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 gallery will be open Monday and Tuesday, December 22 & 23 and on December 29 & 30. On December 24, the gallery will close at 3:30.
We will be closed on Christmas and January 1.
All other gallery hours are normal: 12-6 PM, Wednesday-Sunday.

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.

Call 212.968.1961 for information on upcoming lectures, exhibitions, walking tours, and membership. Subscribe to our newsletter by emailing programs[at]skyscraper[dot]org.


TIMES SQUARE, 1984: The Postmodern Moment



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.”

Click here for details. Click here to view the virtual exhibition.

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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.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014 6:30-8 pm

Anthony Flint Book Talk

Modern Man: The Life of Le Corbusier, Architect of Tomorrow.

Amazon Publishing 2014

Arguably the most important architect of the twentieth century, Le Corbusier invented new ways of building and thinking. In Modern Man, Anthony Flint offers a popular biography of a constant self-inventor, as well as a sweeping tale filled with exotic locales and high-stakes projects. Flint’s Corbusier isn’t just the grandfather of modern architecture but a man who sought to remake the world according to his vision, dispelling the Victorian style and replacing it with something entirely new. If his s legacy remains controversial today, the evidence of his genius is secure.

Anthony Flint is the author of two previous books: Wrestling with Moses and This Land. A former Boston Globe reporter, he is a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and contributes to The Atlantic Cities website.

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, December 10, 2014 3:00 pm

Curators Tour

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

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 6:30-8 pm

David Smiley Book Talk

Pedestrian Modern: Shopping and American Architecture, 1925-1956

University of Minnesota Press 2013

In Pedestrian Modern, David Smiley reveals how the design for places of consumption—stores and shopping centers—informed emerging modernist tenets. Tracing the history of architecture’s relationship with retail environments during a time of significant transformation in urban centers and in open suburban landscapes, Pedestrian Modern expands and qualifies the making of American modernism.

David Smiley is an architect who teaches architectural and urban theory, design and practice at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation. Dr. Smiley has written on contemporary urban and suburban issues, large-scale urban interventions, the re-use of shopping malls and the recent history of urban planning and urban design in the Journal of Architectural Education, Perspecta, the Journal of Urban History and the Journal. He has taught at Yale University's School of Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis, and Texas A & M 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!


December 6, 2014
10:30 - 11:45 AM
Join us for hands-on exploration and learn about different materials architects use to construct buildings. Then, design your very own skyscraper inspired by the Museum's super-tall towers! Ages 4-8.

December 13, 2014
10:30 - 11:45 AM
Spread holiday cheer by decorating your very own Gingerbread SKYSCRAPER masterpiece with your family! Each child/parent pair works together to design and decorate their very own gingerbread skyscraper. Reach new heights and create your very own structure out of gingerbread. While learning about building and construction, each child will decorate the façade of the structure with frosting, gumdrops and candy. Spread the holiday spirit by bringing home your very own skyscraper creation! Ages 6+

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