Slideshow: Damp Weather No Deterrent to Fun at Museum Mile Fest

Slideshow: Damp Weather No Deterrent to Fun at Museum Mile Fest

Asia Society's Chinese lion masks score with all ages

NEW YORK, June 12, 2012 — The annual Museum Mile Festival transformed the elegant Upper East Side stretch of Fifth Avenue from East 82nd to East 105th Streets into "New York's biggest block party" on Tuesday night, with 23 pedestrian-friendly blocks dedicated to family activities, live music and free admission to all 10 museums along the mile. 

Though it's located twelve blocks south of the mile's southern end, Asia Society New York took part in the celebration with a station at 83rd Street, where passers-by were greeted with free admission vouchers to Asia Society Museum, live Chinese calligraphy demonstrations and a photobooth. The latter proved especially popular, as the Chinese dragon masks available for posing in proved an irresistible draw for young and old alike — or maybe people just appreciated the chance to cover their heads against the rain. But as the above photos demonstrate, Tuesday evening's damp weather failed to dampen the spirits of those who made it out.

Want to see more of Asia Society's Museum Mile photos? The complete set is posted for viewing on Facebook.

June 14, 2012
by Jeff Tompkins