Museum Mile Festival 2019

Museum Mile Festival is an annual street party on the second Tuesday in June that offers entertainment and free admission to museums along Fifth Avenue’s “Museum Mile” from 82nd Street to 105th Street in Manhattan’s Upper East Side.


Museum Mile Festival 2019

The 2019 Museum Mile Festival is Tuesday, June 11, 2019 from 6 – 9 pm, rain or shine.


Museum Mile Festival 2018

The 2018 Museum Mile Festival is Tuesday, June 12, 2018 from 6 – 9 pm, rain or shine.

  • El Museo del Barrio
  • Museum of the City of New York
  • Jewish Museum
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art


Museum Mile Festival 2017

2017’s opening ceremony is at El Museo del Barrio at 5:45pm. The party goes from 6-9pm, rain or shine.


El Museo del Barrio

Fifth Avenue at 104th St

El Museo del Barrio is New York City’s Puerto Rican, Caribbean, and Latin American art museum. It was founded by the Puerto Rican community in El Barrio (East Harlem or Spanish Harlem).

NYC’s all-woman Brazilian drum marching band, Fogo Azul Bateria Feminina, will perform. DJ Shabbakano will keep the party moving. There will be a street performance by Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez & Leslie Jimenez.

NKAME a retrospective of Cuban printmaker Belkis Ayón, a striking exhibition of the artist’s exploration of the Abakuá secret society opens for the festival.

Museum of the City of New York

Fifth Avenue at 103rd St

Exhibitions at the Museum of the City of New York are partly about the Latin community because we are part of New York’s DNA.

Jewish Museum

Fifth Avenue at 92nd St

The Jewish Museum preserves Jewish cultural heritage. There are regular exhibitions about Latins because we are Jewish too.

Banda de los Muertos, NYC’s own Banda band (Mexican brass band) will perform.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Fifth Avenue at 91st St

Check out “Esperanza Spalding Selects,” an exhibition of people, culture and design curated by the popular American Latin Jazz musician. Through January 7, 2018.

Esperanza has it all in the mix. She is African-Native-European-Hispanic. Esperanza is fond of Brazilian music. She is one of the those artists who turns Classical and Jazz into Pop.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Fifth Avenue at 89th St

The Guggenheim has one of the great collections of Modern art. Paris was the center of the art world when the collections that are now part of the museum where assembled. The permanent collection includes many works by Spanish, French, Italian, Romanian, and Uruguayan artists.

The current exhibition Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim looks at the collection through the eyes of the patrons who created it. The exhibtion includes stunning work by Picasso and Brâncuși.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Fifth Avenue at 82nd St

There is lots to see at New York City’s encyclopedia of art from pre-Columbian to Contemporary times. Current exhibitions include “Collecting the Arts of Mexico” and the “Crown of the Andes.”

Museum Mile Festival was started to develop new museum audiences

The festival was started in 1978 during a time in our history when support for the arts was declining. The festival brings together New Yorkers from all walks of life to enjoy the cultural riches of our city.

Why Museums are Important

Jean-Michel Basquiat was an American artist from Brooklyn with a Haitian – Puerto Rican heritage. His talent took him from a homeless kid in the Lower East Side to the first Black international art star in the 1980s.

In (2017) one of Basquiat’s paintings became the most expensive piece of art ever sold by an American artist, by a Black artist, and by a Contemporary artist painted after 1980.

Basquiat’s mother took him to the museum when he was a little boy. He started dreaming of becoming an artist. That’s why museums are important.

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