Museum of the City of New York - Public

Museum of the City of New York - Public

Life Skills
East Harlem, New York, New York
(50 Reviews)

The Museum of the City of New York was founded in 1923 by Henry Collins Brown, a Scottish-born writer with a vision for a populist approach to the city. The Museum was originally housed in Gracie Mansion, the future residence of the Mayor of New York. Hardinge Scholle succeeded Henry Brown in 1926 and began planning a new home for the Museum. The City offered land on Fifth Avenue on 103rd-104th Streets and construction for Joseph H. Freedlander’s Georgian Colonial-Revival design for the building started in 1929 and was completed in 1932. During the next few decades, the Museum amassed a considerable collection of exceptional items, including several of Eugene O’Neill’s handwritten manuscripts, a complete room of Duncan Phyfe furniture, 412 glass negatives taken by Jacob Riis and donated by his son, a man’s suit worn to George Washington’s Inaugural Ball, and the Carrie Walter Stettheimer dollhouse, which contains a miniature work by Marcel Duchamp. Today the Museum’s collection contains approximately 750,000 objects, including prints, photographs, decorative arts, costumes, paintings, sculpture, toys, and theatrical memorabilia.

Our Mission

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.

Reviews of Museum of the City of New York - Public

(50 Reviews)
Intimate Subjects: Thomas Holton and the Lams

Carrie P.

Attended: Intimate Subjects: Thomas Holton and the Lams

Interesting discussion led by a warm and intelligent moderator. Memorable photographs.

Worn in New York


Attended: Worn in New York

It was a nice outing and I enjoyed the panel giving their background experiences on their favorite pieces or for one sweet lady her favorite color!

New York at Its Core: The Archaeology


Attended: New York at Its Core: The Archaeology

Very cool and informative

New York at Its Core: The Archaeology


Attended: New York at Its Core: The Archaeology

It was very interesting to learn more about the anthropological and topographical history of the city.

Satchmo in the Studio


Attended: Satchmo in the Studio

Informative and entertaining and a great venue!

Feminists in Fashion with Norma and Christene

Jennifer L.

Attended: Feminists in Fashion with Norma and Christene


Feminists in Fashion with Norma and Christene

Mildred M.

Attended: Feminists in Fashion with Norma and Christene

I appreciated the speakers far more than the moderator who talked too much, questions ran on.

'60s Fashion: The Youthquake and Its Aftershocks


Attended: '60s Fashion: The Youthquake and Its Aftershocks

I hoped it was more about the 60's fashion and the brands that most influenced the 60's in general.

Public Art in the City: Mural Making


Attended: Public Art in the City: Mural Making

Was intended for children not adults.

Hidden Figures: Paper Doll Making

V A B.

Attended: Hidden Figures: Paper Doll Making

It was a fun informative class. They gave us a pamphlet that included information on five women that had a major impact in our history.The volunteers asked that we go to the 'Hidden Figures' exhibit prior to starting our doll so that we would gather additional insight and information not contained in the handout. The exhibit and pamphlet inspired me and I came back and made a colorful paper doll that held a sign for equal rights for ALL!

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1220 5th Ave , New York, New York 10029
Museum of the City of New York - Public
East Harlem, Manhattan
1220 5th Ave
At E 103rd St
New York, New York 10029

By Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4 or M106 to 103rd Street By Subway: #6 to 103rd Street, walk three blocks west; #2 or #3 to Central Park North/110th Street, walk one block east to Fifth Avenue, then south to 103rd Street.

Upcoming Classes at Museum of the City of New York - Public

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Monday Mar 7th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm Eastern Time

