Located in New York City, the world's first and foremost vertical metropolis, The Skyscraper Museum celebrates the City's rich architectural heritage and examines the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its successive skylines. Through exhibitions, programs and publications, the Museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence. For a description of the gallery and for photos of the space, please visit our Photo Slideshows page.
The Skyscraper Museum is located in lower Manhattan's Battery Park City at 39 Battery Place. Museum hours are 12-6 PM, Wednesday-Sunday.
General admission is $5, $2.50 for students and seniors. Click here for directions to the Museum. All galleries and facilities are wheelchair accessible.
Special Holiday Schedule: In addition to our normal schedule, the gallery will be open to the public from noon-6pm on three Tuesdays: December 20th, December 27th, and January 2nd. On Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, the gallery will close at 5pm. The Museum will be closed on Christmas Day, December 26th and New Year's Day. Our normal public hours resume on Wednesday, January 3.
Wed- Sun, noon to 6pm.
TEN & TALLER, 1874-1900
Through April 2017
TEN & TALLER focuses on New York’s earliest “skyscrapers,” surveying every building in Manhattan of ten or more stories – 250 in all – from the all-masonry “skyscrapers” of the mid-1870s to the standardized steel skeletons at the turn of the twentieth century. The exhibition maps and graphs their location, uses, and heights, tracing an urban development of the city’s commercial expansion and vertical rise.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 6:30-8:00 pm
Camilo Vergara Book Talk
Detroit Is No Dry Bones
University of Michigan Press, 2016
Over the past 25 years, award-winning ethnographer and photographer Camilo José Vergara has traveled annually to Detroit to document not only the city’s precipitous decline, but also how its residents have survived. From the 1970s through the 1990s, changes in Detroit were almost all for the worse, as the fabric of the city was erased through neglect and abandonment. But over the last decade, the city has seen the beginnings of a positive transformation. Vergara's photographs, collected in Detroit Is No Dry Bones, provide unique documentation of revival. Beyond the fate of the city’s buildings, Vergara captures the distinct culture of this largely African-American city and documents re-purposed structures, including local churches that have re-occupied old bank buildings and other institutions of the past that carry unexpectedly powerful architectural and spiritual force.
Camilo Jose Vergara was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow in 2002 and received a Berlin Prize Fellowship in 2010. In 2013, he became the first photographer to be awarded the National Humanities Medal. He is author of numerous books, including i<Silent Cities: The Evolution of the American Cemetery; The New American Ghetto; and Harlem: The Unmaking of a Ghetto.
The Skyscraper Museum offers 1.5 LUs for AIA Members for this program.
All book talks are free and open to the public. The gallery opens at 6:00pm.
All guests must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to assure admittance.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016 3:00 pm
Director and curator Carol Willis will lead a curator's tour of the museum's new exhibition TEN & TALLER. Curators tours are free with admission. No RSVP required.
UPCOMING FAMILY PROGRAMS
MAKE YOUR OWN CALENDAR
Looking forward to the New Year? Come to The Skyscraper Museum and find the inspiration and models to make your own unique 2017 calendar. Draw Skyscrapers from around the world or pick some of your local favorites from TEN and TALLER. Save your colorful creation to five FIX as a holiday present! Ages 4+. RSVP required.
A 3-D CBD: How the 1916 Zoning Law
Shaped Manhattan's Central Business Districts
1939-40 NYC Department of Finance tax lot photographs of the Garment District, showing the distinctive setbacks created by the 1916 zoning law. From left to right: 345-351 W. 35th Street; 347-351 W. 36th Street; 247-255 W. 38th Street.
This essay, published online on July 25, 2016, to mark the precise centennial of the passage of the New York City Zoning Resolution on July 25th, 1916, is a revised and updated version of a 1991 conference paper and subsequent chapter of a 1993 book, Planning and Zoning New York City: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. Organized by the New York City Department of City Planning, the conference celebrated the 75th anniversary of the zoning law with a symposium on the history and future of planning in New York City. Read the final report here
Click here to read the essay
The Skyscraper Museum has created a new web project that explains an emerging form in skyscraper history that has evolved in New York over the past decade: the super-slender, ultra luxury residential tower. These pencil-thin periscopes — all 50 to 90+ stories — use a development and design strategy of slenderness to pile their city-regulated maximum square feet of floor area (FAR) as high in the sky to as possible to create luxury apartments defined by spectacular views.
Click here to view NEW YORK'S SUPER-SLENDERS
The Museum is a participating member of the Downtown Culture Pass.