Harvard Art Museums stay open late Thursday to explore and mingle

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Are you looking for a soothing activity after work or a date idea? Head to the Harvard Art Museums on Thursday from 5-9 p.m. for a night of artsy festivities in the latest in their “Harvard Art Museums at Night” series.

Held on the last Thursday of each month, the events, which began in April, allow visitors to explore the galleries for free and after hours. (Typically, the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and charges $20 for general admission.)

Attendees can expect more than just extended hours, however; visitors are invited to congregate in Calderwood Courtyard to enjoy a bite to eat from the on-site bistro Jenny’s Cafe, as well as Arlington coffee magic bites, which will serve an array of Mediterranean dishes. Beer, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase. DJ C-Zone will perform in the courtyard while guests mingle and try out some of the other art-related activities. The museum shop next to the courtyard will also be open.

You can browse the museum’s many galleries, which house works by artists such as Willem de Kooning, Paul Cézanne and Georgia O’Keeffe. A current exhibition, “Disturb the view”, features porcelain sculptures by artist Arlene Shechet alongside works by German, Japanese and Chinese sculptors. Another one, “Clay – Modeling African Design”, features over 50 works from various parts of Africa.

Walk-in admission may be limited; you can Register in advance to harvardartmuseums.org/calendar. Register for next month’s event at September 29 opens two weeks in advance.

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St., Cambridge. 5-9 p.m. Free. harvardartmuseums.org.


Maya Homan can be reached at maya.homan@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MayaHoman.

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