Queens Museum

Queens Museum is worth visiting just to see the incredible scale model of all five boroughs of New York City

Entrance to the Queens Museum at Night
Entrance to the Queens Museum at Night Photo courtesy of the Queens Museum

Founded in 1972, the Queens Museum, formerly called the Queens Museum of Art, is best known for the Panorama of New York City, an amazing scale model covering all five boroughs of New York modelling every single building as of 1992. More new models and updates continue to be added to the map on a regular basis.

The museum is housed in the former New York City Building which was originally built for the 1939 World's Fair. The building was home to the United Nations General Assembly between the year 1946 and 1950. Today the museum has a permanent collection of about 10,000 exhibits, the majority of which pertain to the two World Fairs held in 1939 and in 1964. The museum also houses a large collection of Tiffany Glass including lamps and windows. Tiffany Studios and Furnaces were once located in the same area as the museum.

The crown jewel of the museum is the massive architectural scale map and model of all of New York City known as the Panorama of New York City. This amazing model was commissioned and built for the 1964 World's Fair. It took a team of about 250 modellers a total of three years to complete the 9335 square foot map. From 1970 to 1992 there were no updates, but in 1992 the map was updated with 85,000 new building models. The scale model now represents every building, as of 1992, in all five boroughs for an incredible total of 895,000 buildings. In 2009 a program was started to continue updating the map with more new models. You will never get to see the entire city of New York in person during your vacation, so be sure to see it here at the museum.

In addition to the giant map of New York and the permanent collections, the Queens Museum hosts a wide variety of temporary exhibits and educational programs with a focus on quality and that reflect the diverse and contemporary urban life of New Yorker's and especially residents of Queens.

It is well worth it to take the subway to Queens to visit this enjoyable museum and to also see the world's largest globe, the Unisphere, located right in front of the museum.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes - By suggested donation or Free admission with a New York Pass

Open Now

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Address: New York City Building, Corona, NY 11368, USA

Phone: (718) 592-9700

Official Website: Queens Museum

Directions

Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
7Mets-Willets Point12 Minutes

How to get to Queens Museum by Subway

Take the 7 Train to Mets-Willets Point. Follow the signs, walking through the park to the museum which is located just west of the giant stainless steel globe (Unisphere).

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Reviews

Rated 4.3 out of 5Queens Museum Star Rating

5 Star Rating Go there. They have some nice exhibitions. One about Tiffiny glass and one about new york water system for ex. They have a huge map of new york with all the houses. You have to see it. Outside you can see the Flushing Meadows Corona Park where they filmed Men in black. Google it.

Lena Dahlberg - 12 days ago

4 Star Rating This place is so much fun and really worth multiple visits. The pavilion highlights and exhibits are informative and exciting. Plus there is so much to do in this area with the tar pits and science center near by!! But the membership and you'll end up going more then you'd ever think. Plus members do get perks! Love the Queens Museum.

Fannie Poplin - 14 days ago

5 Star Rating I was born and raised in queens. I loved coming here as a kid. It was a quick train ride from pretty much any where in Queens. Right off the 7 train. Bring your kids, bring everyone. They've got all types of events all year long.

Flight Mike - 1 month ago

2 Star Rating The Panorama of the City of New York is indeed very cool, but not worth the admission fee. (Check the NYC Culture Pass site for free admission, though.) The rest of the museum is full of the most pretentious gallery labels I’ve ever seen, attached to mostly mediocre art. There’s a very nice park just outside the museum which is a much better place to spend a few hours.

Joel C. Salomon - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating By sheer coincidence I was reading 'Just kids' Patty Smith and 'Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk' at the time I attended the exhibit and I highly recommend them both as they were the perfect mental pallet cleansers to put you into the mindset of the early NY punk rock scene. Additionally I can't tell you how wonderful it was to comb over all of this modern day reliquary in the very hometown of the band. Nicely done.

Ola Orrz - 2 months ago

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