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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.

Information

Location

1220 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Directions

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

Hours

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

Cost

$10 with college ID
Ages 19 and under: Free

Website

mcny.org

 

Current Exhibitions

Soundscape New York (March 10 - June 7, 2015)
A collaboration between Karen Van Lengen, FAIA, William Kenan Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia and former Dean of the University's School of Architecture, and artist James Welty, this immersive audiovisual installation combines the actual sounds of iconic New York interiors, such as Grand Central Terminal and the Seagram Building lobby, with visual animations projected on a panoramic screen.

Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand (February 25 - July 19, 2015)
Everything Is Design: The Work of Paul Rand features more than 150 advertisements, posters, corporate brochures, and books by this master of American design. It was Rand who most creatively brought European avant-garde art movements such as Cubism and Constructivism to graphic design in the United States.

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.