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

     

    Late-night museums in New York
  • Late-night museums in New York

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    Brooklyn Museum

    Late-night museums in New York
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    Discovery Times Square

    Late-night museums in New York
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    The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Late-night museums in New York
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    The Museum of Modern Art

    Late-night museums in New York
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    The Morgan Library & Museum

    Late-night museums in New York
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    Museum of Arts and Design

    Late-night museums in New York
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    Photograph: courtesy Maya Lin Studio/Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

    Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

    Late-night museums in New York
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    New Museum of Contemporary Art

    Late-night museums in New York
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    Photograph: Wendy Connett

    Rubin Museum of Art

    Late-night museums in New York
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    The Whitney Museum of American Art

    Late-night museums in New York

Late-night museums in New York

Photograph: Courtesy the Bronx Museum of Art

Bronx Museum of the Arts

 

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

  • Free

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.

  1. 1040 Grand Concourse, (at 165th St)
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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.

  1. 200 Eastern Pkwy, (at Washington Ave)
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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.

  1. 226 W 44th St, (between Seventh and Eighth Aves)
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Critics choice

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.

  1. 1000 Fifth Ave, (at 82nd St), 10028
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

  • Critics choice

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.

  1. 11 W 53rd St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves), 10019
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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.

  1. 225 Madison Ave, (at 36th St)
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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.

  1. 2 Columbus Circle, (at Broadway)
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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.

  1. 215 Centre St, (between Grand and Howard Sts)
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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.

  1. 235 Bowery, (at Prince St)
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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.

  1. 150 W 17th St, (at Seventh Ave)
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Whitney Museum of American Art

  • Critics choice

TGIF at the Whitney, which stays open an extra three hours to mark the end of the workweek. Fri 1–9pm; $18, students and seniors $14, children under 18 free.

  1. 945 Madison Ave, (at 75th St), 10021
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