The wealth of world-class museums and cultural institutions along the Upper East Side’s stretch of Fifth Avenue has given the blocks the moniker, "Museum Mile," offering the most diverse art-viewing opportunities on any given mile in the country.
On Tuesday, June 8, 2010 the 32nd annual Museum Mile Festival takes place rain or shine. This tradition unites the artistic community from 82nd to 105th Streets for an evening of food, fun, live performances. Entrance to all Museum Mile museums is free and musicians and performers entertain on Fifth Avenue, which is closed to traffic. An opening ceremony takes place at 5:45 pm at El Museo del Barrio (Fifth Avenue between 104th and 105th Streets), celebrating its reopening year as well as its 40th anniversary. See the festival Web site for full details.
Attractions nearby the Museum Mile institutions include the Frick Collection, the Ukrainian Institute of America, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Asia Society and Museum, and the 92nd Street Y.
All these attractions are found on the Alliance for the Arts’ Museum Mile map (PDF). It is part of a series of cultural maps that include Lincoln Square to Columbus Circle, Lower Manhattan and 42nd Street.
The official Museum Mile cultural groups are listed below in the order they are located, North to South along Fifth Avenue, between 105th Street and 82nd Street.