As “China: Through the Looking Glass” comes to the end of its run, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will stay open until midnight, the New York Times reports.
The museum will be open three hours later than usual on September 4 and 5 to accommodate the steady stream of visitors to this summer’s Costume Institute show, which has already drawn more than 730,000 visitors and stands as one of the Met’s most popular shows of all time. (For comparison, the previous record-holder, the Met’s 2011 Alexander McQueen retrospective, was seen by 661, 509 people.) The show focuses on the crossover between Chinese culture’s influence on Western fashion and has already extended its run due to its popularity.
The only other time the Met has remained opened until midnight was for the final two days of the McQueen show, which drew lines that snaked through the museum and out of the front doors. Given how popular “China: Through the Looking Glass” has been, people planning to visit the museum in its final days should expect similarly large crowds.