Frick First Fridays at The Frick Collection

Frick First Fridays at The Frick Collection offer museum admission and gallery programs for free from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, except January and September.

During this once-a-month event, take advantage of the museum’s permanent and special exhibition galleries. In addition, listen to talks and lectures by museum educators and curators and enjoy music and dance performances. Or just relax and sketch in the tranquil Garden Court. The museum provides complimentary materials for guests inspired to be creative.

The Frick Collection is an internationally recognized museum and research center. It’s extensive collection is renowned for its Old Master paintings, as well as incredible examples of European sculpture and decorative art. In addition, the adjacent reference library is considered one of the leading institutions for research in the fields of art history and collection.

Important Notes:

  • Entrance is first come, first served.
  • Ages 10 & over.

You can find additional information about Frick First Fridays here.

You can find additional background information about The Frick Collection here.

First Fridays at the Frick Collection

First Fridays at The Frick Collection offers museum admission and gallery programs for free from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, except January and September.

During Frick First Fridays, take advantage of the museum’s permanent and special exhibition galleries. Listen to talks and lectures by museum educators and curators. Enjoy music and dance performances. Or just relax and sketch in the tranquil Garden Court. Complimentary materials are even provided by the museum.

The Frick Collection is recognized as a premier museum and research center. The museum’s collection is renowned for its Old Master paintings, as well as incredible examples of European sculpture and decorative art. In addition, the adjacent reference library is considered one of the leading institutions for research in the fields of art history and collection.

Important Notes:

  • Entrance is first come, first served.
  • Children under 10 are not admitted.

You can find additional information about Frick First Fridays here.

You can find additional background information about The Frick Collection here.

Camp: Notes on Fashion at The Met Museum

Camp: Notes on Fashion, the Costume Institute’s Spring 2019 exhibition at The Met Museum Fifth Avenue, explores the origins of camp’s exuberant aesthetic. Utilizing Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay “Notes on ‘Camp'” for its framework, the exhibit examines the abundant expression of irony, humor, parody, pastiche, artifice, and theatricality in fashion.

On display at this annual fashion extravaganza, you’ll see over 250 objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present. Prime examples of the Camp aesthetic include a large variety of shoes, dresses, handbags, accessories, and so much more. The exhibit is a great way to increase your understanding of the history of fashion design.  And with all the bright, playful colors, it’s also the perfect way to punch up your Instagram feed. So, plan your outfit carefully and keep your camera at the ready for this immersive, one-of-a-kind exhibition.

The exhibition is located in The Met’s Gallery 999, and runs from May 9, 2019 through October 8, 2019.

Learn more about our visit to last year’s exhibit, Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, in our post here.

Learn more about The Costume Institute here.

Museum of Interesting Things Secret Speakeasy

The Museum of Interesting Things Secret Speakeasy NYC is a traveling, interactive exhibition of antiques, collectibles, and inventions. The focus of the speakeasy is to inspire innovation and creativity. This is achieved through interaction with relics from our past. In many cases, the audience are full-on participants. They assist in unveiling the newest acquisitions, offer their own anecdotes about particular items, and ask insightful questions. Interaction at a secret speakeasy, whether with people or objects, is encouraged. Save for a few exceptions, audience members are entirely welcome to touch the items on display.

The Museum of Interesting Things Secret Speakeasy NYC is presented by its inimitable host, Denny Daniel. He’s the curator and founder of the museum. If you are wondering what the show is like, the general ballpark is a robust mix of Barnum and Baily, Pawn Stars, and Antiques Roadshow. So, in other words, prepare to be entertained.

Please keep in mind that the secret speakeasy has been known to change venues last-minute. We strongly recommended that you check the website before the event. Typically, though, the speakeasy is held at The Loft in Soho at 177 Prince Street. Keep in mind, each month the programming changes to focus on a specific theme, so make sure to join the email list to see what is offered each month. This month’s theme  is Suffragette City, which has one of the largest collections
on the history of the suffragettes, rights and voting.

For a preview of the event, read about our experience visiting a prior speakeasy here.

My Favorite Things at The Museum of Interesting Things Secret Speakeasy

The Museum of Interesting Things Secret Speakeasy is a traveling, interactive exhibition of antiques, collectibles, and inventions. The focus of the speakeasy is to inspire innovation and creativity. This is achieved through interaction with relics from our past. In many cases, the audience are full-on participants. They assist in unveiling the newest acquisitions, offer their own anecdotes about particular items, and ask insightful questions. Interaction at a secret speakeasy, whether with people or objects, is encouraged. Save for a few exceptions, audience members are entirely welcome to touch the items on display.

The Museum of Interesting Things Secret Speakeasy is presented by its inimitable host, Denny Daniel. He’s the curator and founder of the museum. If you are wondering what the show is like, the general ballpark is a robust mix of Barnum and Baily, Pawn Stars, and Antiques Roadshow. So, in other words, prepare to be entertained.

Please keep in mind that the secret speakeasy has been known to change venues last-minute. We strongly recommended that you check the website before the event. Typically, though, the speakeasy is held at The Loft in Soho at 177 Prince Street. Keep in mind, each month the programming changes to focus on a specific theme, so make sure to join the email list to see what is offered each month. This month’s theme for Denny Daniel’s birthday is One of My Favorite Things…and Yours! Party in Soho.

