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October 2020

Night Out at the Museum

I am looking for something new to do on my Friday night out.
Any ideas you can suggest?

When the week comes to an end, I always seem to stick to my same old Friday night routine. So, I’ve been on the lookout for something new and exciting to do this weekend and have found a great alternative to a typical Friday night. Some of New York City’s greatest museums are open late on Fridays. Let me share with you some of these great events happening after dark.



If it’s dancing that you are after, plan a night out at the Guggenheim. The museum hosts a dance party on the first Friday of each month. Doors open at 9pm and drinks flow freely until 1am on the ground floor.

The $25 cover charge includes music from international DJs and bands, access to current exhibits, and a cash bar. If you are a Guggenheim member, admission is free.

Address: 1071 Fifth Avenue

Phone: (212) 423-3500


Museum of  Modern Art

Admission is free at the MoMA between 4pm and 8pm on Fridays. One Monday (varies by month) the MoMA stays open until 8:45pm. The first 600 people to purchase a ticket after 5:30pm receive free admission on their next visit. Guests have access to exhibitions, film screenings, and a cash bar.

Address: 11 West 53 Street

Phone: (212) 708-9400


The Metropolitan Museum of Art

In the mood for live music? Enjoy live classical music from the Balcony Café at the MET. The museum is open until 9pm on Fridays & Saturdays.

Address: 1000 Fifth Avenue

Phone: (212) 535-7710


The Whitney Museum

The Whitney has live music, performances, artist appearances, and education events on certain Fridays at 7pm. Friday is pay-what-you-wish admission from 6-9pm. Check site for dates.

Address: Madison Avenue at 75th Street
Phone: (212) 570-3600


American Museum of Natural History

For those seeking a truly unique experience, spend the night at the American Museum of Natural History. Children 8-12 years old can stay overnight at the museum for $129 (members of the museum get a break at $119). The evening includes an evening snack, light breakfast, cot, an IMAX film, fossil exploration with a flashlight, and a live animal exhibition.

The festivities begin at 5:45pm and continue until 9am. Those of us who are still a kid at heart will appreciate the overnight group rates for all ages. The AMNH can accommodate 21-119 people. Prices range from $200-$5,000 depending on the size of the group. *Note: You must pre-register to stay overnight. Call Central Reservations at 212-769-5200, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Address: Central Park West at 79th Street
Phone: (212) 769-5100


The New Museum

The New Museum at 235 Bowery offers free admission on Thursdays after 7pm. The museum is open until 10pm on Thursdays and Fridays. On the third Thursday of each month guests can attend quirky events, such as a music series called “Get Weird: Experimental and Freaky Jams.”

On the first Saturday of every month the New Museum hosts an event geared toward families with children and young adults ages 5 to 15 years old. Admission is free and visitors have the opportunity to meet artists, engage in creative activities, and explore exhibitions throughout the museum.

Address: 235 Bowery
Phone: (212) 219-1222


The Rubin Museum

The Rubin Museum located in Chelsea is a lively place on Friday nights; complete with drinks, DJs, concerts, live music, film screenings, and access to galleries. Happy hour starts at 6pm in the K2 Lounge inside the museum. Guests can enjoy 2-for-1 cocktail specials from 6:00pm-7:00pm, as well as appetizers and fusion music, or they can watch film screenings at the Rubin Museum’s Cabaret Cinema.
Screenings begin at 9:30pm and admission is free with a $7 minimum bar purchase from the K2 Lounge. Sit back in the 137-seat cherry wood-lined theater and enjoy live acoustic music performed by some of the finest artists in New York City. Admission: Free after 7pm on Fridays
Address: 150 West 17th Street

Phone: (212) 620-5000


The Museum of Arts and Design

The Museum of Arts and Design has pay-what-you-wish Thursdays from 6-9pm. Admission is regularly $15.
Address: 2 Columbus Cir

Phone: (212) 299-7727

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