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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.
Photograph: David Heald, © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York
By Howard Halle |
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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

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American Museum of Folk Art
Photograph: Olya Vysotskaya
Museums, Art and design

American Folk Art Museum

icon-location-pin Midtown West

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

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Bronx Museum of the Arts
Photograph: Courtesy Bronx Museum
Museums, Art and design

Bronx Museum of the Arts

icon-location-pin 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

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Brooklyn Museum
Photograph: JongHeon Martin Kim
Museums, Natural history

Brooklyn Museum

icon-location-pin Prospect Heights

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

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Things to do, Schools and universities

Cooper Hewitt

icon-location-pin 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

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Photograph: David M. Heald, © SRGF, New York
Museums, Art and design

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

icon-location-pin 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

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Jewish Museum
Photograph: Jason Mandella
Museums, History

The Jewish Museum

icon-location-pin Upper East Side

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

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The Met Breuer
Photograph: Courtesy The Met Breuer
Art

The Met Breuer

icon-location-pin Upper East Side

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

Thu, Fri 10am–9 pm

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photograph: Marc Hope
Museums, Art and design

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

icon-location-pin Upper East Side

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

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The Morgan Library & Museum
Photograph: Graham Haber
Museums, History

The Morgan Library & Museum

icon-location-pin 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

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

Museum of Arts & Design

icon-location-pin Midtown West

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

Thu, Fri 10am–9pm

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

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

icon-location-pin Midtown East

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

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Photograph: Courtesy Museum of Sex
Museums, Special interest

Museum of Sex (MoSex)

icon-location-pin Gramercy & Flatiron

Exhibits at the Museum of Sex (MoSex) seem even more provocative during late hours. 

Fri, Sat 10am–9pm

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Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nels
Museums, Movies and TV

Museum of the Moving Image

icon-location-pin Astoria

Late hours at the Museum of the Moving Image give you more time to check out screenings, interactive exhibits and more.

Fri 10:30am–8pm

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Photograph: Courtesy Neue Galerie New York
Museums, Art and design

Neue Galerie New York

icon-location-pin 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

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Photograph: Courtesy New-York Historical Society
Museums, History

New-York Historical Society

icon-location-pin 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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New Museum of Contemporary Art
Photograph: Maris Hutchinson/EPW Studio
Museums, Art and design

New Museum of Contemporary Art

icon-location-pin Lower East Side

Panel discussions on contemporary art issues are often held during the New Mu’s late hours

Thu 11am–9pm

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