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.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Museum of the City of New YorkFee: Yes
Many tourist attractions are temporarily closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please verify any opening hours below with the attraction before visiting.
- 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
Category: Museums Venues & Event Spaces
1220 5th Ave
New York, NY 10029
Phone: (212) 534-1672
Darya S. Feb-08-2020
I thought this museum did a great job of paying homage to our city through a variety of minority perspectives, whether it was through women, blacks,... Read More
Su C. Jan-24-2020
Excellent museum that gives a fun and detailed history of the city of new york and it's donation-based. It's a nice mansion looking 3-story building. Each... Read More
Kimberly N. Aug-21-2019
We have been to New York City many times but had never been to this museum until our most recent visit. My daughter suggested we go since she and my son are... Read More
Accommodations near Museum of the City of New York:
|Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|6||103 Street||7 minutes|
|2 or 3||110 Street||11 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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