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.



Distinctive tops that add extra height to high-rises have been characteristic of New York skyscrapers from the first tall office buildings in the 1870s. The word skyscraper, after all, evokes both aerial height and a slender silhouette. The romance of Manhattan's towers has been the inspiration and touchstone for a worldwide surge of signature tops.

TEN TOPS focuses on a group of the world's tallest buildings: 100 stories and higher. TEN TOPS peers into their uppermost floors and analyzes the architectural features they share, including observation decks, luxury hotels and restaurants, distinctive crowns and night illumination, as well as the engineering and construction challenges of erecting such complex and astonishing structures.

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Click here to view past exhibitions including SKY HIGH & the logic of luxury
and TIMES SQUARE, 1984 The Postmodern Moment


Tuesday, March 10, 2015 6:30-8 pm

Daniel Rose Book Talk


Half Moon Press, 2014

Among New York’s famed “families” of real estate, the Roses of Rose Associates are most closely identified with the residential sector. During his 60-year career in development and management, Daniel Rose, Chairman of Rose Associates, has also created large-scale mixed-use properties, including the award-winning Pentagon City complex in Arlington, Virginia and the One Financial Center office tower in Boston. As an institutional consultant, his credits include the creation and implementation of the "housing for the performing arts" concept for New York's Manhattan Plaza.

The winner of numerous awards, Daniel Rose has long pursued a broad range of professional, civic, and non-profit activities. He teaches, lectures, and writes on a variety of real estate, urban planning and economic subjects. Winner of a number of national Cicero speechwriting awards, he has received Honorary Doctorates in Humane Letters from Long Island University; in Engineering from NYU/Polytechnic; and in Science from Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Making A Living, Making A Life brings together many of his best essays and speeches.

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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March 7, 2015
10:30 - 11:45 AM
Young learners will be introduced to the basics architecture through a group reading of Andrea Beaty’s picture book “Iggy Peck, Architect.” After the story, the young architects will use different materials to design their very own skyscraper. Ages 2+. RSVP required.

March 21, 2015
10:30 – 11:45 AM
Before architects design a skyscraper, they spend time in the city where it will be built so they have a sense of its personality. Drawing a communal street plan, children will discuss where parks, places to eat, shop, play, and work areas belong and what features they wish the city would have. These young planners will then build their own skyscraper to incorporate into their model city. Ages 6+. RSVP required.

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All galleries and facilities are wheelchair accessible.

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