The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Pixabay
The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Pixabay

Museum Mile Festival Returns to Fifth Avenue with In-Person Celebration

MANHATTAN – Following two consecutive years of virtual events due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the Museum Mile Festival is set to return to the Upper East Side this Tuesday, June 14th, with in-person festivities— including free admission to eight museums— for the first time since the summer of 2019.

The 44th annual Museum Mile Festival begins Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue, near East 80th Street, where city officials and museum partners will kick off the three-hour block party with a brass band performing live. 

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During the festival, admission will be free at eight iconic cultural institutions participating in the event—  The Met, The Africa Center, The Guggenheim Museum, Neue Galerie New York, The Jewish Museum, El Museo del Barrio, Museum of the City of New York and Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. 

In addition to opening their doors for this annual celebration, each of the museums will be offering activities, exhibits and performances during the extended hours until 9:00 pm Tuesday night. 

Fifth Avenue will be closed to traffic from East 79th to 96th Streets as well as East 102nd to 110th Street during Museum Mile Festival, making it a lot easier to walk around and enjoy the festivities.

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For a look at the programming being offered by each institution during the Museum Mile Festival, follow the links below.

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