For a preview of the event, read about our experience visiting a prior speakeasy here.

Thanksgiving at The Museum of Interesting Things Secret Speakeasy

The Museum of Interesting Things Secret Speakeasy is a traveling, interactive exhibition of antiques, collectibles, and inventions. The focus of the speakeasy is to inspire innovation and creativity. This is achieved through interaction with relics from our past. In many cases, the audience are full-on participants. They assist in unveiling the newest acquisitions, offer their own anecdotes about particular items, and ask insightful questions. Interaction at a secret speakeasy, whether with people or objects, is encouraged. Save for a few exceptions, audience members are entirely welcome to touch the items on display.

The Museum of Interesting Things Secret Speakeasy is presented by its inimitable host, Denny Daniel. He’s the curator and founder of the museum. If you are wondering what the show is like, the general ballpark is a robust mix of Barnum and Baily, Pawn Stars, and Antiques Roadshow. So, in other words, prepare to be entertained.

Please keep in mind that the secret speakeasy has been known to change venues last-minute. We strongly recommended that you check the website before the event. Typically, though, the speakeasy is held at The Loft in Soho at 177 Prince Street. Keep in mind, each month the programming changes to focus on a specific theme, so make sure to join the email list to see what is offered each month. This month’s theme is Eureka! History of Invention: Things that would be in a home 100 yrs ago.

For a preview of the event, read about our experience visiting a prior speakeasy here.

Double the Fun: 10 Reasons to Visit the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-Saint Paul

We’ve lived in the Midwest, and we know that major cities like Chicago, Cleveland and Indianapolis get all the attention. But the thing we discovered on our recent visit to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area is that it’s the underrated, sleeper Midwest hit that’s waiting to be discovered. Minneapolis and Saint Paul are referred to as the Twin Cities, but locals know they’re less like Mary Kate and Ashley and more like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito. The cities offer distinctly different vibes — Minneapolis is the ultra-hip, cosmopolitan twin, while Saint Paul is the charmingly historic, elegant twin. But don’t let the sibling rivalry fool you. As the saying goes: “The best thing about Minneapolis is Saint Paul, and the best thing about Saint Paul is Minneapolis.” In short, you get to enjoy the best of both worlds.

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I Spy at The Museum of Interesting Things Secret Speakeasy

The Museum of Interesting Things Secret Speakeasy is a traveling, interactive exhibition of antiques, collectibles, and inventions. The focus of the speakeasy is to inspire innovation and creativity. This is achieved through interaction with relics from our past. In many cases, the audience are full-on participants. They assist in unveiling the newest acquisitions, offer their own anecdotes about particular items, and ask insightful questions. Interaction at a secret speakeasy, whether with people or objects, is encouraged. Save for a few exceptions, audience members are entirely welcome to touch the items on display.

The Museum of Interesting Things Secret Speakeasy is presented by its inimitable host, Denny Daniel. He’s the curator and founder of the museum. If you are wondering what the show is like, the general ballpark is a robust mix of Barnum and Baily, Pawn Stars, and Antiques Roadshow. So, in other words, prepare to be entertained.

Please keep in mind that the secret speakeasy has been known to change venues last-minute. We strongly recommended that you check the website before the event. Typically, though, the speakeasy is held at The Loft in Soho at 177 Prince Street. Keep in mind, each month the programming changes to focus on a specific theme, so make sure to join the email list to see what is offered each month. This month’s theme is I Spy: Spy, Cipher, Crime, and Communication Tech.

For a preview of the event, read about our experience visiting a prior speakeasy here.

More Than Meets The Eye: A Visit to the Museum of Illusions in New York City

There’s a saying that goes “Ask no questions, and you’ll hear no lies”. Being duped isn’t generally what one considers a positive experience, but the Museum of Illusions might be able to convince you otherwise. Optical illusions play with motion, color, patterns and space to create images that, when processed by the brain, create a perception that doesn’t match the true image in reality. Remember the viral phenomenon of 2015 where millions of people saw a black and blue dress as white and gold? (And if you do, have you made up with all the friends and family you disagreed with?) Well, that’s just one of many examples where the eyes can deceive.

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Museum Day Presented by Smithsonian Magazine

Museum Day is an annual one-day event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine, celebrating museums and cultural institutions across the entire country. This year’s Museum Day will be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018.

Through their partnership with Microsoft, Smithsonian Magazine generously offers free admission to a participating museum or cultural institution for any ticket holder plus one guest. Museum Day is the perfect answer to that relentlessly repetitive question: What are we doing this weekend? Well, you now have the answer for at least one Saturday in September.

IMPORTANT NOTES: Museum Day tickets were made available on August 15, 2018. Tickets go fast, so make sure you get yours now. Only one ticket for one museum or cultural institution is provided per registered email address, so choose wisely! To review the list of participating locations in each state and to reserve your tickets, click here.

If you’re looking for some New York City-based recommendations, we have included some posts we wrote below offering some insights into our favorite institutions, all of which are participating locations for this year’s Museum Day.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators

The Rubin Museum of Art

Museum of Chinese in America

Fraunces Tavern Museum