Harvard Art Museums at Night kicks off this Thursday

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This Thursday, the Harvard Art Museums will launch a new monthly series of evening hours, featuring music, food and shopping.

April 28, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Calderwood’s inner courtyard will be lit up with nightly entertainment. In addition to free admission to museums and the five main exhibits currently on display, visitors will be able to purchase jade carvings by Somerville artisan Peter Schilling in the gift shop, listen to tunes by DJ Charles Azagra and hear from guides students discuss notable works. of art, such as the centuries-old sculpture of Prince Shōtoku, Monet’s painting “Red Boats, Argenteuil” and “Self-Portrait with a Cat” by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. Food and beverages from the on-site restaurant, Jenny’s Cafe, will be available for purchase.

The Harvard Art Museums at Night program will be offered on the last Thursday of each month, with the next date scheduled for May 26. Coinciding with the date of April 28 is the start of Harvard’s annual meeting Arts First Festivala four-day program with events such as public art exhibitions and live performances.

Typically, general public admission to museums costs $20. The evening deals come after the introduction of free tours on Sundays, which began when museums reopened to the public in September.

“I am thrilled to announce this new initiative that opens our doors at night to all visitors,” said Martha Tedeschi, director of the Harvard Art Museums. “In addition to our existing Free Sundays program, we are delighted to offer free evening hours for those who are unable to visit us during the day.”

Advance registration for this Thursday night’s offer is reserved; according to a press release, “walk-in visitors are welcome, but please note that space may be limited due to capacity”. Advance tickets for future parties can be booked two weeks in advance at harvardartmuseums.org/calendar.


Dana Gerber can be contacted at dana.gerber@globe.com

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