Be an Early Bird -- New York is the city that never sleeps, and you shouldn’t either—at least not too much. Get an early start on your day. Check opening times for museums and attractions and be there as soon as they open to avoid the crowds. It’s no fun waiting on lines or peering over throngs of people to view exhibits. So, remember: The early bird gets the worm, and the uncrowded attraction!

Nights at the Museum

No, the exhibits do not come alive once the sun goes down. But on certain nights the usually demure museum atmosphere changes into one of a slightly less-demure party scene. Here are a few museums that offer a variety of nighttime revelry.

Bronx Museum of the Arts -- Party in the house! Or, in this case, the museum. On the first Friday every month, from 6 until 10pm, the museum features live music, video screenings, and art performance. Free admission.

Brooklyn Museum --  First Saturday is the Brooklyn Museum of Art’s ambitious and popular program that takes place on (you guessed it) the first Saturday of each month. It runs from 5 to 11pm and includes free admission and a slate of live music, films, dancing, curator talks, and other entertainment that can get pretty esoteric—think karaoke, lesbian poetry, silent film, experimental jazz, and disco.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum -- In 2011, the Guggenheim began a new series of after-hours events called, “Art After Dark”. Once the general public leaves for the day, the museum’s landmark building resonates with music Frank Lloyd Wright never heard, while attendees mingle and possibly even look at some art. Event dates in 2011 included February 1, July 8, and December 8. Admission was $10, free for Guggenheim Members. Check the website to find dates for 2012.

Whitney Museum of Art --  Most Friday evenings in the summer, it’s “Whitney Live,” dedicated to the performing arts and featuring concerts and a “pay-as-you-wish” admission (6¬–9pm year-round).


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