Museum Mile Festival

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Museum Mile Festival Summary

Event Overview: First held in 1978, the Museum Mile Festival is a fun, free, family-friendly event widely regarded as New York's biggest block party. The event spans the stretch of Fifth Avenue between 82nd Street and 105th Street, where Museum Mile's nine museums are located. Live bands, dancers, and magicians perform on the street, making this one of the most charming and entertaining festivals in New York City.

What to Expect: Crowds and lines. Because this is the one night of the year the prestigious museums of the Upper East Side open their doors for free, thousands of people will flock to Museum Mile NY to enjoy the works of art they have longed to see.

  • Good, Old-Fashioned Fun: Unlike many other NY festivals, the Museum Mile Festival is both lively and family-friendly. Spectators will be entertained by a diverse mix of live bands, dancers, and magicians; museum-goers will be stimulated by some of the world's finest works of art.
  • Diverse Crowd: While in recent years the Museum Mile Festival has gained popularity among tourists, it is still predominantly attended by New Yorkers; on this small stretch of Fifth Avenue you'll find people from places as disparate as the barrios of East Harlem and the townhouses of the Upper East Side - a diverse mix, to be sure, but one united by civic pride.

Inside Knowledge: In the 1970s, amid a fiscal crisis, Museum Mile NYC was formed as a consortium by the museums of Fifth Avenue. To stimulate interest in the museums, the consortium decided to hold a festival in June of 1978. The Museum Mile Festival was a massive success, and the tradition of throwing a festival every second Sunday in June has continued ever since.

Event Hints:

  • Arrive Early: Because the nine museums of Museum Mile NY allow free admission on this one day of the year, the crowds are always large and the lines are always long. Arrive early to ensure that you are able to see all the museums you'd like, before the long lines make this impossible.
  • Bring the Kids: While adults will enjoy touring the nine museums on Museum Mile NYC, kids will enjoy the live music, dancing, chalk-writing, magic shows, and arts and crafts on Fifth Avenue. This is a great (and potentially educational!) event for the whole family.
  • Bring a Date: An excellent place to bring a date, the Museum Mile Festival NYC offers charming, old-fashioned entertainment and a limitless number of stimulating works to discuss.



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4.25
Event:
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4.25
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Fun for the Entire Day - Museum Mile Festival

Enjoy a day of music as you peruse the streets outside of some of the most famous museums in the world during the Museum Mile Festival.  You won't have to pay any money to spend the day with your family or friends walking along the New York streets and taking in the music.  This fun NYC event is perfect for kids as well.  Along with music, this festival also has magic shows and interactive activities for kids of all ages.  Spend your summer day on 5th Avenue listening to music in a very unique setting.

 

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Museum Mile Festival

Jun
10

Location

Museum Mile Festival
82nd St. & Fifth Ave
New York, US
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Event Date

Jun 10,2014

Event Cost

FREE

Free Admission to New York's Best Museums at the Museum Mile Festival

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Event Quick Facts

  • The Museum Mile Festival is held every year on the second Tuesday in June, from 6pm to 9pm.
  • Nine museums participate in the Museum Mile Festival NYC.
  • Admission to the Museum Mile NYC Festival is free.

Phone:
212.606.2296

Website:
http://www.museummilefestival.org/

Nearest Transit:
103rd St (6)


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