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Village Culture: Museums and Galleries to Cool Off in This Summer

The Museum Mile Festival with its open doors and street festivities just highlighted some of uptown’s (and the world’s) most prestigious cultural institutions. Below are some museums and galleries in the Village where low admission prices and hot exhibitions are the norm:

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Merchant’s House Museum

29 E. 4th St. (between Lafayette St. and the Bowery)

It’s old, 180 years old precisely. But it’s still nicer than your home in New York City probably is. Rightfully then, The Merchant’s House Museum shows off how one Seabury Tredwell, a nineteenth century successful hardware merchant, lived. And how well his family preserved the homestead long thereafter. Be sure to check out the newly opened Irish servant’s quarters while you’re there.

The Merchant’s House is open Thursday through Monday from 12pm-5pm. It’s $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Children 12 and under enter free. Call (212) 777-1089 or click here for more information.

Salmagundi Club

47 5th Ave. (between 11th and 12th Sts.)

A clubhouse of sorts for some of America’s premier artists, the Salmagundi Club curates a lovely gallery in its Fifth Avenue brownstone mansion. This Village institution has been home to famed artists such as Louis Comfort Tiffany, N.C. Wyeth and William Merit Chase. Al Hirschfield and Sir Winston Churchill belonged to the club as honorary members. The best news about the Salmagundi Club? The gallery is free and open to the public.

The main gallery is open Monday through Friday 1pm-6pm and on weekends from 1pm-5pm. Call (212) 255-7740 or click here for more information.

Museum of the American Gangster

80 St. Mark’s Pl. (between 1st and 2nd Aves.)

This specialty mini-museum displays rare artifacts from the days of Tommy guns and prohibition. Even cooler, it’s all housed in a former speakeasy.

The admission runs $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. The museum is open every day from 1pm-6pm. Call (212) 228-5736 or click here for more information.

Forbes Galleries

62 Fifth Ave. (at 12th St.)

Rotating exhibits on art and design populate this gallery featured in the lobby of Forbes Magazine’s headquarters. Don’t miss the Steel Time, the new jewelry exhibit taking a look at the cultural effects of steel.

The Forbes Galleries are free and open to the public, Tuesdays and Wednesdays as well as Fridays and Saturdays from 10am-4pm. Call (212) 206-5548 or click here for more information.

NYU’s Grey Art Gallery

100 Washington Square E.

NYU’s art gallery currently has Storied Past on exhibition until July 14th. It’s a look at “four centuries of French art from the Blanton Museum of Art.” Better yet, the admission is only a suggested $3 and free for NYU students, faculty and staff.

The Grey Art Gallery is open every day but Sunday and Monday. Click here for specific hours or call (212) 998-6780 for more information.

The Sheila C. Johnson Design Center

66 5th Ave. (at 13th St.)

This gallery space at Parsons The New School for Design will soon be home to No Precedent: 2012 Architectural Prize for Young Architects and Designers, a spotlight on designers 10 years or less out of school from June 21st until August 3rd. Come check out the buildings of the future and spot the next starchitect in the making.

The galleries are open daily from 12:00pm until 6:00pm and stay open until 8pm on Thursdays. Admission is free. Click here for more information.

Village Culture: Museums and Galleries to Cool Off in This Summer

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