MUSEUMS WITH A SOCIAL LIFE

Culture, With a Splash of Cocktails

  1. Cocktails@Cooper-Hewitt is a weekly party at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City. During the festivities, guests can check out the ongoing Triennial exhibition. (Richard Patterson/courtesy Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum)
  2. Jazz is the preferred soundtrack at Cocktails@Cooper-Hewitt. The museum's garden is the largest private green space in Manhattan and has views of Central Park. (Richard Patterson/courtesy Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum)
  3. Now in its second year, the Speakeasy at 1220 Fifth Avenue is a series of Wednesday-night cocktail parties held on a Georgian-revival terrace overlooking Fifth Avenue and Central Park at the Museum of the City of New York. (Andrew Hinderaker/courtesy Museum of the City of New York Speakeasy)
  4. At the Speakeasy events, music ranges from the Charleston to the blues, and a handful of regulars even come decked out in Roaring Twenties garb. (Andrew Hinderaker/courtesy Museum of the City of New York Speakeasy)
  5. Art is nice, but if partying in a planetarium is more your thing, One Step Beyond is the place—held within the American Museum of Natural History's Rose Center for Earth and Space. (Courtesy American Museum of Natural History)
  6. The One Step Beyond event draws some 1,000 people who come to drink, dance, and listen to topflight musicians like Moby and Kanye West. Guests can also catch a show at the museum's planetarium. (Courtesy American Museum of Natural History)
  7. On pause this summer, One Step Beyond resumes one Friday per month during fall, winter, and spring. (Courtesy American Museum of Natural History)
  8. This summer, the rooftop garden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is the setting for a new art installation: Big Bambú. Grab a martini and admire the work. (Courtesy Mike and Doug Starn/ARS)
  9. The Met's Big Bambú installation will expand throughout the summer until it is composed of 5,000 bamboo poles lashed together by 50 miles of nylon rope. But there's still plenty of room on the rooftop for a martini bar and views of Central Park. (Courtesy Mike and Doug Starn/ARS)
  10. PopRally is a fittingly eclectic party for the Museum of Modern Art. Held year-round approximately every six weeks, the event has rotating themes (in the past it's been Tim Burton, skateboarding, dance), with music performed live or by a DJ. (Courtesy mecredis/Flickr)

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