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“Small, but very detailed!”
Review of Skyscraper Museum

Skyscraper Museum
Ranked #494 of 1,154 things to do in New York City
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Owner description: Wall Street was the building ground for early skyscrapers, and this museum is dedicated to studying and enjoying them.
Reviewed June 15, 2012

OK, this museum is VERY small, but it is also one of the most detail packed museums in New York City. Entrance is only $5 and the staff are very friendly and informative. The main gallery consists of one large room, which is full of posters, models, videos and wall charts with up to date information and old photos showing the broad history of Skyscraper construction. The models are fantastic, very detailed and intricately made. There is a large section dedicated to September 11th 2001 and the future of the WTC site.

I really enjoyed this museum, and if you are interested in architecture and the history of tall buildings, The Skyscraper Museum is for you.

Thank mrmfield21
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Reviewed January 14, 2012

the best thing about the museum is the timeline showing how and where skyscrapers developed in the world over time. It really drives home that the centre of the world is shifting to Asia big time. Also interesting to see the old photos of New York from 1850 to today. What a change! I expected there to be more about the individual buildings in NY and Chicago but in fact when I went there was more about the skyscrapers being build globally. Worth a visit and it will not take up too much of your valuable time. Staff charming.

Thank London_Travellers_09
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

I was really looking forward to visiting this museum. I was expecting to learn how skyscrapers are built, all about the engineering discoveries and technologies that made it possible to build taller and bigger. After 9/11, everyone knows a tiny bit about skyscraper construction, after all, so maybe some exhibits about how the structure can fail, stuff about changes in fireproofing? Anyway, I may be a bit of a geek but all we got was a load of photos of skyscrapers. Since we went in on the New York Pass, it didn't cost us any extra, and the entry fee is only 5 bucks or so but even so, I wasted time finding it when I could have been doing something else. Total waste of what could be an interesting site.

1  Thank Rockykins
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

It is really small, only one exhibit. There is a security gaurd making sure nobody touches anything, so he might follow you around if your kids touch something.

Thank Sydneyfarren
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

it will only take about 1.5 hours if you read everything in there in great detail but it's very well done. they discuss very high skyscrapers around the world so not exactly New York - themed. it's interesting if you like architecture, and if you have been walking around NYC for a little while you will have been thinking about the skyscraper a lot, so it's good to get the detail from this exhibition. they have a good bookshop too, and occasionally have book readings in the evenings

1  Thank fuzzyhb
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