Museum Mile open day

Museum Mile open day

Billed as ‘New York’s biggest block party’, the Museum Mile Festival is when 5th Avenue’s museums open their doors to the public for free. Big hitters include the Guggenheim, pictured, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and funky El Museo del Barrio.

The festival kicks off at 5.45pm on 11 June outside the Jewish Museum on 92nd Street, with live music and performers juggling fluorescent batons. Frisky it may be, but it’s still brilliant for children, exposing them to some of the best art in the world along with the buzz and energy of it all. Arm them with chalk and let them scribble on the pavements outside the Met, Dick Van Dyke-style.

Should you wish to go a little off-piste, check out the Park Avenue Armory, widely declared Manhattan’s best exhibition space at the moment. Part palace, part industrial shed, it exhibits quirky, crazy work – like Tom Sachs’s booze-propelled space vehicle – that isn’t usually found in more traditional museums. And after all that trekking around, book a table at rooftop bar 230 Fifth and tuck into an awesome Lychee Cosmopolitan.

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