Your Guide To The Cheapest, Classiest Parties In The U.S.

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Late nights and museums, they are not just for Ben Stiller anymore. The cool crowd is making museum-going hip again, and they don't need animated dinosaur skeletons to do it.

Coast to coast, in an effort to win over a new audience, museums are offering special events for the atypical museum visitor. Think young and fun. They're called the “creative class,” says Sarah Stifler, associate director of communications at the Hammer a University of California, Los Angeles museum.

It seems to be working. At the Brooklyn Museum in New York, during the run of the recent Murakami exhibit more than 15,000 party-goers came out for first Saturdays. And in Los Angeles, 2,000 to 4,000 catch the tram up for The Getty Museum’s first Friday events that are geared towards a 21-35 year-old audience in an effort to introduce the museum to a “new crowd,” says Kim Sadler, marketing project coordinator at the Getty.

At many of the events, visitors can expect popular local and national DJs like, DJ Spinna or DJ Kids Hops. The Seattle Art Museum’s “Remix” first Fridays has brought out hundreds in a concerted effort to “ingrain the museum into the fabric of the life” of its community, says Nicole Griffin.

Here's MainStreet's guide to summer museum fun:

ASIAN ART MUSEUM OF SAN FRANCISCO
WHAT: Billed as "Matcha," this event stirs up "servings of art, performance and music" the first Thursday of every month from 5 to 9 p.m.
WHERE: 200 Larkin Street, San Francisco, Calif.
HOW MUCH: Free with museum admission, $5 after 5 p.m.

BROOKLYN MUSEUM
WHAT: Target (TGT) sponsors the museum’s events every first Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m.
WHERE: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, N.Y.
HOW MUCH: Free.

THE GETTY MUSEUM
WHAT: "Friday’s off the 405" takes place at the museum from 6 to 9 p.m. The museum hires Flavorpill to help pick the entertainment. The next event is on June 27.
WHERE: 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, Calif.
HOW MUCH: Free.

THE HAMMER MUSEUM
WHAT: The museum will have Thursday events, including “I Like to Rock” in July and “Jazz Pop” in August with a cash bar and pre-show DJs. On June 6 the museum will host a Kara Walker closing bash.
WHERE: 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, Calif.
HOW MUCH: Free.

MODERN ART MUSEUM OF FORT WORTH
WHAT: On first Fridays, from 5 to 8 p.m., there is live music and a cash bar presented by the Star Telegram.
WHERE: 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, Texas
HOW MUCH: Free.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
WHAT: Also on first Fridays: A digital dating bar keeps folks entertained as local DJs spin music.
WHERE: 220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Ill.
HOW MUCH: $10.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO
WHAT: The museum hosts TNT (a "Thursday Night Thing") which features live bands and DJ lessons.
WHERE: 1001 and 1100 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, Calif.
HOW MUCH: Free ($3 suggested donation for nonmembers).

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
WHAT: The first Friday program runs from January thru June to “engage visitors in their 20s and 30s,” says Su Oh, performing arts manager.
WHERE: 900 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, Calif.
HOW MUCH:
Free for Members, $9 adults, and $6.50 for students .

ORLANDO MUSEUM OF ART
WHAT: From 6 to 9pm, the Florida museum hosts first Thursdays each month with local artists, DJs, and a cash bar for patrons.
WHERE: 2416 North Mills Avenue, Orlanda, Fla.
HOW MUCH: Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.

SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
WHAT: This museum hosts an event every first Friday. On June 6, the venue changes slightly: Remix with a Twist will take place at the Olympic Sculpture Park from 6 p.m. to midnight.
WHERE:
1300 First Avenue, Seattle, Wash.
HOW MUCH: Free for members and $5 for nonmembers.

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