Crazy Nights at the Museum: Forget the Fossils, Go for the Fun

Annie Rose Ramos |
Updated: January 26, 2012 at 12:00 AM

A DJ spins tunes at a recent One Step Beyond event. If you want to feel downright disobedient, head to the Museum of Natural History for a night of dancing. Photo courtesy of the Museum of Natural History.

Never underestimating the fun that can be had at museums. Yes, there are plenty of old fossils (that you can’t touch) and de Kooning exhibits (that you might not understand), but New York’s major and minor museums also boast some unexpected events  for younger museum-goers and the young-at-heart.

Here are some of the fun-filled late nights you can have at New York’s museums:

*PopRally at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., Manhattan

Get jiggy with it in the expansive galleries of the MOMA while guest artists spin their beats (just be sure to avoid spilling your cocktail in the jostling crowd). PopRally, an ongoing program at the museum, features an open bar, offering attendees liquid courage designed to get you on the dance floor. The next event is on March 10 and features an evening with art collective Cheryl in conjunction with the Cindy Sherman Exhibition.

$18 tickets in advance, $23 at the door. Prices may vary depending upon the event.

At Art After Dark at the Guggenheim Museum, mix and mingle with music and art fans alike. Photo by Christine Butler for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.

*Art After Dark at the Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave., Manhattan

Less frequent than PopRally but evoking a similar vibe, Art After Dark is a series of events centered around a special exhibit and yes, there’s a cash bar. The next event is on March 16 at 9 p.m. and will celebrate the twisted (literally) sculptures of John Chamberlain.

Be an early bird as the $15 tickets must be purchased by credit card at the door.

*One Step Beyond at the Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th St., Manhattan

One Step Beyond is held monthly in the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Enter another galaxy and hobnob with star gazers while grooving to hip, contemporary music. Beats man Skinny Freidman and a DJ-set from Dirty Projectors re-launched this year’s festivities; expect more of the same from other DJ’s in upcoming months. The next event is Friday, Feb. 17 at 9 p.m.

$25 tickets are sold in advance.

Just a few weeks ago, K2 Fridays at the Rubin was host to an acrobatic re-enactment to The Green Lama from the Tibet in Comics exhibit - who knows what to expect next Friday. Photo by Michael Palma for RMA Green Lama.

*K2 Lounge at the Rubin Museum, 150 W. 17th St., Manhattan

Friday nights at the Rubin Museum in Chelsea are free, and being a museum dedicated to the art of the Himalayas, the museum café, K2 Lounge, offers special Pan Asian Tapas. While you nosh, enjoy the evening’s DJ at 6 p.m. For a fee, attend the music series featuring Harlem in the Himalayas at 7 p.m.

Free admission every Friday night; tickets for the music series are $18 in advance, $20 that day.

*Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn

On the first Saturday of the month the museum is free and open until 11 p.m. There is live music as well as various family-oriented art and education programs. The bar keeps libations flowing, and as the family programs fade out as the night wears on, you can expect to bump and grind to the live music that fills the great hall of the museum. On Saturday, Feb. 4 check out DJ Stormin’ Norman, resident DJ of Harlem’s Sundae Sermon, followed by Haitian American violinist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain. A fashion show from the Boerum Hill retail shop, The Brooklyn Circus, finishes out the eclectic evening.

First Saturday continues every first Saturday of the month.

At February's First Friday at the Bronx Museum check out a screening of "The Black Power Mixtape" with a discussion to follow. Courtesy of The Bronx Museum of the Arts.

*First Fridays at the Bronx Museum, 1040 Grand Concourse at 165 St., the Bronx

On the first Friday of the month, hit up the Bronx Museum and get free admission and access to special events. In honor of Black History Month, on Feb. 3 there is a film screening followed by a Q&A with the film’s co-producer and after that (it’s a big night!) live performances. It’s a veritable one-stop shop for history, culture and clubbing.

Free admission every first Friday of the month.

*Get Weird: Experimental and Freak Jams at the New Museum, 235 Bowery, Manhattan

Let your freak flag fly for free at these jams, the next of which features an all female psychedelic music collaboration. This monthly series promises anything but a predictable evening, and whichever way it goes, all are invited to lend their own swagger to these hyperactive events. The next Get Weird event is Friday, Jan. 27.

Get Weird events are free of charge.

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