Downtown has one of the most diverse and concentrated groups of culturally significant institutions in the world, and Night at the Museums is the signature event each year that showcases the breadth of all it has to offer. Now in its fifth year, the event boasts participation from 14 organizations offering free admission and a slate of special programming, performances, exhibitions and tours. Night at the Museums takes place Tuesday, June 19, from 4–8 p.m. and is hosted by the Downtown Cultural Association as part of River To River Festival 2018, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s annual summer arts festival.
Night at the Museums welcomes visitors of all ages to spend a summer evening exploring New York City’s history and heritages. In celebration of Downtown also as a premier dining destination, this summer’s Get Low campaign, sponsored by the Downtown Alliance, offers restaurant goers a 20 percent discount at a range of restaurants in the area on summer Tuesdays, so they can taste their way through Lower Manhattan all season. Patrons can check out the Downtown Alliance’s Instagram account @downtownnyc to find out which restaurants are running the special each week, beginning after Memorial Day. #GetLow2018
All activities are free, but some require tickets or advance reservation. Information guides will be available at all venues, as well as downloadable/viewable online. For complete information, including a map and schedule of events at NightAtTheMuseums.org.
Participating Night at the Museums institutions are: African Burial Ground National Monument, China Institute, Federal Hall National Mall, Fraunces Tavern Museum, Lower Manhattan Tours, Museum of Jewish Heritage, National Archives at New York City, National Museum of American Indian, National September 11 Memorial & Museum, 9/11 Tribute Museum, NYC Municipal Archives, Poets House, The Skyscraper Museum, and South Street Seaport Museum.