Museum Mile: An Impressive Stop On Your Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
Everyone coming on a New York City bus tour knows the city is a cultural center. The actor, writer, dancer, etc coming to New York has even become a cliche at this point. But even past Broadway Theatre and the Julliard School, there are some aspects of cultural New York which are nothing short of staggering, like Museum Mile, an important stop on any Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour. Museum Mile is a stretch of 5th Avenue officially extending between 82nd and 105th street. This tiny stretch of land, actually three blocks longer than an exact mile, is home to no less than nine distinct and highly important museums. These 23 city blocks are considered one of the densest displays of culture in the world, and are a sight to behold on any Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour of Uptown and the Upper East Side. The biggest Hop-On Hop-Off stop here is the Metropolitan Museum of Art, known as "The Met" by locals. Its permanent collection includes some 2 million works of art, making it one of the world's largest art galleries. It contains priceless pieces of history and culture from Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome, as well as the masters of European, American, African, Asian, Indian, Islamic, and Modern art. They've even permanently remade some of the interior rooms in the artistic style under discussion, so after Hopping-Off the tour bus you can actually sit down and chill out in Ancient Rome or Eizabethan England. Moving along, we have the world-famous Guggenheim. The structure of the building itself has become a landmark for its distinctive architecture, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Inside, the museum houses a collection of significant Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, Post-Post-Impressionist (just joking), and other forms of modern and unconventional art. Museum Mile also contains institutions dedicated to the history and culture of particular peoples, such as the Museum for African Art, The Jewish Museum, and El Museo del Barrio (Latin American and Carribean art). Those taking a Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour should certainly consider deboarding for the chance to experience Museum Mile.