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
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
Late closings on Friday gives you that much more time to make it up to the Bronx to see the museum’s cool exhibits.
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
Make an evening of taking in cool exhibitions of the latest design innovations during the Cooper Hewitt’s late hours.
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.
Evening hours at ICP are a great way to catch up with the best in photography from classic to cutting-edge.
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.
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 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
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.
Evenings at MAD are a great time to experience the very best of cutting-edge design, crafts and contemporary art.
Thu, Fri 10am–9pm
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.
Exhibits at the Museum of Sex (MoSex) seem even more provocative during late hours.
Fri, Sat 10am–9pm
Late hours at the Museum of the Moving Image give you more time to check out screenings, interactive exhibits and more.
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
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.
Panel discussions on contemporary art issues are often held during the New Mu’s late hours
Talks, readings and exhibition tours are all part of the mix during the Whitney’s late hours