Activist New York

Explore 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, New Yorkers have banded together on issues as diverse as 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 story of activism in the five boroughs past and present, Activist New York presents the passions and conflicts that underlie the city's history of agitation.



Exhibitions and events

New York At Its Core

Permanent exhibition

Framed around the key themes of money, density, diversity, and creativity, New York City’s history and future come alive in this first-of-its-kind exhibition, through the stories of innovation,...

City of Workers, City of Struggle: How Labor Movements Changed New York

Temporary exhibition at Museum of the City of New York until 05.01.2020

For some two centuries, working people’s movements have shaped New York—and vice versa. Some of the first labor organizations in the country were formed by the city’s artisans in the early 19th...

PRIDE: Photographs of Stonewall and Beyond by Fred W. McDarrah

Temporary exhibition at Museum of the City of New York until 31.12.2019

In the early hours of June 28, 1969, an uprising began against a police raid of a Greenwich Village bar—the Stonewall Inn—known to serve lesbian women, gay men, and bisexual and transgender people....

Urban Indian: Native New York Now

Temporary exhibition at Museum of the City of New York until 08.03.2020

Today, more than seventy percent of the Native American population in the United States lives in urban areas. There is a flourishing Native presence in New York City, as Indigenous American people...

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