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, children under 12 are free. Free for members of the military, police, fire departments, veterans and for visitors who are disabled and their caregivers. The Skyscraper Museum participates in the Culture Pass, offering free admission to NYC library cardholders.
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All galleries and facilities are wheelchair accessible.
Now open, HOUSING DENSITY examines the history of density in New York City from tenements to "towers in the park" through the lens of density and its different definitions. What is density? Does the word describe a condition of people or place? Is it people crowded together? Buildings too tightly spaced, or too tall? The exhibition emphasizes understanding density as a step to meaningful dialogue about the future of the city.Click here for the HOUSING DENSITY LECTURE SERIES
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Tuesday, October 22, 2019 6:30-8:00 pm
Joanna Merwood-Salisbury Book Talk
Design for the Crowd
Patriotism and Protest in Union Square.
Manhattan’s Union Square occupies a central place in both the geography and the history of New York City. Since it was laid out in the mid-19th century, Union Square has served as a microcosm for the ongoing debates about the proper usage of urban public space. In Design for the Crowd: Patriotism and Protest in Union Square, Joanna Merwood-Salisbury explores two centuries of urban planning to weave the narrative of how the formal design of the square evolved in tandem with its changing public uses, from neighborhood beautification to Communist activism to the city’s best-known Greenmarket.
Joanna Merwood-Salisbury is the Associate Dean of Research and Innovation at the School of Architecture at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her research focuses on architecture and urbanism in the late 19th- and early 20th-century U.S., particularly the Chicago School of architecture, as demonstrated in her 2009 book, Chicago 1890: The Skyscraper and the Modern City.
The book talks and lectures below are held at The Skyscraper Museum from 6:30-8 pm and are free of charge, except when noted. The gallery and exhibition are open for viewing from 6 pm. To assure admittance, guests must RSVP to [email protected] with the name of the program you would like to attend. Not a member? Become a Museum member today!
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 3:00 pm
Skyscraper Museum Curator Carol Willis will lead a tour of the museum's new exhibition HOUSING DENSITY: TENEMENTS TO TOWERS. Curators tours are free with admission. No RSVP required.
UPCOMING FAMILY PROGRAMS
My New Best Friend is a Skyscraper!
Do skyscrapers have personalities? With a little imagination, skyscrapers like One World Trade and the Burj Khalifa can transform from stationary buildings into story characters. Kids will explore the Supertall Wall to pick their favorite building, then design a character and comic based on that building to introduce to the group. Ages 4-8. RSVP required. RSVP NOW
The Skyscraper Museum's core exhibits trace the history of high-rise construction with models, videos, and infographics. Displays include a 40-foot long mural on the History of Height from the pyramids to the present, highlighting themes and buildings that relate to the evolution of the skyscraper and point the way to 21st-century supertalls. A special section devoted to the World Trade Center examines its creation as an urban renewal project in the 1960s and documents the rebuilding after 9/11. Case studies also feature the history of construction and models and graphics of the tallest skyscrapers internationally.
SKYLINE ran from July, 2018 through April 28, 2019. To view the virtual exhibition, CLICK HERE.
SKYLINE examined the emergence of the collective image of the skyline as the brand identity of New York and distinguished five periods in which new buildings grow and take characteristic forms based on economic, technological, and regulatory factors.
EXPLORE LOWER MANHATTAN
Self-Guided Walking Tour of Heritage Trails New York
Trace the rich history of lower Manhattan on its streets or on your computer. The Skyscraper Museum has updated four walking tours, first created in 1996 as Heritage Trails New York, with modern markers adding two new decades of development. Hunt the original markers on the street and read and see the recent history on your mobile device.
Explore Downtown's history and read updates from the past two decades from your computer or as you trace the original routes! LAUNCH HERITAGE TRAILS NEW YORK
The Skyscraper Museum has created a new web project that explains an emerging form in skyscraper history that has evolved in New York over the past decade: the super-slender, ultra luxury residential tower. These pencil-thin periscopes — all 50 to 90+ stories — use a development and design strategy of slenderness to pile their city-regulated maximum square feet of floor area (FAR) as high in the sky to as possible to create luxury apartments defined by spectacular views.
Click here to view NEW YORK'S SUPER-SLENDERS
TEN & TALLER, an interactive web project, explores the rise of New York's skyscrapers by surveying every building in Manhattan ten stories or taller from the first ones in 1874 through 1900. The Skyscraper Museum collected images and mapped all the 252 buildings, as well as created a timeline of dates of construction. These interactive interfaces allow viewers to see and explore the buildings in innumerable ways. The web projects were launched in conjunction with the Museum's 2016 exhibition TEN & TALLER: Manhattan 1874 - 1900 which is documented in full here.
A 3-D CBD: How the 1916 Zoning Law
Shaped Manhattan's Central Business Districts
1939-40 NYC Department of Finance tax lot photographs of the Garment District, showing the distinctive setbacks created by the 1916 zoning law. From left to right: 345-351 W. 35th Street; 347-351 W. 36th Street; 247-255 W. 38th Street.
This essay, published online on July 25, 2016, to mark the precise centennial of the passage of the New York City Zoning Resolution on July 25th, 1916, is a revised and updated version of a 1991 conference paper and subsequent chapter of a 1993 book, Planning and Zoning New York City: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. Organized by the New York City Department of City Planning, the conference celebrated the 75th anniversary of the zoning law with a symposium on the history and future of planning in New York City. Read the final report here
Click here to read the essay
On June 16, 2017, we lost a dear friend and extraordinary colleague,
Hilary Ballon. Please click here for a remembrance.
The Museum is a participating member of the Downtown Culture Pass.