New York City has several of the most famous and flat out remarkable museums in the world. One fascinating thread that’s strung throughout some of the city’s most recognizable cultural institutions, is that many of them sit on Fifth Avenue. So, aside from the convenience of being able to walk a straight line and inevitably pass by several New York City museums, there’s also a yearly block party where all of those museums open their doors for three hours of free admission.
The Museum Mile Festival began during tough economic times in the 70’s. Aimed to promote and cultivate business throughout the Fifth Ave museums, the festival quickly bloomed bringing together a variety of people from different boroughs and financial backgrounds for a passionate celebration of the city’s elevated culture. The Museum Mile Festival has maintained its prestige throughout the years while growing into an internationally renowned event.
This year’s gathering promises to maintain access and enjoyment with all nine of the original Fifth Avenue museums participating. Worldly institutions like the Museum of the City of New York, the Guggenheim, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art will make their timeless collections and exquisite exhibitions available for free public viewing. Patrons of the Museum Mile will also get to delve into the city’s vast cultural diversity by viewing work such as an old pop art collection at the Jewish Museum, or the characterful sketches in the Africa Center’s Congolese urban art exhibition.
With such reputable and interesting museums participating in the festival, Museum Mile also entertains by shutting down traffic on the entire mile stretch of participating institutions. Mixing in some outdoor street art entertainment, photo booths, children’s entertainment and all of the along the way restaurants, those three hours of festival time this June will not disappoint.
Tuesday June 9th