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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! You can purchase admissions in advance to this popular NYC attraction and avoid the lengthy ticket-purchase lines! 

                               Current Exhibitions at Museum of the City of New York

Museum of the City of NY: Carl Van Vechten
New 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.

Activist New York
Museum of the City of New York: Activist New York


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. 

Timescapes: A Multimedia Portrait of New YorkMuseum of the City of New York - Timescapes: A Multimedia Portrait of New York
Date: Ongoing

, 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.

Cultivating Culture: 34 Institutions that Changed New York
Date: Through February 9, 2020

New York City’s Cultural Institutions Group is an unparalleled public-private initiative dating back to the 19th century. Today, it provides­­ City support to 34 institutions across the five boroughs that help cement New York’s status as the cultural capital of the world. This robust public investment in diverse private non-profit organizations – ranging from the Museum of the City of New York and The Public Theater to the Brooklyn Museum, the Queens Botanical Garden, the Staten Island Museum, and the Wildlife Conservation Society – provides the city with a bounty of cultural and educational options. Cultivating Culture will tell these institutions’ stories through original imagery and objects, including founding charters, tickets and ephemera related to opening night performances, and other original artifacts that bring the history of the city’s cultural riches to life.

Who We Are: Visualizing New York by the Numbers

Date: Through July 19, 2020

Who We Are: Visualizing New York by the Numbers is a major new multimedia exhibition exploring, celebrating, and highlighting the importance of data as a tool for understanding New York and its residents. Presented to mark the 2020 Census, the exhibition reveals the importance of the population count, not just for ensuring fair political representation and funding education, infrastructure, and social programs, but also in helping us explore complex questions of identity in a rapidly changing world. Who We Are showcases the creative and artistic use of mapping and information design to shine a light on how New York has changed over time and who New Yorkers are today.

City/Game - 
Basketball in New York
Date: Opens February 14, 2020

Basketball was born in a Springfield, Massachusetts, YMCA in 1891, but its real history and development is a New York story. Played on schoolyards and street corners, in gymnasiums and glittering professional arenas throughout the five boroughs, basketball reflects the cultural, social, economic, ethnic, and racial history of the city. City/Game: Basketball in New York captures the excitement and evolution of this quintessentially urban game and the energy of the diverse New Yorkers who play it and love it. Original objects and ephemera showcased alongside photography, audio, and video—highlighting the connections between basketball, music, and fashion—will enable visitors to relive historic highs and lows and learn how New York and basketball have shaped each other.

Location and Hours
  • Located at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
  • Directions via 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.

  • Open daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm

  • Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day


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