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.
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.
TOP TEN LISTS, LISTS, LISTS!!!
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Wednesday, July 15, 2015 3:00 pm
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.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 6:30-8 pm
Tom Miller Book Talk
Seeking New York:
The Stories Behind the Historic Architecture
One Building at a Time
Pimpernel Press, 2015
Beautifully illustrated with line drawings and photographs, engagingly presented, and organized by neighborhoods, this richly detailed guide explores takes a narrative approach, telling stories that illuminate the architectural, personal, and social histories of Manhattan, building by building. Alongside details about each architect, dates, and styles, author Tom Miller reveals the joys, tragedies, and scandals of those who lived within. In addition to iconic structures, the book includes many off-the-beaten-path buildings, as well as notable buildings that no longer stand but remain key to Manhattan’s architectural history.
Tom Miller moved to New York City in 1979 from Dayton, Ohio, bringing with him a passion for buildings. He currently holds the rank of deputy inspector within the NYPD’s Auxiliary Police Force. In 2009 he started a blog, Daytonian in Manhattan, which has now reviewed over a thousand buildings, statues, and other points of interest.
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.
UPCOMING FAMILY PROGRAMS
July 11, 2015
10:30 - 11:45 AM
People look up to see a skyline, but after this workshop, visitors to the Skyscraper Museum will be able to view one by looking down. Intended for visitors 4 and older, the program will first have each child sketch a blueprint for a familiar building. Then the participants will go outside and draw their designs in colorful chalk on the sidewalk: an instant cityscape. All ages. RSVP required.
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All galleries and facilities are wheelchair accessible.
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