Eight New York City museums are joining together to create the first ever day-long virtual Museum Mile Festival on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Throughout the day, each museum will host live and pre-recorded programs, virtual exhibition tours, live musical performances, and activities for families streamed across their respective websites and social media platforms. Culture enthusiasts from around the world will now be able to join New Yorkers, during this unprecedented moment, and enjoy the festival.

The eight institutions participating in this highly successful collaboration are The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Neue Galerie New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; The Jewish Museum; Museum of the City of New York; El Museo del Barrio; and The Africa Center.

The day’s offerings will be listed on each participating museum’s website. In addition, audiences can follow the hashtag #VirtualMuseumMile on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for cultural happenings throughout the day.

Celebrate the Museum Mile Festival with Cooper Hewitt

Design at Home: Potato Stamp Pattern Making

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Design Talk: Exploring A.I.

Demystify artificial intelligence and facial recognition technologies by watching a design talk led by curator Ellen Lupton and artists R. Luke DuBois, Jessica Helfand, and Zachary Lieberman

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Contemporary Muslim Fashions virtual tour

A gallery view of Contemporary Muslim Fashions exhibition. Three mannequins sport avante-garde modest wear. Click this picture to go to a photo essay to learn more about this exhibition.


About the Museum Mile Festival

This year, the Festival, which normally occurs on Fifth Avenue between 82nd Street and 110th Street on the second Tuesday evening in June, has been cancelled, due to the ongoing pandemic. Established in 1978 to increase public awareness of its member institutions and promote public support of the arts, the Museum Mile Festival serves as a model for similar events across the country. Virtual Museum Mile Festival is presented in this convivial spirit, with the same goal of increasing public awareness of arts and culture, and bringing communities together in a socially responsible manner.