Teachers at Museum of the City of New York - Public

Marty Markowitz & Clayton Patterson Sasheer , Keisha , Aaron , Shannon Zamata, Zollar, Jackson, O'Neill Ada Calhoun Ada Calhoun & Luc Sante Alex Webb & Rebecca Norris Webb Alexa von Tobel Alix Gerber, Mitchell Joachim, Ayodamola Okunseinde & Tanvi Misra Alyssa Loorya Amanda Sutphin, Diana Wall & Sharon Wilkins Amitav Ghosh, Naomi Oreskes, Cecil Corbin-Mark, Mary Mattingly Amy Amy Fairchild, Lauren Sydney Flicker, Larry Madoff & Sonia Shah Ana María Archila, Bitta Mostofi, Dr. Mae Ngai & Matt Katz Andrea Aranow , Anna Sui , Hazel Clark Andrew Solomon Angy Rivera, Abraham Gonzales and Roberto Gonzales Anita Dolce Vita Anne Masri Anne-christine D’Adesky, David France & Tim Murphy Avis Berman Avram Finkelstein, Garnette Cadogan & David Favaloro Azra Dawood Barbara Mainguy Barbara Lee & Shola Lynch Barney Frank, John Banks, Rafael E. Cestero, Ron Moelis Barton Sanders and Sarah Henry Beverly Johnson Beverly Gage, Vivian Gornick, Steven Jaffe, Shannon King & Ted Widmer Bhairavi Desai, Allison Julien Michelle Miller and Ed Ott (moderator) Bill Bradley, George Kalinsky, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe & Harvey Araton Bob Mankoff Bruce Weber Calvin Tsao, Lisa Ackerman, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Budd Mishkin Carl Weisbrod Carol Oja Caroline Mak, Raj Makhija, Clinton Shabazz & Ariel Lauren Wilson CC and Mallory Charles Allison, Bomee Jung, Scott Kessler & Nilda Mesa Charles Bagli & Daniel Doctoroff Charlie Ahearn, Grandmaster Flash & Jeff "Chairman" Mao Chef Jay Chris Frantz & Tina Weymouth Christa Whitney Christina Grace and Tom Outerbridge Christine Gaspar, Jill Lerner, FAIA and Paul Selver Colson Whitehead Craig Lee Cyndi Freeman AND Wes Hazard D. Del Río, M. George, R. Haggerty, H. Husock & K. Capps Daniel Czitrom Daniel Garodnick and Gina Pollara David Amram, Tom Chapin, Paquito D’Rivera & Josh White Jr. David Y. Chack DJ Misbehaviour & Boogie Blind DJ Misbehaviour & Joey Carvello Donald Albrecht Donald Albrecht and Nicholas Birns Donald Albrecht, Sean Corcoran & Emily Yoshida Donovan X. Ramsey, Deva Woodly Dorinda Drake, Jon Kamen, Joseph Patel, Dave Sirulnick, Salamishah Tillet Dr. Bonnie Yochelson & Dr. Thor J. Mednick Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III & Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood Dr. Eric Goldman and Marilyn Michaels Dr. Jean Howson, Dr. Meta Janowitz & Alanna Warner-Smith Dr. Lilly Tuttle Dr. Lizabeth Cohen, Daniel Okrent, Dr. Samuel Zipp & Regina Myer Dr. Lonnie Bunch, Michael Glickman & David Rubenstein Dr. Sarah Seidman Dr. Sarah M. Henry Edna Lewis Edward Glaeser & Miriam Greenberg Elena and Paolo Elena and Paolo Elissa Sampson Eric Bunge, Mindy Fullilove, Annie Ling & Tanvi Misra Eric Foner & Martha Hodes Ethan Frisch & Garrett Oliver Eunice Lipton Fab 5 Freddy, Aya Kanai, Elizabeth Sweetheart & Emily Spivack Faye Wattleton, Marcela Micucci Francesca Fenzi Francoise Mouly Frederick Brosen George Hirsch Gerard Koeppel & Hilary Ballon Giorgia Lupi Gray Brechin & Mason Williams Greg Young, Tom Meyers & Donald Albrecht Harmony Hammond, Sarah Schulman and Bryan Lowder Heather Hartnett Henrietta Mantooth Howard L. Morgan James Sanders James Solomon and Bill Genovese Jasmin Malik Chua, Timo Rissanen, Tara St. James, Yeohlee Teng Jean-Louis Cohen & Theo Prudon Jeffrey C. Stewart & Lana Turner Jennifer Egan Jeremiah Moss, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Julia Wertz & Vinson Cunningham Jessica Bennett Jill Jonnes Jim McKay & Mel Gonzalez Joan Tucker and Constance Harris John Barry & Nicole Bouvier John Kurdewan & Steven Stolman Jori Bell Joseph Rodriguez Joseph Lhota & Sarah Maslin Nir Joshua B. Freeman Josie Castaneda Juan Pablo Molyneux and Elizabeth Graziolo Judi Desire, Antonio Reynoso & Gersh Kuntzman Judith Gura, Kate Wood & Larry Lederman Julian Hoyos, Brian Polen & Lauren Wilson (moderator) Julian Riley, Jessica Spaulding & Kysha Harris (moderator) Kate Gilmore & Tania Bruguera Keith Haring Kelly Marie Kendal Henry,Kemi Ilesanmi , Meredith Johnson ,Daniel Palmer Kendall Fells, Sarah Maslin Nir Jessamyn Rodriguez, Dorian Warren Kubi Ackerman Kwame Brathwaite, Kwame S. Brathwaite & Tanisha C. Ford Kyle Cooper & Donald Albrecht Lana Turner & Dr. Jeffrey C. Stewart Libby O’Connell Liberty Worth Liz Robbins & Mary Wittenberg Liza Donnelly Liza Donnelly, Liana Finck, Marisa Marchetto, & Barbara Smaller Lynne Sagalyn Madalyn Warren, Melissa Madden & Daniel Pucci (moderator) Mahogany L. Browne & Jeffrey C. Stewart Marcus Samuelsson & Dan Pashman Margaret Rose Vendryes & Jeffrey C. Stewart Marika Plater Marla Weber- Green Mateu . Matt Malina Matt Rojas and Brian Yurko Matt Rojas and Brian Yurko Matt Rojas and Brian Yurko Matt Rojas and Brian Yurko Meenakshi Srinivasan & Sherida Paulsen Michael Kamber Michael Martin Michael Dinwiddie & Jeffrey C. Stewart Michael Miscione, Anthony Wood, Amy Freitag, Seri Worden Michele Bogart and Harriet Senie Michelle Parkerson & John T. Reddick Mike Burstyn Miriam Greenberg and Penny Lewis Monxo López Morgen Stevens-Garmon Muriel Miguel, Louis Mofsie & Soni Moreno N. K. Jemisin & Whitney Hu Nancy Foner, Bitta Mostofi Joseph J. Salvo & Hansi Lo Wang Nehprii Amenii & Rick Lyon Nell Irvin Painter & Mike Wallace Nikole Hannah-Jones & Brad Lander Norma Kamali, Christene Barberich & Phyllis Magidson Pablo Benson-Silva, Johanna Fernández & Monxo López Paul Goldberger Paul Goldbegger, Peter Pennoyer & Elizabeth Stribling Paul Goldberger & Kevin Baker Petrushka Bazin Larsen Phillipa Soo Randi Hutter Epstein & Peter Schafer Rene MacVay Rene MacVay Richard Ravitch Richard Alba, Josh Begley Ed Morales & Mae Ngai Richard Plunz, David Burney and Shola Olatoye Ricky Riccardi River Clegg Robert Pigott Rodney Evans, Michelle Memran & Conrad Ventur Roger Gastman Ronald Kuby & Shabaka Shakur Ronnie Eldridge Roz Chast Russell Shorto Sam Roberts & Alexandra Lange Sam Sifton, Sarah Maslin Nir Samuel Schwartz Sandra Bloodworth and Lester Burg Sarah Seidman Sarah Maslin Nir & Lucy Lang Sarah Maslin Nir, Bhairavi Desai & Allison Julien Sarah Maslin Nir, Pastor Kenneth Hart & Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum Sasheer Zamata, Keisha Zollar Aaron Jackson, Shannon O'Neill Saurin Shah Save Ellis Island Sean Corcoran Sharon Robinson & Jonathan Eig Shelia Pepe and LJ Roberts Simon Levenson Speed Levitch Stan Cox Stephen Vider Steven H. Jaffe Steven Jaffe & Donald Albrecht. Susan Lyne Susan Seidelman Susan Freinkel Sydney Hutchinson, Frances Aparicio & 3 other panelists Tatiana Schlossberg Ted Meuhling, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray & Kiki Smith Terry Golway & Peter Quinn Tom Potter, Murray Fisher & Lauren Wilson (moderator) Tyler Balliet & Laurie Cole Udi Ledergor Val Ackerman, Len Elmore & Joel Fisher Vince Aletti Violet Brill Violet Brill Vivian Gornick & Nell Painter Wendy Evans Joseph Whitney W. Donhauser, Rob Fields, Thelma Golden & Daniel Weiss William Parry William Pedersen & Donald Albrecht Yael Magen
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