Museum of the City of New York

Museum of the City of New York

Life Skills
East Harlem, New York, New York
(11 Reviews)

The Museum of the City of New York was founded in 1923 by Henry Collins Brown, a Scottish-born writer with a vision for a populist approach to the city. The Museum was originally housed in Gracie Mansion, the future residence of the Mayor of New York. Hardinge Scholle succeeded Henry Brown in 1926 and began planning a new home for the Museum. The City offered land on Fifth Avenue on 103rd-104th Streets and construction for Joseph H. Freedlander’s Georgian Colonial-Revival design for the building started in 1929 and was completed in 1932. During the next few decades, the Museum amassed a considerable collection of exceptional items, including several of Eugene O’Neill’s handwritten manuscripts, a complete room of Duncan Phyfe furniture, 412 glass negatives taken by Jacob Riis and donated by his son, a man’s suit worn to George Washington’s Inaugural Ball, and the Carrie Walter Stettheimer dollhouse, which contains a miniature work by Marcel Duchamp. Today the Museum’s collection contains approximately 750,000 objects, including prints, photographs, decorative arts, costumes, paintings, sculpture, toys, and theatrical memorabilia.

Our Mission

The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. Founded in 1923 as a private, nonprofit corporation, the Museum connects the past, present, and future of New York City. It serves the people of New York and visitors from around the world through exhibitions, school and public programs, publications, and collections.

Lectures, Workshops & Tours for Educators

Participation in professional development events counts towards maintaining professional certification from the New York City Department of Education. The offerings support teachers as they work toward aligning curriculum and instructional priorities with Common Core State Standards.

Join historians, curators, and educators for discussions on topics surrounding the Museum’s exhibitions and collections, free tours of our galleries, and hands-on activities to bring history to life in your classrooms.

Reviews of Museum of the City of New York

(11 Reviews)
Stepping into the Yards: A Mega Project on the Hudson

3/4/2015
Eric N.

Attended: Stepping into the Yards: A Mega Project on the Hudson


An incredible lineup, including the developer and the chief architect gave insight into the biggest construction project EVER in this country!

Sketch and Sip

8/13/2017
Shannon S.

Attended: Sketch and Sip


Shannon S. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Sketch and Sip

8/4/2017
Rae K.

Attended: Sketch and Sip


Rae K. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Drawing a Line: Art and Activism in NYC

6/11/2016
Gillian W.

Attended: Drawing a Line: Art and Activism in NYC


Gillian W. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Sketch and Sip

8/4/2015
Cansu A.

Attended: Sketch and Sip


Cansu A. gave this class 5 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Sketch and Sip

7/30/2015
FRANCESCA G.

Attended: Sketch and Sip


FRANCESCA G. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Gilded New York: Fan Design

4/2/2015
Deborah Omi G.

Attended: Gilded New York: Fan Design


Deborah Omi G. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Gilded New York: Jewelry Making

3/11/2015
brianne m.

Attended: Gilded New York: Jewelry Making


brianne m. gave this class 1 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

Gilded New York: Fan Design

2/22/2015
Michelle K.

Attended: Gilded New York: Fan Design


Michelle K. gave this class 3 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

A New York Love Story

2/17/2015
Jamaal H.

Attended: A New York Love Story


Jamaal H. gave this class 4 out of 5 CourseHorse stars.

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1220 5th Ave , New York, New York 10029
Museum of the City of New York
East Harlem, Manhattan
1220 5th Ave
Btwn E 104th & E 102nd Streets
New York, New York 10029

Teachers at Museum of the City of New York

Margaret Sanger Aaron Cattani Aaron Rose Ada Louise Huxtable Alexandros Washburn Allen Barra Alyssa Loorya Amaya Arberas and David Galvez Andrea Fahnestock Andrew Mello & Stephen Petrus Ashley Hildreth Ashley Hildreth Catherine McNeur Cathy Maloney Charles Mingus and Aretha Franklin, Manfred Kirchheimer Chris Pape Chris Daze Constance Rosenblum Craig Steven Wilder, Ric Burns Kevin Baker and Joshua Brown Dave “Chino” Villorente, Cey Adams, Greg Lamarche David Garrard Lowe David Rockwell & Donald Albrecht Deborah Riley Draper Donald Albrecht Donald Albrecht, Peter Gluck & Terri Chalo, Jonathan Kirschenfeld Donald Albrecht, Rama Chorpash Phil Patton & Donyale Werle Donald Albrecht, Rama Chorpash, Phil Patton & Donyale Werle Dr. Diana DiZerega Wall and Dr. Ann-Marie Cantwell Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Dr. Robert W. Snyder Dr. Stanley Burns E.L. Doctorow Eric Klinenberg & Jerilyn Perine Francis Morrone Fred Dennis Gwendolyn Wright Jaime Lerner Jeannine Falino Jeff Liao Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao' Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao & Urban Memory Project Jeff Liao, Andrew Moore, Vera Lu tter, and Matthew Pillsbury Jessica Lautin Joan Geismar, Thomas Foley, Diane George, Lisa Geiger & Alyssa Loorya John Simko John Mollenkopf & Vincent Cannato Join Ted Steinberg Joseph Freedlander Judith Heineman Julia Gorton Julie Sze Kathleen Benson Katie Halper Keith Haring Kevin Baker Lily Tuttle Lissa Rivera Liz McEnaney & Phillip Pond Manfred Kirchheimer Marguerite Holloway Mark Ledgerwood Mark Ledgerwood Martha Cooper & Henry Chalfant & Flint Gennari & Jon Naar Matthew Wambua, Alex Washburn & Nick Lembo Melinda Hunt Michael Kimmelman Michael Montel Michael Alexander Kahn and Richard Samuel West Michele Bogart Myra Scheer & Marc Benecke Nadin Post, Rafael Viñoly, Paul Katz, Ashok Raiji & Ashok Raiji Omar Zenhom Péter Forgács & Bill Nichols Péter Forgács, Svetlana Boym, Marci Shore, Steven Zipperstein & Amelia Phillip Lopate Phyllis Magison Robin Nagle Sam Roberts Sandra Bloodworth Andrea Dezso and Ronay Menschel Sean Corcoran Simon Levenson Stanley Burns Stephen Burrows Stephen Petrus Stephen Danhakl Steven Jaffe Susan Verde Suzanne Stephens, Carla Swickerath, and Ingeborg Rocker Tom Morbitzer, Anna Hoffman & Evan Snyderman Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA, and Susan Henshaw Jones, Ronay Menschel William F. Baker William Georgis
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