Your visit to New York City can have an exciting and informative start to your sight-seeing checklist with a stop to the Museum of the City of New York. As the official museum of the city, this building allows you to acquaint yourself with the history and foundation of the nation’s largest city. Set the tone for your visit with an intensive lesson about New York City and all it has seen in the past and present.
Temporary Exhibits Examine Aspects of the City
Founded nearly 100 years ago, the Museum of the City of New York creates several special exhibits each year that run for a few months at a time. This year, you’ll be able to take in “Saving Place,” which highlights the 50th anniversary of the city’s important Landmarks Law. This legislation not only changed the face of the city and its buildings over decades of construction, but it also gave residents a new sense of pride in their neighborhoods.
Or, you can take in the “Everything is Design” presentation, which showcases the work of Brooklyn-born Paul Rand, a graphic designer who revolutionize the advertising industry and believed that form and function could be combined in visual language. His work can still be seen in symbols and logos we all recognize today thanks to his work with UPS, ABC, IBM and NeXT, a Steve Jobs project. Get to know this visual pioneer before the exhibit closes in September.
Standing Displays Give Glimpse at History
After you check out those scintillating exhibitions, be sure to stop by some of the permanent installments such as the collection of late 19th and early 20th Century clothing, jewelry and portraiture amassed by the city’s elite during the gilded age. See how barons of industry such as Vanderbilt and Gould competed to show their wealth by spending lavishly and publicly.
For a view of the opposite side of the social coin, check out the “Activist New York” feature, which chronicles the long history of protests and change-making that still is evident in the streets of the city today. Never has agitation seemed as interesting as when displayed with signs, photos and artifacts from different causes and eras of activism during the evolution of the city. The historic efforts of residents in all five boroughs will inspire you with their passion for change.
Book Your Tour Today!
If you want to learn all about the Big Apple as a whole, make the Museum of the City of New York a special stop on your sight-seeing tour. Book your visit today!
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, New York, New York 10029
Hours of Operation:
Daily at 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
After your online purchase you will be redirected to a page with your voucher. An order confirmation, with a link to your online voucher, will also be e-mailed to you within two hours of completing your purchase. Redeem at any of the visitor center locations listed on the voucher. At the visitor center, simply show your voucher on your mobile phone or bring a printed copy.