Museum offers Winter Nights events
Last updated 12/5/2023 at 10:44am
Days are shorter, and the air is colder - winter is coming! Every Thursday in December, the High Desert Museum will host fun and festive Winter Nights events - offering participants a break from their busy work weeks with unique evenings out.
For Winter Nights the Museum will remain open until 7:30 p.m., with seasonal themes as well as a chance to experience new exhibitions and activities for all ages. In addition, the Museum presently has two new exhibitions - "Wolves: Photography by Ronan Donovan" and "Endangered in the High Desert" - and will open a third one on Saturday, December 9, "Andy Warhol's Endangered Species: From the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation."
• December 7: Welcome to Winter - The first Winter Nights event will feature speedy rounds of Museum trivia. Several rounds will be played, and prizes will be won. Alongside trivia, Museum visitors may enjoy beverage tastings from local vendors and a dinner or a treat at the Rimrock Café. Silver Sage Trading will also be open, offering holiday discounts to all and complimentary gift wrapping. Cookie decorating and storytelling for kids will also be happening all evening long.
• December 14: College Night - Students with college identification will receive free admission! For this Winter Nights event the Museum encourages all visitors to come dressed in their best vintage snow-wear. The evening will feature speedy rounds of Museum bingo, more regional beverage tastings, cookie decorating, and storytelling. Silver Sage Trading – with holiday discounts and gift wrapping – and the Rimrock Café will also be open throughout the evening.
• December 21: Exploring Endangered Species - Bring the family to explore "Wolves: Photography by Ronan Donovan," "Endangered in the High Desert," and "Andy Warhol's Endangered Species." The exhibition will showcase the pop art icon's complete Endangered Species series (1983), as well as select works from Warhol's Skull series, Vanishing Animals series, and one of Warhol's iconic Marilyn Monroe works. To learn more, visit: highdesertmuseum.org/warhol.
Like the previous nights, there will be beverage tastings alongside an exhibit-themed scavenger hunt that ends with an art project.
• December 28: By the Fireside – This will be an opportunity to get the entire family out of the house - in pajamas. During the final Winter Nights of the season the Museum will host a pajama party with family portraits, cozy stories, sugar cookie decorating, and more craft beverage tastings.
Admission for Winter Nights is $10 general admission and $6 for ages 3-12. Ages two and under and Museum members are free. Visitors who arrive earlier in the day may stay for Winter Nights without paying additional admission. The outdoor exhibits are closed during Winter Nights. Regular winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.