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The Museum at FIT

Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, New York City, NY 10001 (Chelsea)
212-217-4558
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Ranked #289 of 859 attractions in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Most recent review
- Aug 19, 2014
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Rochester, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Unless you are deeply into women's lingerie, this exhibit may not be for you. However, I enjoyed the historical perspective as this small but interesting exhibit traces the development from the mid-19th century to the present. I am not sure if there is a permanent exhibit to this museum, but this was the only thing open when I visited. Considering... More

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Seattle, Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Small quaint museum at the school. Nice displays. We went during the summer so not a lot to explore but it was free and quite nice

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tmauch
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42 reviews 42 reviews
20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My impression before I visited was this was like a normal museum - there would be the regular collection always on display plus maybe a special collection or two. Turns out it's really just special collections, and when I recently visited, there was just one special collection, focusing on lingerie. The collection itself was great - I loved seeing how... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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41 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

We didn't have the highest hopes for this museum, kind of believing the concept that you get what you pay for. But two teen girls saw an ad for the leather jacket exhibit and it got added to the list. It was surprisingly good and interesting. Three exhibits were running while we were there with an extensive exhibit on fashion... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

When I visited the two exhibitions were 'Trend-ology' and 'A Queer History of Fashion'. Both of these exhibits were well curated and informative, especially considering that the museum is free. On the downside, I noticed some security staff being very abrupt to other guests. The guests were only doing minor things and the security staff could have been politer as... More

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Princeton, New Jersey
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154 reviews 154 reviews
61 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Beautiful exhibit of clothing from the 1930/1940 era. I agree with the other reviewers that while the film had potential to be very informative you couldn't hear it because of opening and closing the heavy doors and the acoustics of the room. Across the street in the other building there were some exquisitely done costumes representing different birds. You can... More

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Oak Park, Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I'm a huge fan of the 30s/40s clothing and home decor, and found this exhibit to be fantastic. I'm an admirer of many of the clothing designers of this period, especially Adrian, and this exhibit includes two of his garments. There is a book available at the FIT bookstore (also on Amazon much cheaper) that is a lovely retrospective of... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

I often visit colleges when I travel and my daughter really wanted to see the exhibit at the fashion institute. I think "museum" is a euphemism unless I missed something...and I believe maybe we did miss something. We saw the exhibit on Trends. The shoe exhibit was closed and when I headed to the elevator (I heard there were exhibits... More

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Cherry Valley, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Temp exhibit downstairs on the 30's. Beautiful clothes starting trends still seen in what men and women wear today. Special treats - Fred Astaire's shoes, Katherine Hepburn's dress. Informative technical video was marred by terrible acoustics that made it difficult to hear. About an hour to enjoy it all. Did not deliver any promised information contrasting the clothes with the... More

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texas
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

this place was really small and none of the exhibits seemed to very good at explaining anything. the trendology exhibit just showed some trends, but would have been great to go more in depth as to what started the trend and how the trend died out, etc. the 30's collection downstairs was interesting to see, but also not enough explanation.... More

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