This winter, visit your favorite museum to join in the very best interactive exhibits of this year. Travel back in time and across the world, meet new people, discover art and culture in a brand new way. Here are the top ten exhibitions you don’t want to miss:
Number Ten. Through May 8: The Wizard of Oz. For the youngest museum patrons, the Children’s Museum of Manhattan presents an interactive exhibit that engages children of all ages in the world of Dorothy and her friends. Follow the Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion through a tornado, into Munchkinland, the Emerald City, and the Wicked Witch’s castle. Children work on their science, math, music and more as they travel along the Yellow Brick Road to CMOM’s recreated Oz and back.
Number Nine. On view until April 25: Abstract Expressionist New York. Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Willem de Kooning are only a few of the abstract expressionist artists represented in the vast holdings of the Museum of Modern Art. Already on view, the exhibit delves into the many aspects of the art movement and includes painting, sculpture, film, photography, and other media.
Number Eight. Beginning February 15: Rembrandt and His School: Masterworks from the Frick and Lugt Collections. From the collections of Henry Clay Frick and Frederik Johannes Lugt come some of the greatest masterpieces of Rembrandt and his contemporaries. In collaboration with the Lugt Collection, the Frick presents over 65 paintings, drawings and prints from Rembrandt and other Dutch artists, on view through mid-May.
Number Seven. On view through April 10: Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time. One of the greatest American artists of the 20th century, Edward Hopper helped to develop the age of realism in art. The Whitney displays many of Hopper’s best paintings, alongside the works of contemporaries who also championed the movement in realism and modern life.
Number Six. Also open through April 10: Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera. For the first time, the Brooklyn Museum presents Norman Rockwell’s works of art alongside his inspirations for each work: photography. Rockwell’s painting process is highlighted in this fascinating exhibit, the result of recent research conducted by the Norman Rockwell Museum.
Number Five. Now open: Behind the Screen. The brand new makeover of the Museum of the Moving Image is realized through this ongoing exhibition, which includes high definition television, a live control room, and brand new interactive exhibits. The museum has outdone themselves with the exhibition featuring over 1400 artifacts such as movie makeup, props and set equipment. Daily demonstrations also introduce visitors to film and sound editing, the kinetoscope, and video games.
Number Four. On view through January 1, 2012: Gateway to Himalayan Art and The Tibetan Shrine Room. The jewel of the exhibitions at the Rubin, the peaceful candle-lit and golden statue-filled Tibetan Shrine Room provides a first-hand glimpse into the intimate world of Buddhist prayer. The overall exhibit introduces visitors to the basics of Tibetan Buddhism, focusing on the gods and goddesses, symbols and figures of the religion as shown through different media.
Number Three. Open through August 15: Brain: The Inside Story. How do we recognize what is red and what is green? Why do we become angry or sad? Why can we remember some things and forget others? The American Museum of Natural History seeks to answer all these questions and many more through their research into neuroscience. The exhibit features interactive activities that include brain scans, a preserved brain on display, games that test the intellect, multimedia video, and much more.
Number Two. Opening March 2011: Pompeii the Exhibit: Life and Death in the Shadow of Vesuvius. Over 250 artifacts, unearthed from under the ash of the volcano that exploded over 2000 years ago, will be shown at the Discovery Times Square Exposition. Discover the world of Pompeii as it would have been before that fateful eruption. The exhibition also boasts “the largest collection of body casts ever presented.” Look for tickets in the near future.
Number One. Ongoing: Bodies: The Exhibition. Located in South Street Seaport, this wildly popular exhibition features over 200 real, preserved human bodies, organs and specimens. Discover the inner workings of your body: the skeleton, nervous and respiratory systems, muscles, and everything else that makes your body tick – a fantastic, well-organized exhibition for mature audiences.
This winter, stay out of the snow and winter chill by visiting these and other amazing exhibits throughout NYC museums.