New & Innovative Exhibits You Need to See in 2019

It’s time to prep your family calendar for 2019, and we’ve got a few Save the Dates to share. Found everywhere from your local children’s museum to national art galleries, with topics ranging from Hamilton, Mo Willems, Wild Kratts and avocados (yes, avocados), here are our top picks for super cool, innovative exhibits in science, art, history, culture, literature and imagination. Scroll down, and be sure to pencil them in!

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Dream Machine at the National Children’s Museum – Washington D.C.

National Children’s Museum

Brace yourselves Washington—the National Children’s Museum is reopening in 2019. That’s right, over 30,000 square feet of exhibit space in the Ronald Reagan Building is being transformed into a wonderland of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) exhibitions. At the heart of the museum is the 50-foot wide Dream Machine exhibit, a cloud inspired climbing and slide structure aimed to transport kids into a dream with netting, ropes, two slides, mobiles and balls. Along with contemporary play space design, the museum is celebrating its rich history by going old school with a Bubble Room exhibition (inspired by the original H Street Children’s Museum from decades ago). So get popping!

National Children’s Museum
Washington, D.C.
Opening Summer 2019


Hamilton: The Exhibition – Chicago, IL

Hamilton the Exhibition

By now everyone should know, Hamilton the musical is one of the greatest shows of all time. Coming in 2019 and changing the game for history, Hamilton: The Exhibition is opening in Chicago. Based off the musical, this 360-degree exhibit will let visitors look through the eyes of Hamilton during the American Revolution and the creation of the United States of America. Sit at his desk, walk through George Washington’s war tent, and gaze upon the streets of New York. The best part is you’ll get your fill of Lin-Manuel Miranda because he narrates the whole thing on the audio tour of the exhibition.

Hamilton: The Exhibition
Chicago, IL
Opening Apr. 6, 2019

Apollo’s Muse, The Moon In the Age of Photography – NY, NY

Nasa Johnson via Flickr

Calling all you stargazers out there, blast off to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This century-old art museum is more than just dusty old classics. Today the Met has incredible family programs and contemporary exhibitions like Apollo’s Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography. Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with this visual moon exhibit. Your little astronaut can get up close and personal with the one and only moon via moon pics, drawings, prints, paintings and films, as well as astronaut tools and space-flown cameras.

The Met Fifth Avenue
New York, NY
Jul. 2 – Sep. 22, 2019


The New Burke – Seattle, WA

The New Burke

Get excited for the 2019 opening of a brand new history and culture museum – the New Burke on the University of Washington campus. What can you expect from this new exhibition space featuring Pacific Northwest culture and history? First, stand in awe at the feet of a mastodon, then pass beneath a beaked whale diving from the ceiling as you begin your journey through the museum. Next, explore the Northwest Native Art Gallery exhibition showcasing one of the largest collections of contemporary Northwest Native art in the U.S. Science lovers of all ages can engage in hands-on exhibits alongside research scientists exploring Ocean Life and Dinosaur Discovery. Now that’s something worth waiting for.

The New Burke, University of Washington
Seattle, WA
Opening Fall 2019


The Cado – San Diego, CA

Thought Catalog via Unsplash

Californians love their avocados and are ready to school the world on this special green fruit (is it a fruit?!) at the first exhibit all about avocados. Built inside 16 shipping containers creating 6,700 square feet of exhibition space, you’ll explore seven interactive exhibits of surprises and narrated by Jason Mraz. Word has it, you’ll actually end up inside an avocado! Even better, tempt your little foodie’s taste buds with fresh California-inspired avocado bites from talented chefs and other food partners. The whole experience is about an hour. A limited number of family discount tickets are available on Wednesday mornings.

The Cado
San Diego, CA
Opening 2019


Our Senses – Denver, CO

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

For the first time outside the American Museum of Natural History, this exhibition takes your senses to a new height in this funhouse- like experience exploring the five senses and beyond. Explore a larger than life garden through the eyes of a bee or a butterfly, hunt like a snake and find prey using an infrared viewer, listen to animal sounds outside the range of our normal hearing or take a smell test to single out the fragrance notes in a particular odor. Science is so cool!

Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Denver, CO
Apr. 12 – Aug. 4, 2019


Wild Kratts: Creature Power – St. Paul, MN

Minnesota Children’s Museum

Calling all you animal lovers: It’s time to go wild at this new exhibit where kids use their brains and teamwork to rescue animals and foil villains. Sound familiar? It’s Wild Kratts: Creature Power! Created by your favorite PBS bro team Chris and Martin, the exhibit transports kids to the Wild Kratts world where they engage in creature adventures while practicing STEM as little zoologists in training. Using Kratt technology and the powers of science and collaboration, children will help the team solve problems and protect animals.   

