One of the great things about living on the Upper West Side of Manhattan is the close proximity to all the fantastic museums! If you’re looking for some great exhibits to check out, now is the perfect time to do so. While most people flock to 5th Ave and 34th Street this time of year, it leaves the Upper West Side museums perfectly empty for locals.
Starting with the American Museum of Natural History, science lovers will enjoy “Countdown to Zero”, which will be quite the departure from the normal atmosphere of merry Manhattan this time of year. This exhibit examines international efforts to control and wipe out infection. Also check out their exhibit, “Secret World Inside You,” for a look at the role bacteria plays on our health. For our Grinches and Ebenezer Scrooge’s out there…this might make a fun afternoon this December. =)
On a more whimsical note, check out the New York Historical Society’s “Holiday Express: Toys and Trains from the Jerni Collection.” Shown through February 28th, see the toys of the past in a mountainous landscape for trains and scene-setting trinkets. This display incorporates theatrical lighting and soundscapes bound to dazzle. It is viewable at 170 Central Park West, at 77th Street. And if that’s not enough to get you in touch with your inner child, their “Superheroes in Gotham” exhibit should do the trick. Since their introduction in the late 1930s, superheroes have been powerful role models, inspirational and enviable. “Superheroes in Gotham” tells the story of the birth of comic book superheroes in New York City, becoming a cultural staple for all ages and the media.