The Museum Mile Festival is an annual event in which the Upper East Side section of 5th Avenue from 82nd through 105th Street — aka Museum Mile — is closed off to cars for a block party that celebrates the various museums along the stretch.
One day a year, for the past 38 years, seven of the country’s finest museums —all ones that call Fifth Avenue home— collectively open their doors from 6pm – 9pm for free to New Yorkers and visitors for a mile-long block party and visual art celebration.
This year’s Museum Mile Festival is on June 14th, 2016 and includes free admission to the following museums:
- El Museo del Barrio - 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street)
- Museum of the City of New York - 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street)
- The Jewish Museum - 1109 Fifth Avenue (between 92nd & 93rd Streets)
- Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum - 2 East 91st Street (off Fifth Avenue)
- Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum - 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 88th Street)
- Neue Galerie New York - 1048 Fifth Avenue (at 86th Street)
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art - 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
As amazing as the Metropolitan Museum is, you can get in for less than the “suggested admission price” any day of the year, so you should probably skip The Met and head to one of the more pricy galleries during the 3 hour event.