Museum of the City of New York

1220 Fifth Avenue at 105th Street
New York, NY 

+ Google Map

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.

New York, New Music: 1980-1986

Discover Run-DMC, the Talking Heads, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, John Zorn and other great 80s NYC musicians. Watch amazing videos plus see posters, photos costumes & more. Explore the broader music and cultural scene, including the innovative media outlets, venues, record labels, fashion and visual arts centered in New York City during the community-driven musical renaissance of the early 1980s (and see some awesme break dancing).

To hear the songs and videos in the exhibition, bring your own corded headphones to insert into the plugs provided for optimal sound, or use provided headsets.

Open Friday-Sunday, 10 am- 6 pm. See our guide to the Museum of the City of New York.

Museum of the City of New York

Explore the greatest city in the world 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.

* Favorite spots include an extravagant Gilded Age dollhouse, a dangling light installation above the stunning spiral staircase and the fascinating multimedia New York at Its Core exhibition.

* Explore diverse 1980s musical artists—from Run DMC to the Talking Heads, from Madonna to John Zorn—and the broader music and cultural scene in New York, New Music: 1980-1986. Lots of awesome videos to watch and great music to discover (bring your own headphones or pick up disposable ones at the desk).

* Learn about the drama of social activism in New York City from the 17th century right up to the present in Activist New York through artifacts, photographs, audio and visual presentations, as well as interactive components. Explore issues as diverse as civil rights, wages, sexual orientation, Prohibition and religious freedom.

* Watch the history of New York City unfold in the 28-minute film Timescapes.

* Free admission for those who live or work in zip codes 10029, 10035, or 10037  – show your I.D. or a piece of mail with your current address and the suggested admission charge will be waived. Anyone can save 27-40% on admission at this link.

🍽  Pick up coffee, sandwiches, pastries, quiches, sandwiches and other goodies served fresh from Amy’s Bread at Chalsty’s Cafe on the second floor, with tables & chairs overlooking the sparkly stairwell.

🌳 Across Fifth Avenue from the magical Conservatory Gardens in Central Park.