The Museum Mile in New York City

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Category/Kategorie: General, Museums, Exhibitions, New York City, Palaces, Castles, Manors, Parks

Metropolitan Museum of Art © Fcb981/cc-by-sa-3.0

Metropolitan Museum of Art © Fcb981/cc-by-sa-3.0

Museum Mile is the name for a section of Fifth Avenue running from 82nd to 105th streets on the Upper East Side, in an area sometimes called Upper Carnegie Hill. The Mile, which contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world, is actually three blocks longer than one mile (1.6 km). Nine museums occupy the length of this section of Fifth Avenue. A tenth museum, the Museum for African Art (today The Africa Center), joined the ensemble in 2009; its Museum at 110th Street, the first new museum constructed on the Mile since the Guggenheim in 1959, opened in late 2012.

In addition to other programming, the museums collaborate for the annual Museum Mile Festival to promote the museums and increase visitation. The Museum Mile Festival traditionally takes place here on the second Tuesday in June from 6 – 9 p.m. It was established in 1979 to increase public awareness of its member institutions and promote public support of the arts in New York City. The first festival was held on June 26, 1979. The ten museums are open free that evening to the public. Several of the participating museums offer outdoor art activities for children, live music and street performers. During the event, Fifth Avenue is closed to traffic.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum © Jean-Christophe BENOIST/cc-by-3.0 Neue Galerie © Razr - Ekem/cc-by-sa-3.0 Museum of the City of New York © Beyond My Ken/cc-by-sa-4.0 © The Jewish Museum New York/cc-by-sa-3.0 National Academy Museum and School © Padraic Ryan/cc-by-sa-3.0 Henry Clay Frick House © Gryffindor/cc-by-sa-3.0 El Museo del Barrio © The Fixers/cc-by-sa-3.0 Cooper-Hewitt - Smithsonian Design Museum © Matt Flynn Museum for African Art © Wikist aces/cc-by-sa-3.0 Metropolitan Museum of Art © Fcb981/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum © Jean-Christophe BENOIST/cc-by-3.0
Museums on the mile include:

Additionally, on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 70th Street lies the Henry Clay Frick House which houses the Frick Collection, though this is not part of Museum Mile. Southeast of the Museum Mile is the former building of the Whitney Museum of American Art on Madison Avenue and 75th Street. The museum moved to its new building in the Meatpacking District in the mid of 2015. The existing building was taken over by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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