If you haven't been to the Brooklyn Museum yet (or recently), then you're missing out.  Located just next door to the Botanical Gardens, the Brooklyn Museum is a rich source of cultural artifacts.  Come on the first Saturday of any month to participate in free special activities sponsored by Target.  July's First Saturday activities are focused on Indian culture.

 
Saturday, July 2:
Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior
Free Admission from 5 to 11 p.m.

July's Target First Saturday celebrates Independence Day and the exhibition Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior. 
Kathak Ensemble. Photo by Julie Lemberger
Kathak Ensemble. Photo by Julie Lemberger

5–7 p.m. Music
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor

Falu mixes contemporary rock with classical Indian music.

6 p.m. Dance
Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor

The Kathak Ensemble brings the art of Vishnu: Hinduism's Blue-Skinned Savior to life with traditional Hindu dance and storytelling. Free tickets (330) available at the Visitor Center at 5 p.m.

6–8 p.m. Performance
Lobby, 1st Floor
Performance duo Clean Penny Service cleans dirty pennies for visitors using natural methods. This performance is in connection with the installation Black Lincoln for Dooky Chase.

6:30–8:30 p.m. Hands-on Art
Education Division, 1st Floor
Discover Vishnu’s powerful avatars and sculpt one of your own. Free timed tickets (380) available at the Visitor Center at 5:30 p.m.

7 p.m. Curator Talk
Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 4th Floor
Curator of Asian Art Joan Cummins on Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior.Free tickets (30) available at the Visitor Center at 6 p.m.

8–10 p.m. Dance Party
Beaux-Arts Court, 3rd Floor
Celebrate Independence Day with The Freedom Party NYC. DJs Cosi, Herbert Holler, and Marc Smooth spin tracks by American artists. 

8:30–10 p.m. Performance
Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
The RagaChitra Foundation band presents a concert of traditional Indian compositions on Vishnu. 

10–11 p.m. Late Night in the Galleries
All galleries open. Explore the Museum.

Throughout the evening, a cash bar will offer beer and wine, and the Museum Café will serve a wide variety of sandwiches, salads, and beverages. The Museum Shop will remain open until 11 p.m.

Some Target First Saturday programs have limited space available and are ticketed on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs are subject to change without notice. Museum admission is free after 5 p.m. Museum galleries are open until 11 p.m. Parking is a flat rate of $4 from 5 to 11 p.m.

Learn more about the Brooklyn Museum and its rich selection of ongoing programs and resources.

First Saturdays are sponsored by Target.

Made possible bytheWallace Foundation Community Programs Fund, established by the Wallace Foundation, with additional support from DLA Piper US LLP, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Ellis A. Gimbel Trust, National Grid, and other donors.

Major support also provided by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

New York Times
 Community Affairs Department, media sponsor.

WNYC Radio, broadcast media sponsor.