Source: The Met
The annual Museum Mile festival is back in NYC next week on June 13th, where visitors to the will get the opportunity to explore some of the city's most incredible museums for free. Taking place on Fifth Avenue from 82nd Street to 105th Street, the area has officially been designated as "Museum Mile," because of the many museums and works of art found on this avenue. With tons of visitors coming to enjoy the day full of culture and art there is a lot to expect out of the event.
Source: Times Herald-Record
The event begins at 6pm, where festival goers will make their way to the mile long stretch along 5th avenue. The entire sectioned off area will be closed off to cars, making it an enjoyable walking experience for all attending. Street vendors, live musicians, and art activities for children will all be scattered along the route to enjoy while going in and out of the museums.
As for museums participating, the following 8 locations will be free to enter.
The Guggenheim Museum: Designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim features a distinctive spiral-shaped building with a continuous ramp into a domed skylight that allows visitors to experience a unique journey through its collections. The museum houses a renowned collection of modern and contemporary art, showcasing works by artists such as Picasso, Kandinsky, and Pollock.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The largest art museum in the Western Hemisphere, The Met houses over two million works of art spanning over 5,000 years and hundreds of many cultures and civilizations. Everything from ancient Egyptian artifacts to European masterpieces and contemporary works is viewable in the rich collection.
The Africa Center: Founded in 1984 and located at Fifth Avenue and 110th Street in East Harlem, this museum is devoted to increasing awareness and appreciation of African art and culture.
El Museo del Barrio: Specializing in Latin American and Caribbean art and a particular focus on art from Puerto Rico and the many contributions of the Puerto Rican community in New York, El Museo showcases a diverse range of artworks. This includes paintings, sculptures, photographs, and multimedia installations.
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum: As the only museum in the United States solely focused on both historical and contemporary design, it features 210,000 objects, including furniture, textiles, prints, and digital media, spanning from ancient times to the present day.
The Jewish Museum: This renowned museum is "dedicated to the enjoyment, understanding, and preservation of the artistic and cultural heritage of the Jewish people." It features a wide collection of fine art and cultural artifacts.
The Neue Galerie: This museum focuses on German and Austrian art from the early 20th century. It houses a remarkable collection of paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts, including iconic works by artists such as Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.
Museum of the City of New York: Founded in 1923, this museum focuses on educating the public on the past and current history of New York City by housing an extensive collection of over 750,000 artifacts, photographs, and artworks that document the city's evolution and development.
The Museum Mile Festival not only presents an opportunity to appreciate art but also serves as a platform for cultural exchange and exploration. It fosters a sense of community, bringing people from all backgrounds together to celebrate creativity. Whether you are an art enthusiast, a curious explorer, or a family looking for a day of cultural enrichment, the Museum Mile Festival is an event not to be missed.