Neue Galerie Reaches New Millenium: Free Nights Start Next Month

11/20/2009 12:53 PM |

Neue Galerie

The Neue Galerie, the museum of Austrian and German art at Fifth Avenue and 86th Street that maintains a not unpleasant balance of awesomeness (free screenings, best museum restaurant ever, cabaret nights, well-curated exhibitions that are never too big to enjoy) and stuffiness ($15 admission, no kids under 12, no smiling), may never again seem so intimidating and exclusive: Beginning December 4th, admission to the Neue Galerie will be free on the first Friday of every month from 6-8pm.

Most museums have free nights—MoMA from 4-8pm on Fridays, the New Museum from 7-9pm on Thursdays, ICP is by donation from 5-8pm on Fridays—but it took a Bloomberg grant to bring the Neue Galerie around to the practice. And it’s just in time, because the museum’s current show, From Klimt to Klee: Masterworks from the Serge Sabarsky Collection (through February 15), should not be missed.

2 Comment

  • It’s not as if the Neue was being stingy or stodgy in not having a free night until they had a sponsorship or grant. NuMu’s, Brooklyn Museum, MoMA free nights are underwritten and heavily branded by Target.

  • You’re correct (although I still think the Neue Galerie is over-priced). I’m simply saying that for a museum whose branding has often courted an air of exclusivity, this seems a little out of character (in the best of ways). (Also, isn’t the New Museum’s free night now brought to us courtesy of someone other than Target? CIT, whatever that is, if my mental image of my last ticket stub is accurate.)