First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum: Free Culture and Fun

Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, New York City
Target First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, New York City. Adam Husted / The Brooklyn Museum
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Brooklyn Museum

200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY 11238-6052, USA
Phone +1 718-638-5000

One of Brooklyn's premier cultural destinations, "Target First Saturdays" at the Brooklyn Museum attract thousands of visitors who come for a free night out, to see the gallery exhibits, hear speakers and live music, watch free films, and participate in hands-on art activities. Every First Saturday event is organized around a different — and always interesting — theme. It's a multi-event, family-friendly, six-hour extravaganza lasting from 5 P.M. until 11 P.M. And, it's free.

You can make an evening of it; the museum's cafe serves delicious sandwiches, salads, and beverages, and visitors can buy both wine and beer at a cash bar. All galleries are open to the public.

Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Everything's Free, But Some Tickets Are Limited

Guests are advised to arrive early for certain programs, which, due to space limitations, require tickets. Tickets are free, but in order to obtain one, you're advised to get in line a half-hour early at the Visitor Center in the Rubin Lobby. (Museum members have priority and can obtain tickets on a same-day basis, at 2 P.M.)

If you see a ticketed event that you're interested in, you should get there early because tickets run out quickly. Normally ticket lines often form 30 minutes before ticket distribution at the Visitor Center located in the Rubin Lobby. Members may pick up tickets from the Membership Desk while supplies last. 

The themes and precise schedule are announced a few weeks before each "Target First Saturday," which is, of course, the first Saturday of every month. There is no Target First Saturday however in September, as the Brooklyn Museum is the staging site for a number of big events pertaining to the West Indian Labor Day Parade and Carnival.

Not every Target First Saturday event follows the same format but in general, there's a smorgasbord of activities, including music, lectures, performances, a book club discussion and more events. The word "Target" refers to the store, Target, which sponsors this wonderful community event.

If you happen to have a car, you can park for six dollars in their lot, which is open late for this popular monthly event. ​

No matter what's on the itinerary, here's three things you should do at Target First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum:

  • Brooklyn Museum of Art
  • Brooklyn Car
  • Museum Events
  • Museum Exhibit
  • Children's Museum

More About the Museum

If you are a local and have an NYC ID, you can get a free membership to the museum, which gives you free access to the museum and discounts at the gift shop. The Museum Shop is one of the best places to pick up Brooklyn themed merchandise, inventive toys, and deeply discounted products related to previous exhibits that would please any art lover. You don't have to rush to the Museum Shop, it will remain open until 10 p.m on Target Free Saturdays. They also have an extensive collection of art books for sale. However, the museum also has an incredible permeant collection, which you should see during one of the Target First Saturdays. After you've danced in the lobby or listened to a lecture, be sure to take the elevator to the third floor to the Temples and Tombs exhibit and see the museum's notable collection of mummy and Egyptian artifacts. If mummies aren't your thing, the museum's collection of ancient Egyptian art is "one of the largest and finest in the United States, is renowned throughout the world. The galleries for this unparalleled collection have been reorganized and reinstalled." You can't help but marvel at the sculptures, pottery, and artifacts from ancient Egypt.

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First Saturdays at the Brooklyn Museum: Free Culture and Fun