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

Fee: Yes - Free admission with a New York Pass

Open Now

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 6:00 PM

Address: 39 Battery Pl, New York, NY 10280, USA

Phone: (212) 968-1961

Official Website: Skyscraper Museum

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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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Rated 3.8 out of 5The Skyscraper Museum Star Rating

5 Star Rating A hidden gem if you want to make sense of the city's iconic skyline

Chirayu Baral - 20 hours ago

5 Star Rating Very small museum, but definitely worth the visit if you're amused by the skyscraper world. It is very cheap and not crowded at all

Daniela Llivina - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating The Skyscraper Museum is located in New York City, USA and is the only museum in the world today. It opened on May 1, 1997. As its name suggests, the museum focuses on high-rise building design, product technology, construction location, and real estate investment to explore the history and future of skyscrapers. The museum's mirrored stainless steel ceiling and ground visuals make the space very spacious. Carol Willis, founder of the Skyscraper Museum, is also a professor of urban planning at Columbia University and an architectural historian. Really amazing place.

Kevin Pitter - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Very interesting museum which had a good selection of books in the store. The panoramic images of how the city's skyline has changed over more than 100 years was fascinating. Free for military!

Wesley James - 2 months ago


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