About 7 miles and 5 hours. We tried this once on a very windy day; we'll try it again and hope for mild weather. We will visit two museums connected to Archer Huntington and see statues created by his wife, Anna Hyatt Huntington.
We will meet in front of the National Academy Museum at 11:00, spend about 30 minutes in the museum, walk across Central Park to the Whole Foods at Columbus Avenue and 97th Street for lunch, walk west along 93rd Street to Riverside Drive to see the Joan of Arc statue, then north along Riverside Drive to the Hispanic Society museum at Broadway and 155th Street. The Hispanic Society museum is open until 4:30 p.m.
The American Academy of Arts and Letters, which is next door to the Hispanic Society in the Audubon Terrace complex, is also showing an exhibit of works by newly inducted members. This exhibit is open until 4:00 p.m.
There will be a somewhat steep staircase to walk up in Riverside Park and another hill to walk up at 155th Street. Admission to the National Academy is pay what you wish but you must pay something, I paid $1.00; the Hispanic Society and American Academy exhibit are free.
Archer Huntington was the son (step or perhaps biological) of railroad magnate Collis P. Huntington and his second wife, Arrabella Yarrington, who was the teen aged daughter of the proprietor of a boarding house where Collis stayed while developing railroads in Virginia. Arrabella used her husbands wealth to accumulate a large art collection, which is now housed at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, and encouraged her son Archer to pursue intellectual and artistic activities.
The National Academy is an honorary association of American artists which operates a school and museum and is housed in the opulent townhouse that was Archer and Anna's home and Anna's sculpture studio. The academy is closing the museum on June 1 to sell the building to create an endowment and move to a new location. Archer established the Hispanic Society in 1904 as part of his lifelong interest in the history and culture of Spain. Archer and Anna met when he commissioned her to create a sculpture of El Cid for the courtyard of the Hispanic Society.
Here is a link to the National Academy museum: National Academy Museum
Here is a link to the Hispanic Society web site: Hispanic Society
Meet: 11:00 in front of the National Academy museum at 1083 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street. Take the 4,5,6 train to 86th Street and Lexington Avenue.