(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.
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Each Free First Thursday Night includes:

  • Free general museum admission, 5–9 p.m.
  • Full-service bar with special Free First Thursday Night prices in partnership with Krug Catering at Orange Lawn Tennis Club. NJ Beer Co. is the exclusive beer of Free First Thursday Nights. 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


Special Programming:

December 7, 5–9 p.m.

  • Jesse Posa, leading Frank Sinatra Impersonator and Sinatra lookalike
  • Special a cappella performance by Newark Boys Chorus
  • A reading of poems inspired by the works of Charles Burchfield with Robert Carnevale
  • Yard School of Art Open House
  • Holiday Trunk Show in The Store at MAM
  • Origami Demo with Edward Misretta, Yard School of Art and North Arlington High School student
  • Montclair Institute for Lifelong Learning Holiday Card Show
  • Food Truck: Elephant Thai



Save the dates:

  • NO January Free First Thursday Night
  • February 8, 2018*
  • March 1, 2018
  • April 5, 2018
  • May 3, 2018
  • June 7, 2018


*Please note that there is NO Free First Thursday Night in January and the February Free First Thursday Night will take place on the SECOND Thursday, to feature MAM's new spring exhibition Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist.




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.