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

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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: 1220 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029, USA

Phone: (212) 534-1672

Official Website: Museum of the City of New York

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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

5 Star Rating I go to this museum every time I go to New York. Everyone wants to see the big name museums and they should, but do not miss this jewel. This museum features the city and its people. It’s a wonderful first stop to understand how New York came to be and what makes it special. Do not miss the 30-min movie in the basement. Start there, and then marvel at all the characters and the crazy things that happened in this colorful city in the extremely well-designed exhibits on the main floor. The tickets are reasonably priced, so you can save you money for all the cute stuff in the gift shop. Skip Top-of-the-Rock and do this!

Peter Edwards - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating What can I say, an unknown treasure focused on the great city. I believe 90percent of new York city's public hasn't been so getting around wasn't that bad. Fun way to learn interesting facts about the city

John Huber - 28 days ago

4 Star Rating Staff was extremely pleasant and helpful. Video downstairs is an excellent brief history of NYC which is supplemented by artifacts and greater detail elsewhere in the museum. The Kubrick exhibit is a excellent exhibit as was the Asian living photo exhibit. The germ exhibit didn't appeal to our group, but those that came for it seemed to enjoy it. The small cafe in the museum had nice selection and was popular. Prices were what you would expect for a cafe within a museum. Overall, worth a visit especially as an alternative to the big museums.

Christopher Coleman - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating This museum provides a nice documentation of how New York City evolved and grew over the decades. One can easily spent a couple of hours to walk through the museum or a couple days to go through the museum thoroughly. I especially appreciate the Interior Lives exhibition. The cafe is operated by Amy's Bread and it was a pleasure to sit in the airy space to take a mid-day break.

Echo Wu - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating This is the best museum in NYC (and i've done all of the major ones)! If it's one of your first trips to NY and your wanting to learn more about the history of the city and it's people, this is the place to go! Their changing exhibits are great and very well put together. The whole building is clean and well thought out. Admission is pay what you want, but the suggested $18 is very reasonable. Staff was all very friendly and informative. Highly recommend this museum.

Sydney Kellington - 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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