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All-Night Party With Silent Disco Comes to Museum of the City This Weekend

By Shaye Weaver | November 16, 2016 10:26am
 The Museum of the City of New York is hosting a 32-hour party celebrating its new permanent exhibition,
The Museum of the City of New York is hosting a 32-hour party celebrating its new permanent exhibition, "New York at Its Core," opening Nov. 18.
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Museum of the City of New York

UPPER EAST SIDE — The Museum of the City of New York is throwing a 32-hour party and offering free general admission to celebrate the opening of its new permanent exhibit this weekend.

The all-night celebration launches Saturday morning and lasts through 6 p.m. Sunday with a morning yoga class, live performances, movies, trivia and a silent disco spinning tunes from the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

General admission to the 1220 Fifth Ave. museum is free, but classes and admission to the silent disco, which runs from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., are $15 and movie screenings are $10 and must be booked in advance online.

The party, "Gotham Groove: 32 Hours of Nonstop NYC," marks the opening of the museum's latest exhibit "New York at Its Core" exploring the city's 400-year history from its birth as a port city in 1609 to 1898 to the present, and looking ahead to its future.

An interactive game created by the museum will be the centerpiece of the future portion of the exhibit, with a touch screen that lets visitors transform the cityscape by manipulating its population density, transit, housing, environmental factors and other challenges. Users can then watch their choices play out on the large screen.

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More than 400 objects will be on display, including a silver cocktail shaker and cup made by Tiffany & Co. during the Prohibition era, a baseball signed by Jackie Robinson and a Studio 54 guest list signed by Liberace, Ringo Starr, Lindsay Wagner, among others.

Overnight visitors can catch movie screenings, including "Saturday Night Fever," "King Kong," and "After Hours." 

The exhibit will take up the full first floor of the museum and is the "capstone" of a 10-year, $100 million renovation of the museum, according to officials.