See NYC Museums Free on Friday Nights!

The front of the Guggenheim Museum from 5th Av...

The front of the Guggenheim Museum from 5th Avenue New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Metropolitan Museum of Art entrance, New York ...

Metropolitan Museum of Art entrance, New York City. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

New York City might be the center of the universe. The sheer amount of continuous exposure to culture, art, sensation, and the sheer drama of life, which residents and visitors alike are treated to on a daily basis, is incomparable. New York City can easily lay claim to being the most culturally dynamic place in the world.  

Case in point: The Free on Friday Nights programs hosted by several NYC museums. Want to see some of the world’s most stunning, moving, or simply odd representatives of the human artistic and cultural experience? Great! Keep reading to get a small taste of exactly where to go to see it all for free on Fridays in New York City.

MUSEUM OF MODERN ART: This NYC landmark, which as the reader may have guessed, is famous for its artwork, offers free entry to all comers each and every Friday night. If you don’t like long waits, then make showing up a priority – long lines (and thus long waits for those slow or late in appearing) are a common occurrence.

THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART: Open until 9 p.m. EST on the weekends (Friday + Saturday), this New York City landmark has a totally different atmosphere when toured at night than it does in the daytime. The melodious strains of live classical performances are a nice touch to the viewing experience, too!

THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM: This museum uses its free Friday entries to showcase exhibits based upon and around various themes, including women’s history, Latin American culture, and so forth. In addition to the art on the walls, patrons can enjoy a variety of live musical performances. Free viewing hours are subject to change, of course, but six to eleven P.M. is usually a safe bet, especially if you want to catch the musical act(s) of the evening.

THE RUBIN MUSEUM: No, this isn’t a space devoted to the history of sandwiches – if you want that, head to Katz’s! The Rubin Museum is a fun, quirky museum whose daylight exhibits on the history of the Himalayan mountains transform once the sun sets. Every Friday night, patrons can grab one or two drinks from the rotating selection and settle in for a movie – everything from awesome, poorly-dubbed Japanese karate films to more recent flicks – or, if the mood strikes, amble into one of the actual galleries for a taste of the Himalayan cultural and historical narrative.

And there you have it – a guide to a handful of NYC’s best Free Friday museum openings. There are loads more to see, of course, so hail a taxi and start exploring! The truth is that while the Big Apple’s museums are a sight to behold at any time of the year, there’s just something special about seeing them after dark. Free Friday viewings offer the same fun with a twist: Fewer crowds to negotiate, an altered ambience, flourishes such as live music, booze, and cinema, and of course the art itself. In short, if you’re in New York City and you’re looking for some weekend fun, don’t be surprised if you find yourself murmuring “TGI-‘Free Fridays'”!

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