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Museum Mile Festival


Kick off your summer with The Met! Check out our current exhibitions, create art, catch a performance, and visit the newly opened P.S. Art exhibition featuring art by K–12 students.

All activities are free, and no registration is required.

The schedule is available in English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese. It is subject to change.

View the schedule in Spanish.
Ver el programa en español.

Can't join us in person? Experience prerecorded Museum Mile Festival activities below.

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All programs run from 6–9 pm unless otherwise noted.



Space is limited; first come, first served. 


Museum Mile Kick-off

6 pm  

Join our Museum Mile partners and city officials as we kick off the festival while enjoying the sounds of Slavic Soul Party.

David H. Koch Plaza, near 80th Street (weather permitting)  

Floor 1, Great Hall (rain plan)


IBEX Puppetry

6:15–6:45 pm, 7:15–7:45 pm, 8:15–8:45 pm

IBEX Puppetry activates the plaza with their award-winning puppets, puppeteers, and kites in a playful exploration of the connections between people and our natural environment.

David H. Koch Plaza, near 83rd Street (weather permitting)  

Floor 1, Great Hall (rain plan)


Groove on the Plaza

6:45–7:17 pm  

Enjoy the Balkan brass and jazz sounds of Slavic Soul Party!

David H. Koch Plaza, near 80th Street (weather permitting)  

Floor 1, Great Hall (rain plan)


Art Activities

Meet artists and make art together inspired by The Met collection! Unless otherwise noted, activities are best for ages 3 and up.


Puppet Making 

Construct your own crane puppet with IBEX Puppetry.

David H. Koch Plaza, near 83rd Street (weather permitting)  

Floor 1, Great Hall (rain plan)


Drop-in Drawing: A Moment in Time

Be present in the moment and admire the beauty around you while sketching along with teaching artists. Demonstrations repeat every 30 minutes. 

David H. Koch Plaza, near 81st Street (weather permitting) 

Floor 1, Greek and Roman Art, Gallery 162, Leon Levy and Shelby White Court and Galleries (rain plan)


Luminous Lanterns

Light up the summer sky with a tissue paper lantern.

Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 202, Great Hall Balcony


Crafty Keychains 

Create a custom keepsake inspired by The Met collection.  

Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 202, Great Hall Balcony




Ask the Artists!  P.S. Art 2022 Exhibition

Meet the young artists from this annual exhibition of work by talented New York City’s public school students.  

Open tonight through October 23, 2022. 

Ground Floor, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education


Bilingual Storytime with Drag Queen Story Hour

7–7:30 pm, 8–8:30 pm

Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books.

Floor 2, Asian Art, Gallery 206, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery


Messages From Ukraine: A Poster Project by ThoughtMatter

Join ThoughtMatter as they share messages from Ukrainian artists.

David H. Koch Plaza, near 81st Street (weather permitting)  

Floor 1, Great Hall (rain plan)


Need a break?

Check out these quiet galleries and enjoy some art away from the action.

Floor 1, Greek and Roman Art, Galleries 163–168, Leon Levy and Shelby White Court and Galleries Floor 2, Asian Art, Galleries 208 and 233, Arthur M. Sackler Gallery



Please note: All programs are prerecorded.


Drop-in Drawing: How to Reflect through Art Making

Drop in anytime for a virtual session of our popular art-making series and experience The Met collection through creative challenges. Explore meditation and healing while creating a tactile drawing using tape, taking inspiration from a monumental mural of the Buddha of medicine. Grab a pencil, an eraser, and some masking tape to get started.


#MetKids Microscope—Art in the Dark: How Does Light Change Art?

We need light to see art, but the safest place for it is in the dark. Umm… what? Learn how light energy can damage materials and what we do at The Met to keep art safe for years to come.

Frame of Mind: An Art and Wellness Podcast

Hear uplifting personal stories about how art supports our well-being.


Storytime with The Met: Introducing Teddy by Jessica Walton

Enjoy Storytime from home! Look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books. Recommended for families with children ages 18 months to 6 years. Met educator Hannah reads Introducing Teddy: A Gentle Story about Gender and Friendship by Jessica Walton and connects it to a work of art.

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Stop by the welcome tables in the Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education (ground floor) and the Great Hall (Floor 1) to request an assistive listening device, an American Sign Language interpreter, a sighted guide, and a large-print and Braille schedule of events, and to learn more about access accommodations, programs, and resources at The Met. You can also access The Met’s sensory-friendly resources online and take a break in the Quiet Space.

Enjoy a special menu of New York–inspired eats all summer long at The Eatery, American Wing Café, and the Balcony Lounge.

This Museum Mile Festival is co-organized with the following partners:

Neue Galerie New York @neuegalerieny
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum @guggenheim
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum @cooperhewitt
The Jewish Museum @thejewishmuseum
Museum of the City of New York @museumofcityny
El Museo del Barrio @elmuseo
The Africa Center @theafricacenter


Museum Mile Festival is part of Festival of New York, a citywide celebration featuring 200+ diverse organizations with events from Memorial Day to Labor Day 2022.

It is made possible, in part, by Council Member Keith Powers.

Face coverings are required for all visitors age 2 and older, even if they are vaccinated.

In keeping with public health recommendations, we strongly recommend vaccinations for our visitors.

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