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.
Museum Mile cultural groups are listed below in the order they are located, North to South along Fifth Avenue, between 110th and 82nd streets.
The Museum for African Art dates to 1984. The museum is currently holding its exhibitions and events in other New York City locations while its future home at 1280 Fifth Avenue in East Harlem is under construction.
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.
A branch of the Smithsonian Institution, this is the only museum in the United States devoted exclusively to historical and contemporary design. The museum possesses one of the largest design collections in the world. The collection is international in scope and ranges from one-of-a-kind to mass-produced items and includes rare books, furniture, ceramics, glassware, architectural drawings, metalwork and jewelry.
Part of an international network of German cultural centers, the Goethe-Institut provides a schedule of exhibitions, film screenings, performances, and symposiums focusing on German language and culture, as well as exhibits of contemporary art.
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.