We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Neighborhoods
Neighborhoods
Get directions
Address: 1220 Fifth Avenue, at 103rd Street, New York City, NY 10029
Phone Number: +1 212-534-1672
Website
Today
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Description:

The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city,...

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. Currently Under Construction: "New York at its Core" a landmark three gallery exhibition covering NYC's 400+ year history. Coming this November!

read more
Book In Advance
More Info
$32*
and up
Harlem Hip-Hop Walking Tour
More Info
$135*
and up
New York City Hop-on Hop-off Tour, Shopping and Top of the Rock
More Info
$83*
and up
Double Decker Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus and Times Square Dining Experience

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 551 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 165
    Excellent
  • 168
    Very good
  • 72
    Average
  • 36
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
My Annual Visit

After discovering this museum two years ago I now make it one of my top 5 stops when I visit the city each summer. It is very easy to get to via bus. The multiple floors are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
grrprr
,
Tallahassee, Florida
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

551 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 449: English reviews
New York, New York
Level Contributor
99 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum has a collection of artifacts from New York's bygone days. It used to have old fire engines, dollhouses, and toys.

Helpful?
Thank Ilanfreedman
Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A fantastic introduction to the city and some of its cultural and astonishing history. Free entry with the tour bus package deals also great value and perfect way to get around the length and breadth of the city. Excellent presentation and very interesting would definitely recommend going to learn about the people and history of this magical place. Not for... More 

Helpful?
Thank John A
Tallahassee, Florida
Level Contributor
263 reviews
141 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

After discovering this museum two years ago I now make it one of my top 5 stops when I visit the city each summer. It is very easy to get to via bus. The multiple floors are accessible and roomy. The restrooms are clean. They have some permanent exhibits and some that change over time. Be prepared for information overload.... More 

Helpful?
Thank grrprr
New Rochelle, New York
Level Contributor
20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went here to see the Roz Chast exhibit which did not disappoint. If you're a fan of this great cartoonist don't miss this. If you're not familiar with her work this is an excellent place to become acquainted. For some reason I had never been to this museum before, but I was very impressed, not only with the way... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Sandy732015
Level Contributor
18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum is about the city of New York. If you have a spare hour or two, this is an interesting way to spend it on the northern end of the museum mile. There is an informative and entertaining 28 minute movie about the city's history that is definitely worth seeing. There are also a few exhibits. I didn't have... More 

Helpful?
Thank Christine B
Aventura, Florida
Level Contributor
155 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting exhibits about the city and it's treasures. Art and history combine to create an interesting dialogue about New York that is rarely seen. Exhibits change so a visit to this museum will appear different next time you visit. Also, incredibly friendly and helpful staff.

Helpful?
Thank Richard K
Level Contributor
93 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As many others pointed out, this museum has a lot of changing exhibition. And they normally are quite intense: lots of info and things to see (which is a plus for me) The museum itself is lovely and it's way cheaper than the other NY museums

Helpful?
Thank magmaedia
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
57 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really enjoyed this museum and could have stayed longer. Three good exhibits.....cartoonist from New Yorker, Yiddish theatre and activism in NYC.

Helpful?
Thank LCtravelbug
Oakland, California
Level Contributor
181 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a pretty museum way up in Spanish Harlem, the top of Museum Mile. It features temporary exhibits, changing regularly, so check them out on line before you go to see if they appeal to you. Focus is on the history of the City of New York.

Helpful?
Thank Thomas V
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Level Contributor
125 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I agree with the reviewers who said they wished they had visited sooner. This is a very special little museum on the Upper East Side and well worth visiting. They have several special exhibitions right now. I really enjoyed the Roz Chast exhibition as I have enjoyed her New Yorker cartoons over the years. Also the New York Portraits, 1700-1860,... More 

Helpful?
Thank Martha123

Travelers who viewed Museum of the City of New York also viewed

 

Been to Museum of the City of New York? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Museum of the City of New York staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?