Museum events and news

The summer culture calendar is packed with exciting museum events.

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Brooklyn Brewery Beer Garden at the Brooklyn Historical Society

Brooklyn Brewery Beer Garden at the Brooklyn Historical Society Photograph: courtesy the Brooklyn Historical Society

Delays are plaguing several New York City institutions that were scheduled to open this year. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, intended to debut in September 2012, has been delayed indefinitely due to a funding dispute. (Earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appealed to the National Park Service for help with the opening and maintenance of the institution.) Additionally, the new location of the Museum for African Art—once set to open later this year­—has faced its own monetary issues, and its unveiling has been delayed until further notice.


But good things are happening in Kings County: The Brooklyn Historical Society recently closed part of its 19th-century building for renovations. The revamped first-floor area will go public in 2013, and will update the exhibition space, museum shop and classrooms. Plans for the design can be seen in the exhibit “Post/Forward,” on view in the fall.


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Museum parties and events

SummerNights at the Jewish Museum

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The institution’s concert series, which is in its 15th year, features an eclectic lineup: Singer-guitarist Howard Fishman kicks things off on July 12, followed by performances from Slavic Soul Party! (July 19) and One Ring Zero (July 26). You’ll also have access to the museum’s exhibits, including current shows such as Kehinde Wiley’s “The World Stage: Israel” and “Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890–1940.” • 7:30pm; $15, seniors and students $12, members $10.

  1. 1109 Fifth Ave, (at 92nd St)
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Eldridge Street After Hours at the Museum at Eldridge Street

  • Price band: 1/4

This Lower East Side institution launched its new Thursday-night happy-hour sessions, aimed at patrons under 30, last week. (June’s event was a summer-camp-themed storytelling night.) Upcoming happenings will each have a different focus, such as board games or crafting. • 212-219-0888, eldridgestreet.org. 6–8pm; $10, Facebook friends of the museum $5.

  1. 12 Eldridge St, (between Canal and Division Sts)
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