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New York City Guide: Manhattan’s Magnificent Museum Mile

Get your fix of culture in one of the richest cultural areas in the world

Culture lovers can spend many days visiting the selection of world-class museums that line Fifth Avenue from 82nd Street to 105th Street. While the stretch of road may not be particularly long, it would be nearly impossible to visit every museum along the way properly. The museums in New York City are top-notch and deserve to be explored thoroughly. In-museum cafes and restaurants add culinary creativity and shopping options here are high class. For a break, while taking in the richness of Museum Mile, Central Park is right at hand as are museum shops to satisfy any need for souvenirs.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) celebrates its 150th anniversary with mega exhibits on the roof and indoors. The lavish Die Neue Galerie is a haven for 20th-century Austrian and German art in a 1914 Beaux-Arts mansion. The Guggenheim Museum invites you to travel its modern and contemporary art-adorned spiral in an iconic building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Design fans will love the Cooper Hewitt with its frequently changing exhibits.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art (©Meryl Pearlstein)

The Jewish Museum features a permanent collection of Judaica along with exhibits of contemporary relevance. The Museum of the City of New York chronicles life in New York from the city’s early Dutch days with permanent and changing exhibits about history, music, art, civil rights and more. El Museo del Barrio offers a dual-language exploration into the city’s vibrant Latino and Latin American art.

Eat

Museums offer a variety of dining options, along with the popular Australian coffee bar Bluestone Lane housed in a building adjacent to the Church of the Heavenly Rest. Along the side streets, you can find gourmet food shops, a wine bar, pizza and other snacks. There are numerous places to grab a bite along Museum Mile too. You’re likely to find something to fit your fancy whether you’re in the mood for cafe fare, Italian or something exotic. 

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Cafe Sabarsky (©Meryl Pearlstein)

Shop

For elegant and eclectic shopping, the gift shops at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Die Neue Galerie, and other locations along Museum Mile sell jewelry, art, clothing, books and more, with many unusual pieces available. Venture to the side streets close by, and you’ll find a variety of boutiques and local shops in addition to the museum stores you’ll find along the way. 

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Mirabelle sells high-fashion women's clothing (©Meryl Pearlstein)

Drink

If you’re in the mood for a drink and conversation, you can find various bars along the way, in addition to numerous restaurants with extensive beverage menus. Many are great spots to sit and chat about the last museum you visited with friends.

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A glass of rose is always in season (©Meryl Pearlstein)