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Published June 5th 2011
The Museum Mile runs along 5th Avenue, from approximately 82nd Street to 103rd Street. There are eight museums located along this section, each of them spotlighting different cultures, events, and happenings. Any time is a good time to enjoy the Museum Mile, but if you really want to experience it at its best go during the Museum Mile Festival which is held each June, traditionally on the 2nd Tuesday, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. During this time, the museums are open to the public. Once you've toured as many of them as you have time for during this period, you can then enjoy the street entertainers and musicians that flock to this area at this time.
Where it is
As mentioned earlier, there are eight museums along Museum Mile. These museums, and their street addresses, are listed below:
El Museo del Barrio, 1230 5th Avenue at 104th Street. Museum of the City of New York, 1220 5th Avenue at 103rd Street. Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue, at 92nd Street. Cooper-Hewitt National Museum of Design at 91st Street. National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts at 89th Street.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue at 89th Street. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue from 82nd to 86th Streets. Goethe House German Cultural Center, 1014 5th Avenue at 82nd Street.
What to see
What you'll see depends, of course, on which museum you visit. For example, El Museo del Barrio is devoted specifically to Puerto Rican, Caribbean, and Latin displays and exhibits, while the Jewish Museum will specialize in all things concerning Jewish history and culture, specifically as it affected and still affects New York City. Expect to see displays and exhibits on German culture at the Goethe House German Cultural Center and more art and sculpture than you may have dreamed was possible at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
How to get there
Take advantage of the public transportation that New York City provides to get to 5th Avenue and, oh, say 80th Street. After you disembark from the subway train, bus, or cab, you simply walk from one museum to another, stopping to rest and see the sights along the way.
How much it costs
Admission prices vary from museum to museum. Most of them do not call their prices admission fees; rather, they refer to them as "suggested donations". I suppose you could decide not to make a donation, but whether or not that would deny you entrance to a particular museum would remain to be seen.