The Brooklyn Museum is one of the oldest museums in the country and continues to bring New Yorkers one of the finest collections of arts known. In addition to the multiple exhibitions, adult and children enjoy going to the museum for the plethora of public programs available.
As a way to ‘better serve visitors,’ the Brooklyn Museum changed their hours in October 2010 to stay open on Thursday and Friday until 10p.m. This opened the schedule for more programs and allowed more visitors to come to the museum during these ‘off hours.’ I particularly enjoyed this provision, considering I work during the day and have a hard time seeing everything I wanted in the museum by 6p.m.
Unfortunately, the Museum Director Arnold L. Lehman announced today that the Friday night hours will be canceled effective July 1, 2011. His statement reads, “Although the difficult economy made it impossible to serve our visitors two evenings each week, based on our good experience with the history of First Saturdays, we believe that by focusing our resources on Thursday nights, we can more effectively serve our audience by presenting an increasingly dynamic and engaging schedule of programs each Thursday.”
It appears that the Brooklyn Museum ‘s attempt at bringing in extra revenue didn’t work as planned. Considering its age and prestige, I doubt it will have the same fate as the American Folk Art Museum .
There will still be Thursdays @ 7 programs at the Brooklyn Museum for all to enjoy. A sampling of what is to be offered during July and August can be seen here.
Additional information on current press releases can be found on the Brooklyn Museum Press site.