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August 09, 2018
For tourists and longtime residents alike, the museums of New York City are a cultural staple to be visited again and again (or spend the rest of time trying to visit every last one once). From science to history to fashion and of course, just about every subgenre of visual art imaginable - along with many you couldn’t even imagine - New York has got an exhibit or even an entire museum dedicated to it. It’s a nearly impossible task to narrow down the best, but we’ve picked out a few of our favorites that we have been visiting on rainy days and to escape the summer heat.
For kids and adults alike, the American Museum of Natural History holds a wealth of fascinating information and visuals. One of the largest museums in the country, it contains not only millions of pieces cataloging the evolution of mankind, but also a planetarium and a library. The famous T-Rex skeleton greets guests upon entry (and according to Night at the Museum, comes alive after dark), so our T-Rex sock makes the perfect pair for your visit.
An extension of its larger counterpart in Manhattan, this Queens-based annex features a constant rotation of new and experimental forms of art, from sculpture / sound installation combinations to virtual reality experiences. You can even get in free as a NYC resident (or if you can get a piece of mail delivered to an NYC address with your name on it). Our Lonely Teardrop sock will help you to fit right in with PS1’s collections of surreal modern art.
Who knew that such a large zoo would be tucked into the city? In fact, it’s the biggest urban zoo in the country and amongst the biggest, period. The animals it houses come from all continents and corners of the world, and amongst its most impressive come from its collection of endangered species studied and protected by the Wildlife Conservation Society. We would recommend any of our wildcats or our fabulous new Giraffe sock to accompany you on your urban safari.
Right next to Brooklyn’s famous Coney Island lies an equally captivating aquarium, perfect for rainy days or beating the summer heat. Its mission is to inform the public about the many species that have been endangered due to human activity, along with general education about underwater ecosystems, leaving visitors both inspired and entertained. Dive into 14 acres of undersea life with Fish and Fans, blossom forth with Bubbling Blooms, or look your fiercest with the Great White Shark.
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the architecture of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is just as much a work of art as the hundreds of pieces housed inside. Its permanent collections specialize in the wide spans impressionism and contemporary art, with a consistent rotation of temporary exhibits to keep you coming back again and again. Pro-tip: the museum is pay-what-you-want on Saturdays, so why not grab a pair of Spiraling Ramps with the money you save on your ticket? It’s a step in the Wright direction as you climb the structure they’re based on.
~Ben LoPiccolo - Content Creator for Ozone Design