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Museum Mile Festival Hits Manhattan; Fifth Ave Partially Closed

(credit: Robin Schatell/Museum Mile)

(credit: Robin Schatell/Museum Mile)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Nine museums along the city’s fashionable Fifth Avenue are opening their doors Tuesday for the annual Museum Mile Festival, offering free admission and outdoor art activities.

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Fifth Avenue, from 82nd to 104th streets, will be closed to traffic from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  as residents will have the opportunity to experience some of the city’s most famous museums for free.

“Fifth Avenue’s famed ‘museum mile’ closes to traffic and becomes an art strollers paradise,”  Robin Schatell, the event organizer, told CBSNewYork. “It’s a great opportunity.”

The 33rd annual event runs from the Metropolitan Museum of Art up to the El Museo del Barrio, with an opening ceremony will be at the Neue Galerie on 86th Street.

There also will be street entertainment and live music in front of some of the museums.

Participants also include The Museum of the City of New York, The Jewish Museum, Cooper-Hewitt, the Guggenheim and the National Academy Museum & School.