Skyscraper Museum

The Skyscraper Museum is dedicated to the history and design of tall buildings from around the world

Enjoying the interesting exhibits in the Skyscraper Museum
Enjoying the interesting exhibits in the Skyscraper Museum cc licensed photo by Jakob Montrasio

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.

Nearby attractions include Battery Park, Staten Island Ferry, Financial District, Trinity Church, St. Paul's Chapel and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Facts For Your Visit

Official Website: Skyscraper Museum

Fee: Yes - Free admission with a New York City Explorer Pass

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Regular Hours:
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.

  • 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

Category: Museums

Address: 39 Battery Pl
New York, NY 10280

Phone: (212) 968-1961


Yelp Rating:
2.5 out of 5 2.5 Star Rating
Based on 53 Reviews.

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3 Star Rating 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

Darya S. Feb-24-2020

3 Star Rating 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

Dom G. Jan-08-2020

2 Star Rating 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

Kaitlin P. Feb-18-2020

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Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
4 or 5Bowling Green6 minutes
1 or RRector Street8 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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