The Skyscraper Museum
The Skyscraper Museum

The Skyscraper Museum is devoted to the study of high-rise building, past, present, and future. 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. This site will look better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device.

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.

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.”

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


Tuesday August 19th, 3:30-5:30

FREE Educator Open House

Meet with Museum Educators and explore ways to integrate the Museum's collection and exhibitions into your classroom.
Learn about our school tours and field trips, as well as our lesson plans and free Tower Tubes.
To attend, or for more information RSVP to education[at]

August 20th, 2014 3:00 pm

Curator's Tour

Director and Curator Carol Willis will lead a tour of the Museum's new exhibit, TIMES SQUARE, 1984: The Postmodern Moment.

Coming this Fall

Monday, September 29, 2014 6:30PM-8PM

Scott Johnson Book Talk


(Princeton Architectural Press, June 2014)

In recent years, contemporary architectural theory and practice have shifted from a focus on how a building appears to how it performs. In the field of skyscraper design, the emergence of ultra-performing materials, interactive processing systems, and digital design and fabrication techniques are making remarkable new structures possible. In Performative Skyscraper, architect Scott Johnson describes how the combination of sophisticated modeling software and demands for ever-increasing environmental sustainability have led to an emphasis on high performance. From advanced window-walls to vertical mixed-use towers, Johnson captures the breadth and immediacy of skyscraper design now.

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!


August 23, 2014
10:30 - 11:45 AM
After touring the museum, kids will sketch a blueprint of a building they know, such as their home or school. Then using colorful chalk, they will draw their buildings on the sidewalk in front of the Museum, creating a vivid and creative city skyline. All ages.

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