Museum of the City of New York - Public

Life Skills
East Harlem, New York, New York
(44 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.

Reviews of Museum of the City of New York - Public

(44 Reviews)


Attended: New York at Its Core: The Archaeology

It was very interesting to learn more about the anthropological and topographical history of the city.


Attended: Satchmo in the Studio

Informative and entertaining and a great venue!

Jennifer L.

Attended: Feminists in Fashion with Norma and Christene


Mildred M.

Attended: Feminists in Fashion with Norma and Christene

I appreciated the speakers far more than the moderator who talked too much, questions ran on.


Attended: '60s Fashion: The Youthquake and Its Aftershocks

I hoped it was more about the 60's fashion and the brands that most influenced the 60's in general.


Attended: Public Art in the City: Mural Making

Was intended for children not adults.

V A B.

Attended: Hidden Figures: Paper Doll Making

It was a fun informative class. They gave us a pamphlet that included information on five women that had a major impact in our history.The volunteers asked that we go to the 'Hidden Figures' exhibit prior to starting our doll so that we would gather additional insight and information not contained in the handout. The exhibit and pamphlet inspired me and I came back and made a colorful paper doll that held a sign for equal rights for ALL!


Attended: Women and the Future of New York Politics

Very prominent women in political field, but this was a very depressing evening. This was not an evening that talked about women and the future of New York politics, it only talked about these particular women. It was not inspirational in the slightest for a woman to jump into the political arena, nor did it serve as informational in how a woman could be effective whether you run for political office or not. No mention of the wonderful resources that are out there that are dedicated to teaching women how to run for office, such as VoteRunLead, Higher Heights, Emerge now has a branch in NYC. Sharon is well-meaning, but I don't believe her caucus is real, unfortunately. The five women were lovely to share their evening, but Tish and MMV did not get a chance to share what City Hall is like or what is needed to work in local government. Only Carol and Ronnie talked about the Lindsay days. It was unbalanced and silly in many ways.

Ross F.

Attended: Old Croton Bike Tour

Tour Guide Matt from NYV H2O was informed, attentive to the group, spoke clearly and audibly. I've no complaints!


Luis L.

Attended: New York Meets Havana

Great event and an amazing experience!

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1220 5th Ave, New York, New York 10029
Museum of the City of New York - Public
East Harlem, Manhattan
1220 5th Ave
Btwn E 103rd & E 104th Streets
New York, New York 10029

By Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4 or M106 to 103rd Street By Subway: #6 to 103rd Street, walk three blocks west; #2 or #3 to Central Park North/110th Street, walk one block east to Fifth Avenue, then south to 103rd Street.

Upcoming Classes at Museum of the City of New York - Public

Reduce, Reuse, Rethink: The Future of Waste in NYC
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Thursday Jun 21st, 6:30pm

Unexpected Pairings: Gin & Oysters
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Tuesday Jun 26th, 7pm

New York City in the Age of Hyper-Gentrification
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Thursday Jun 28th, 6:30pm

Under the Influence of the Maysles Brothers
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Wednesday Jul 11th, 8pm

NYC Tots: Summer Series
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Thursday Jul 12th, 9:30am

Make Some Noise at MCNY
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Wednesday Jul 18th, 7pm

Unexpected Pairings: Beer & Chocolate
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Thursday Jul 19th, 7pm

Nell Painter and Vivian Gornick in Conversation
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Monday Jul 23rd, 6:30pm

New York at Its Core: Past, Present, and Future
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Monday Jul 30th, 9am

Moonlight & Movies: The Naked City
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Thursday Aug 2nd, 8pm

Rhythm & Power: Dance, Immigration & Community Action
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Sunday Aug 12th, 9am

Unexpected Pairings: Sake & Tacos
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Tuesday Aug 21st, 7pm

Unexpected Pairings: Cider & Kimchi
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Wednesday Sep 12th, 7pm

