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NYC museum exhibitions to see this summer

For when you do need a break from the heat — or a rainy day spoils your plans — here are five museum shows to while away the day at.

'Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas,' New York Botanical Garden

In this garden-wide exhibition, view more than 20
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In this garden-wide exhibition, view more than 20 sculptures and paintings by such American Impressionists as William Merritt Chase, Childe Hassam and John Singer Sargent, then head to the Haupt Conservatory for an interpretation of the gardens that inspired these celebrated artists. Now through Sept. 11, admission $20-$25 adults, $18-$22 seniors and students, $8-$10 ages 2-12, FREE for ages under 2; New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, 718-817-8700, nybg.org

'Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World,' American Museum of Natural History

Live crocodiles are the main draw of this
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Live crocodiles are the main draw of this new exhibit, which explores the evolutionary history of the aquatic reptile. In addition to the real deal, find fossils, life-sized models of a variety of species and interactive features that let visitors test their strength against a croc's crunch capacity," learn to speak "croc" and finally learn the difference between alligators and crocodiles. Now through Jan. 2, 2017, suggested admission $22 adults, $17 students and seniors, $12.50 children; Central Park West at 79th Street, 212-769-5100, amnh.org

'Summer of Hamilton,' New-York Historical Society

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"Hamilton" fever spreads. The New-York Historical Society will devote its museum and library to Alexander Hamilton, the first Secretary of Treasury who founded the Bank of the United States and famously died following a duel with Aaron Burr. Visitors to the museum can peruse artifacts and documents relating to Hamilton, including life-size bronze statues depicting the duel, Hamilton's desk and a love letter to his fiancee, Elizabeth Schuyler. There will also be family programming, Hamilton trivia and screenings of films that influenced Lin-Manuel Miranda, author of the Broadway musical "Hamilton." Starting Fourth of July weekend, admission $20, $15 seniors, $12 students, $6 ages 5-13, FREE for ages 4 and under; 170 Central Park W., 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org/summer-of-hamilton

'Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience,' Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Calling all Trekkies! The Intrepid Museum is the
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Calling all Trekkies! The Intrepid Museum is the first venue in the United States to host this exhibition, in honor of the 50th anniversary of "Star Trek." Interactive activities and technology, such as table projections, projection mapping and holograms, will make visitors feel like cadets. Additional "Star Trek" programming at the museum includes tours of the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, which will be conducted in the Star Trek universe as if it were the 26th century (costumes encouraged). July 9-Oct. 31, advance reservations recommended, admission $25 adults, $23 seniors and students, $18 ages 5-12, FREE for ages 4 and under, additional fees may apply; Pier 86, 12th Avenue and 46th Street, intrepidmuseum.org/startrek

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