A mecca of sort for museum lovers, Manhattan has some of the best cultural and artistic hotspots to explore in the world. But after visitors have checked out the Guggenheim, MoMA, and the Natural History museum, what else is there to see? Travelers may be surprised to know that there are countless hidden surprises all over Manhattan are and in the boroughs that specialize in quirky, thrilling and strange exhibits open to the public.
Paradise for math geeks
Some people might find math overwhelming, or have memories of boring classes in their childhood. However, visitors in NYC can rekindle an interest for this fascinating hobby by enjoying a walk through the Museum of Mathematics. There are countless interactive exhibits to lean from, great for kids and adults with a curious mind. Ride bikes with square wheels, solve puzzles, create math art or try some graphic design – the possibilities are endless.
Bringing the outside indoors
This might be one of the most usual museums around, simply for its minimalist approach to contemporary art. Called The New York Earth Room, this installation is located on Wooster Street and is the brain child of progressive artist Walter De Maria. He has moved roughly 280,000 pounds of soil into a clean, white space, sectioned off by see-through glass panels. The effect blends together man-made architecture and natural beauty.
A tiny window into an odd world
No matter what time of day it is, people can take a peek at the space simply called “Museum”. In an alley between Franklin and White Street, there is a small space dedicated to showcasing weird and wonderful found items from all over the world. On the weekends, guests are invited to take a closer look at things like toothpaste tubes, mars rocks, tip jars and marked up currency when the doors are open. Any other time, people can view the display through streetside windows.
Hands-on tech fun
Seeing exhibits can be fascinating, but it’s also great to be able to touch and explore new and interesting concepts. Through a free initiative, the Sony Wonder Technology Lab is a space devoted to tech exploration. Peer inside a working video game console, or touch interactive walls that respond to light and temperature. The museum is popular and space fills fast, so reserving free tickets ahead of time is advised.