Now celebrating its 41st year, the annual Museum Mile Festival takes place rain or shine on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Over 1.5 million people have taken part in this annual celebration since its inception. Festival attendees can walk the Mile on Fifth Avenue between 82nd Street and 110th Street while visiting eight of New York City’s finest cultural institutions, which are open free to the public throughout the evening. The Museum Mile Festival’s opening ceremony takes place at 5:45 pm at El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street. Traditionally, the Commissioner of Cultural Affairs and other city and state dignitaries open the Festival.
The Africa Center, located at 1280 Fifth Avenue at 110th Street, Museum Mile’s newest member, is participating in the event for the very first time. The seven other institutions participating in this highly successful collaboration are The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Neue Galerie New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; The Jewish Museum; Museum of the City of New York; and El Museo del Barrio.
Fifth Avenue is closed to traffic and becomes New York City’s biggest block party. There is something for everyone at each of the venues. Special exhibitions and works from permanent collections are on view inside the museums’ galleries, with live music and art-making workshops on Fifth Avenue at selected museums.
Participating museums offer programs and services for visitors with disabilities. Visitors needing assistance should contact the museums they plan to visit to arrange access accommodations and for further information.
ENTERTAINERS will perform in front of these participating institutions:
104th Street: El Museo del Barrio – Aurora Flores and Zon del Barrio, Palladium Mambo All Stars, and DJ Bembona
92nd Street: The Jewish Museum – Steven Bernstein’s Sexmob (presented in collaboration with Bang on a Can)
89th Street: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – Brazilian Samba Reggae drum line Fogo Azul
82nd Street:The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Battle of the Legends vogueing competition from 6:30 to 7 pm
ACTIVITIES for Museum Mile Festival attendees include:
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will offer a button-making station led by Blick Art Materials.
Families visiting the Jewish Museum can create playful portraits in relief, inspired by Leonard Cohen’s self-portrait drawings.
The Museum of the City of New York is partnering with Blick Art Materials for a family friendly art-making activity on Fifth Avenue.
Visitors to El Museo del Barrio can travel back in time through a birthday photo booth inspired by the late 1960s, in partnership with Nuevayorkinos.
The Africa Center will offer activities and fun for the whole family.