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Museum Mile Festival
Museum Mile Fast Facts

When : Tuesday, June 12, 2018 6PM - 9PM, rain or shine

Where : Fifth Avenue from 82nd Street to 105th Street

Directions : 4 or 5 IRT to 86th Street station, or #6 to 86th, 96th and 103rd Street stations, walk two blocks west to Fifth Avenue

• 2 or 3 train to 110th Street and Lenox Avenue, walk one block east to Fifth Avenue, then south to 105th Street.

Billed by festival organizers as New York's biggest block party, the Museum Mile Festival in New York City is a mile-long celebration of art and culture.

The festival is held annually, usually on an evening in June on the second Tuesday of the month, Stretching along Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 105th (which is roughly a mile) the streets are closed off to cars -- and for at least one special evening -- the whole mile becomes a stroller's heaven.

This year, the landmark 40th annual Museum Mile Festival is scheduled for Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 6PM - 9PM, rain or shine.

The first Museum Mile Festival was held in 1978 with the aim of letting people experience the many museums along 5th Avenue, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Design Museum, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum -- with FREE admission to all.

Yet museums certainly aren't the only attraction! 

Many of the museums also provide art related activities for kids, and musicians and bands of various flavors can be found playing everywhere along the avenue. The festival also plays host to a variety of street performers who entertain crowds up and down the mile stretch.

museum mile festival on 5th avenue nyc
"New York City's biggest block party"  (photo courtesy

In total, well over a million people have participated in the Museum Mile Festival over the years. The Museum Mile Festival has such a popular reputation, in fact, that tourists and people from the surrounding area come to New York specifically for the event -- to enjoy New York's rich cultural heritage as they rub shoulders with the many New Yorkers who also come out to enjoy the festival.

Have fun!

also see -> The World's Great Museums | Top 5 Attractions at the Louvre

More about the Museum Mile Festival around the Web:

Museum Mile Festival
- The official site, with information on this year's festivities including the complete schedule of participating museums, map & directions, lists of performers and street entertainment, photos.

Museum Mile Festival - A guide to the festival along with more information on participating museums.

Museum Mile Festival on Flickr - Chronicling past festivals in dozens of photo galleries.


Museums participating in the Museum Mile Festival:

Museum of the City of New York
(212) 534-1672

El Museo del Barrio
(212) 831-7272

The Jewish Museum
(212) 423-3200

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution
(212) 849-8400

National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts
(212) 369-4880

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
(212) 423-3500

Neue Galerie New York
(212) 628-6200

Goethe-Institut New York/German Cultural Center
(212) 439-8700

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(212) 535-7710

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