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 & 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 This is my go-to museum. One of the best in the city. If you're visiting NYC, this is a great museum to see. You'll learn a lot about New York and its people. Just remember, you don't have to pay the suggested fee, $18.00 as of this writing. Pay what you can.

Gladys Garcia - 5 days ago

4 Star Rating Extremely interesting view of the development of New York through several epochs. Great city maps and displays. Strong short films. Some of the exhibits are a little too surface, but overall very educational and enjoyable. The building is also beautiful.

Jeff Burns - 9 days ago

5 Star Rating Went here on a recent visit to New York, there's an $18 entry fee or they say you can pay what you like. There are 3 floors of exhibitions with a little cafe on the first floor. Some interesting exhibitions around New York history and like most galleries there are a few exhibitions that are out there. Museum is located at the top of 5th Ave in museum mile. To get to it you can always walk through Central park

Gerard Clifford - 20 days ago

5 Star Rating This is a superb museum with a lovely wait staff. I recommend highly the rebel women exhibition on presently. These are women from the late 1700s to Mid twentieth century who could definitely be an example to all of us. The movie on the actual finding and establishment of Manhattan is a must-see.

Philip Koch - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating This is one of my favorite museums in the city! The exhibitions are always well done and super interesting — if you are interested in the history of NYC (and the US). It is much less crowded than most of the other museums, so that’s a plus. You can spend many hours there or just pop in for a specific exhibition.

Jenni K - 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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