The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced the reopening of the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden and the Roof Garden Bar on Thursday, May 19. Visitors are invited to experience stunning views of Central Park and the New York City skyline while enjoying refreshments, including cocktails and wine, and light fare created by Bon Appétit. The Roof Garden Bar will be open on Sunday–Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Starting July 1, the Cantor Roof Garden will be transformed on Friday and Saturday nights for Sun Sets, a weekly series that will showcase a rotating lineup of DJs from the City’s ever-evolving dance music underground like Liondub, Kristin Barilli, the Brooklyn-based DJ collective Uklon, who are originally from Kyiv, Dominican-American DJ Toribio, and more. This series celebrates a diversity of rhythms, perspectives, and countries of origins, much like New York City itself. Sun Sets will be free with Museum admission, and will be first come first served.
Max Hollein, Marina Kellen French Director of The Met, said, “Our Sun Sets series is a celebration of New York City’s dynamic and legendary music scene. We’re thrilled to welcome this phenomenal group of electronic artists to the Cantor Roof Garden this summer and for all to enjoy the energy and music while taking in the stunning views of Central Park and the city skyline.”
The Sun Sets series will run this summer on Friday and Saturday evenings, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., from July 1 through September 3 and be free with Museum admission; no reservations are required. Access to the Cantor Roof Garden will be first come first served, weather permitting, and subject to capacity restrictions. The Roof Garden Bar is open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8:30 p.m. (last call is at 8:15) and offers refreshments including cocktails, wine, and light fare created by Bon Appétit. The Sun Sets music series takes place during the Museum’s popular “Date Night at The Met” evenings, held every Friday and Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m., featuring live music and drinks.
The Met’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden has long been the location of site-specific artist commissions. The next Roof Garden Commission will open in spring 2023 with an installation by American artist Lauren Halsey.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located at 1000 Fifth Avenue, NYC.