Museum of the City of New York

New York, United States

The Museum of the City of New York (MCNY) is a history and art museum in Manhattan. It was founded by Henry Collins Brown in 1923 to preserve and present the history of New York City, and its people.

The red brick with marble trim museum was built in 1929–30 and was designed by Joseph H. Freedlander in the neo-Georgian style, with statues of Alexander Hamilton and DeWitt Clinton by sculptor Adolph Alexander Weinman facing Central Park from niches in the facade.

The museum's collection of over 1.5 million items, which is particularly strong in objects dating from the 19th and early 20th centuries, include paintings, drawings, prints, including over 3000 by Currier and Ives, and photographs featuring New York City and its residents, as well as costumes, decorative objects and furniture, antique toys, ship models, rare books and manuscripts, marine and military collections, police and fire collections, and a theater collection which documents the golden age of Broadway theater. There are also dioramas about the city's history as well as its physical environment.



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Founded: 1923
Category: Museums in United States

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Maia Donahue (2 years ago)
This was an amazing museum that beautifully combined history and education. With the New York New Music:1980-1986 exhibit, they gave the experience a relaxed and welcoming vibe. The bottom floors are more about traditional history but the displays and graphics capture your attention while passing along informative information. I would highly recommend this museum for people with a casual interest in history as well as for people who study it.
Noelia Duran (2 years ago)
I love this museum. It's small but packed with very interesting exhibits. They're always changing it up so don't wait too long to see a specific one. The store is awesome, full of really cool and quirky stuff. Please go and go again!!
Adelyn Castro (2 years ago)
Great museum. Definitely will come back soon. The outdoor movie series is great. They currently have an exhibit on puppets called, "Puppets of New York" that looks at the history of puppetry in the city and all of its contributions. Definitely worth seeing, made for the young ones and those who are young at heart.
Anthony Le (2 years ago)
Great pay-what-you-wish museum. We only got through the first floor in an hour (the exhibits document the progression of NYC over time). It was great! Lots of cool artifacts to see from the 1800’s up to 2012. We’ll definitely be back to do the rest of the museum!
Phillissia (3 years ago)
Didn't go in, due to covid
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