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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

New York's Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway(Opens March 9, 2016)
From the late 19th to the mid- 20th century, a thriving Yiddish theater culture blossomed on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, entertaining over 1.5 million first and second generation Eastern-European Jewish immigrants. Second Avenue became the “Yiddish Broadway,” where audiences of new New Yorkers celebrated their culture and learned about urban life in the city via cutting-edge dramas, musical comedies, and avant-garde political theater. As stars of the Yiddish stage gained mainstream popularity, New York’s Yiddish theater became an American phenomenon. This legacy resonates today through enduring dramatic themes, classic New York humor, and a large crop of crossover actors, directors, and designers who found work on the mainstream New York stage and in Hollywood. Curated by Edna Nahshon and accompanied by a book of the same name.

New York at its Core: A "Must See" Ongoing Exhibition(Opens November 2016)
In November 2016, the Museum of the City of New York will launch its landmark exhibition New York at Its Core, the first-ever museum presentation of New York City’s gripping, four-century story of growth and transformation. Featuring the diverse faces of New York and utilizing one-of-a-kind artifacts, historic photographs, archival film and interactive digital experiences, the exhibition will occupy three galleries on Museum’s first floor, culminating with the Future of the City Lab. Animated and framed by New York’s defining characteristics—the frequently explosive interactions of money, diversity, density and creativity—visitors will come away with a new understanding of what makes New York tick. New York at Its Core will provide a must-see experience for everyone fascinated by the city—including New Yorkers, visitors from all over the globe, and students of all ages.

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.

Picturing Prestige: New York Portraits (February 5-October 11, 2016)
View portraits of early New Yorkers painted by leading American painters of their day, capturing the aspirations of the rising, upstart merchant city from 1700–1860

From Ship to Shore:Reginald Marsh & the U.S Custom House Murals (March 25-May 30, 2016)
Best known for his depiction of Depression-era New York City, including jobless men on the Bowery, vaudeville and burlesque houses, and the amusements of Coney Island, New York draftsman and painter Reginald Marsh (1898-1954) also had a passion for the city's waterfront. In 1937, he embarked on the creation of a series of shipping murals for the rotunda of the United States Custom House at 1 Bowling Green in Lower Manhattan, a project commissioned as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Treasury Relief Art Program dedicated to embellishing public buildings. Marsh's eight masterful watercolor and graphite paintings, part of the Museum's collection and on view for the first time in more than 20 years, depict the stages of an ocean liner from its entrance into New York Harbor to the unloading of its cargo on the city's docks. From Ship to Shore:Reginald Marsh & the U.S Custom House Murals showcases both the iconic beauty of the harbor and the integral role it has played in our city's history, as well as the role that fine art can play in the public sphere.

Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs (April 14-October 9, 2016)
One of the most distinctive and complex American comic voices to emerge in the last four decades is that of artist and New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast (b. 1954). Since the 1970s, Brooklyn-born Chast has chronicled the anxieties, pleasures, and perils of contemporary life in a body of work that includes over 1,200 cartoons published in The New Yorker and other magazines, several illustrated children’s books, and her award-winning 2014 visual memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? Chast has developed a unique visual language and a roster of familiar characters that explore universal experiences of self-doubt and of finding joy in simple things. Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs features more than 200 works by this distinguished artist, showcasing her keen eye for the absurdities and insecurities that permeate daily life--including many situations that are particular to New York City. The exhibition was originally presented at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and is a co-presentation of the Museum of the City of New York and the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Gay Gotham (Opens October 7, 2016)
New York has long been a beacon for gay and lesbian artists seeking freedom, acceptance, and community. Gay Gotham brings to life the gay creative networks that sprang up in the city across the 20th century--a series of artistic subcultures whose radical ideas had lasting effects on the mainstream. Peeling back the layers of New York’s gay and lesbian life that thrived even in the shadows, this groundbreaking exhibition reveals an often-hidden side of the history of New York City and celebrates the power of artistic collaboration to transcend oppression. Visitors will encounter well-known figures, from Mae West to Leonard Bernstein to Andy Warhol, and discover lesser-known ones, such as feminist artist Harmony Hammond, painter and writer Richard Bruce Nugent, and transgender artist Greer Lankton. Surprising relationships emerge: Warhol and Mercedes de Acosta; Robert Mapplethorpe and Cecil Beaton; George Platt Lynes and Gertrude Stein. Comprising two full galleries, Gay Gotham features the work of these artists, including paintings and photographs, as well as letters, snapshots, and ephemera that illuminate their personal bonds and reveal secrets that were scandal-provoking in their time and remain largely unknown today.

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