New York’s Museum Mile festival returns June 12

Blue Star Museums open their doors for free to active-duty military personnel and their families

NEW YORK — One day a year, ten Fifth Avenue museums along New York’s Museum Mile (Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 105th streets) collectively open their doors for free to New Yorkers and visitors for a mile-long block party and visual art celebration known as the Museum Mile Festival. This year’s festival, the 34th annual event, takes place June 12 from 6-9 p.m.

Museums participating in the Museum Mile festival are:

  • Museum for African Art, 1280 Fifth Avenue (at 110th Street)
  • El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street)
  • Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue (at 104th Street)
  • The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue (between 92nd & 93rd Streets)
  • Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 2 East 91st Street (off Fifth Avenue)
  • National Acadmy Museum and School of Fine Arts, 1083 Fifth Avenue (between 89th & 90th Streets)
  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 88th Street)
  • Neue Galerie New York, 1048 Fifth Avenue (at 86th Street)
  • Goethe-Institut New York/German Cultural Center, 1014 Fifth Avenue (between 82nd & 83rd Streets)
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)

Thousands of tourists from around the country and world make a trip to the Museum Mile Festival each year.

The festival kicks off at 5:45 p.m. at the National Academy Museum.

For more information, contact event director Robin Schatell at robin[at] or 212-606-2296.

Many of the museums participating in the Museum Mile Festival are also taking part in the Blue Star Museums initiative, through which, from Memorial Day through Labor Day (Sept. 3, 2012), more than 1,600 museums across the country are offering all active-duty military personnel and their families free admission. Museums include children’s museums, fine art museums, history and science museums, and nature centers.

Those who qualify include active-duty Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve members and up to five family members (including a spouse, children, aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc.). Some special or limited-time museum exhibits may not be included in this free admission program. For questions on particular exhibits or museums, please contact the museum directly.

For more information on the Blue Star Museums program, visit the Blue Star Museums FAQ page.

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