(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


November’s Free First Thursday Night Includes:

  • 6:30–7 p.m. Kara Walker Community Conversation with Mayor Robert D. Jackson
  • 6:30–8:30 p.m. Immigration & Identity Workshop with a Printmaking Demo
  • 7–8:30 p.m. Meet Author B. A Shapiro, book talk and signing, Montclair Public Library and MAM. Books will be available for sale by watchung books
  • Pop-up meditation with Qwell
  • On View: Celebrating 20 Years of Excellence, Instructor Exhibition
  • Music in the galleries with Joel Zelnik Trio
  • Knitting Group & Yarnia
  • League of Women Voters
  • Teen Open Space Studio
  • Drop-In Draw Along Studio
  • MAM Photo Booth!
  • Food Trucks: Bro-Ritos & Empanada Guy
  • New Jersey GLBT Chamber Meet Up




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.


Upcoming Events

  • 25Oct
  • All About Ben: A Celebration of Ben Jones
  • Montclair Art Museum
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