Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of the City of New York fosters understanding of the distinctive nature of urban life in the worlds’ most influential metropolis. Housed in a newly renovated 1932 Georgian Colonial-Revival building, the Museum is located at the top of Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue and 103rd Street, across the street from Central Park’s Conservatory Garden, and at the southern end of the neighborhood of East Harlem.

Visit the first-of-its-kind exhibition New York at Its Core and experience New York City’s history and future come alive through stories of innovation, energy, struggle, and the vision of generations of immigrants, politicians, tycoons, dreamers, master builders, and ordinary New Yorkers. Through almost 450 historic objects and images as well as contemporary video, photography, and interactive digital experiences, you can dive deep into the city’s past, present, and future.

Also on view is the award-wining documentary Timescapes, a feat of multimedia historical storytelling that brings viewers along on a 28-minute journey through 400 years of history. The film’s final chapter captures the astonishing transformations the city has experienced in the first decades of the 21st century. Headsets with translation in Spanish, French, and Mandarin are available free of charge.

Continue to explore what makes New York New York through the special rotating exhibitions on the 2nd and 3rd floors or enjoy a bite to eat in Chalsty’s Café, which overlooks Central Park. Finally, do not miss the Museum Shop, a treasure trove of New York-centric books and mementos.

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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,...

Activist New York

Permanent exhibition

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...


Permanent exhibition

Watch the history of New York City unfold in this 28-minute film, with showtimes every 40 minutes from 10:20 am-5:00 pm. How do you fit the Big Apple onto the small screen?  Timescapes , the...

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