The de Young Museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is now open late Friday nights mid-January through November for its sixth season of the FREE Friday Nights Out. Although its not as trendy hip (and overcrowded) as the Academy of Science's Thursday night, it's a great place to spend Friday night getting a bit of education while being entertained. The museum is open until 8:45pm so don't waste your time hitting happy hour before, come after work to soak up the culture and enjoy the no-host bar with reasonable prices. Plus the cafe offers a special Friday night menu and the museum store is open late for compulsive shoppers.
The de Young is offering a wide range of activities on Friday nights from poetry readings, live bands to behind the scene tours and all the exhibits are open free to members, but at a minimal cost to non-members. In addition to entertainment for the adults in the form of booze and beats, the museum also offers crafts for kids (and their parents). The de Young Friday nights appeals to most demographics but the overall vibe was couples of all ages and young families.
Every week is different so check the de Young website calendar for the nightly theme. We had the pleasure of hitting Opera Night last Friday. This Friday, Feb 4th a selection of musicians will be playing in honor of Black History Month. And Friday, Feb 11th, the museum will be launching their new iphone app and celebrating with music and online tour of the app. Lots to choose from, so get your culture on and visit the de Young on Friday nights!