs. Proceeds from the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party support the Madison Square Park Conservancy, the organization responsible for the beauty, ongoing maintenance, and programming of this historic park.
Location: Madison Square Park, Madison Avenue Between 23rd and 26th Street
Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYCNYC National Puerto Rican Day Parade
Date: Sunday, June 14, 2015, begins at 11am
The parade marches along Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 79th Street and has grown to become the largest demonstration of ethnic pride in the nation. Since 1957, the parade has been a cultural icon and a permanent fixture of the Puerto Rican diaspora. Over 80,000 people participate in the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City each year. Over two million people attend the Puerto Rican Day Parade and many more watch it on television.
The Theme for this year parade is “Celebrating the natural beauty of Puerto Rico,” in an effort to educate the community of how to preserve the natural beauty of our island.
Location: Fifth Avenue from 44th to 79th Street

Coney Island Mermaid Parade32nd Annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade
Date: June 20, 2015, 1pm
The Mermaid Parade is the largest art parade in the nation. A celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside, it showcases over 1,500 creative individuals from all over the five boroughs, opening the summer with incredible art, entrepreneurial spirit and community pride. The parade highlights Coney Island Pageantry based on a century of many Coney parades, celebrates the artistic vision of the masses, and ensures that the summer season is a success by bringing hundreds of thousands of people to the amusement area in a single day.
Founded in 1983 by Coney Island USA, the not-for-profit arts organization that also produces the Coney island Circus Sideshow, the Mermaid Parade pays homage to Coney Island's forgotten Mardi Gras which lasted from 1903 to 1954, and draws from a host of other sources resulting in a wonderful and wacky event that is unique to Coney Island. The Mermaid Parade specifically was founded with three goals: it brings mythology to life for local residents who live on streets named Mermaid and Neptune ; it creates self-esteem in a district that is often disregarded as “entertainment”; and it lets artistic New Yorkers find self-expression in public.
Location: The Parade will start on West 21st and Surf Avenue. It will roll East to West 10th Street, the marchers and push pull floats will go to the Boardwalk and march to Steeplechase Plaza, where the Parade will disband.
Good Morning American Summer Concert Series2015 "GMA" Concert Series on "Good Morning America"
TBA May-August, 2015, every Friday 7-9am
"Good Morning America's" sizzling 2015 Summer Concert Series returns for the sixth year to the Rumsey Playfield in New York City's Central Park, where music’s biggest names will perform live every Friday. GMA's Concert Series lineup is filled with an exciting and eclectic mix of all the hottest and biggest names in music today. All concerts are free and open to the public and will take place live during "Good Morning America," Fridays from 7-9am Eastern Time. Viewers interested in joining "GMA" in Central Park are encouraged to arrive at Rumsey Playfield via the 72nd street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6am when the park opens to the public.
Location: Central Park, Rumsey Playfield - 69th Street entrance on Fifth Avenue at 6am
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Toyota Concert Series on NBC's The Today Show in New York City2015 Toyota Concert Series on TODAY Show
Date: TBA May-August, 2015, every Friday, 7-9am
Fans and visitors are encouraged to join us on the plaza for the live performances, every Friday morning. Viewing is on a first-come, first-served basis outside TODAY's window-on-the-world studio. Fans should arrive by 6am for best viewing.

