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The Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10029 40.792399 -73.952523
at 103rd St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-534-1672 Send to Phone

Photo by Harry Zernike

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Daily, 10am-6pm

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 103rd St.


  • Nearby Parking Lots
  • Street Parking


$18, $12 for seniors and students, Free for ages 19 and under


The Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) houses permanent and special exhibitions exclusively related to the five boroughs, from their Dutch origins to the present day. Gracie Mansion housed the museum from its 1923 founding until 1932, when its current home was completed. Nearly a block long, Joseph H. Freedlander's Georgian-Colonial style brick building lies along serene, picturesque Museum Mile, across from the Conservatory Garden and just south of El Museo del Barrio. Inside, the main floor displays temporary exhibits such as "City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection" and "Gilded New York." Visitors can pick up a handful of cookbooks from New York dining institutions—Rao's, Balthazar, Le Bernardin—along with subway paraphernalia and above average souvenirs in the museum shop.


The walls of the galleries are fortified by large Greek columns, and arched hallways connect the various galleries beset with oil paintings. The first and second floors (as well as the auditorium) are available for rent: $7,000 for the first floor, $5,000 for the second, $10,000 for both. Available only after five o’clock.

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