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

Open Now: No

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 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 4.3 out of 5

5 Star Rating Not one of the big museums that you usually hear about in NY (Guggenheim, MoMA, etc) but every bit worth your time. Exhibits take you from the 1800's all the way to modern day, along with the culture and the movements as well.

Omar Francis - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating Brilliant, well presented interactive experience that brings the evolution of New York City to life and makes history and culture totally accessible for everyone (it even has Sesame St Muppets). Set in a beautiful building just east of Central Park it has something of interest for everyone including children. We had good snacks in the clean, efficient cafe and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. There is now nothing I don't know about New York from 1600 onwards!

Sandra King - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating A very cool museum with a lot of interesting exhibits about the history of the city. It only starts with the Dutch founding new Amsterdam and focuses mostly on after the British take over. It glosses over most of the negatives in the history of NYC, but at least some of that is mentioned here and there. They have a good video that covers quite a bit of good information about the city. The rotating exhibits are good, and they move things around a bit sometimes. The future exhibit is the highlight for me, definitely worth checking out. My only suggestion for the museum is to talk to the security guards about manners, they are rude and pushy for no discernible reason. I would suggest visitors avoid them.

James Wade - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating My family and I really enjoyed this museum! The staff were very friendly. I highly recommend the video first! It was a great video that set the tone for our visit with our 10 year old. I LOVED the activism exhibits! Definitely a must see for any one interested in New York City!!

Julianne Oates - 2 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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