Museum Mile is an annual one-day festival that has been described as “New York’s biggest block party”. This is the day that New Yorkers and visitors alike converge on Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th Street and gain free entry into nine of the city’s top museums and cultural centers. The traffic-free area also hosts street shows, live bands and activities for kids, making it one of the most exciting happenings in New York’s calendar.
This year’s 30th Museum Mile Festival take place on Tuesday June 3rd at Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, with an opening ceremony at 5.45 pm. Visitors are then free to spend the rest of the evening visiting the other eight museums, that comprise: El Musio del Barrio, that celebrates the diversity of Caribbean and Latin American art and culture; the Museum of the City of New York, that explores the past, present and future of the Big Apple; the Jewish Museum, devoted to the scope and diversity of 4000 years of Jewish art and culture; the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts, that promotes the fine arts in America through instruction and exhibition; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, that houses one of the worlds finest collection of modern art; the Neue Galerie New York, a center devoted to German and Austrian art; the Goethe Institut/German Cultural Center, which supports cultural events that present German culture and, finally; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, celebrating 5000 years of art.
The Museum Mile Festival runs from 6pm until 9pm on the day, and will take place irrespective of the weather. Visitors should expect waiting lines – over 50,000 people attend the festival each year – however, these move fast and there is enough space for everyone to see the cultural wonders of New York during the festival.
Click for the official site of the Museum Mile Festival.