Teachers at Museum of the City of New York - Public

Marty Markowitz & Clayton Patterson Sasheer , Keisha , Aaron , Shannon Zamata, Zollar, Jackson, O'Neill Ada Calhoun & Luc Sante Alyssa Loorya Amanda Sutphin, Diana Wall & Sharon Wilkins Amitav Ghosh, Naomi Oreskes, Cecil Corbin-Mark, Mary Mattingly Ana María Archila, Bitta Mostofi, Dr. Mae Ngai & Matt Katz Andrea Aranow , Anna Sui , Hazel Clark Andrew Solomon Angy Rivera, Abraham Gonzales and Roberto Gonzales Anita Dolce Vita Anne-christine D’Adesky, David France & Tim Murphy Avis Berman Barbara Lee & Shola Lynch Barney Frank, John Banks, Rafael E. Cestero, Ron Moelis Barton Sanders and Sarah Henry Beverly Johnson Bob Mankoff Bruce Weber Calvin Tsao, Lisa Ackerman, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Budd Mishkin Carl Weisbrod Carol Oja CC and Mallory Charles Allison, Bomee Jung, Scott Kessler & Nilda Mesa Charles Bagli & Daniel Doctoroff Chef Jay Christa Whitney Christina Grace and Tom Outerbridge Christine Gaspar, Jill Lerner, FAIA and Paul Selver Craig Lee Daniel Czitrom Daniel Garodnick and Gina Pollara David Y. Chack DJ Misbehaviour & Boogie Blind DJ Misbehaviour & Joey Carvello Donald Albrecht and Nicholas Birns Donald Albrecht, Sean Corcoran & Emily Yoshida Donovan X. Ramsey, Deva Woodly Dr. Bonnie Yochelson & Dr. Thor J. Mednick Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III & Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood Dr. Eric Goldman and Marilyn Michaels Dr. Lonnie Bunch, Michael Glickman & David Rubenstein Edna Lewis Elena and Paolo Elena and Paolo Elissa Sampson Eric Foner & Martha Hodes Eunice Lipton Faye Wattleton, Marcela Micucci Francoise Mouly Frederick Brosen George Hirsch Gerard Koeppel & Hilary Ballon Gray Brechin & Mason Williams Greg Young, Tom Meyers & Donald Albrecht Harmony Hammond, Sarah Schulman and Bryan Lowder Henrietta Mantooth James Sanders James Solomon and Bill Genovese Jasmin Malik Chua, Timo Rissanen, Tara St. James, Yeohlee Teng Jean-Louis Cohen & Theo Prudon Jeremiah Moss, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Julia Wertz & Vinson Cunningham Jill Jonnes Joan Tucker and Constance Harris Joseph Rodriguez Joseph Lhota & Sarah Maslin Nir Juan Pablo Molyneux and Elizabeth Graziolo Judith Gura, Kate Wood & Larry Lederman Julian Hoyos, Brian Polen & Lauren Wilson (moderator) Julian Riley, Jessica Spaulding & Kysha Harris (moderator) Kate Gilmore & Tania Bruguera Keith Haring Kelly Marie Kendal Henry,Kemi Ilesanmi , Meredith Johnson ,Daniel Palmer Kendall Fells, Sarah Maslin Nir Jessamyn Rodriguez, Dorian Warren Kwame Brathwaite, Kwame S. Brathwaite & Tanisha C. Ford Kyle Cooper & Donald Albrecht Libby O’Connell Liberty Worth Liz Robbins & Mary Wittenberg Liza Donnelly Liza Donnelly, Liana Finck, Marisa Marchetto, & Barbara Smaller Lynne Sagalyn Madalyn Warren, Melissa Madden & Daniel Pucci (moderator) Marika Plater Marla Weber- Green Mateu . Matt Malina Matt Rojas and Brian Yurko Matt Rojas and Brian Yurko Matt Rojas and Brian Yurko Matt Rojas and Brian Yurko Meenakshi Srinivasan & Sherida Paulsen Michael Kamber Michael Miscione, Anthony Wood, Amy Freitag, Seri Worden Michele Bogart and Harriet Senie Mike Burstyn Miriam Greenberg and Penny Lewis Nell Irvin Painter & Mike Wallace Nikole Hannah-Jones & Brad Lander Norma Kamali, Christene Barberich & Phyllis Magidson Paul Goldberger Paul Goldbegger, Peter Pennoyer & Elizabeth Stribling Phillipa Soo Randi Hutter Epstein & Peter Schafer Richard Ravitch Richard Plunz, David Burney and Shola Olatoye Ricky Riccardi Robert Pigott Rodney Evans, Michelle Memran & Conrad Ventur Roger Gastman Ronald Kuby & Shabaka Shakur Ronnie Eldridge Roz Chast Russell Shorto Sam Sifton, Sarah Maslin Nir Samuel Schwartz Sandra Bloodworth and Lester Burg Sarah Seidman Sarah Maslin Nir & Lucy Lang Sarah Maslin Nir, Pastor Kenneth Hart & Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum Sasheer Zamata, Keisha Zollar Aaron Jackson, Shannon O'Neill Sean Corcoran Shelia Pepe and LJ Roberts Simon Levenson Speed Levitch Stan Cox Stephen Vider Steven Jaffe & Donald Albrecht. Susan Freinkel Sydney Hutchinson, Frances Aparicio & 3 other panelists Tatiana Schlossberg Ted Meuhling, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray & Kiki Smith Tom Potter, Murray Fisher & Lauren Wilson (moderator) Tyler Balliet & Laurie Cole Vivian Gornick & Nell Painter Wendy Evans Joseph William Parry William Pedersen & Donald Albrecht
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