Lonely Planet Writer

Some of New York’s top museums will be free Tuesday night for the Museum Mile Festival

Some of the most amazing museums in New York will be open for culture lovers to enjoy for free on Tuesday evening to mark this year’s Museum Mile Festival.

The annual festival on the “Museum Mile” stretch of Fifth Avenue not only includes free entry to seven museums, but also shuts down traffic on the street, turning the area into a huge street party.

The festival, which has been running since 1978, is held on the avenue between 82nd and 105th streets from 6 to 9 pm, and will go ahead rain or shine.

There are seven museums that will provide free entry:  El Museo del Barrio, Museum of the City of New York, The Jewish Museum, Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Neue Galerie New York and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The event kicks off at the Met and the street party will include music, art-in-the-street, chalk drawing, an ‘imaginative playground’, and much more.