I’m going to give you a little sneak peak at what life is like at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City after dark. One of the joys of being a New Yorker is having access to many events that are unattainable for most. People want to know why I live in a city that smells of rubbish in the hot summer heat and has broken down subway systems that seem to only exist as a home to rats. One of those special events that makes NYC so special is the Met Young Member Party. In college I had to do a research paper using books from the Met library. I would pay pennies to enter the museum each week and sit in the library researching my assigned piece of art. As an adult, I was able to join the Met and as a young member, I am invited to the Young Members Party each Summer. I think at this point I have attended 4-5 years in a row.
This year the event started at 8pm. I met my friends on the iconic stairs leading to the entrance of the Met Museum.
We snapped a few photos in front of the building before heading inside.
A DJ was playing, music videos projected, and a light show was displayed on the ceiling of the usually more library like museum. Even the information desks were transformed into bars.
Each year the party has been a little different. One of my favorite touches from years passed included a string quartet. In all prior years the rooftop was open, even though some years it rained. This year the roof was closed as the current rooftop exhibit is said to be extremely delicate at large. I haven’t seen it yet, but it is on my to do list! But these candles on the staircase are one of the most beautiful after dark touches.
Most of the museum is open for members to wander through, but drinks must stay in the lobby. You can visit the Greek & Roman art and some of the special exhibits. No trip to the Met is complete without a photo by the Sole Lewitt Black and White paintings.
We also checked out on of the newest exhibitions Rei Kawakubo Comme des Garçons Art of the In-Between, the Costume Institute’s Spring 2017 exhibition.
And by 10:30 I slipped out the door to grab a cab before a surge of millennial became my competition. And there you have it, a night at the museum for the Met Young Members Party.
What I Wore
The Nha Khanh Emerald Viera Dress Rent it from Rent the Runway for your next event!
Chinese Laundry Stilettos in silver
Vera Bradley Clutch
How to Get Tickets to the Met Young Members Party
Tickets are available only to members, and even then they have sold out! 2017 tickets were $150 each, with a limit of two per member. All members ages 21- 45 receive special invitations to events throughout the year when they join the Met. Learn more here!