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New Yorkers congregate on the steps of the Met to enjoy a band during last year's Museum Mile festival
New Yorkers congregate on the steps of the Met to enjoy a band during last year's Museum Mile festival

One day a year, just as spring rolls around and the weather gets lovely, the Museum Mile area of Manhattan opens its doors for a night of fun and festivities for all. For the uninitiated, Museum Mile is the area of Fifth Avenue that ranges from 82nd to 105th streets, and encompasses some of the best museums that New York has to offer. This year, on June 9th, from 6 to 9 pm, these fantastic halls will swing open their doors for public enjoyment and then some. While of course it is impossible to fully enjoy all nine participating museums as well as the street performances and other activities all in one night, this annual ritual serves to bring all art lovers together to celebrate the beauty that is Museum Mile, and encourage us all to check out something new.

 

For the 31st year in a row, the festival will kick off at 5:45pm on the front steps of the Guggenhiem. The streets will be closed to cars as museums including the Museum of the City of New York, the Jewish Museum, Cooper Hewitt and many more embrace the crowds along with live bands and art in the streets events for children. The complete listing can be found here, and everyone is invited to participate in a mile-long mural along with street artist De La Vega, so grab your chalk and get drawing!