Location: 1220 Fifth Ave., New York
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.
This museum was America‘s first to be dedicated to the history of a city, and today provides an opportunity for people of all ages to appreciate New York‘s unique and important history. The Museum‘s galleries feature three centuries of paintings, prints, photographs, silver, furniture, costumes, doll houses, fire engines, and theatre memorabilia, combining to tell the story of New York and New Yorkers from the time the City was a small Dutch trading post to today‘s towering urban center.
Special changing Exhibitions explore the City‘s cultural diversity, creative genius, architectural accomplishments, and economic significance. The Big Apple Film reveals the evolution of the City and its people, lending insight into this vibrant community. Offered are a host of Public Programs and Educational Services for individuals and families. Walking Tours, Family Programs, Lecture Series, Performing Arts, Adult Courses and Workshops, and Special Events help make this museum a great place.