The Museum Mile Festival on the second Tuesday in June is a museum open house and street party. Museum Mile is Fifth Avenue along Central Park from 82nd Street to 105th Street in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. It includes these museums:
- The Africa Center
- El Museo del Barrio
- Museum of the City of New York
- Jewish Museum
- Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
- Guggenheim Museum
- Neue Museum
- Metropolitan Museum of Art
Museum Mile Festival 2021
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 ~ Hopefully the 2021 Festival will be back on Fifth Avenue. We’ll see next year.
Museum Mile Festival 2020
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 ~ The 2020 Festival went virtual on the Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts of participating museums.
The 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.