Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street
New York, New York
Upper East Side

Daily 10 am - 6 pm

Become an informed New Yorker at this small museum with a big collection of theater artifacts, furniture, toys, paintings, sculpture and photos arranged into exhibits that entertain and educate all ages.

$: Get 2 tickets for $15

Annual Memberships: $75+. Includes invitations to special members-only events and discounts on programs and in the Museum Shop Cafe.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:


Gilded New York (through Dec 31)

See scenes from a late 19th century fancy-dress ball and admire lavish dresses and jewelry along with photos of the original owners including decked out kids.


New York at Its Core (through Dec 31)

Follow the story of NYC’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World,” and consider its future in a changing world through more than 400 objects as well as interactive digital experiences. Framed around the key themes of money, density, diversity, and creativity, New York City’s history comes alive through the stories of innovation, energy, struggle, and the vision of generations of immigrants, politicians, tycoons, dreamers, master builders, and ordinary New Yorkers.


Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip (through Apr 1)

Explores the full arc of fashion of the 1960s, a period marked by tremendous and daring stylistic diversity. Through more than 70 garments, trace the dramatic transformation in clothing between 1960 and 1973, not only in length and silhouette, but also in materials and methods of textile manufacture. Works by designers as diverse as Mary Quant, Geoffrey Beene, and Pauline Trigère illuminate the communicative powers of fashion in the ’60s—reflecting cultural trends from Beatlemania to Pop and Op Art to infatuation with the “space race,” and social changes like the women’s liberation movement and the radicalism of the counterculture and antiwar movements. Also on display are fine and costume jewelry, shoes, handbags, design renderings, and photographs that capture the spirit of a creative and confrontational era.

Family Programs: Ages 6-12 can participate in free history and art activities on weekends and school vacation days. Drop in anytime between 11 am and 2 pm. Free snacks included. All ages can go on family-friendly scavenger hunts with free themed guides designed to help families to look closely at the building and exhibitions.

Strollers/Diapers: Strollers can enter via a ramp on 103rd Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues.

Eat & Treats: Choose from different size and type of patties and an array of homemade sauces to make your own burger at Joy Burger Bar with a side of excellent sweet potato or zucchini fries.

Other Tips: Walk across across Fifth Avenue and visit the gorgeous Conservatory Garden, the only formal garden in Central Park.

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