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: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

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 I could easily spend more than 1/2 day here. Each exhibit was interesting and pertains to NYC. I brought my 11 and 9 year old, and they connected to each exhibit as it showed parts of New York. They had a really good time. I recommend it and will go back.

Jeannie Chen - 9 days ago

5 Star Rating When I went there admissions were free. I'm assuming they still are but I am not sure. The place is very interesting, interactive and beautiful in itself. They have all kinds of statistics and info like but not limited to activism, data, and the future of new york. Very educational. They have decent and clean restrooms and some water fountains but they don't work much. The gift shop is pricey but that is expected of course

Bright Light - 13 days ago

5 Star Rating Very decent museum showing the various migration events and the growth of the city. Special exhibition about the art in the city slave. One hint: to get to the third floor you will need to use an elevator. The splendid staircase leads to the 2nd floor only. I spent 1.5 hours there and I learned pretty much about the city. Absolute recommendation for people moved here (like me) and for tourists. Very helpful staff and they are open for all your questions.

Pascal Gienger - 15 days ago

3 Star Rating All 3rd floor is dedicated to the Muslim community and population. You can learn about black history a lot too. It is a great movie about New York City. But what about Native Americans? It seems like they had never existed .That makes me sad. It is wrong and unfair. 3 stars

dala depp - 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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