Location: 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza
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2014 Shakespeare in the Park, Central Park Shakespeare in the Park
Date: June–August, 2015
Enjoy Shakespeare in the Park, New York City's FREE beloved summertime tradition at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. 2015 Shakespeare in the Park performances will be announced soon!
Location: Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Central Park entrances closest to the theater are at 81st Street and Central Park West or 79th Street and Fifth Avenue.
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Celebrate Brooklyn Concert Series in Prospect ParkCelebrate Brooklyn - Free Concerts in Brooklyn's Prospect Park
Date: June-August, 2015
Celebrate Brooklyn! is one of New York City's longest running, free, outdoor performing arts festivals. Launched in 1979 as a catalyst for a Brooklyn performing arts scene and to bring people back into Prospect Park after years of neglect, Celebrate Brooklyn! was an early anchor in the park's revitalization and has become one of the city's foremost summer cultural attractions.
Location: Prospect Bark Bandshell, 9th Street and Prospect Park West
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Date: June-July, 2015
Over 150 events in 30 days at 28 sites. Transformative, investigative art in unexpected places across Lower Manhattan.
With support from many public and private partners since 2002, The River To River® Festival has become an essential component of Lower Manhattan’s vital and vibrant cultural life.
Each summer, the Festival activates more than 25 indoor and outdoor locations in the neighborhood with an unparalleled collection of music, dance, theater, visual art, film, and participatory experiences by renowned and breakout artists from New York City and beyond. For more than 100,000 attendees from around the region and overseas, River To River Festival provides an intense and rewarding way to experience Lower Manhattan’s waterfronts, parks, plaza, and other hidden treasures.
The River To River Festival offers a singular artistic experience for audiences of all ages and backgrounds – and every event is free!
Location: Throughout Lower Manhattan
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Intrepid Summer Movies, New York City 7th Annual Intrepid Summer Movie Series
Date: TBD - May-August, 2015, Fridays. Doors open at 7:30pm, film begins at sunset, weather permitting
Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets. Guests are encouraged to bring  their own food, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, however no outside alcohol is permitted.
Space is limited. Seating is on a first come first serve basis, and there is no admission after 8:30pm.
Intrepid Sea, Air, Space Museum: One Intrepid Square, 12th Avenue & 46th Street, New York, NY 10036

Countdown to Zero at the American Museum of Natural History
American Museum of Natural History: Countdown to ZeroDate: 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

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

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Discovering Japanese Art
Discovering Japanese Art: American Collectors at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through September 27, 2015
The 2015 centennial of the Department of Asian Art offers an ideal opportunity to explore the history of the Museum's collection of Japanese art. Showcasing more than two hundred masterworks of every medium, this exhibition will tell the story of how the Museum built its comprehensive collection of Japanese art beginning in the early 1880s, when it owned just a small, eclectic array of Japanese decorative arts.
Spanning ancient to modern times, the exhibition will explore the trends that shaped art collecting and the reception of Japanese art in the United States. Moreover, it will shed light on key American collectors and curators whose passion for Japanese art helped the Museum build its world-class collection.
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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.
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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.
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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  
Metropolitan Museum of Art: Hungarian TreasureHungarian Treasure: Silver from the Nicolas M. Salgo Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Date: April 6–October 4, 2015
Nicolas M. Salgo (1915–2005), a Hungarian native and former United States ambassador to Budapest, was fascinated by the art of the goldsmith in Hungarian culture and formed his own "treasury" by collecting pieces that are individual and unique. This exhibition will celebrate the gift to the Metropolitan Museum of the major part of the silver collection assembled by this focused collector over three decades.
This large collection of silver—about 120 pieces, most dating from the fifteenth to the late eighteenth century—comprises a variety of types with especially refined appearance and high levels of craftsmanship, representing Hungarian silver at its best.
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Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street

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.
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Location: Discovery Times Square is located in the former New York Times Building on 44th Street between 7th & 8th Avenues, directly across from Shubert Alley

American Museum of Natural History: Life at the LimitsLife at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species at the American Museum of Natural HistoryLife at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species at the American Museum of Natural History
Date: Through January 3, 2016
Over billions of years, living things have evolved from simple cells into an awe-inspiring array of life-forms. Life at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species explores the diverse and sometimes jaw-dropping strategies animals and plants employ to find food, fend off predators, and thrive in habitats we would find inhospitable, even lethal. This new exhibition features live animals, interactive exhibits, and models, including a climbable Hercules beetle. Life is full of unexpected wonders.

Life at the Limits: Stories of Amazing Species at the American Museum of Natural HistoryThe exhibition, overseen by Curator Mark Siddall, a parasitologist, and Curator John Sparks, an ichthyologist, introduces visitors to bizarre mating calls, extraordinary examples of parasitism and mimicry, and other amazing means of survival, using specimens, videos, interactive exhibits, and models, including a climbable Hercules beetle.
Live animals on display include the surprisingly powerful mantis shrimp; the jet-powered nautilus; and the axolotl, an entirely aquatic salamander that breathes through external gills. Life at the Limits tells the stories of these and many more creatures across the tree of life—and their unusual approaches to the challenges of living on Earth.
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