Where All the Cool Kids Hang: Museums That Are Chill AF

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Museums can be exhilarating to some and mundane for others. But if you need Sunday Funday plans that are chill the answer is here. Museums are a great way to expose yourself to how other people think and learn new perspectives on any and everything topic, big or small. That’s why we rounded up six museums that give off ultimate chill vibes. These spots are the perfect balance for a laid back time each corner you turn and may require a sip of wine afterwards to continue the chill vibes all night long.


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If you’re looking for something quirky, fun, and artsy, check out New York’s tiniest museum. The latest touring exhibition is Sara Berman’s Closet, which, as it states, a closet. This may sound odd, but the thrill of finding beauty in mysterious places is one of the many keys to life, and Mmuseumm has it!

Location: 4 Cortlandt Alley 


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The Studio Museum of Harlem is an ode to black culture via art. Being a catalyst in promoting diverse artists and support emerging artists of African or Latino descent, who have gone on to establish well-known artistic careers. Sunday is the last day to catch Icons, an exhibit inspired by renowned African-American figures combined with bold line and patterns. This museum is a hidden gem of NYC and gives acknowledgment to artists of all colors.

Location: 144 W 125th St


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Last call for alcohol! This is the last week for cocktails at Cooper Hewitt with a choreographer who will perform live in the garden. With a strong design focus, Cooper Hewitt offers interactive exhibitions, unique programming, and online learning resources. The exhibition on display, Esperanza Spalding Selects, which is part of an ongoing series where designers, artists, architects, and public figures view the museum’s collection of over 210,000 objects and curate them, each making a unique installation.


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Located in SoHo, this spot highlights the foundation that started it all — drawing. Along with their exhibitions, they offer open sessions to the community; if you love to draw what you see this is the place! Their current exhibition is titled Where Do We Stand? which includes 36 artists who have worked together for two years exploring contemporary art. From musical performances, artist talks, to poetry readings The Drawing Center is a vibe!


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The New Museum is a Lower East Side fave — new art, new ideas is their motto! Keeping it fresh and exhilarating with sky room overlooking downtown this is the spot for every cool girl’s artsy chill day. With their current exhibition, Undersong for a Cipher which contains exuberant life sized oil paintings that focus on European portraiture with a slight twist. The artist uses the theme of color in century old European paintings to express the relevance of black portraiture objectively. In light of recent events, the artist gives rise to the power of diversity and challenges art history ‘s absence of color. So if you’re a protester at heart and down for equal rights and good views, head over to the LES for this chill museum spot.


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XOXO… you know the rest! For all of the Gossip Girl fans out there the Museum of the City of New York was the entrance to Constance Billard School for Girls and St. Jude School for boys in the tv show. With a knack for city culture, the MCNY is a great place for the chill history buff; their mission is to celebrate and interpret the city about its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and historical transformation. The most current exhibition is Rhythm & Power, highlighting the social movement known as Salsa, ranging from the 60s to today.


Written by: Caela Collins

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