Museum Mile Festival: all the information

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When: June 9, 2015

Where: Multiple locations

Fifth Avenue bet. 82nd and 105th Sts.
Manhattan, NY

 

A 23-block stretch of Fifth Avenue becomes a car-free promenade when ten of the city’s most prestigious art institutions open their doors to the public free of charge for three hours.

Millions of tourists not only from New York but from around the country and world are coming this year to the June event! The City of New York officially designated Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th streets as “Museum Mile”­ further cementing the area as one of the city’s major cultural resources. You can’t miss one of the New York top events!

 

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Begun as an initiative to spur the development of new museum audiences and to increase support for the arts during the fiscal crisis of the 1970s, Museum Mile was formed as a consortium by the museums that share the Fifth Avenue address. The first New York festival, held in June of 1978, was an instant success.

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The annual event offers free admission to some of the world’s finest art collections during extended evening hours. The 23-block stretch of Fifth Avenue is home to these participating institutions: El Museo del Barrio, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper-Hewitt, the Jewish Museum, the National Academy Museum, Neue Galerie, the Museum of the City of New York and the Africa Center.

 

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In addition to all the art to see inside, there are plenty of outdoor festivities: face painting, chalk drawing, live music and other block-party-type events. The festival kicks off at 6pm, rain or shine.

Museum Mile Festival promotes public awareness through increased visibility, accessibility and attendance at all the museums in New York.

 

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For more information, visit museummilefestival.org.