Now celebrating its 36th year, the annual Museum Mile Festival will take place, rain or shine, on New York City’s Fifth Avenue on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Over 1.5 million people have taken part in this annual celebration since its inception. Festival attendees can walk the Mile on Fifth Avenue between 82nd Street and 105th Street while visiting nine of New York City’s finest cultural institutions, which are open free to the public throughout the evening. The Museum Mile Festival’s opening ceremony takes place at 5:45 pm at The Museum of the City of New York (Fifth Avenue and 104th Street). Traditionally, the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs and other city and state dignitaries open the Festival.
Fifth Avenue is closed to traffic and becomes a strollers’ haven. Special exhibitions and works from permanent collections are on view inside the museums’ galleries and live music from jazz to Broadway tunes to string quartets is featured in front of several of the museums. El Museo del Barrio; The Museum of the City of New York; The Jewish Museum; the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; National Academy Museum & School; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Neue Galerie New York; and The Metropolitan Museum of Art are the eight institutions participating in this highly successful collaboration.