A Night at the Museum: Which is Right for You?

As it turns out, heading to a sports bar every night isn’t the only way to get involved in the Boston social scene. Broaden your horizons this summer by attending one of the many evening events hosted by area museums. With games for kids, live music, and wine tastings, you’re sure to find one that’s right for you.

Here are a few of our picks:

Photo by Lou Jones, Lonely Planet Images

21 or older? Try  Summer Fridays at the Museum of Fine Arts. Sip fun cocktails in the gorgeous Calderwood Courtyard and meet other art-lovers while you take in some culture. Skipping town on the weekends? Try Winesdays at the Museum of Fine Art, hosted the last Wednesday of each month. Learn to appreciate the taste of wine with the help of an expert at the MFA’s Bravo restaurant, featuring a different winery each month. The cost of admission includes the tasting as well as hors d’oeuvres. The next Winesday will be next week, July 27.

MFA Summer Fridays take place every Friday, rain or shine, through August. MFA Winesdays take place on the last Wednesday of each month. Cost: $25. No reservations necessary. More information here.

Interested in Surrealism? Want to play with water? Head over to the Peabody Essex Museum for their Summer Evening Parties, which take place in the Asian Garden. This Thursday, the event centers around the “Man Ray/Lee Miller: Partners in Surrealism” exhibit. Play Surrealist games, including human chess, hear live music from Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys, and make a little art of your own. Or go next month, when the focus shifts to “Ripple Effect: The Art of H2O,” which explores water in all its forms in various mediums. Experiment with water in the various interactive installations, including Elena Kalman’s “The Wave.”

PEM Summer Evening Parties take place 7/21 and 8/25, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $8 for members or Salem residents and $10 for nonmembers. No reservations necessary. More information here.

Want to bring the kids? Try Neighborhood Nights at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum. Get free admission to the museum, sketch in the courtyard, and take part in the various children’s activities. The theme this Thursday is Egypt: go on a scavenger hunt with art and stories from Egypt. On August 4, the theme is time: hear stories about Isabella Stuart Gardner herself, open a time capsule to learn about life in Boston 100 years ago, and win prizes in a trivia game.

ISGM Neighborhood Nights take place 7/21 and 8/4, 5-8 p.m. Free admission. More information here

Or are you interested in music? Hear live music from various students and alums of Berklee College of Music at the Institute of Contemporary Art every Thursday this summer. This Thursday features Sons of Daughters, an improvisational jazz trio, including Berklee alums Devin Drobka and Aaron Darrell, who tour the East Coast often and have played with many jazz legends. Upcoming artists include Kiesza, a former member of the Canadian Navy who performs pop-folk, saxophonist Grace Kelly, and bluegrass musician Sierra Hull.

ICA Harborwalk Sounds take place every Thursday through 9/8, 6-8:30 p.m. Free admission. More information here.

Which one suits you? Do you plan on attending any events held at museums this summer? Did we miss one? Leave us a note in the comments below.

  One Reply to “A Night at the Museum: Which is Right for You?”

  1. Shelby@UPP
    July 25, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    A suggestion via Facebook:

    Jerry wrote: “Boston Children’s Museum started a new free world music concert series this year. While the museum exhibits aren’t open during the 6-9pm concerts, the events take place on Children’s Wharf, and there are themed refreshments too!”

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