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Museum Of The City Of New York


Joseph J. Freedlander


1220-1227 Fifth Avenue, Bet East 103rd & East 104th.






red brick, limestone




This Georgian-Colonial style building, designed by Joseph H. Freedlander, was built for the Museum in 1932. The Museum was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1923; its previous home was Gracie Mansion.

"The Museum of the City of New York is a private, not-for-profit, educational agency established in 1923 to collect, preserve, and present original materials related to the history of New York City. In addition to individual contributions and gifts from foundations and corporations, the Museum receives public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The City of New York, the owner of the Museum's building, provides support in the form of operating and programmatic funds through the Department of Cultural Affairs."

At the Museum by Jason Wiggins

The Museum of the City of New York, one of the most elegant museums in the city, looks like a Colonial American mansion; it is a large red-brick building with white stone columns accenting the entranceway and marble floors and stairways. It is way uptown, but the area is just as safe as the rest of the city. MCNY is a large museum with four or five floors of exhibits.

The fifth floor, which houses the Rockefeller rooms, a recreation of the houses of several famous Robber Barons, including Rockefeller, is open to the public intermittently. The other exhibits have just about everything you ever wanted to know about New York City and then some, including an exhibit devoted to New York’s history as a major seaport with ship models and a seven foot tall statue of the inventor of the steamship.

Another gallery has recreations of living rooms from various time periods starting in the colonial era. Of course, there are plenty of paintings depicting scenes of New York.

The Museum of the City of New York is the place to go to find out more about the city. Plan on a fairly long visit, three to four hours, if you want to look through the whole museum.


Address & Phone
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street New York City, New York 10029
(212) 534-1672
Wed-Sat 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday noon - 5 pm
Tuesday Open to groups only
Suggested Donation
$7.00 General
$4.00 Student/Senior/Child
$12.00 Family

The museum shop has an excellent selection of books, notecards, photographs and posters related to New York. They also sell clothing and accessories.