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, children under 12 are free. Free for members of the military, police, fire departments, and veterans. Click here for directions to the Museum. All galleries and facilities are wheelchair accessible.

The Museum will be closed for installation of our new exhibition SKYLINE on June 27 - July 4th. The bookstore will remain open during regular hours. There will be partial access to the gallery on Saturday and Sunday 6/30 and 7/1.
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SKYSCRAPER GALLERIES

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.



CURRENT EXHIBITION



Through June 24, 2018

The last decade of the twentieth century in New York City was not a simple time. The end of one millennium – a thousand-year marker – and the beginning of the 2000s prompted both anxiety and optimism, reflecting on what to hold onto from the past and how to move into the future.

No place in mid-1990s was more conflicted about these prospects or more ripe for reinvention than lower Manhattan, especially the historic Financial District. Wall Street was losing banks to mergers and relocations. Grand skyscrapers of the 1910s and ‘20s were becoming technologically obsolete and sliding down market. The lasting effect of the 1987 stock market crash, followed by the savings-and-loan scandals, caused a real estate recession that hit Downtown harder than other districts. Vacancy rates for office buildings topped 28 percent. New thinking and policies were necessary.

Preservation and reinvention were twin themes of the Downtown discussion. Landmarking and converting older office buildings to residential and other uses were strategies of economic development. Celebrating the district’s rich history and creating a culture for tourism was another initiative, led by Heritage Trails New York. Twenty years ago, the nascent Skyscraper Museum used the real estate recession to find free space for its first pop-up exhibitions in grand vacant banking halls at 44 Wall Street and at 14 Wall. MILLENNIUM revisits this recent history of lower Manhattan in the years just before Downtown’s identity was recast as Ground Zero.



Skyscraper Museum sign on 14 Wall Street at the corner of Broad Street, home to a temporary exhibit 1999.

Read the review of MILLENNIUM in Architect's Newspaper and The New York Times.

MILLENNIUM is presented with the generous support of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.

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UPCOMING PROGRAMS

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 6:30-8:00 pm

Michele H. Bogart Book Talk

Sculpture in Gotham
Art and Urban Renewal in New York City

Reaktion Books, 2018

In Sculpture in Gotham, Michele Bogart recounts how the City of New York became committed to public art patronage. From the mid-1960s, cultural activists and City officials, for a time, shifted away from traditional monuments and joined forces to sponsor ambitious sculptural projects as instruments for urban revitalization. Bogart, an art historian who also served as a Commissioner on the NYC Public Design Commission, describes how public art became socially and politically relevant during a time when art theories and styles were evolving dramatically and when local government was overwhelmed with economic decline and civil rights issues. Sculpture in Gotham sheds new light on civic activism and collaboration as a force for cultural change in urban America.

Michele H. Bogart is professor of art history and criticism at Stony Brook University. She served on the Art Commission from 1998 to 2003. Her previous books include Public Sculpture and the Civic Ideal in New York City, 1890–1930 (2nd edn 1997), Artists, Advertising, and the Borders of Art (1995) and The Politics of Urban Beauty: New York and Its Art Commission (2006).

Reservations are required, and priority is given to Members and Corporate Member firms and their employees.
All guests MUST RSVP to programs@skyscraper.org to assure admittance to the event. Not a member? Become a Museum member today!



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UPCOMING FAMILY PROGRAMS

UP! UP! UP! SKYSCRAPER
June 23, 2018
10:30-11:45 AM
Young learners will be introduced to the basics of skyscraper construction through a group reading of Anastasia Suen’s picture book Up! Up!Up!. After the story, young architects will design their own skyscrapers. Maybe one day their designs will make it to the construction site! All Ages. RSVP Required.




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HERITAGE TRAILS NEW YORK
A New Web Project from The Skyscraper Museum



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A Digital Reconstruction of Heritage Trails New York, a new interactive web project and digital archive created by The Skyscraper Museum, revives a landmark public history project focused on lower Manhattan of the mid-1990s. Heritage Trails – a series of four follow-the-dots walking tours punctuated by 40 site markers – covered the area from the Battery to the African Burial Ground and Foley Square, and from the Hudson River to South Street Seaport. The trails linked and illuminated Downtown’s deep history, from discoveries of remnants of the colonial city by urban archeologists to stories of the great skyscrapers and the creation of the canyon of Wall Street. ENTER HERITAGE TRAILS NEW YORK



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​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


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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



HILARY BALLON

On June 16, 2017, we lost a dear friend and extraordinary colleague,
Hilary Ballon. Please click here for a remembrance.




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