For those who love art, a trip to an art museum can be a life-changing experience. However, for those who don’t find art as inspirational, finding reason to head to a museum can be hard. In fact, whether or not you find art inspiring has little to do with your upbringing, education, or how often you’ve been exposed to it: there are just as many people living in a farmhouse in rural America with a passion for art as there are people living in a luxury condo in New York City who can’t stand the stuff. Just because you don’t love art doesn’t mean that there aren’t museum exhibitions even the non-art lover will enjoy, however: you just need to know where to look. We’ve compiled the five best exhibits for the non-art enthusiast, each more exciting and innovative than the last:
The Jim Henson Exhibition | Museum of the Moving Image, 36-0135 Avenue, Astoria, Queens, NY
If you love The Muppets, Fraggle Rock, or Sesame Street, you’ll love the Jim Henson Exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image. This unique exhibit explores Henson’s process from creation to production, showing rare archival clips of the master puppeteer, and even displaying 47 of his famous puppets, including Big Bird, Elmo, Kermit the Frog, and Miss Piggy.
Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World | National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington DC
If art doesn’t fascinate you, but human culture and health do, you’d be wise to check out the National Museum of Natural History’s “Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World” exhibit. This exhibit, on display from May 18th through 2021 in Washington, DC, explores the ways in which modern society has promoted the spread of disease outbreaks, and how many of these epidemics have influenced both the scientific community and our cultural conversation.
Fashion Unraveled | The Museum at FIT, 227 West 27th Street, New York, NY
If you love fashion, there’s no better place to get an up close and personal view of this unique art form than The Museum at FIT. At “Fashion Unraveled,” guests can explore the artistic merit of imperfect fashion with a series of deconstructed, remade, unfinished, and altered garments on display. Rather than showing off endless perfect pieces, this exhibit reveals the painstaking craft that goes into making these gorgeous outfits, from Victorian dresses to modern pieces by designers like Betsey Johnson and Oscar de la Renta.
Moving the Millions |New York Transit Museum, 99 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn, NY
Love New York City, but don’t want to spend another afternoon at the Met? The New York Transit Museum has got you covered. While you’re there, check out the unique Moving the Millions exhibit, which displays the evolution of the New York Subway system, from its elevated cars in the early part of the 20th century to the graffiti-covered trains of the 1970s to the clean and efficient trains we’re used to today.
The Mutter Museum | The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 South 22nd Street, Philadelphia, PA
If you’re eager to see a museum exhibition unlike any other in the world, you’re sure to love The Mutter Museum in Philadelphia. This museum of medical oddities has everything from human skulls to unique medical models on display, offering a unique look into the human body for those who aren’t among the faint of heart.
Just because art museums aren’t your thing doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a trip to a museum from time to time. Visit one of these unique museum exhibits and you’re sure to find something you love.