Sorry, museums, but you can be very boringggg. I’m more of an interactive museum person. I’d rather scale a body-part rock wall than walk around and just…see things. Luckily, there are some museums in NYC that bring to life fashion, history, sex and art in exotic (and erotic?) ways.
The Cloisters have to literally TRY to be boring. A branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cloisters are a collection of medieval artifacts including actual cloisters (parts of old monasteries) and gardens that you can walk through. When you visit, you have to climb a *mountain, so you’re not only getting your “learn” on, but you’re getting a hike through Fort Tryon Park and some great Hudson River views.
The Cloisters are “pay what you will” and opened 10:00 a.m.–5:15 p.m. in March through October
*Ok, it’s more of a hill, not a mountain…
Museum of Sex
It is everything you think it will be. Go, just go. Just not with your mom.
*MoSex is normally $17 per person, but if you go to this link, you can get $3 off, always.
This Long Island City art museum is more progressive than most, showing that anything can be art, and displaying not only the actual art pieces, but the people who created them. The exhibitions change very often, so you’ll likely never see the same thing again. The museum also holds Sunday Sessions, one of which I attended a few weeks ago, and these can feature anything from concerts, to movies, to fashion or dance shows. It’s all just so FUN. Just beware the 7 train on weekends….HEED THIS WARNING.
*Adult admission is $10, students are $5. Hours are 12:00 – 6:00 p.m., Thursday through Monday, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
FIT has the hookup. See authentic brands you know, love and can’t afford, and learn about how fashion really reflected history, and at times even shaped it. Very. Cool. Right now, there’s an exhibit about counterfeits, and another about iconic 70s designers like Yves Saint Laurent.
*FREE admission, open Tuesday – Friday from 12:00 – 8:00 p.m., Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays.
My museum wish list:
- Brooklyn Museum
- Museum of the Moving Image
- The Whitney Museum of American Art (closed at the moment, as it just moved from the Upper East Side to the Meatpacking District. I’m visiting for free on Saturday, May 2nd for their grand opening “Block Party” (you can, too) but otherwise, admission will be $18-22. Stay tuned for a review!)