Museum of the City of New York

The collections in Museum of the City of New York explore the vibrant past, present and future of New York

Museum of the City of New York
Museum of the City of New York

Housed in a 1930s American Colonial brick mansion on the northern end of Museum Mile, the Museum of the City of New York celebrates the history and panache of the Big Apple. The exhibitions explore all things New York from the urban landscape to the cultural diversity of its 8 million residents that define the city's distinct personality.

Collections of paintings, artefacts and photographs bring the sights, sounds and styles of the Empire City to life and provide tourists an essential introduction to the vibrant past, present and future of New York.

The comprehensive collection of the Museum of the City of New York is estimated to contain upwards of 1.5 million objects related to the five boroughs from their beginnings as a Dutch settlement and as a major port in the New World to modern day. The permanent collections include galleries dedicated to Broadway memorabilia and the history of nightlife and theatre, the history and evolution of police and fire fighting techniques and the influence of the fashion and textile industries. A large anthology of toys illustrate a social history of childhood in the city and an impressive decorative arts collection chronicles the trendsetting style of New Yorkers.

The museum has recently undergone a major renovation and they are also very active in introducing new exhibitions all the time, so even if you have visited in the past, you will find plenty of new things to discover.

Nearby attractions include Central Park, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Frick Collection and the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: 5th Ave & 103rd St, New York, NY 10029, USA

Phone: (212) 534-1672

Official Website: Museum of the City of New York


Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
6103 Street7 minutes
2 or 3110 Street11 Minutes

How to get to Museum of the City of New York by Subway

Take the 6 train to 103rd Street, and follow it west for 3 blocks (use the pedistrian path to get between Park Avenue and Madison Avenue) then go right on 5th Avenue to the entrance; or take the 2 or 3 train to 110th Street, walk one block east to Fifth Avenue, then left (south) to 103rd Street.

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Rated 4.4 out of 5Museum of the City of New York Star Rating

4 Star Rating Being here for the first time is delightful and very good lighting and if your hungry after all the walking, you can sit down and have a drink at the cafe area on the second floor- Adults pay $18.00 I recommend you be rested and be ready to walk a lot but it’s worth it.... It’s a multi cultural visiting museum so you won’t feel left out. So much history to see here’ you can literally stay for hours- I recommend good company if you don’t want to be alone. The cafe is reasonable food prices, I believe below 10.00 depending what your getting’ they have bagels,cakes, teas like earl gray, etc. they sell pizza coffees etc. if you want to get out the house this is a nice place to visit starting in the opening time and have the rest of the afternoon for you.... enjoy

LEE - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating This is not a huge museum but definitely is a lively one. We got here by accident and found out to enter into an awesome place, that help us to understand the history of New York and the vibrance it has. The staff is super friendly and always be happy to guide you or even tell anecdotes to you.

F - 9 days ago

5 Star Rating Very cool museum! My nephew loved the interactive portion. I thought the guide was joking when he said the "Most Interesting Stairway" was that way, turns out it was pretty interesting lol. The history of New York City is one that connects worldwide and thought there was a lot to take in. One day wasn't enough to really grasp the depth of the museum. Plan on coming back soon!

Ronnie G - 14 days ago

5 Star Rating Absolutely AMAZING! I would recommend to anyone, free for teachers/educators. The exhibits were recent, relevant and powerful. Diverse exhibits! You will not be disappointed if you attend this multi level museum.

Kris Jimenez - 14 days ago

5 Star Rating The Museum of The City of New York is an educational museum for anyone interested in the history and future of New York City. There are 4 floors of exhibits encompassing everything from the rise of New York as a Dutch trading colony to the near collapse during the Great Depression to the aftermath of 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy. Includes throughout is everything from the founding of Wall Street to Jackie Robinson and the incredible rise of the jazz scene in Harlem. There is also a great exhibit on public art throughout the city and all of the installments throughout the years. My favorite was the field of wheat that was planted near the base of the World Trade Center Towers in the 80s.

Thomas - 1 month ago


This video gives you an overview of the Museum of the City of New York along with some of its latest exhibitions

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