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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!

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: Roz ChastRoz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs
Date: Through October 16, 2016
Explore the absurdities and pleasures of daily life through the eyes—and pen—of Roz Chast.
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.

Scenes from the South Bronx, 1976-82
Date: Through October 16, 2016
Photographs by Mel Rosenthal
The 1970s marked the start of a tumultuous period of decline in the South Bronx, brought on by a loss of manufacturing jobs, reductions in municipal services, plummeting property values, a mass exodus of its residents, and rampant arson. Photographer Mel Rosenthal (b. 1940), who grew up in the South Bronx, was determined to give a public face, and a voice, to those who had been left behind by the area’s evolution. In the South Bronx of America features images taken by Rosenthal at the height of the area’s devastation, focusing on the resilient residents who refused to abandon their neighborhoods.
From Teaspoons to Titanic: Recent Acquisitions
Date: Through December 18, 2016
Since its founding in 1923, the Museum of the City of New York has celebrated and interpreted the city and educated the public about New York’s heritage and distinctive character. From Teaspoons to Titanic: Recent Acquisitions showcases a selection of new additions the museum’s collection, including a deck chair from RMS Titanic, souvenir spoons depicting New York scenes, works by several notable photographers, and Richard Haas’s  preparatory paintings for New York street murals—all of which speak to the life of the city.

Gay Gotham
Date: Through February 26, 2017
Celebrating an often-hidden side of the history of New York City
New York has long been a beacon for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender artists seeking freedom, acceptance, and community. Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York, brings to life the queer 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 LGBT 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.

Museum of the City of NY: Carl Van VechtenCarl Van Vechten: Photographing the Harlem Renaissance and Beyond
Date: Ongoing
Novelist, essayist, and photographer Carl Van Vechten (1880-1964) promoted the work of African-American artists and writers. He was most notably associated with the Harlem Renaissance, the artistic, literary, and musical movement of the 1920s. The City Museum is proud to exhibit a selection of Van Vechten’s photographs from its collection in conjunction with the 26th anniversary of New York City History Day and to highlight its theme, “Exploration, Encounter, Exchange in History.” As a result of the “Great Migration,” Harlem became the largest African-American community in the United States, providing black artists a place to gather and express themselves on the world’s stage. Among the figures featured in the exhibition are poet Langston Hughes, writer Countée Cullen, and performers Ella Fitzgerald and Bill Robinson.

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 YorkGilded New York
Date: Ongoing
Inaugurating the Museum’s Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city’s visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. In New York, this era was marked by the sudden rise of industrial and corporate wealth, amassed by such titans as Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould, who expressed their high status through extravagant fashions, architecture, and interior design. 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. 

Museum of the City of New York: New York InteriorsNew York Interiors: Furnishings for the Empire City
Date: Ongoing
New York Interiors: Furnishings for the Empire City features elements of New York domestic environments from the late 17th through the early 20th centuries. On display are objects that illuminate aspects of daily life including recreational pursuits and various domestic technologies.

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.

Museum of the City of New York - Marine PaintingsMarine Paintings from the Collection of the Museum of the City of New York
Date: Ongoing
This installation showcases newly conserved marine paintings from the Museum’s important collection of Maritime art, many of which have not been on public view in decades. The collection includes works by celebrated American marine painters of the 19th century, including Fitz Henry Lane, Thomas Birch, James Buttersworth, and Edward Moran. The paintings represent a range of artistic styles and movements, from ship portraits commissioned by captains and owners to the romantic riverscapes of the Hudson River school. Together, they illuminate New York’s rich maritime history, including the shipping lines that made the city the nation’s commercial and manufacturing center in the 19th century, luxurious Gilded Age sporting yachts, and naval parades in New York Harbor. Conservation of the Marine paintings was made possible by the generous support of the J. Aron Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Upcoming Exhibitions at Museum of the City of New York 

Mastering the Metropolis: New York and Zoning, 1916-2016
Date: Opens November 9
How tall can New York buildings be? How wide? Where can developers build homes, factories, offices, or stores? Where do New Yorkers live, work, and play? The character of New York’s varied neighborhoods is governed by a novel set of rules first envisioned by New York reformers 100 years ago – the groundbreaking Zoning Resolution of 1916. Zoning, which was designed to tame the unruly process of free-market real estate development, has continued to shape the city we know today in countless, often unseen, ways.
This landmark law gave birth to the iconic “setback” skyscraper and the modern skyline; to special neighborhoods like the Theater District; to public amenities like pedestrian plazas, and to residential neighborhoods of all shapes and sizes. On the 100th anniversary of America’s first comprehensive zoning resolution, Mastering the Metropolis: New York and Zoning, 1916-2016 will examine the effects of the evolving law and chart the history of the city’s zoning rules and debates to the current day, illuminating how the tools of zoning have reflected a century of evolving ideas about what constitutes an “ideal” city.? Join the conversation.

Museum of the City of NY: New York at Its CoreNew York at Its Core – A “Must See” Ongoing Exhibition
Date: 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.

Art and the Young Imagination: Four Decades of Studio in a School
Date: Opens Jan. 14, 2017
Nurturing young artists in city schools. Art and the Young Imagination explores the 40-year history of one of New York City’s most creative arts education initiatives, Studio in a School. Founded in 1977, when the city’s economic crisis drastically reduced arts programming in public schools, this nationally recognized leader has nurtured and maintained a dynamic community of professional artists who teach hundreds of thousands of New York City children in underserved public schools, daycare centers, and community-based organizations. The exhibition features student works—watercolors, drawings, collages, and sculpture— produced through the Studio’s approach to enhancing childhood art education and visual literacy and revealing the city as interpreted by its youngest residents.
New York Silver, Then and Now
Date: Opens Summer 2017
A dialogue in silver between past and present. 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 1,400 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 Meuhling; 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 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.
Daily: 10am to 6pm
Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day
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