Upon entering the courtyard, guests enjoyed The Raisin Cake Orchestra and mini architectural tours of the historic Alcazar Hotel courtyard.  Wine tastings and food pairings (light hors d’oeuvres) were available throughout the museum’s four levels. Opportunities to engage with the museum’s collection and the rich history of the building further enhanced this milestone event. As an added bonus, a representative from NYC’s Museum Hack was in the galleries, interacting with guests in a fun and informative manner, creating an unforgettable evening.

Those who participated in the evening’s activities were eligible to win a Viking Cruise for two to a European destination.  This 8 day Viking River Cruise includes a river-view stateroom with deluxe accommodations, guided tours led by expert, English-speaking guides, all onboard meals, wine, beer, and soft drinks with onboard lunch and dinner service, visit(s) to UNESCO site(s), all port charges and free Wi-Fi.

Several newly restored exhibition spaces highlighting the museum’s permanent collection were unveiled as part of the museum’s evening activities.  Many items currently in storage were on view for the first time as part of the new exhibits.

The evening culminated in the Historic Pool and Mezzanine areas with additional food and wine. Light hors d’oeuvres were served throughout the event. It should be noted that this event was not a sit-down dinner.  New York’s Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra gave a special performance in the Historic Pool area. The Dreamland Orchestra is best known for performances at high-end events including the Cannes Film FestivalThe Manhattan Cocktail Classic, and the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island in New York City.  Arenella created the orchestra, and the lawn party, to fulfill his lifelong fascination with times past, and he transcribes all of the orchestra’s repertoire by hand.

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