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Museum of the City of New York

Explores the past, present, and future of New York City and celebrate its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation – enables us to present a variety of exhibitions, public programs, and publications, all investigating what gives New York its singular character.



1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY


6 Train to 103rd Street; walk three blocks west
2, 3 Train to 110th Street; walk one block east to Fifth Avenue, then south to 103rd Street


Monday - Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


$10 with college ID
Ages 19 and under: Free



Current Exhibitions

Affordable New York: A Housing Legacy (September 18th, 2015 – Febuary 16th, 2016)
New York City has a long history of creating below-market housing for its residents. Today the city offers subsidized housing to families across a wide economic spectrum; more than 400,000 in public housing, and many more in privately or cooperatively owned apartments. With affordable housing a cornerstone of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, New York’s housing legacy—often overlooked and little understood—is more relevant than ever.

Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival (June 17th, 2015 – January 10th, 2016)
In the 1950s and 1960s, folk music blossomed in New York City, especially in Greenwich Village, where clubs and coffee houses showcased singers like Pete Seeger and Odetta and nurtured a generation of newcomers, including Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Dave Van Ronk, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and Peter, Paul and Mary. The multi-media exhibtition Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival, featuring original instruments, handwritten lyrics, and video and film footage, traces the roots of the revival, its growth in New York, its major players, and its impact on American politics and culture during the tumultuous 1960s.

Gilded New York (Ongoing)
The exhibition presents a lavish display of some 100 works, including costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects, all created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century. The dazzling works in the exhibition will illuminate an era when members of the new American aristocracy often displayed their wealth in storied balls in Fifth Avenue mansions and hotels. It was a time when New York became the nation’s corporate headquarters and a popular Ladies’ Mile of luxury retail establishments and cultural institutions helped launch the city to global prominence.

Timescapes: A Multimedia Portrait Of New York (Ongoing)
A three-screen multimedia film, tracing New York from its origins to its current life as one of history's great cities.

Activist New York (Ongoing)
In a town renowned for its in-your-face persona, citizens of the city have banded together on issues as diverse as historic preservation, civil rights, wages, sexual orientation, and religious freedom. Using artifacts, photographs, audio and visual presentations, as well as interactive components that seek to tell the entire story of activism in the five boroughs, Activist New York presents the passions and conflicts that underlie the city's history of agitation.

For more information on these exhibitions, please visit the Museum of the City of New York website.