Interact with an animated world and watch it respond to your actions. Image by David Handschuh / NY Hall of Science.
For a well-known artsy city such as New York, museums are a dime a dozen. But if you’ve already visited your fair share of exhibitions or the usual options such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the American Museum of Natural History don’t quite appeal to you, these five picks could be what you’ve been waiting for.
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With state-of-the-art technology and hands-on workshops available, these interactive museums are sure to keep your family entertained throughout the visit. No matter young or old, there’s always something to discover and pure fun to be had!
New York Hall of Science
With more than 450 interactive experiences available, the New York Hall of Science is an engaging way to help your party understand more about the world around us. From a 3D digital cinema that will leave you engrossed in watching science films from beginning to end to an animated world where your every action will impact the virtual world around you, the museum is sure to leave you fascinated about science and keep you wanting more.
National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey
Newly launched in Times Square, the National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey claims to be the first immersive underwater museum. As you’re virtually transported to the ocean, come up close to massive sea creatures such as great white sharks, a Humpback whale and Humboldt squids. Besides following these rare mammals as they swim about, you’ll also be able to utilise interactive technology such as touch screens and holograms to better understand these beings as well as conservation efforts.
Children’s Museum of Manhattan
Frequently touted as one of the best museums in New York City, the space regularly holds workshops, classes and performances crafted for your young ones. Some of the current exhibitions at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan include Let’s Dance!, where children can create multi-colour shadow dances and learn to choreograph their own dances, and Adventures with Dora and Diego, where one can explore a cave and build a bear’s nest. Educational elements such as knowledge about the water cycle and healthy eating habits are also woven into the exhibits. A fun way for the kids to learn? Sign us up!
Due to open in the city on 17th December, SPYSCAPE’s ambition is to be the world’s best spy museum. We’re already intrigued by the experiences it claims to offer — a profiling system developed by the British Intelligence’s former Head of Training that will tell you what kind of spy you should be, and role-playing in an immersive surveillance mission and at an interrogation booth. Book-lovers will also be delighted to discover Spyscape’s store, which will be stocked with over 1,000 rare and first edition spy books. Tickets for the new museum are already on sale.
Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling
This museum appeals to children with a penchant for the artistic. With a selection of storytelling sessions, art workshops and exhibitions on offer all year round, the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling draws kids into imaginary worlds. Expand your kid’s creative horizons by allowing them to illustrate with an artist, read aloud with performers or even to just cradle a book in a cosy nook. With so much entertainment on offer, the hours will pass by before you even know it.