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Late-night museums in New York: MoMA, the Met and more

Get an after-hours dose of culture at these museums in New York, which keep their doors open during times when you can actually visit.

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Photograph: Courtesy the Bronx Museum of Art

Bronx Museum of the Arts

 

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Photograph: Virginia Rollison

Brooklyn Museum

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Photograph: Cinzia Reale-Castell

Discovery Times Square

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Photograph: Timothy Hursley

The Museum of Modern Art

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The Morgan Library & Museum

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Museum of Arts and Design

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Photograph: courtesy Maya Lin Studio/Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

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New Museum of Contemporary Art

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Photograph: Wendy Connett

Rubin Museum of Art

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The Whitney Museum of American Art

  • Hitting NYC’s art institutions after punching out of work can be a real pain. Luckily, these museums in New York—the New Museum, the Whitney and the Brooklyn Museum, among other New York attractions—allow admission well into the evening. Discover where you can catch exhibits at night (often for free!) in our handy guide, custom-made for the busy Gothamite.

Bronx Museum of the Arts

It's the end of the week, and you don't want to make any more tough decisions. Thankfully, with the BMA's First Fridays, you don't have to. Take in art and music for free once a month, with entertainment such as DJ sets, live jazz bands, video displays and expert Q&As running well into the night. First Friday of the month 6–10pm; free.

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The Bronx

Brooklyn Museum

Target First Saturdays at the beginning of every month lets you wander the museum until 11pm, taking breaks to hear music, sip drinks and enjoy cool activities related to the current shows. Line up early to secure tickets to see movies or to take limited-space classes, or become a member for preferential treatment. First Saturday of the month 5–11pm; free.

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Prospect Park

Discovery Times Square

This exhibit center off Times Square keeps its doors open until 9pm on weekends, so you can join the chorus and catch some culture when the sun goes down. Fri, Sat until 9pm, last admission 8pm; $27.

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Midtown West

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Critics' pick

The Met has plenty of awesome stuff to gawk at, such as the Greek and Roman galleries, pre-Jesus textiles and lots of naked sculptures. Fri, Sat until 9pm; suggested admission $25, seniors $17, students $12, members and children under 12 free.

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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Critics' pick

What do you mean, you still haven't been? The must-see gallery is viewable through 8pm on Fridays (nab free admission starting at 4pm) and during the summertime keeps its doors open until 8:45pm on the first Thursday of the month. The only problem is, you might find half of Manhattan there at the same time. Fri 4–8pm, first Thursday of Jun, Jul, Aug 10:30am–8:45pm; free.

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Midtown West

The Morgan Library & Museum

J. Pierpont Morgan was a rich, scary man who had so much loot that the government would come to him for loans. The library that bears his name usually has some excellent exhibits and a wealth of historical treasures such as rare books, art and ancient artifacts. And come Friday night, you can peruse 'em for free. Fri 7pm–9pm; free.

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Murray Hill

Museum of Arts & Design

Thursday is the night for workaholics and stressed students to run in and see exhibitions showcasing everything from jewelry to bicycles. Thu 6–9pm; pay what you wish.

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Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

Put down your wontons and learn about the people whose ancestors spawned them. MOCA aims to preserve and document the Chinese-American immigrant experience. Go for Target Free Thursday and buy Chinese meal afterward with the cash you saved on admission. Thu 6pm–9pm; pay what you wish.

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Little Italy

New Museum of Contemporary Art

Exhibits by excellent but perhaps underappreciated artists—like Emory Douglas, Dorothy Iannone and Jeffrey Inaba—make this museum a nice, less-crowded alternative to MoMA. Thu 11am–9pm; $12.

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Lower East Side

Rubin Museum of Art

The Rubin features many sweet and soul-improving exhibitions on Eastern art and thought, making it the perfect place for a late-night bolt of inspiration. On Fridays, you'll get the bonus of drinks at the venue's K2 Lounge, plus movies, tapas and music. Fri 6–10pm; free.

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