Special Events at Night at the Museums


Many venues will hold special exhibitions and activities. Check out our suggestions on how to plan your evening.
China Institute will have live Chinese music performances, art activities, and short films. Visit China Institute at 40 Rector Street, on the second floor. www.chinaInstitute.org

Museum of Jewish Heritage will offer tours of “Ordinary Treasures” on the hour from 4–7 p.m. Note: A paid ticket is required for entry to the special exhibition “Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away.” mjhnyc.org

Poets House will have free book giveaways and various family-friendly activities emphasizing the similarities between libraries, museums, and poetry, of course. poetshouse.org.

The Skyscraper Museum welcomes visitors to join the Curator’s Tour, with founding director Carol Willis, of the special exhibition “Housing Density” at 5 p.m. skyscraper.org


Fraunces Tavern® Museum’s special programming includes live 18th-century music and dance lessons provided by the Tricorne Dance Ensemble, guided tours of the museum, and a Colonial Costume Photo Booth. frauncestavernmuseum.org

African Burial Ground National Monument will have rangers on hand to answer questions and provide periodic presentations. View the film Our Time At Last, which details the history of the African Burial Ground from its creation, through its rediscovery, and onto its designation as a national park. www.nps.gov/afbg

Black Gotham Experience will guide walking tours illustrating the peculiar universe of urban slavery in a port city with deep ties to the sugar plantations of the West Indies. A key persona in this story is an enslaved woman named Sarah who is one of 29 people that participated in the first militarized Black rebellion on the island of Manhattan on April 6, 1712. Free hourly tours of Sarah’s Fire take place on June 25: 4–5:30 p.m., 5–6:30 p.m., 6–7:30 p.m. Tours begin at 192 Front Street. RSVP at http://blackgotham.com/sarahs-fire/.

Federal Hall National Memorial will provide National Park Service Ranger-led tours, on the hour from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., as well as a special lecture by Professor Jamie Warren at 6:00 p.m. Visitors can also pick up a copy of the Bill of Rights as well as other giveaways. While supplies last. www.nps.gov/feha

South Street Seaport Museum will have open tours of the 19th-century sailing ship Wavertree and hourly tours of the lightship Ambrose On Pier 16. (limited availability; registration on-site). For Night at the Museums exclusively, Bowne & Co., located at 209-211 Water Street, will highlight selected examples that show the breadth and brilliance of 19th-century letterpress printing, as well as demonstrate with equipment not regularly on public view. southstreetseaportmuseum.org


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