Museums on Museum Mile Are Free Tonight for the Museum Mile Festival

People participating in the 2012 Museum Mile Festival. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

People participating in the 2012 Museum Mile Festival, drawing with chalk. (Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

Tonight, from 6 to 9 p.m., seven museums along Museum Mile, on Fifth Avenue between 82nd and 105th Streets, will be free and open to the public as part of the annual Museum Mile Festival.

The institutions offering free admission are:

— El Museo del Barrio
— the Museum of the City of New York
— the Jewish Museum
— the National Academy Museum
— the Guggenheim
— the Neue Galerie
— the Met

Not every Museum Mile institution is participating. The Cooper-Hewitt is closed for renovations. The Goethe-Institut/the German Cultural Center is currently housed in an interim location downtown. And the 10th, and newest, member of the Museum Mile club, the Museum for African Art, has not yet opened in its new building at the north end of the stretch.

Fifth Avenue will also be closed to traffic during the festival, and the museum’s have some special programming planned. Take a look at the full lineup of events here.

Not exactly Art Basel, but not bad, right?

Update, 12:20 p.m.: Really thrilled to be able to report that Café Sabarsky, Neue Galerie’s redoubtable restaurant, which is typically closed on Tuesday evenings, will be open for coffee, dessert and drinks tonight.

Museums on Museum Mile Are Free Tonight for the Museum Mile Festival