July 5, 2018 – Everyone knows that New York City has some of the world’s greatest museums, but fewer visitors might be aware that those institutions are increasingly places to hang out at night, listening to a DJ set or live music and drinking a cocktail. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite evening museum events.

July 8— July 29
Summer Sunday evenings are always a little bit lovelier when MoMA’s free Summergarden concert series rolls around. Each year, the museum hosts live jazz and classical music performances for those lucky enough to score a free seat. And you can’t find a better environment than MoMA’s serene Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. The month’s shows include performers from the Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Seating opens at 7pm; concerts start at 8pm. 

Summer Thursdays
July 5— Aug 30
As a part of their summer late-night series, MoMA’s Summer Thursdays offers concerts in the Sculpture Garden that are included with the price of museum admission. The theme this year is artists living and working in New York City. The 2018 lineup includes dreampunk, Afrofuturist soul, hip-hop and lo-fi Baroque pop and features musicians such as Kemba, Zenizen, Habibi, and Oshun.

Cocktails at Cooper Hewitt
July 5— Aug 9
Each summer, Cooper Hewitt’s garden comes to life with weekly performances on Thursday evenings. All summer, the museum celebrates inclusivity and showcases a diverse and dynamic range of genres, kicking off with the series’ first-ever Pride Night (June 21) featuring drag hostess Horrorchata and her crew of Bushwig beauties. Other highlights of the 2018 season in subsequent weeks are: Juilliard School Presents Kleine Blumen (July 5), Heidi Latsky Dance (July 19) and Atlantic Records Presents Clara Mae (August 2). The museum’s first- and second-floor galleries remain open until 7pm, and admission is included with ticket purchase.

Guggenheim Tuesdays
July 10— Sep 11
The Guggenheim will again celebrate summer with extended hours on Tuesdays. Each week features public programming, including a conversation series called Summer of Know at The Wright restaurant. No advance tickets are required and all exhibits are on view. Refreshments and snacks are available for purchase in the rotunda and in Cafe 3.


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