Fall into some culture this season

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

Brooklyn Museum

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.

‘Sinister Pop’

Nov. 15 to March 2013

Whitney Museum

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.

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