The annual Museum Mile Festival will return to NYC Tuesday, June 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. During this time, eight museums will be completely free to enter for New Yorkers and visitors alike.
As usual, Fifth Ave will be completely shut down to traffic from 82nd Street to 105th Street so New Yorkers can easily stroll along and pop in and out of their favorite cultural institutions.
There are also other outdoor activities, from music, dancing, and art-making activities for all ages to breakdancing lessons by the Dynamic Rockers—Kid Glyde, Indio, and Rinto—with music curated by DJ Johnny Famous.
In other words it will be a complete walker’s paradise!
Plus, this year’s event is even more special than in the past as 2023 marks 100 years since the founding of the Museum of the City of New York!
While the Met is pay-as-you-wish for NY residents, spots like the Guggenheim, Neue Galerie and Museum of the City of New York can cost upwards of $25 for admission, so this is a great chance to get in for free! Plus, they’re open later than usual.
Here are the rest of this year’s participants:
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1000 5th Avenue at 82nd Street (212) 535-7710
- Neue Galerie New York: 1048 5th Avenue at 86th Street
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum: 1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street
- Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum: 2 East 91st Street btw 5th Avenue & Madison Avenue
- The Jewish Museum: 1109 5th Ave at E 92nd Street
- Museum of the City of New York: 1220 5th Avenue at 103rd Street
- El Museo del Barrio: 1230 5th Avenue at 104th Street
- The Africa Center: 1280 5th Ave at 109th Street
The first festival ever was held in 1978, so there’s some rich history here, not only inside the museums themselves! The total visitors since then has surpassed over one million since the festival first started.
Museum Mile Festival will occur in rain OR shine, so just bring an umbrella if it’s drizzling! Find out more info here.