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
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
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
"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.
Nov. 15 to March 2013
945 Madison Ave.
"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.
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.