About the 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, children under 12 are free. Free for members of the military, police, fire departments, veterans and for visitors who are disabled and their caregivers. Click here for directions to the Museum. All galleries and facilities are wheelchair accessible.

The Skyscraper Museum is temporarily closed to the public in order to support New York City’s effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. All tours and programs are also suspended. The earliest date for reopening the gallery is April pending evaluation. For questions contact:[email protected]

Meanwhile, please visit SKYSCRAPER MUSEUM FROM HOME for videos of programs, virtual exhibitions, school lesson plans, and more.


In Memoriam: Leslie E. Robertson (Feb, 12, 1928 - Feb 11, 2021)

The grace and elegance of the structures designed by Leslie E. Robertson were matched by the depth of Les’s humanity. We mourn the loss of our friend and colleague, who died on February 11, 2021, one day before his 93rd birthday. Les was the brilliant and innovative structural engineer of skyscraper giants of the mid-20th century, including the original World Trade Center and the U.S. Steel Tower in Pittsburgh, and in this century, of global supertalls such as Shanghai World Financial Center and Lotte World Tower. His designs were a combination of keen insight and intuitive analysis, but he always emphasized his love of collaboration with architects he admired and counted as lifelong friends, most especially Minoru Yamasaki and I. M. Pei. With Pei he created the Bank of China in Hong Kong, a peerless skyscraper. His wife of nearly forty years, structural engineer SawTeen See, was his closest partner in practice and in life.

Carol Willis, Founding Director, and James von Klemperer, President, on behalf of the Board of Directors of The Skyscraper Museum

To watch Les speak about his designs and  values, view his 2017 talk on his autobiography The Structure of Design: An Engineer’s Extraordinary Life in Architecture, here.

2021 Online Lecture Series

World View

Our 2021 lecture series WORLD VIEW invites architects, engineers, and building industry experts to explain and reflect on the art and science of the supertall skyscrapers they have designed and constructed around the world. Conceived as a semester of talks, the series explores the history of the supertall typology and its evolution in the 21st century, emphasizing the global reach of supertall ambitions and the pivotal role of American firms in exporting design expertise.

Current Exhibition

Supertall! 2020

About the 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...

Past Exhibitions

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Housing Density

HOUSING DENSITY examines the history of density in New York City from tenements to “towers in the park” through the lens of density and its different definitions. What is density? Does the word describe a condition of people or place? Is it people crowded together? Buildings too tightly spaced, or too tall? The exhibition emphasizes understanding density as a step to meaningful dialogue about the future of the city.
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Skyline

SKYLINE examined the emergence of the collective image of the skyline as the brand identity of New York and distinguished five periods in which new buildings grow and take characteristic forms based on economic, technological, and regulatory factors.

Lecture Series

World View

Our 2021 lecture series WORLD VIEW invites architects, engineers, and building industry experts to explain and reflect on the art and science of the supertall skyscrapers they have designed and constructed around the world. Conceived as a semester of talks, the series explores the history of the supertall typology and its evolution in the 21st century, emphasizing the global reach of supertall ambitions and the pivotal role of American firms in exporting design expertise.
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Rewriting Skyscraper History: Looking Back from the 21st Century

Over the fall of 2020 during Covid restrictions, The Skyscraper Museum presented a series of webinars designed as a free online course on the early development of the skyscraper as a distinct building type. The virtual format for these talks allowed the professors from a wide array of institutions to come together for an evolving dialogue.

Online Projects

Museum from Home

Whether you’re a teacher leading an online class, a parent looking to foster a love of cities, a researcher interested in the archives, or simply curious about NYC, there’s plenty to keep you occupied. Check out our book talk archive, lesson plans (including Tower Tubes!), or virtual exhibitions from the past.
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Tallest Towers

World's Tallest Towers is an online project showing a timeline of all skyscrapers holding the title of tallest building in the world from the 1890s to the present.

New York’s Super Slenders

​A new form in skyscraper history has evolved in New York over the past decade: the super-slim, ultra-luxury residential tower. These pencil-thin periscopes — all 50 to 90+ stories — use a development and design strategy of slenderness to pile their city-regulated maximum square feet of floor area (FAR) as high in the sky as possible to create luxury apartments defined by spectacular views.

Ten & Taller

TEN & TALLER illustrates every building erected in Manhattan that was ten stories or taller from 1874 through 1900 – a total of 252 structures – and locates them on a historic land map, as well as on a timeline that also represents their height and use.
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