Be an Early Bird -- 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.

Whitney Museum of Art --  On Friday evenings its “pay-as-you-wish” admission, and a party atmosphere (6—9pm year-round).


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