The Skyscraper Museum
The Skyscraper Museum

Located in New York City, the world's first and foremost vertical metropolis, The Skyscraper Museum celebrates the City's rich architectural heritage and examines the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its successive skylines. Through exhibitions, programs and publications, the Museum explores tall buildings as objects of design, products of technology, sites of construction, investments in real estate, and places of work and residence. For a description of the gallery and for photos of the space, please visit our Photo Slideshows page.

The Skyscraper Museum is located in lower Manhattan's Battery Park City at 39 Battery Place. Museum hours are 12-6 PM, Wednesday-Sunday.

General admission is $5, $2.50 for students and seniors. Click here for directions to the Museum.

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TIMES SQUARE, 1984: The Postmodern Moment


Featured Through February 15th

Times Square today is bright and crowded - a tourist mecca, entertainment district, retail powerhouse, and pedestrianized precinct that matches in vitality, both economic and populist, any decade of its storied past. But thirty years ago, the future of Times Square was in limbo - caught between a series of false starts at clean-slate urban renewal by the City and State and an emerging philosophy of urbanism that favored history, preservationist values, electric signs and semiotics, and delirious diversity. TIMES SQUARE, 1984 examines this decisive moment and the resulting transformation of the “Crossroads of the World.”

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Read praise of the show in The New York Times.
Midtown Manhattan Wouldn’t Be the Same
‘Times Square, 1984,’ at the Skyscraper Museum


Click here to view past exhibitions including SKY HIGH & the logic of luxury.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015 6:30-8 pm

Christian Bjone Book Talk


Images Publishing, 2014

A celebrity architect and a power broker, Philip Johnson played a unique role in the world of architecture in New York and beyond. Christian Bjone examines Johnson's style, first, as influenced first by his mentor, Mies van der Rohe, then by post-modern ideas of appropriation. Charting his career through the 1980s, Bjone argues that Johnson's use of appropriation was a major part of his innovative success. In a chapter that focuses on Johnson's many skyscraper designs of the 1970s and 1980s, Bjone describes the story of the architect's “biggest failure,” the design for Times Square Center, the project for four post-modern mega-towers around which the Museum’s exhibition TIMES SQUARE, 1984 is organized.

Christian Bjone is a licensed architect in New York City, educated at the University of Illinois and Princeton University. He worked as project architect for the firms Pei Partnership and Johnson/Burgee Architects. At the latter he also coordinated the archival research for editing four books on Philip Johnson.

All guests must RSVP to programs[at]skyscraper[dot]org to assure admittance to the event. Please be aware that reservation priority is given to Members of The Skyscraper Museum. Not a member? Become a Museum member today!

Wednesday, February 11, 2014 3:00 pm

Curator's Tour

Director and Curator Carol Willis will lead a Curator's Tour on the current exhibition TIMES SQUARE, 1984
Curators tours are free with admission, no RSVP required.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 6:30-8 pm


Center For Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Pl.

Government actions in the 1980s and 90s designed to control rampant crime in Times Square, foster the westward expansion of the midtown office district, protect the theater industry and preserve historic theaters, and return 42nd Street as a popular entertainment area have been a success. The bright lights of Broadway were saved from threats of dimming, or even banishment, first by civic groups such as the Municipal Art Society who organized protests, then by revised zoning regulations that mandated minimum areas of signage and outlined urban design guidelines. Collectively, these civic and government actions succeeded in articulating and codifying Times Square's unique, historical sense of place.

As an economic engine for the city and an unparalleled magnet for tourists, Times Square's turnaround in the past decades is phenomenal. The reduced vehicular traffic and new pedestrian plazas allow almost enough ground space for the 360,000 visitors a day to the world’s #1 tourist ticker. But other forces threaten its future: mega-signs; high rents; corporate homogeneity; errant Elmos. This program of experts on Times Square past and present will consider pressing questions about its future.

Click here for more information on TIMES SQUARE AT A TIPPING POINT?

All guests must RSVP to programs[at]skyscraper[dot]org to assure admittance to the event. Please be aware that reservation priority is given to Members of The Skyscraper Museum. Not a member? Become a Museum member today!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 6:30-8 pm

Vicki Ward Book Talk


Wiley 2014

The Liar’s Ball is about the desperate scramble that ensued when the world’s most expensive building went on the auction block. The iconic GM Building brought out the best and worst in New York’s real estate royalty, and led a few of them to ruin.

A story of naked, unregulated capitalism, of the sometimes bloody free-for all of the free market, The Liars Ball is tale of brilliant and enormously ambitious billionaires fighting bare-knuckled to get what they want. And they all wanted the GM Building. Through over 200 interviews with real estate’s best and brightest—Donald Trump, Harry Macklowe, Samuel Zell, Mort Zuckerman and many more—Ward exposes the lies and schemes and insecurities behind the deals made by some of the world’s biggest egos.

Vicky Ward is the New York-based, British-born author of the New York Times bestseller The Devil’s Casino: Friendship, Betrayal and the High-Stakes Games Played Inside Lehman Brothers (Wiley, 2010). A former contributing editor to Vanity Fair for 11 years, she is the former executive editor of Talk and the former news features editor of the New York Post. She holds a master’s in English literature from Cambridge University.

All guests must RSVP to programs[at]skyscraper[dot]org to assure admittance to the event. Please be aware that reservation priority is given to Members of The Skyscraper Museum. Not a member? Become a Museum member today!

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January 31, 2015
10:30 - 11:45 AM
After a quick tour of the exhibition, TIMES SQUARE, 1984, kids will work together to make a skyline with their own traced silhouettes. Learn about different skyscraper shapes by using poster paper to turn your "skeleton frame" into a drawing of your personal building form! All ages.

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All galleries and facilities are wheelchair accessible.

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