A true New York original, the Skyscraper Museum has been the only museum in the world dedicated solely to the architecture of the high-rise since it opened in 1997. Exhibits in the collection focus on the artistic design, technology, construction, influence on real estate values and human inhabitancy of tall buildings worldwide.
The museum interior features mirror polished stainless steel floors and ceilings creating the illusion of an infinitely vertical space and has been met with critical acclaim in architectural and interior design community.
The Skyline Museum houses two galleries, one dedicated to the Manhattan skyline and a special exhibitions hall. The permanent collection includes two hand-carved, highly detailed models of Midtown and Downtown, informative displays on the world's tallest buildings and a visual history of the buildings of Lower Manhattan. In 2006, an exhibit was added to commemorate the architecture and history of the World Trade Center and the construction of the Freedom Tower.
A full calendar of lectures, exhibitions and guided walking tours organised by museum staff are available on the website. On Saturday mornings, museum educators host a family program to introduce children to engineering, architecture and urban development through hands-on activities.
Facts For Your Visit
Official Website: Skyscraper MuseumFee: Yes - Free admission with a New York City Explorer Pass
Many tourist attractions are temporarily closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please verify any opening hours below with the attraction before visiting.
- Wednesday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
- Thursday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
- Friday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
- Saturday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
- Sunday: 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
39 Battery Pl
New York, NY 10280
Phone: (212) 968-1961
Darya S. Feb-24-2020
Came on a Sunday and spent an hour. Thoughts: 1- there is a lot of reading, holy moly. 2- half of it is their exhibit on population density and the other... Read More
Kaitlin P. Feb-18-2020
One floor of mediocrity. I had high hopes (literally) for this museum only to learn it made up the ground floor of a residential building. I'm a history... Read More
Dom G. Jan-08-2020
Came here with the kids during the school break. I should have read more about the museum before deciding to go but I didn't. The museum itself is pretty... Read More
Accommodations near Skyscraper Museum:
|Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|4 or 5||Bowling Green||6 minutes|
|1 or R||Rector Street||8 minutes|
How to get to Skyscraper Museum by Subway
Take the 4 or 5 train to Bowling Green, head west towards the river on Battery Place continuing to the entrance on your right or take the 1 or R train to Rector Street and walk south on either Greenwich Street or Trinity Place to Battery Place and go right. The entrance is on the right-hand side of the road directly across from the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
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