08 Jun Museum Mile Festival 2015
Museum Mile Festival
Tues June 9th, 2015 | 6-9pm | Rain or Shine | FREE | Fifth Ave, 82nd – 105th Streets
5:45pm | Kick-Off, 91st Street and Fifth Avenue, Museum Mile Opening Ceremony at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Do you fancy joining in with a 23-block art party? Then the Museum Mile Festival will be right up your street! Along with the Fifth Avenue museums and galleries offering free entry, you can also enjoy the excitement on the street with chalk painting, dance performances, live music and much more. Family fun come rain or shine!
One day a year, for the past 37 years, nine of the country’s finest museums – all ones that call Fifth Avenue home – collectively open their doors from 6pm – 9pm for free to New Yorkers and visitors for a mile-long block party and visual art celebration.
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 festival, held in June of 1978, was an instant success.
The 9 participating institutions are the National Academy Museum, El Museo del Barrio, the Jewish Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper-Hewitt, Neue Galerie, the Museum of the City of New York and the Africa Center.