The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced it will keep the museum open late for 10 nights during December 2017 and January 2018 for timed tickets to see the popular David Hockney and Michelangelo exhibitions. Evening viewing will take place on select dates starting December 26, 2017 and when the museum is ordinarily closed.

Late nights will be offered on December 26, 27 and 28, 2017 and on January 2, 3, 4, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2018. Timed entries will be available 6, 7 and 8 p.m.

Packaged as "A Night at The Met," tickets are $125 for both exhibitions with each entry time limited to 150 people. Tickets include an Audio Guide and admission to all three of the Met's museums for the following day. For information or to purchase, click here.

The shows are drawing thousands of visitors daily, according to the museum. The tour allows for a more intimate experience with the art and the exhibitions because of the attendance limitation, according to The Met.

"Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer" is on view through February 12, 2018. The show includes 133 of his drawings, three marble sculptures, his earliest painting and a wood architectural model for a chapel vault. Also included are works by artists who were influenced by Michelangelo and relate to the art on view.

"David Hockney" is on view through February 25, 2018. The show presents iconic works and key moments from the artist's career from 1960 to the present and includes all his media including painting, drawing, photography and video. The exhibition coincides with the artist's 80th birthday, which took place earlier this year on July 9, 2017.

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"Studies for the Libyan Sibyl (recto); Studies for the Libyan Sibyl and a small sketch for a Seated Figure (verso)" by Michelangelo Buonarroti, ca. 1510-11. Red chalk with small accents of white chalk, soft black chalk or less probably charcoal, 11 3/8 x 8 7/16 inches. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1924. Image courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art.

"Studies for the Libyan Sibyl (recto); Studies for the Libyan Sibyl and a small sketch for a Seated Figure (verso)" by Michelangelo Buonarroti, ca. 1510-11. Red chalk with small accents of white chalk, soft black chalk or less probably charcoal, 11 3/8 x 8 7/16 inches. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Joseph Pulitzer Bequest, 1924. Image courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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BASIC FACTS: The Metropolitan Museum of Art Fifth Avenue is located at 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028. Visit the museum's website for details on all the exhibitions on view.  www.metmuseum.org.

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