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. All galleries and facilities are wheelchair accessible.




On view through September 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, August 19, 2015 6:30-8 pm

Jake Rajs & Francis Morrone Book Talk

New York City Landmarks

Antique Collectors Club, 2015

Jake Rajs landmarks

In the second edition of New York City Landmarks,Jake Rajs’ amazing eye captures more than 70 of New York City’s most celebrated architecture in vivid new images, including the newest additions to New York’s landscape, One World Trade Center and the new Whitney Museum of American Art. Each image is accompanied by a short text, written by Francis Morrone, providing a comprehensive history and lively anecdotes.

Born in Poland, Jake Rajs moved to Israel before immigrating to Brooklyn at age eight. His work has been featured in more than 10,000 publications and numerous books including New New York, New York: City of Island, Manhattan: an Island in Focus, and The Hudson River: From Tear of the Clouds to Manhattan.

Francis Morrone is an author, critic, columnist, literary historian, and teacher at NYU's School of Continuing and Professional Studies. His books include An Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn,and An Architectural Guidebook to New York City. He also regularly leads architectural walking tours of New York City for the Municipal Art Society.

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.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 3:00 pm

Curator's Tour

Director and curator 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.

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August 8, 2015
10:30 – 11:45 AM
Learn about domes from across the world! From igloos to Bucky Fuller's minimalist structural frames, this amazing shape has many uses. How does geometry help the domes stand up? Kids will build their own domed structures while learning some history along the way. Ages 8-15. RSVP required.

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The Museum is a participating member of the Downtown Culture Pass.

   The Skyscraper Museum supports the NYC Landmarks50 Alliance