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Fall into some culture this season

What better way to spend lovely, crisp, fall days than with a little museum hopping?

This fall, replenish the slight brain damage done by the sun and surf -- not to mention the margaritas -- with some of these hotly anticipated exhibits.

'The Butterfly Conservatory: Tropical Butterflies Alive in Winter!'

Oct. 6 to May 28

American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street

212-769-5100

www.amnh.org

Now in its 14th season, the popular annual exhibition allows guests to explore all aspects of butterflies, including anatomy and evolution, in a unique tropical ecosystem.

'Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe'

Sept. 28 to Jan. 20, 2013

Brooklyn Museum

200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

718-638-5000

www.brooklynmuseum.org

"Origin of the Universe" focuses on local Brooklyn artist Mickalene Thomas' eye-popping paintings that depict bold African- American women in all their femininity and power.

'Sinister Pop'

Nov. 15 to March 2013

Whitney Museum

945 Madison Ave.

212-570-3600

www.whitney.org

"Sinister Pop"?takes the Whitney's impressive collection of Pop art and pulls the work that focuses on the movement's darker side.

'Harry Potter: The Exhibition'

Holiday season, specific dates TBD

Discovery Times Square

226 W. 44th St.

866-987-9692

www.discoverytsx.com

Sure, it's not high art, but sometimes you just need to keep the kids entertained. Back by popular demand, "Harry Potter: The Exhibition," features genuine artifacts from the movie series, including the final film.

 
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