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Museum of the City of New York Admission







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The Museum of the City of New York: Where the Past Informs the Future
 
The essential introduction to New York City, the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) explores the past, present, and future of New York through groundbreaking exhibitions that offer a behind-the-scenes look at what gives the city its singular character.
 
The Museum of the City of New York is located at the top of Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue. You haven’t been here, until you’ve been here!
 
ENJOY BREAKFAST AT THE MUSEUM!
Nothing says New York quite like coffee and a bagel from H&H Midtown Bagels East (the schmear is optional). While you enjoy your complimentary meal, a host will welcome you to the museum and be on hand to answer any questions you may have about New York - including the history of the bagel!
After breakfast, catch an exclusive screening of Timescapes, a 22-minute film that reveals how New York became New York, from its beginnings as a settlement of a few hundred Europeans, Africans and Native Americans to its present status as one of the world's great cities. Narrated by actor Stanley Tucci, the film features animated maps and archival photographs, prints and paintings from the Museum's collections.
Stick around afterward and take in the diverse exhibitions on view before heading out to join the bustle of the Big Apple.
 
You can purchase admissions in advance to this popular NYC attraction and avoid the lengthy ticket-purchase lines! Admissions are also available to all the top NYC museums and attractions.

Current Exhibitions at Museum of the City of New York

Museum of the City of NY: Carl Van VechtenNew York at its Core
Date: Ongoing
What made New York New York? Follow the story of the city’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World,” and consider its future in our changing world. 

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. 

In this introductory gallery, travel back to the time of Henry Hudson’s voyage into New York Harbor and follow the story of the city as it grew into the nation’s economic and cultural capital, on the shores of the Western Hemisphere’s busiest harbor.


Museum of the City of New York: Activist New York
Activist New York
Date: Ongoing
Activist New York explores the drama of social activism in New York City from the 17th century right up to the present. 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.  
 


Museum of the City of New York - Gilded New YorkNew York Silver : Then ad Now
Date: Ongoing
New York Silver, Then and Now links the rich history of silversmithing in New York City to present-day artistic practice. It features newly commissioned works by leading metalworkers, created in response to historical objects from the Museum’s collection.

The Museum’s holdings, widely recognized as one of the foremost collections of American silver in the nation, include leading examples of silver designed and produced in New York from the mid-17th through the 20th century. Comprised of more than 1,800 works by such notable craftsmen as Cornelius Kierstede, Myer Myers, and Charles LeRoux , and renowned retailer/manufacturers like Black, Starr & Frost and Tiffany & Co., the collection demonstrates how, for over four centuries, the city’s silversmiths and designers have adapted international styles to make them distinctively “New York” in look and feel.

The exhibition will open a dialogue between past and present, pairing historic pieces with remarkable new work by contemporary artists. Internationally recognized artists from the New York area who have been invited to participate include designers Dror Benshetrit and Ted Muehling; architect/interior designers William Georgis and Sheila Bridges; artists Michele Oka Doner, Kiki Smith, and Chitra Ganesh; metalsmiths Myra Mimlitsch-Gray and Wendy Yothers, and many others.

Museum of the City of New York - Timescapes: A Multimedia Portrait of New YorkTimescapes: A Multimedia Portrait of New York
Date: Ongoing
Timescapes, an engrossing 22-minute multimedia experience, traces the growth of New York City from a settlement of a few hundred Europeans, Africans, and Native Americans to its present status as one of the world’s great cities. Created by Jake Barton of Local Projects and James Sanders, co-writer of the PBS series New York: A Documentary History, and narrated by actor Stanley Tucci, the film features animated maps and archival photographs, prints, and paintings from the Museum’s collections.
 


Upcoming Exhibitions at Museum of the City of New York 

King in New York
Date: Opens January 13, 2018 - June 1, 2018
Discover the legendary civil rights leader’s connection to the city.

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King Jr., King in New York traces the civil rights leader’s encounters with New York from the 1950s until his assassination in 1968. The exhibition’s historic images chronicle King’s sermons in churches and speeches to the United Nations, his discussions about race relations with New York City’s mayor, and his relationships with New York’s own networks of activists. Together, they reveal a lesser-known side of King’s work and demonstrate the importance of New York City in the national civil rights movement.
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Through a Different Lens – Stanley Kubrick Photographs
Date: Opens May 3, 2018
Explore a formative phase in the career of one of the 20th century’s most renowned motion picture directors.

Stanley Kubrick was just 17 when he joined the staff of the pictorial magazine Look in 1945. In his photographs, many unpublished, Kubrick trained the camera on his native city, drawing inspiration from the nightclubs, street scenes, and sporting events that made up his first  assignments, and capturing the pathos of ordinary life with a sophistication that belied his young age. Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs features more than 120 photographs by Kubrick from the Museum’s Look Magazine archive, an unparalleled collection that includes 129 photography assignments and more than 12,000 negatives from his five years as a staff photographer. For any fan of Kubrick’s films, these images prefigure the cinematic work that defined his career.

Mansions in the Sky - The Architecture of Rosario Candela
Date: May 17, 2018 - September 23, 2018
Pre-war luxury living from an icon of residential architecture.
With some 75 buildings to his credit, Rosario Candela played a major role in shaping the architectural legacy of 20th-century New York—the distinctive “prewar” streetscapes of Park and Fifth Avenues and Sutton Place in particular. Mansions in the Sky: The Architecture of Rosario Candela revisits the setback terraces and neo-Georgian and Art Deco ornament of Candela-designed high-rise apartments. His buildings established new standards of chic urban living for some of New York’s wealthiest citizens and still rank among the most prized in the city, almost a century after they were built.

Museum of the City of New York Location and Directions
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St.
Subway: 6 Lexington Avenue train to 103rd Street, walk three blocks west, or 2 or 3 train to Central Park North (110th Street), walk one block east to Fifth Avenue, then south to 103rd Street.
 
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Daily: 10am to 6pm
Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day
 
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