New York's Biggest Block Party: The 2016 Museum Mile Festival

June 10, 2016 - by Linda Sheridan
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The 2016 Museum Mile Festival will take place on Tuesday, June 14, from 6pm-9pm. The Museum Mile Festival was formed in 1978 as a consortium by the nine museums that share the Museum Mile stretch of Fifth Avenue.

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Festivities will kick off at 5:45pm on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Then from 6pm-9pm, visit any participating museum, FREE. Institutions include:

El Museo del Barrio

Founded in 1969 with Puerto Rican roots, El Museo del Barrio has evolved into New York's leading Latino cultural institution, representing the diversity of art and culture for all of the Caribbean and Latin America, It is the place to see the latest trends in Latino artwork, as it is committed to representing new voices, as well as exhibiting traditional Latin-American art and pre-Colombian Taino artifacts.

Museum of the City of New York

MCNY hosts a vast display of photographs, costumes, prints, dolls, and more as part of its permanent collection. It embraces the past, present, and future of NYC and celebrates the city's cultural diversity.

The Jewish Museum

One of the world's largest and most important institutions devoted to exploring the scope and diversity of Jewish culture. Exhibitions employ a combination of art and artifacts.

Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

When the restored, renovated, and renamed Cooper-Hewitt reopened in December of 2014, the former Carnegie Mansion took on 60% more gallery space, a revamped graphic identity, and 21st-century technology ready to enhance the visitor experience in mind-bendingly innovative ways.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Met opened on Fifth Avenue and 82nd street in 1880, housing works that ranged from the Bronze Age to the Roman Period. By the 1900s, the museum had expanded considerably, acquiring work by some of the twentieth century's greatest artists. Today the Met's departments include The American Wing, Ancient Near Eastern Art, Arms and Armor, Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, Asian Art, The Costume Institute, Drawings and Prints, Egyptian Art, European Paintings, European Scultpure and Decorative Arts, Greek and Roman Art, Islamic Art, The Robert Lehman Collection, Medieval Art and The Cloisters, Modern and Contemporary Art, Musical Instruments, and Photographs.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece of modern architecture. Completed in 1959 (after 16 years of construction), the Guggenheim is home to one of the world's finest collections of modern and contemporary art, including works by artists such as Kandinsky, Picasso, and Pollock, plus intriguing special exhibitions.

Neue Galerie New York

This small, exquisite museum is devoted to early-20th-century German and Austrian art and design.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Each year, thousands of tourists from around the world make their trip to the Museum Mile Festival. Total attendance records over its 38 years have surpassed one million visitors. Because of the success of the festival and the work of the consortium, 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.

The 2016 Museum Mile Festival will feature live music, magicians, face painting, chalk drawing, balloons, and more! For maps or more information, visit

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