Once a year 5th Avenue closes for traffic from the 80s all the way to 105th street and all the museums located on that stretch open up for about three hours in a festival of culture and art. The festival dates since the late 70s and it happens every year around summer. Beside the most well known Metropolitan and Guggenheim Museums several other museums less visited, but extremely beautiful and interesting open up with a free admission.
Among them the Neue Gallery, Cooper Hewitt that is the Smithsonian Design Museum, Jewish Museum, Museum of the City of New York and Museo del Barrio, the last two located around 103rd Street. With so many great exhibits that abound in New York’s museums and galleries is a good excuse to bounce from one museum to another and browse quickly especially the ones that you may rarely be able to visit. Adn meanwhile listen to the music and watch the street shows that are aligned on the entire 5th Avenue.