The Skyscraper Museum
The Skyscraper Museum

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.




February 25 through September 13, 2015.

Distinctive tops that add extra height to high-rises have been characteristic of New York skyscrapers from the first tall office buildings in the 1870s. The word skyscraper, after all, evokes both aerial height and a slender silhouette. The romance of Manhattan's towers has been the inspiration and touchstone for a worldwide surge of signature tops.

TEN TOPS focuses on a group of the world's tallest buildings: 100 stories and higher. TEN TOPS peers into their uppermost floors and analyzes the architectural features they share, including observation decks, luxury hotels and restaurants, distinctive crowns and night illumination, as well as the engineering and construction challenges of erecting such complex and astonishing structures.

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TEN TOPS is sponsored by Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope.

Do you love lists? View our Alternative TOP TENS.


Click here to view past exhibitions including SKY HIGH & the logic of luxury
and TIMES SQUARE, 1984 The Postmodern Moment


Wednesday, May 27, 2015 3:00 pm

Curator's Tour

Director Carol Willis will lead a curator's tour of the museum's new exhibition TEN TOPS. Curators tours are free with admission. No RSVP required.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 6:30-8 pm

Annice M. Alt Book Talk

Boak & Paris / Boak & Raad: New York Architects

Xlibris, 2014

Architectural historian Annice Alt has relentlessly tracked the buildings and careers of the New York architect Russell Boak and his successive partners Hyman Paris and Thomas Raad, researching their work from the earliest Art Deco examples in the late 1920s through their mid-century Modern work of the 1950s and 1960s. Her book reconstructs the firm's four-decade practice, focusing in particular on their many residential high-rises, viewed in the context of the speculative real estate development that has significantly shaped streetscapes and neighborhoods across the city. In a testament to the architect’s work, one of his key clients, developer Elihu Rose of Rose Associates, recalled Russell Boak was "an unsung architect who was incapable of doing a bad drawing, a bad design. No one (was) comparable.”

Raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Annice Alt began her immersion in the architectural history of New York City began after her retirement from her work in early childhood education. Boak & Paris / Boak & Raad: New York Architects is her first book

All book talks are free and open to the public. The Gallery opens at 6:00pm.
Al 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.

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June 6, 2015
10:30 - 11:45 AM
After a tour our current exhibit TEN TOPS, families will go on a scavenger hunt in the museum for fun facts about skyscrapers, examining photographs, videos, and text for clues. Kids will then create illustrations of their favorite discoveries. All Ages. RSVP required.

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All galleries and facilities are wheelchair accessible.

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