(MAM) & Yard School of Art offer American, Native American, & contemporary art exhibitions, programs, & classes in NJ
Join us for Free First Thursday Nights at MAM every month from October through June,  5–9 p.m., and enjoy an evening of free art and dynamic programming.
Free First Thursday Nights are made possible by


February 2, 5–9 p.m.


  • Free general museum admission, 5–9 p.m. Take a tour at 6:30 or 7:30 p.m.
  • Full-service bar with special Free First Thursday Night prices. The Art Bar at MAM is provided by Krug Catering at Orange Lawn Tennis Club and NJ Beer Co. MAM members receive a special discount on drinks at the bar! Cash and credit card accepted.
  • Live music with the Silver Fox Songs Quartet and African drummer Roderick Jackson
  • Celebrate African American History Month with Photo Biographies: Telling Our Stories photo display and panel discussion, 7 p.m. and Blk Grrrl Book Fair Read Aloud with Teka-Lark Lo, 8 p.m.
  • Get creative in the drop-in Yard School of Art Draw Along Workshop and Green Screen Visual Effects Demonstration
  • Kids' Creativity Center lets parents make a play date with art! Appreciate the full experience of Free First Thursday Night while your kids (ages 5+) are engaged in an age-appropriate art project in our new Helen and Bill Geyer Art Studio. Reserve your time slot now! (Separate charge applies for Kids' Creativity Center)
  • Bring teen items to donate to Jersey Battered Women's Service for Teen Dating Violence Awareness month. We're accepting DVDs, CDs, USBs, teen novels, etc.
  • Discover authentic antique valentines, circa 1910, from Makeready Gallery
  • Food trucks: Ann's Catering and Bro-Ritos


Save the dates:

  • March 2*
  • April 6*
  • May 4*
  • June 1*

*Admission does not include special exhibition fee for Matisse and American Art.


Have a creative business or activity you'd like to present at Free First Thursday Nights? Please email us a description at thursdays@montclairartmuseum.org.

We encourage you to bring groups to Free First Thursday Nights! We ask that groups of 10 or more RSVP to thursdays@montclairartmuseum.org. In return, we'll give your group a special mention on the Free First Thursday Nights webpage. 

Social Media

Visitors are encouraged to share their Free First Thursday Night experience on social media.

Find the Museum @MAMmontclair and share your posts with #MAMfftn.