Check out these outdoor art exhibits and open museums in Manhattan this fall

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While New York City continues to slowly reopen, many are looking for activities that they can enjoy safely. New York City’s museums are taking steps to ensure their customers’ safety, and there are plenty of outdoor art exhibits to explore.

Here’s a look at some of the museums that are offering limited capacity entrance as well as some outdoor art exhibitions in Manhattan to enjoy this fall. 

King Nyani – Bella Abzug Park
On display until May 24, 2021

King Nyani, Swahili for gorilla, first appeared at Bella Abzug Park (formerly known as Hudson Yard Park) on Aug. 24. Created by Gillie and Marc, the sculpture is based on the head of a family of mountain gorillas in Uganda that the artists were fortunate to spend time with. The hands are large enough to hold 2-3 people, making it a great photo opportunity for visitors.

Doggy Bags – Broadway between 38th & 40th Streets
On display until Nov. 20

Created by Will Kurtz, “Doggy Bags” consists of six giant statues of dogs that are made of recycled single-use plastic bags and duct tape. Each statue depicts the unique characteristics and personality of a different breed of dog, while the materials used provide commentary about the absurdity of waste and the need to recycle. 

Photoville NYC – Multiple Manhattan parks
On display until Nov. 29

Photoville NYC has expanded into the five boroughs for the first time since its inception nine years ago. Many of this year’s exhibitions respond to and capture realities both intimate and global from this harrowing year. Photo displays can be found in Chelsea Park, Jackie Robinson Park, and St. Nicholas Park.

Doors for Doris – Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Central Park
On display until Sept. 12, 2021

This massive three-part sculpture was created by Sam Moyer to pay homage to Public Art Fund founder, Doris C. Freedman (1928-1981). Made with imported stones and rocks native to New York, the doors have a mosaic that reflects the diverse nature of the city.

Kasmin Gallery – 509 West 27th Street

The Kasmin Gallery is open by appointment only in an effort to protect its patrons. Their Sculpture Garden, which is viewable from the High Line Park, features a LOVE exhibit by Robert Indiana, while the inside space features unique works that rotates regularly.

Metropolitan Museum of Art – 1000 Fifth Avenue

The Met has officially reopened at limited capacity after temporarily shutting its doors in March. After reserving your ticket ahead of time for the Museum (tickets must be reserved ahead of time for the Cloisters as well), you can check out the many exhibits on display, including the Met’s 150th Anniversary exhibit, which is on display until the end of 2020.

MoMA – 11 West 53rd Street

Lovers of modern art can mask up and check out the latest exhibits at the MoMA. Timed entry tickets are sold online, and their collection galleries and Sculpture Garden are open to the public, as well as the Design Store and the museum gift shop. The MoMA is also hosting a number of virtual events for those who don’t want to go in-person.

The Whitney Museum of American Art – 99 Gansevoort Street

The Whitney has officially reopened with a variety of exhibits with diverse backgrounds. If you’re uncomfortable going in-person, the Whitney launched Whitney From Home, which allows art lovers to access the museum’s resources online.

Note: Masks or face coverings must be worn at all of the indoor exhibits. Be sure to check out their websites for a full list of safety protocols.