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. All galleries and facilities are wheelchair accessible.
Our new exhibition, GARDEN CITY | MEGA CITY: RETHINKING CITIES FOR THE AGE OF GLOBAL WARMING is now open!
The exhibition features the work of WOHA, the Singapore architects whose tropical towers, enveloped by nature, create vertical villages with sky gardens, breeze-ways, and elevated parks. WOHA’s work rethinks urban life in Singapore and beyond, offering high-density, high-amenity housing and urban commercial centers that create highly social, sustainable, and garden-filled cities.IN THE MEDIA
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
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
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 3:00 pm
Director and curator Carol Willis will lead a curator's tour of the museum's new exhibition GARDEN CITY | MEGA CITY. Curators tours are free with admission. No RSVP required.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 6:30-8 pm
Linda Jacobs Book Talk
Strangers in the West
The Syrian Colony of New York City, 1880-1900
Kalimah Press, 2015
Strangers in the West is the never-before-told story of the Arab-speaking immigrants – primarily from the region known as "Greater Syria – who, beginning in 1880, settled in New York City. The center of their community was "Little Syria," an area on the lower west side of Manhattan just south of the future site of the World Trade Center, as well as just a few blocks from the future home of The Skyscraper Museum.Linda Jacobs paints a vivid portrait of life in this early immigrant community and the people who founded it. They were peddlers and merchants, midwives and doctors, priests and journalists, performers and impresarios. They capitalized on the orientalist craze sweeping the United States by opening Turkish smoking parlors, presenting belly dancers on vaudeville stages, and performing across the country in native costume. Through exhaustive archival and demographic research, Dr. Jacobs has captured the identities of virtually every member of this 19th-century community to fill in details about the rich tapestry of the immigrant culture of 19th century New York.
Linda Jacobs is a New York-based scholar and author. She holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Archaeology/Anthropology and spent many years working on archaeological excavations and economic development projects in the Middle East. She is the author of Digging In: An American Archaeologist Uncovers the Real Iran (2012) and a series of articles about the nineteenth-century Syrian Colony in New York. In 2011, she founded Kalimah Press to promote understanding about Middle Eastern culture in the United States. All four of her grandparents were members of the New York Syrian Colony. All book talks are free and open to the public. The gallery opens at 6:00pm.
All guests must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to assure admittance.
UPCOMING FAMILY PROGRAMS
September 3, 2016
10:30 – 11:45 AM
Learn about different materials architects use to construct buildings! After a gallery tour of models of some of the world's tallest buildings, kids will join in a hands-on exploration, using stacking blocks to construct the sturdiest tower and recreate famous New York skyscrapers! Ages 4-8. RSVP required.
The Museum is a participating member of the Downtown Culture Pass.
The Skyscraper Museum supports the NYC Landmarks50 Alliance