The beach is our happy place, but sometimes we want to put down our juicy paperback, put on shoes that aren’t flip-flops and check out an art exhibit. Here, seven cultural hot spots you can’t miss this summer.

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Parrish Art Museum

It’s basically the Met of the Hamptons, except with way fewer tourists and strollers. New exhibitions rotate throughout the year alongside a permanent collection with thousands of works by the likes of Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Chuck Close. This summer is the perfect time to check out the amazing outdoor sculptures by Roy Lichtenstein. 

279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill; 631-283-2118 or parrishart.org

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Guild Hall

Art exhibits, theater, film screenings, concerts, workshops… This East Hampton cultural complex pretty much has it all. Best of all, there’s still time to catch Celebrity Autobiography with Christie Brinkley and Brooke Shields, Suzanne Vega in concert, a staged reading of The Poets of Amityville with Stockard Channing and Matthew Broderick, and a panel with Katie Couric about President Obama’s legacy before the summer is over.

158 Main St., East Hampton; 631-324-0806 or guildhall.org

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Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center

If you’ve watched Pollock, you have an idea of what Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner’s Hamptons home—originally purchased for only $5,000—is like. But it’s way cooler in person. Throughout the year, you can tour the space and check out the evidence of Pollock’s poured paint technique on the floor and walls.

30 Springs-Fireplace Rd., East Hampton; 631-324-4929 or sb.cc.stonybrook.edu/pkhouse

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Nova's ARK Project

Guys, this place is a must-see. Located on nearly 100 acres of preserved land, this stunning sculpture garden features contemporary works scattered across rolling hills with expansive views. No Instagram filters necessary.

30-60 Millstone Rd., Watermill; 631-537-0061 or thearkproject.com

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The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center

Eco-minded? This museum features live and re-created nature exhibits, a marine touch tank, outdoor nature walks, and terrariums and aquariums with local wildlife.

377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton; 631-537-9735 or sofo.org

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Southampton Historical Museum

History buffs, take note: If you want to learn about Southampton, this is the place. It features hundreds of antique artifacts, including account books and family memorabilia. Stop by for the current exhibit, a collection of seaside paintings by Hamptons native Eileen Dawn Skretch. 

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton; 631-283-2494 or southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org

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Bay Street Theater

Bay Street Theater

This not-for-profit, open-year-round theater is celebrating its 25th anniversary. A top-notch revival of My Fair Lady is currently closing out the landmark summer season, starring Broadway alums Paul Alexander Nolan, Kelli Barrett and Tony nominee Howard McGillin.

1 Bay St., Sag Harbor; 631-725-9500 or baystreet.org

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