Bio for Nick Gray, Author and Museum Hack Founder

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Short Bio

Nick Gray is an entrepreneur and author living in Austin, Texas. He started and sold two successful companies: Flight Display Systems and Museum Hack. Nick is the author of The 2-Hour Cocktail Party, a step-by-step handbook that teaches you how to build big relationships by hosting small gatherings. Over 75,000 people have watched his TEDx talk about why he hates most museums. He’s been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and New York Magazine called him a host of “culturally significant parties.” Visit his websites at and or find him on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.

Biography for The 2-Hour Cocktail Party Book

Nick Gray moved to New York City with very few friends and less-than-stellar social skills. But Nick craved new relationships and exciting opportunities. He started hosting non-traditional parties—a move that opened doors he never could have imagined.

Today, after hosting hundreds of 2-hour parties, he counts business owners, artists, and inspiring teachers among a circle of friends that helped him launch a multi-million dollar company called Museum Hack. Featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, Nick has been called a host of “culturally significant parties” by New York Magazine.

See his best-rated photos online at or @NickGrayNews on Instagram and Twitter, email him directly to [email protected], or see his party tips on How to Host a Party:

Bio For Museum Staff, Industry

Nick Gray is the founder of Museum Hack, a group of renegade museum educators, scientists, musicians, and artists that seek to reimagine the adult museum experience. Gray doesn’t come from an arts or museum background. He started giving unofficial tours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011 for his friends. Since then, Museum Hack has grown to over 60 employees who give tours at museums in New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Museum Hack has also done professional development, event production, and major consultations with nearly 100 institutions including the National Park Service, California Academy of Sciences, Corning Museum of Glass, and the Florida Museum of Natural History. The company’s innovative engagement approach has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. Gray has been a featured speaker at TEDx, The DO Lectures, and the Skift Conference, among many others. He still believes that Museums are F***ing Awesome.

Nick sold Museum Hack in 2019 in an interesting way. Read the story here: My Big News: I Sold Museum Hack! He no longer has any ownership interest or involvement in the business.

Social Media Links

These are Nick’s social media accounts. As of May 2022, he is most active on Instagram.