For the past 28 years, culture lovers in the Big Apple wait for one single day in the month of June when nine of the city’s greatest museums open their doors to the general public for free. All these museums are located on the famous Fifth Avenue and visitors can spend three hours absorbing the wonders of these icons. 23 blocks in the city are closed off to traffic and visitors can wander around the area, enjoying live bands, art-in-the street and other entertainment geared for kids, as well as visiting the museums themselves. This year, the Museum Mile Festival will take place on June 12th and will begin with an opening ceremony at the National Academy Museum’s building on Fifth Avenue at 5.45 pm.
The museums that are open to the public are: the Latino cultural institution, el Museo del Barrio; The Museum of the City of New York that celebrates the rich cultural diversity of the city and examines its past, present and future; The Jewish Museum, which illuminates the history and achievements of the Jewish experience; the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, devoted to historic and contemporary design; the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts that provides fabulous exhibitions of art work; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, another institution dedicated to the presentation of art, architecture and visual culture; the Neue Galerie, the museum for German and Austrian art; the Goethe Institute (German Cultural Center) that promotes German cultural events; and, finally, Metropolitan Museum of Art that celebrates 5000 years of art from every corner of the globe under one roof.
Click for the official site of the Museum Mile Festival.