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: 1220 5th Ave & 103rd Street, 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

5 Star Rating The Museum of the City of New York is fantastic. Its own history mirrors that of the city and the exhibitions use a contemporary lens to view the city's vast history. They are poignant, relevant, and often clever. No part of this museum is boring.

Julius Kellinghusen - 1 day ago

3 Star Rating Really interesting museum about the history and how NY was created as a city. Actual information and interactive spaces were the best. In the other hand, so much space dedicated to different movements (women vote, slavery, LGTB community) with little information- much better explained in other museums.

Vivian - 21 days ago

5 Star Rating I been here a year ago and I enjoyed it then. They have new exhibits that made me glad I came again. The new exhibit on the photography of Stanley Kubrick was the highlight. The one on strong women of NYC was also fun and informational. Great place! Makes me love being a New Yorker even more than I do now.

Justin McCalla - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating I mean seriously who's going to talk bad about a museum. There are a lot of different exhibits at the Museum of the city of New York. I particularly went to look at the future of the city exhibit located downstairs behind the staircase. It's a very large open area and had a lot of different activities inside. I really enjoyed the space of the Museum of the city of New York. They have an elevator and stairs so everyone is able to move freely about the museum. The one thing I would say about this museum is that if you are in need of an accessible ramp you have to go to the side of the museum as the front entryway to the museum only has stairs. The people who work at the Museum or quite nice though and will help you with anything you need. They also have two different stores, one located when you are going to get your ticket to enter the museum and one located when you're exiting the museum. Get your pockets at both time seems like a pretty good idea. This museum is located closest to the m4 bus

Larrolyn Ford - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating I was so impressed with this museum!!! High quality in EVERYTHING! Especially the incredibly well curated exhibits, each of great depth and breadth, the cafeteria (Amy’s), the gift shop. I highly recommend a visit. Usually I can only tolerate ANY museum for no more than 1 hour or at most 1 1/2 hours. Here we spent 3 hours in bliss. Don’t miss it!!

Pepita Soto - 3 months 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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