Eight world-class museums that make this stretch of Fifth Avenue “Museum Mile” throw their doors open free to the public on June 11 and take over the avenue as well, in an annual party that dates back to 1978. This tradition unites the artistic community up and down Fifth Avenue for an evening of food, fun, live performances, and the best art-viewing of any given mile in the country. The evening’s opening ceremony takes place at the Jewish Museum at 5:45 pm, with a performance by Isle of Klezbos.

DJ Charo Velecio, Batala NYC and Antonio Ramos will be performing outside of El Museo del Barrio; Paul Labarbera and Rockbeat Music Group will be at the Museum of the City of New York; and cabaret performer Kim Smith will be belting out tunes at the Neue Galerie. All along Museum Mile, jugglers, magicians, storytellers and face painting artists will also entertain the crowds. Indoors, each cultural institution will host art workshops for families.

    The Jewish Museum

    New York

    Located on Museum Mile at Fifth Avenue and 92nd Street, the Jewish Museum is one of the world's preeminent institutions devoted to exploring art and Jewish culture from ancient to contemporary, offering intellectually engaging, educational, and provocative exhibitions and programs for people of all ages and backgrounds.

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    Neue Galerie

    New York

    The brainchild of art dealer Serge Sabarsky and philanthropist Ronald S. Lauder, the two-floor Neue Galerie New York opened in 2001 to exhibit early 20th-century German and Austrian art and design.

    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

    New York

    Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum exhibits the best in 20th-century art and contemporary art.

    El Museo del Barrio

    New York

    Located at the north end of Fifth Avenue's Museum Mile, El Museo del Barrio is New York City's only museum dedicated exclusively to Latin American and Latino art.

    Asia Society and Museum

    New York

    Complementing the superb art works in the museum are lectures by leading scholars and collectors in the field, musical and theatrical events and the screening of films from many Asian countries.

    Museum of the City of New York

    New York

    The narrative of New York City—from its beginning as a small Dutch trading post to its status today as one of the world's most important cities—unfolds through special exhibitions and the diverse collections of the museum. The permanent collection here contains over 3,000,000 items maintained by six curatorial departments.

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    New York

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art was incorporated in 1870 and moved to its present location in Central Park in 1880. It houses an encyclopedic collection of art objects from virtually all periods and continents.