Minnesota Children’s Museum
St.Paul, MN
Opening Jan. 2019


Apollo/Saturn V Center – Cape Canaveral, FL

Kennedy Space Center

Blast off to the Apollo/Saturn V Center at Kennedy Space Center celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11. Can you believe it’s been 50 years since the historic first steps on the moon?! New exhibits, such as Moon Scape, will feature a Lunar Lander allowing guests to recreate the first steps to the Moon. Check out the life-size Saturn V moon rocket and iconic footage of the Moon landing. These interactive space exhibits will keep your little astronauts counting down until lift off! 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off!

Kennedy Space Center
Cape Canaveral, FL
Now – end of 2019


Bug Lab – Charlotte, NC

courtesy Te Papa via Discovery Place Science

Crawl, creep or buzz into a giant exhibit for a larger-than-life look at the world’s smallest creatures. Discover how the Jewel Wasp is a killer brain surgeon, turning its victims into zombies. Witness the incredible flight of the Dragonfly in the zoetrope—a spectacular 3D animation experience. In Bees vs Hornets: you become the bees defending your hive from the deadly hornet. Plus, there will be live bugs on display and special bug themed events. What’s not to love?! 

Discovery Place Science
Charlotte, NC
Now – May 5, 2019


The Pigeon Comes to *Your City Here*: A Mo Willems Exhibit – Nationwide

2019 Mo Willems via Glazer Museum

Visit the whimsical world of Mo Willems in this traveling interactive exhibit in 2019. Meet his cast of lovable characters including Elephant and Piggie, Knuffle Bunny, Wilbur the Naked Mole Rat and The Pigeon. Promising a ton of giggles (for kids and adults), your littles will love exploring their favorite ridiculous Mo Willems story books as they come to life. More than just fun bedtime stories, these books teach key skills for social and emotional wellness. What could be better than that?

Glazer Children’s Museum
Tampa, FL
Jan. 19, 2019 – May 12, 2019


The Magic House St. Louis Children’s Museum
St. Louis, MO
May 25 – Sep. 7, 2019


Chicago Children’s Museum
Chicago, IL
Opening Fall 2019


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Turns 50 – Amherst, MA

2018 Eric Carle LLC via The Eric Carle Museum

You’re invited: your favorite childhood worm is turning 50! Bring the kids and explore this colorful exhibit featuring one of the most iconic picture book characters of all time. Did you know: a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold somewhere in the world every thirty seconds! And it has been translated into 62 languages! Spread your wings and fly on over. This is a celebration you won’t want to miss.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Amherst, MA
Now – Mar. 24, 2019


Hands-On Harley-Davidson – Sausalito, CA

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Bring your littlest bikers to this new traveling exhibit that is all about STEM and the art of motorcycle maintenance. At Hands-On Harley-Davidson, families will explore a replica motorcycle dealership and a creative engineering lab. From helmet design to custom bike detailing, to a (simulated) test ride on a kid-sized motorcycle, this exhibit is all about creating the ultimate riding experience. Let’s ride!

Bay Area Discovery Museum
Sausalito, CA
Jan. 19 – May 5, 2019


The Art of Banksy – Miami, FL

The Art of Banksy

If your kids like to chalk a sidewalk, you may have a future Banksy on your hands. Call it graffiti or street art, Banksy is one of the most popular street artists of our time with his works of political and social commentary created anonymously on streets all over the world. With over 80 original works, this is the largest exhibition of Banksy art ever assembled. Banksy’s indoor pieces—original and unique works on canvas, wood and paper—are on loan from private collectors at this rare exhibit.

Magic City Studios
Miami, FL
Now – Feb. 28, 2019


Adventure Forest – Denver, CO

Children’s Museum of Denver at Marisco Campus

Stepping up their outdoor game, CMD is building a 500 foot long outdoor aerial adventure course exhibition right in their own backyard. If swinging, climbing, soaring and sliding sound good to your little monkeys, then check out this new outdoor exhibition aimed at building confidence in kids and adults and designed for confident climbers age four and up. Designed in partnership with the incredible Colorado-based artist Wes Sam-Bruce (who designed the ever popular The Wonder Sound exhibit for the New Children’s Museum in San Diego), this new exhibition space is guaranteed to be an interactive and imaginative work of art.   

Children’s Museum of Denver at Marisco Campus
Denver, CO
Opening Spring 2019


Warhol 1968 – Stockholm, Sweden

Åsa Lundén via Moderna Museet

If your winter break trip takes you to Stockholm, this exhibit is a must. Did you know that Andy Warhol’s first solo exhibition at a museum in Europe was at Moderna Museet in Stockholm in 1968? Celebrating that original exhibition, a collection of Andy Warhol artwork will be on display. On Sundays, children and adults are welcome to join in special guided tours (in Swedish) followed by a craft session in the Workshop (ages 2-14 welcome). How’s that for art history?

Moderna Museet
Stockholm, Sweden
Now – Feb. 17, 2019


—Ashly Grzyb



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