Guide to New York's Museum Mile Festival

May 26,2015

Stretch your legs and your dollar with a last minute vacation in the Big Apple, as nine museums open their doors for extended evening hours and offer free admission on 9 June.

Where to go

Admire the world’s finest art and cultural collections, and join in the city’s biggest block party. The 23-block stretch between 85th and 105th Streets on Fifth Avenue will be closed and made accessible only on foot , so festival goers can freely enjoy the outdoor festivities, live music and the participating institutions:

What to see

The great thing about the Museum Mile Festival is that it exposes people to New York’s most famous museums, as well as those they might not be as familiar with. The Van Gogh: Irises and Roses exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (the Met) and is likely to attract big crowds. The Jewish Museum will be showing Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television, featuring works by Alexander Calder, Marcel Duchamp, Roy Lichtenstein, Man Ray and Andy Warhol. Be sure to leave time for Russian Modernism: Cross-Currents of German and Russian Art, 1907-1917 at Neue Galerie and Everything Is Design: The Work of Paul Rand, on display at the Museum of the City of New York. To discover works from Puerto Rican, Caribbean and Latin American cultures, El Museo del Barrio on 104th Street is the place to go.

Dancing at El Museo del Bario. Credit: Museum Mile Festival, Donna F Aceto

Where to stay 

The Millennium Broadway New York Times Square is a destination hotel, right in the thick of New York’s bustling Times Square and a 15-minute cab ride (or 25 minutes by bus) to Museum Mile. For a more boutique experience, The Premier Times Square by Millennium is steps away from Broadway, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center and other major New York attractions.

Milennium Broadway Hotel New York

Useful advice

  • The festival is held rain or shine, so be prepared for inclement weather.
  • The Met and the Guggenheim are big draw cards, and are likely to attract droves of festival goers, so take the opportunity to visit other museums you’ve never been to before.
  • Expect large crowds (50,000 attend annually) and long queues, but don’t be deterred as they move quickly.
  • Be sure to leave enough time to stroll up Fifth Avenue and enjoy the entertainment provided by artists and musicians.


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