The annual Museum Mile Festival, on June 10, 2014, opens the doors of some of the best museums in the city (and the world) during the evening, admission free. The festival also includes street performances and art activities for kids.
The participating museums include The Metropolitan, Guggenheim, El Museo Del Barrio, Neue Galerie New York, The Africa Center, The Jewish Museum, Museum of the City of New York, National Academy Museum and School and Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, which will be partially closed for renovation. About 50,000 visitors locals and tourists are expected, so be prepared to wait in line and be surrounded by crowds.
Museum Mile Festival Recommendations
City as Canvas at the Museum of the City of New York
The Museum of the City of New York exhibits the extensive graffiti art collection of Martin Wong, an artist and collector who died of AIDS in 1999. The exhibition displays artworks and sketches by famous street artists such as Keith Haring, LADY PINK, and FUTURA 2000 as well as historic photographs of past NYC graffiti sites.
1220 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street)
Degenerate Art at the Neue Galerie
The exhibition “Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937”, displays a large collection of modern artworks, which were defined by the Nazis as “degenerate”, and as a result were confiscated or even destroyed. In addition to its historic value, the exhibition is worth a visit for its display of early expressionist paintings by artists such as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Oskar Kokoschka and Emil Nolde.
1048 Fifth Avenue (at 86th Street)
Charles James at the Met
A two-floor exhibition of the great 20-century American couturier Charles James, who is known for his innovative designs of high-fashion evening dresses, displaying and analyzing dozens of his most notable designs, mainly from the 1940s–1950s, vintage images, drawings, jewelry, accessories and other memorabilia.
1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
The Thannhauser Collection at the Guggenheim Museum
Impressionist, post-impressionist and 20-century avant-garde art from the Thannhauser Collection including Cézanne, Gauguin, Manet, Monet, Picasso, Pissarro, Renoir, and Van Gogh.
1071 Fifth Avenue (at 88th Street)
Live Performance by the Legacy Women at El Museo
El Museu Del Bario celebrates the Museum Mile Festival with a live performance by the all-women musical group Legacy Women who bring traditional Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba and Afro-Dominican Palos to the stage of the museum.
1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street)