Museum of the City of New York

In the heart of Midtown Manhattan and located on the border of Central Park is the Museum of the City of New York, showcasing some of the greatest public arts of the last 50 years.

New York City’s History

Although founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum of the City of New York has continued to engage in the past, present, and future of New York City. The Museum of the City of New York enhances and interprets the city, educates the community, and celebrates its heritage of diversity.  It gives back to the people of New York and guests worldwide with beautiful exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections. The Museum can be found on New York City’s famous Museum Mile.

Plan Your Visit to the Museum of the City of New York

The museum is one of the cheaper gems in Manhattan with ticket prices all under $20. Adult tickets cost $18, seniors are $12, and children and members enter for free! On top of that, you can book group tours that can be catered to foreign languages, specific exhibits, and one-on-one with museum scholars-Ph.D. candidates, post-doctoral researchers, and/or early-career academics. Engaging in a group tour also allows a 15 percent discount at the museum’s store. Book your tour today!

Current Exhibits

Art in the Open

It wasn’t until the 1960’s that public artwork was limited to war memorials, political backed works, or “unity” pieces that highlighted peace and prosperity. Finally, in the late 60’s artists were able to express themselves and their voices in the public sphere. Some of these pieces have been temporary and some are permanent, but regardless, the Museum of the City of New York works to remember, preserve, and engage with the public works that have helped build cultures, ideologies, and opinions. The museum features renderings, models, photographs, video footage and some of the original pieces of many famous pieces.

Online Exhibitions 

The museum offers a variety of ongoing online exhibitions for individuals that want to experience the beauty of art from home. The exhibitions showcased online include Manhattan’s greatest grid of streets and avenues. Visit the Museum of the City of New York’s website to discover art through articles and gallery of photos.  

“Just like New York City, our museum finds ways to find opportunity around every corner.”

—Susan Henshaw Jones, Museum of the City of New York

Getting to the Museum of the City of New York City

Experience the Museum of the City of New York via Amtrak to Penn Station in New York City—Don’t forget to use the New York By Rail 15% discount!

Where to Stay in NYC:

Looking for a getaway opportunity? Spend the night and experience all New York City has to offer. Take a look at these great hotel options—some offering exclusive New York By Rail discounts!