The Skyscraper Museum
The Skyscraper Museum

The Skyscraper Museum is devoted to the study of high-rise building, past, present, and future. 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. This site will look better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device.


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.

Call 212.968.1961 for information on upcoming lectures, exhibitions, walking tours, and membership. Subscribe to our newsletter by emailing programs[at]skyscraper[dot]org.




CURRENT EXHIBITION

TIMES SQUARE, 1984: The Postmodern Moment

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Times Square today is bright and crowded - a tourist mecca, entertainment district, retail powerhouse, and pedestrianized precinct that matches in vitality, both economic and populist, any decade of its storied past. But thirty years ago, the future of Times Square was in limbo - caught between a series of false starts at clean-slate urban renewal by the City and State and an emerging philosophy of urbanism that favored history, preservationist values, electric signs and semiotics, and delirious diversity. TIMES SQUARE, 1984 examines this decisive moment and the resulting transformation of the “Crossroads of the World.”

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Read praise of the show in The New York Times.
Midtown Manhattan Wouldn’t Be the Same
‘Times Square, 1984,’ at the Skyscraper Museum


PAST EXHIBITIONS

Click here to view past exhibitions including SKY HIGH & the logic of luxury.


UPCOMING PROGRAMS

Monday, September 29, 2014 6:30PM-8PM

Scott Johnson Book Talk

PERFORMATIVE SKYSCRAPER: TALL BUILDING DESIGN NOW

(Princeton Architectural Press, June 2014)



In recent years, contemporary architectural theory and practice have shifted from a focus on how a building appears to how it performs. In the field of skyscraper design, the emergence of ultra-performing materials, interactive processing systems, and digital design and fabrication techniques are making remarkable new structures possible. In Performative Skyscraper, architect Scott Johnson describes how the combination of sophisticated modeling software and demands for ever-increasing environmental sustainability have led to an emphasis on high performance. From advanced window-walls to vertical mixed-use towers, Johnson captures the breadth and immediacy of skyscraper design now.



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Tuesday, September 30, 2014 6:30-8:00.

TIMES SQUARE, 1984 PROGRAM SERIES

TIMES SQUARE REVISITED: Urban Planning and Urban Design

How Today's Times Square's Design Was Encoded in the Eighties.

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October 1, 2014 3:00 pm

Curator's Tour

Director and Curator Carol Willis will lead a tour of the Museum's new exhibit, TIMES SQUARE, 1984: The Postmodern Moment.




Monday, October 27, 2014 6:30-8PM

Lynne Sagalyn Book Talk

Times Square Roulette: Remaking the City Icon

(MIT Press)

In 2001, Lynne B. Sagalyn published Times Square Roulette, the definitive history of Times Square's redevelopment. Debunking the myth of an overnight urban miracle performed by Disney and Mayor Giuliani, she tells the far more complex and commanding tale of a twenty-year process of public controversy, nonstop litigation, and interminable delay. On the occasion of the Museum's exhibition TIMES SQUARE, 1984, she will give a talk about the process of researching and writing the book and her thoughts on Times Square today.

From its beginning as Longacre Square, Times Square's commercialism, signage, cultural diversity, and social tolerance have been deeply embedded in New York City's psyche. Its symbolic role guaranteed that any plan for its renewal would push the hot buttons of public controversy: free speech, property-taking through eminent domain, development density, tax subsidy, and historic preservation. Times Square Roulette details the complex relationship between planning and politics and the role of market forces in reshaping Times Square, demonstrating how policy was wedded to deal making and how persistent individuals and groups forged both.

Lynne B. Sagalyn is the Earle W. Kazis and Benjamin Schore Professor of Real Estate and Director of the MBA Real Estate Program at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. She is currently finishing a book on the rebuilding of T he World Trade Center.

All guests must RSVP to programs[at]skyscraper[dot]org to assure admittance to the event. Please be aware that reservation priority is given to Members of The Skyscraper Museum. Not a member? Become a Museum member today!

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UPCOMING FAMILY PROGRAMS

BODY BUILDINGS
September 20, 2014
10:30 - 11:45 AM
After a quick tour of the exhibition, TIMES SQUARE, 1984, kids will work together to make a skyline with their own traced silhouettes. Learn about different skyscraper shapes by using poster paper to turn your "skeleton frame" into a drawing of your personal building form! All ages.

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