(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

Each Free First Thursday Night includes:

  • Free general museum admission, 5–9 p.m.
  • The Free First Thursday Night bar offers a variety of drinks, including NJ Beer Co. beer, the exclusive beer of Free First Thursday Night. MAM members receive a special discount on drinks at the bar! Cash and credit card accepted.
  • Draw Along Workshop—all ages are invited to get creative in a free drop-in session with a clothed model!
  • Teen Space—this new open studio is available just for teens! 7–9 p.m.
  • Live music
  • Tours
  • Food Vendors



May 3, 2018

  • Enjoy live jazz music in the galleries with the sweet sounds of Dr. Lou & the Jazz All Stars.
  • Be inspired to get up and dance at a live Flamenco Dance performance and demonstration with Admission Nation, 6–7 p.m.
  • Take a docent-led tour of MAM’s Native American art collection at 6:30 p.m. and the special traveling exhibition Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist at 7:30 p.m.
  • Experience a musical performance of “Singers and Songwriters: The Faces of Love” with the WomanSONG Intergenerational Chorus (Montclair Women’s Club), 7:30­–8 p.m.
  • A special Mother’s Day give away­, courtesy of TD Bank. Any mom with a TD Bank card can pick up a free admission pass to MAM for two!
  • Discover the beauty of raku, a unique pottery firing process, at MAM’s ceramic studio.
  • Learn more about Montclair Reads with the Montclair Public Library and pick up your free copy of Cheaper By the Dozen.
  • Enjoy community info tables in Leir Hall, featuring the League of Women Voters, and a floral demostration with Art in Bloom designer and florist, Anna Coy.
  • Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Art in Bloom with origami master, Edward Misretta! Misretta will be leading an Art in Bloom themed origami demonstration.

June 7, 2018

  • Pictures Concert



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.