New York City Museums That Stay Open Late

Oct 12, 2015

While New York City has a bar and restaurant scene famous for going around the clock, there are also many museums that keep their doors open into the evening, giving visitors cultural alternatives that last past happy hour:

The Brooklyn Museum

This institution extended its hours on Thursdays until 10 p.m., giving visitors across the city plenty of time to trek out to Brooklyn to see a collection that includes Judy Chicago’s famous Dinner Party installation, featuring table settings for noteworthy women throughout history.

Morgan Library & Museum

The must-see at this modest museum is the McKim Building, a majestic 1906 residence that houses the vast personal library of magnate J. Pierpont Morgan. The building just reopened after a thorough renovation, and it, along with the other wings of this museum, provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of early-20th-Century wealth. Open until 9 p.m on Fridays, the museum usually has a string quartet playing in the main hall.

Neue Galerie

Cosmetics king Ronald Lauder made waves when he spent $135 million to purchase a Klimt painting of Adele Bloch-Bauer for this gallery devoted to German and Austrian art and design. The rest of the collection is equally lustrous, with luminous Expressionist paintings and sleek Bauhaus decorative pieces. On the first Friday of each month the museum is open (and free!) from 6 to 8 p.m.

New Museum of Contemporary Art

This stack of steel boxes on the Bowery looks particularly striking on Thursday nights, when the museum is open late. Admission is pay what you wish from 7 to 9 p.m., which means visitors will be free to contemplate the merits of this adventurous collection.

Museum of Arts and Design

Weaver Audrey Cohen masterfully reproduces paintings by Judy Chicago as oversized, intricate tapestries, which are now on display at this museum devoted to works by hand. Other exhibitions showcase contemporary crafts in Africa and the museums exhaustive collection of jewelry. MAD is open until 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and admission is pay what you wish on Thursdays.

Museum of Modern Art

MoMA turns into an indoor Times Square on Friday evenings from 4 to 8 p.m. when admission is free. While the crowd is dense and slow moving, there is a carnival atmosphere that brightens the already exceptional collection.

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