Museum Mile: How to be classy and cheap

So this Tuesday I attended a pretty cool event called Museum Mile Festival, and it’s where all the New York’s museums located on the Fifth Ave open their doors to everyone for free, and you get to be a cheap ass museum lover. It happens once a year, so next year mark your calendars, and save some money for the occasion. Don’t save money, it’s free. I just told you that.

What you will need money for is the Metropolitan Museum’s roof top bar. I mean what can be better than getting buzzed in a museum? Nothing. Central Park and Manhattan killer views don’ hurt either. Also, they have different art installations on the roof top, at the time we were there, they had some type of peasant house/cottage/hut thingy. Which looked pretty ridiculous, but in an awesome way. These people know what they’re doing.


As you walk to and from the roof top bar, you coincidentally get to see a bunch of amazing, ancient art. I mean Metropolitan is a world class museum, there’s no need for any advertisement here. I do have mixed feelings about it because back in college I took an art history class, for some reason, and the professor made us visit the Met about 7 times in one semester. And I was sooo sick of it by the last visit. The first 6 visits were fine, but that 7th time did it. So I vowed to never come back, and has been successfully observing this questionable tradition of mine ever since. That is until this Tuesday. And you know what? I think this fella resumed my faith in the Met.


He looks like he’s saying MEH! All the time. How was your day? -MEH! Gorgeous weather right? -MEH! I love it.

Some useful advise, visit the event’s website page and decide and two, maximum three museums you’d like to visit in advance. Because there is going to be a lot of people, and there will be lines to get in. Also, try not to think about terrorists. At one point, we were walking outside, beautiful weather, closed off streets, crowds of people, and I thought ‘If someone just starts shooting at us right now…’ In light of everything that’s happening in the world, paranoia is not a welcome side effect. So don’t think about terrorists.

Second museum we got to visit was Guggenheim. And it did have a long line to get it, but it moved fairly fast. We were in it for about 7 min, so don’t be alarmed. Put your art enthusiast hat on. Bonus points if you have an actual hat for that.

And this museum is cool just because of it’s structure. It’s built like a cylindrical, spiral thingy. And this is the second time I’m using the word ‘thingy’ to describe art. Somebody send me museum visiting description manual. And a vocabulary. Anyway, here’s what I mean.


And the way to do this, is to take an elevator upstairs, and slowly descend down. Or quickly, I don’t really care. Probably no running. Check with the museum guidelines. Fair warning, it’s a contemporary art museum. And as one of my friends on Facebook rightfully pointed out, that roof top drink at the Met, will help you get through it.

End the night right and have a glass of wine at Paola’s. Probably skip on food because that shit is expensive, but a glass of wine will do.

So join in next year? Let’s go, have matching outfits, and hold hands.


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2 thoughts on “Museum Mile: How to be classy and cheap

  1. Lisa K

    I think you described the cylindrical thingy perfectly!

    I love the free pass once a year idea.
    Go Museum Mile Festival!
    Offering cultural and artsy fartsy chances to the masses is a nice return for catering to the high falutin’ the rest of the year. Our library has free passes for a museum and an Indian cultural center. You can check them out, just like a book, and I love getting to see families that wouldn’t ordinarily have a chance to get to do something like this have a chance to do it at a reasonable cost – Free Rocks!

    Thanks for the tour! I agree… that thing is saying, ‘Meh….’

    1. 🙂 Loving the artsy fartsy description.
      It’s true, a lot of people came out that wouldn’t necessarily do so otherwise, and this was awesome. Also, I think people get put off by art because they ‘don’t understand it’, and it’s fine to not understand it, to laugh at ridiculousness of certain stuff, or to walk away shaking your head. Because once in a while you do stumble upon a ‘Meh…’ that to makes you giggle, and that makes it worth while.

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