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Mingling At a Museum... After Dark

Friday, July 17, 2009

The "Night at the Museum" movie franchise may have offered up big bucks to film inside the Smithsonian's vaunted buildings, but for a Washingtonian, spending an evening at the museum is not only easy, it's all the rage.

It is now entirely possible to sip signature pear cocktails and dance to Lil Wayne till midnight at the Hirshhorn, snack on fare from Mie N Yu and listen to a DJ spin a modern twist on Persian music at the Sackler, and mingle with a 21-and-older crowd at the International Spy Museum.

In just a couple of years, Washington museums have joined those in such cities as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago in hosting edgy nighttime parties that ultimately are aimed at cultivating a younger generation of museum patrons. And here, as in other cities, they draw huge crowds.

But which one is for you? And what should you wear?

We scoped out Washington's museum soirees, and we've got the scoop on everything from ticket prices to the age of the crowds to the attire.

Leave "Night at the Museum" to the kids; these bashes are for adults looking for a little culture with their night life.

Read more about the individual events by clicking on the links below or in the This Story box above.

Hirshhorn After Hours

Asia After Dark at the Freer Gallery

Spy at Night at the International Spy Museum

More After-Hours Museum Events

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