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New York Historical Society. PBDW architect renovations
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All the late museum hours in NYC you should know about

Looking for which of NYC's best museums are open late? We’ve got all the information here.

By Howard Halle

New York City has some of the best museums in the world. Unfortunately, it's often inconvenient to visit them because they usually close by 6pm on most days. But not every day: In fact, many museums have late hours on certain days of the week, and that includes major institutions such as the Met, the Guggenheim and MoMA. Want to find out more? Check out our list of all the late museum hours in NYC you should know about.

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Late museum hours

American Museum of Folk Art
American Museum of Folk Art
Photograph: Olya Vysotskaya

1. American Folk Art Museum

Museums Art and design Upper West Side

AFAM’s late hours are perfect for taking in an exhibition on your way to see the Philharmonic or City Opera across the street at Lincoln Center.

Tue–Thu, Sat 11:30am–7pm; Fri noon–7:30pm

Bronx Museum of the Arts
Bronx Museum of the Arts
Photograph: Courtesy Bronx Museum

2. Bronx Museum of the Arts

Museums Art and design The Bronx

Late closings on Friday gives you that much more time to make it up to the Bronx to see the museum’s cool exhibits.

Fri 11am–8pm

Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Museum
Photograph: JongHeon Martin Kim

3. Brooklyn Museum

Museums Natural history Prospect Park

The Brooklyn Museum’s late hours are especially helpful for borough residents, but everyone should try to try to take advantage of its first Saturday festivities, which include music and food along with the art.

Thu 11am–10pm; first Saturday of every month 11am–11pm

4. Cooper Hewitt

Things to do Schools and universities Upper East Side

Make an evening of taking in cool exhibitions of the latest design innovations during the Cooper Hewitt’s late hours.

Sat 10am–9pm

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Photograph: David M. Heald, © SRGF, New York

5. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Museums Art and design Upper East Side

The Gugg’s late closing hours on Saturdays may not seem that late, but they do give you extra time to see its amazing Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building and rotunda.

Sat 10am–7:45pm

Jewish Museum
Jewish Museum
Photograph: Jason Mandella

7. The Jewish Museum

Museums History Central Park

Late hours on Thursdays offer additional viewing time to check out the Jewish Museum’s sharp contemporary exhibits, and fascinating permanent collection, along with talks and workshops.

Thu 11am–8pm

The Met Breuer
The Met Breuer
Photograph: Courtesy The Met Breuer

8. The Met Breuer

Art Lenox Hill

Linger awhile longer during late hours at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s branch for modern and contemporary art.

Thu, Fri 10am–9 pm

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photograph: Marc Hope

9. The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museums Art and design Central Park

The Met is the greatest museum in the world, and, in addition to an encyclopedic collection and fabulous exhibits, its late nights offer special events, concerts, drawing classes—and cocktails!

Fri, Sat 10am–9pm

The Morgan Library & Museum
The Morgan Library & Museum
Photograph: Graham Haber

10. The Morgan Library & Museum

Museums History Murray Hill

Besides world-renown holdings of Old Master drawings, evening hours at The Morgan Library & Museum offer visitors a chance to explore the McKim, Mead & White–designed mansion of Gilded Age Wall Street tycoon Pierrepont Morgan.

Fri 10:30am–9pm

Museum of Arts & Design
Museum of Arts & Design
Photograph: Jenna Bascom, courtesy the Museum of Arts and Design

11. Museum of Arts & Design

Museums Art and design Hell's Kitchen

Evenings at MAD are a great time to experience the very best of cutting-edge design, crafts and contemporary art.

Thu, Fri 10am–9pm

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Photograph: Martin Seck, © 2017 The Museum of Modern Art

12. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Museums Art and design Midtown West

We’re not going to lie: Late hours at MoMA are crowded. Is it still worth going then to see the greatest works of modern and contemporary art anywhere? Absolutely.

Fri 10:30am–8pm

Photograph: Courtesy Neue Galerie New York

15. Neue Galerie New York

Museums Art and design Upper East Side

Besides amazing 20th-century German and Austrian art, a trip to the Neue Galerie New York during late hours means dinner, drinks, and desserts amidst the Old World elegance of Café Sabarsky.

First Friday of every month 11am–8pm

Photograph: Courtesy New-York Historical Society

16. New-York Historical Society

4 out of 5 stars
Museums History Upper West Side

The history of Gotham is both long and epic. Luckily, late hours at the New-York Historical Society give you more time to take it all in.

Fri 10am–8pm


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