No matter how old you get, there seems to be something magical about being inside a museum after hours. And while sneaking a peek at artists’ masterworks in a dimly lit gallery gives us a little rush, there’s something extra exhilarating and creepy about being amongst fossilized dinosaurs and vignettes of the earliest homosapiens.
No doubt LA’s Natural History Museum had this in mind when it launched First Fridays. While no longer a unique concept - seems like every museum/venue/neighborhood has these events of late - the NHM always curates exciting and unique programming, beginning with a tour and discussion surrounding recent exhibitions, followed by live music and DJs from local NPR affiliate KCRW. Past events have featured Warpaint, Yeasayer, Fitz and the Tantrums and Abe Vigoda.
Performances begin at 8 PM but we recommend early arrival if you want a spot with a view. Feeling particularly ambitious? Show up as early as 5:30 PM to make it an educational endeavor. If you’re less concerned with seeing the show and content lurking amongst the museum’s stunning collection, arrive at your own discretion.
For more information about First Fridays, visit the NHM’s website.