The Museum Mile Festival

12 Jun

Every year about this time, New York City’s 5th Avenue (from 82nd Street to 105th Street) becomes a mile-long street festival.

It’s happening again this Tuesday evening, 6/14.

The party is called The Museum Mile Festival.

From their website:

One day a year, for the past 32 years, nine 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 traffic-free, music-and-art-filled celebration fills the street and sidewalks of Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th street, the mile now officially designated as Museum Mile. Over 50,000 visitors attend the festival annually.”

Now, who can resist this party?

To get you in the mood for this FREE extravaganza, here are some pictures that I have taken at 3 of the museums: The Metropolitan Museum Of Art, The Museum Of The City Of New York, and The Guggenheim Museum Of Art.

Here’s The Met when it was having some restoration done a number of years ago:

And here’s one of the rooms, eerily empty:

Here’s another, a little more like normal (but it will be MUCH more crowded than this during the free hours of the Festival!):

and one of my favorite spaces within the museum:

Speaking of restoration, here’s the Guggenheim when it was getting a facelift:

A view of the museum after a snow shower:

and its amazing interior:

One of Hubby’s and my favorites – The Museum Of The City Of New York – which, naturally, is all about New York City.

We once went to see an exhibition on New York baseball history …

… where they displayed some very fun, lifesized murals of some NY baseball fans …

… doing “The Wave” …

… and Hubby got in on the action …

Ah, some of our fondest outings are to these glorious museums that we have here in New York City.

Be sure to take advantage of this once-a-year experience! Check out the website, and head out to The Museum Mile Festival on Tuesday evening – free to all for the taking!




2 Responses to “The Museum Mile Festival”

  1. Ellen Girone June 12, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    I didn’t even know the Baseball and NYC museums even existed! I love the pic of John with “the crowd”. Very funny!


    • sallanscorner June 12, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

      Well, the Museum Of The City Of New York is really great – we’ve gone many times and it’s always fascinating! The baseball exhibit was at that museum a few years ago – I love that picture of him “with the girls”, too!

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