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.


CURRENT EXHIBITION

TEN TOPS

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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.

TEN TOPS is sponsored by Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope.

View our web project Alternative TOP TENS.

Click here for details.

PAST EXHIBITIONS

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


UPCOMING PROGRAMS

Wednesday, May 13, 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 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.



Click here for more upcoming programs.



UPCOMING FAMILY PROGRAMS

SKYSCRAPER TOP HATS
May 2, 2015
10:30 – 11:45 AM
After a tour of the museum’s exhibition TEN TOPS, young designers will create a wearable skyscraper top hat. Inspired by William Van Allen’s costume design for the Beaux-Arts Ball of 1931, kids will make a funky top hat modeled after their favorite tower. Ages 6+. RSVP required.

SEE AND SKETCH A SKYSCRAPER!
May 16, 2015
10:30 – 11:45 AM
The Skyscraper Museum’s Battery Park City location sits between park views of the Statue of Liberty and the skyline of lower Manhattan. After a quick tour of the museum, kids will grab a pencil and sketch paper and tour our block to compare some tall towers of the early 1900s and the 1,776' One World Trade Center. After a quick discussion, kids will then draw what they see! Ages 6+. RSVP required.

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All galleries and facilities are wheelchair accessible.

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