Location: New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
The Queens Museum of Art is dedicated to presenting the highest quality visual arts and educational programming for people in the New York metropolitan area, and particularly for the residents of Queens, a uniquely diverse ethnic, cultural and international community. The Museum fulfills its mission by designing and providing art exhibitions and educational experiences that promote the appreciation and enjoyment of art, support the creative efforts of artists, and enhance the quality of life through interpreting, collecting, and exhibiting art, architecture, and design.
The Queens Museum of Art presents artistic and educational programs and exhibitions that directly relate to the contemporary urban life of its constituents while maintaining the highest standards of professional, intellectual, and ethical responsibility.
The building that houses the Queens Museum of Art has a full history. The New York City Building was built by architect Aymar Embury II for the 1939 World’s Fair, and it is the only surviving structure from that event. In the years following the Second World War, it housed the General Assembly of United Nations. Many important decisions were made in the building before the United Nations moved to Manhattan in 1951, including the partitions of both Palestine and Korea. In 1964, the building returned to its original purpose and became a pavilion for that year’s World’s Fair, housing the Panorama of the City of New York (still the Museum’s most popular attraction).
The Queens Museum of Art was founded in 1972 to provide a vital cultural center for the most racially and ethnically diverse county in the United States. It is the principal fine arts collecting institution in Queens, host to a range of important changing exhibitions, and in addition to the Panorama, home to permanent exhibitions about the 1939 and 1964 World Fairs as well as Tiffany by Design: Selections from the Neustadt Museum Collection.